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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 78

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) + A
  • John Friel (1974) A John Gallagher (1974) +
  • Stephen Lennard (1976) + A
  • Robert Leonard (1976) A
  • Graham Cunningham (1976) A
  • Steven Weddle (1977) A
  • Wendy Parker (1978) A
  • Karl King (1985) + A
  • Richard Buswell (1985) A
  • Barbara Hewson (1985) A
  • Monty Palfrey (1985)
  • Brie Stevens-Hoare QC (1986) (QC-2013)
  • Mark Engelman (1987) A
  • Paul Reed QC (1988) (QC-2010) A
  • Peter Kirby QC (1989) (QC-2013) A
  • Steven Woolf (1989) A
  • Lesley Anderson QC (1989) (QC-2006)
  • Sara Benbow (1990) A
  • Daniel Gatty (1990) A
  • Rupert Higgins (1991)
  • John De Waal QC (1992) (QC-2013) A
  • Arthur Moore (1992)
  • Colm Nugent (1992)
  • Andrew Skelly (1994) A
  • Margaret Bloom (1994)
  • Clive Rawlings (1994) A
  • Alexander Bastin (1995) A
  • Jamie Clarke (1995) A
  • David Pliener (1996) A
  • Edward Rowntree (1996) A
  • Fiona Scolding (1996) A
  • Boyd Morwood (1996)
  • 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)
  • Sarah Malik (1999) A
  • Andrew Lane (1999) A
  • Henry Slack (1999)
  • Zeeshan Dhar (1999) A
  • James Watthey (2000) A
  • David Lawson (2000) A
  • William Frain-Bell (2000)
  • Shazia Akhtar (2001) A
  • Sarah McCann (2001) A
  • Tosin Oguntayo (2001)
  • Jonathan Titmuss (2001)
  • Diane McBrinn (2002)
  • Dean Underwood (2002) A
  • 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)
  • Ajmal Azam (2006)
  • Thomas Bell (2006)
  • Amelia Walker (2007) A
  • Laura Tweedy (2007) A
  • Simon Hale (2006) +
  • Helena White (2007)
  • Catherine Piercy (2007)
  • Gemma Witherington (2008)
  • Anna Tkaczynska (2008)
  • Emily Betts (2009)
  • Alexander Campbell (2010)
  • Lina Mattsson (2010)
  • Brenna Conroy (2010)
  • Aileen McErlean (2011)
  • Leon Glenisler (2011)
  • + Recorder A Public/Direct Access


Court of Protection - All Circuits

This set's work includes deprivation of liberty, forced marriage and care, contact and residence issues. Much of the work involves human rights aspects, particularly the impact of Articles 5 and 8 ECHR. Sources say it is “a professional set which provides us with great Court of Protection training. It has a solid reputation for the quality and variety of its work in this area.”

Client service: “A slick clerking team which houses pleasant, professional clerks who are always willing to help.” “The clerks know what they are doing and pitch matters at the right level, bearing in mind the members' capabilities.”


Alison Meacher
Brings substantial knowledge of social welfare law to her Court of Protection work. She acts for the Official Solicitor, local authorities and family members, and many of her cases involve mental capacity issues.
Expertise: “She has a good grasp of this area. Very calm, she can control difficult clients.”

Construction - London (Bar)

Hardwicke is handling an increasing amount of overseas work and continues to be instructed on significant and varied construction law matters. Its nigh-on 20-member team acts in jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America. Its recent high-profile cases include the UK Power Networks test cases, and the Heron Tower matter. 

Client service: "Their clerking is very good, and they are always receptive to helping out at short notice."


Nigel Jones QC
Often involved in difficult and high-profile construction disputes, and frequently called upon to advise in non-contentious situations. 
Expertise: "Very user-friendly, he has a very good brain, is very good at thinking outside the box and a very persuasive advocate as well." 
Recent work: He acted in the case of Carillion v Phi, regarding unstable embankments on a railway line. The case reached the Court of Appeal. 

Paul Reed QC
Increasingly active on international cases, his practice focuses on project and risk insurance in relation to the construction industry. Reed is also a tutor at King's College and has recently published a textbook.
Expertise: "Methodical and commercial, he has great advocacy skills." "You get advice that is very clear and simple, and he makes often quite complicated issues very manageable." 
Recent work: He acted on behalf of three electricity distributors in Smith & Others v UKPN, major trials involving liability for fires.


Michael Wheater 
A highly regarded junior who continues to be instructed on large and important cases. He is particularly well known for his handling of cases where construction law, insolvency and insurance interconnect.
Expertise: "He is down to earth and gains a quick understanding of the issues; he provides effective advice." 
Recent work: He acted in Beck Interiors Ltd v UK Flooring Contractors Ltd, appearing on behalf of the contractor. The case involved a claim to enforce an adjudicator's decision. 

David Pliener
Recommended for his broad expertise in construction matters, and particularly where there are insurance issues. 
Expertise: "A very commercial problem solver, who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team."

Catherine Piercy
An up-and-coming junior with an excellent reputation and a busy caseload of litigation and arbitration matters.
Expertise: "She prepares well, and is innovative and commercially minded." "Hard-working and good to bounce ideas off. She gives good, practical advice." 
Recent work: She acted on behalf of Westfields in Westfields Construction Limited v Lewis in enforcing an adjudicator's award and determining at trial the scope of the 'residential occupier' exception. 

Sarah McCann
Admired for her expertise in professional negligence and insurance-related construction matters.
Expertise: "Bright, tenacious and decisive, she's not afraid to take a view and to take a tough stance." 
Recent work: She acted for several electricity distributors in successfully defending a series of negligence claims. 

Education - London (Bar)

Hardwicke has a strong presence in the education law sphere. Clients seek the expertise of its members for a large variety of matters but particularly in the area of special educational needs. The barristers here act for many stakeholders in the education sector, including individuals, charitable organisations, schools, further and higher education institutions and local government bodies.

Client service: "I find the clerks to be very friendly, approachable and helpful, and nothing is too much trouble for them." "They have very efficient clerks, and the set up is very good." "The barristers will be flexible, and ensure matters are covered well."


David Lawson
Covers a wide remit of education matters, and acts for both claimants and defendants. Frequently in the Upper Tribunal, he is an expert in discrimination matters, and in academy and free school issues.
Expertise: "Very thorough, and very calm." "David has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." "He achieves remarkable results through a combination of his skill and his dedication. He gives everything to his cases, and is always approachable and great to work with."

John Friel 
A long-standing, recognised player in the education sphere. He is particularly well regarded in the areas of special educational needs and discrimination.
Expertise: "Possessed of vast experience and knowledge, he has unique forensic and analytic skills combined with a detailed understanding." "You know you're in very safe hands, and he gives you the feeling that you're totally supported."
"He's a very experienced SEN expert, who is very approachable and always well prepared." 

Clive Rawlings 
A specialist in education law matters, he is frequently called upon to handle cases involving exclusions and admissions, special educational needs, discrimination and student discipline. 
Expertise: "Clive runs a varied case load and offers advice both to parents and to local authorities. His advice is honest and practical. Parents find him easy to work with." "Very client-friendly, he inspires confidence, and is personable." "He can translate complex legal points into really simple language for clients." 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Bar)

Hardwicke has a sizeable team of exclusive property specialists noted by clients and peers for their work on professional negligence, dilapidations, rent reviews and service charge disputes, acting on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. They regularly appear in the Chancery and Queen's Bench divisions. The set's members are noted by solicitors for their "clear, reasoned advice," the "excellent" quality of their work, and their ability to "empathise with the lay client."

Client service: "The clerks at Hardwicke are excellent and are able to accommodate most fee structures depending on the nature of the case."


Michelle Stevens-Hoare QC 
Continues to receive instructions in high-profile property disputes, often acting in the Court of Appeal. She has a focus on development cases and receives high praise from clients for her professional negligence work.
Expertise: "She's very good and has a lovely humility and charm. She has comprehensive knowledge of the law, and is a very good advocate, who is well prepared."
Recent work: Recently acted on appeal in a land ownership controversy between an estate and the son of the deceased owner.

John de Waal QC 
A renowned property litigation specialist highly commended by clients for his professional negligence-related work, he often acts for commercial landlords and developers, and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.
Expertise: "He is just very good at what he does, as he's fabulously commercial and user-friendly. He has this outwardly relaxed manner and he's unflappable." "He provides high-quality and thorough advice which, coupled with his tremendous ability to communicate and empathise with the lay client, means that he is always counsel of choice."
Recent work: He recently acted for a Garfunkels restaurant in Oxford Circus in a Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act application for a new lease, which was initially opposed by H&M. 


Alexander Bastin 
Receives acclaim from clients and peers for his specialist property litigation practice, and has particular expertise in LVT disputes.
Expertise: "His work is consistently good and he is firm in his advice. He goes to considerable lengths in addressing the issues which will come before the court. He has a good rapport with clients and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."
Recent work: He recently acted in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), successfully appealing a service charge dispute relating to a substantial residential and commercial Battersea development project.

Daniel Gatty
A valued junior whose practice spans most aspects of landlord and tenant law and cases connected to professional negligence and mortgages. Clients are quick to point out that his role as deputy adjudicator to HM Land Registry gives him valuable specialist knowledge of land registry issues.
Expertise: "Helpful, pragmatic and good value." "Very good with clients – he makes them feel at ease and takes them through difficult matters. He's great value as well."
Recent work: Recently acted for The Mortgage Business, a member of Lloyds Banking Group, in achieving a victory in the Court of Appeal. This was a sale and rent back matter with important ramifications for case law in this area.

Monty Palfrey
Focuses his practice on real property and landlord and tenant disputes. He regularly appears in the LVT and the Lands Chamber.
Expertise: "Very good at preparing matters and he enjoys a very high success rate."
Recent work: He recently acted for the successful landlord in a complex possession claim over a high-value property, which involved interpretation of Shari'a law in order to determine whether the defendant could be said to be the wife of the deceased at the time of death. 

Edward Rowntree
Undertakes commercial property disputes, and has extensive experience of acting for large London estates.
Expertise: "Very approachable and knowledgeable," he provides "very clear advice and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: He recently acted in the High Court in a case concerning celebrity Kevin Francis' attempt to obtain injunctive relief on a property he formerly occupied.

Social Housing - London (Bar)

Hardwicke boasts a number of barristers who are solicitor and client favourites in this sector. Though the team is smaller than some, it regularly handles complex or high-profile cases. Recent highlights include Sims v Dacorum Borough Council and Byrne v Poplar Housing. Members here generally focus on acting for housing providers and local authorities.

Client service: "The clerks are brilliant - they're always accessible and extremely personable."


Laura Tweedy
Frequently acts for social landlords and is noted for her work in obtaining antisocial behaviour injunctions.
Expertise: Solicitors particularly enjoy working with her and commend her rapport with clients. "She's totally committed, energetic and forward-thinking and has natural empathy with clients."
Recent work: She recently acted on Southern Housing v Sarah Ings, which involved an antisocial behaviour injunction complicated by a shared lease for a part-privately owned property.

Alexander Bastin
A client favourite, who is praised for his pragmatic approach and deep understanding of the housing officer's role. He is noted for his experience in antisocial behaviour matters and work before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.
Expertise: "An excellent trial advocate," he is admired by those who instruct him as "he is always on hand to offer advice and guidance when there are knotty issues to confront."

Alison Meacher 
Has significant expertise working on matters involving vulnerable tenants and often appears in the Court of Protection.
Expertise: "A really robust, no-nonsense, likeable barrister who will cut through side issues and get straight to the point." She is great with lay clients and has a keen eye for detail.
Recent work: She recently appeared in Gallichan v Gallichan which involved possession proceedings brought against a daughter by the mother's appointed financial deputy.