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Firm Profile

Park Square Barristers

Firm Profile

Leeds

  • 6 Park Square
  • Leeds
  • West Yorkshire
  • UK
  • LS1 2LW

Firm profile submitted by Park Square Barristers

Overview:
Park Square Barristers was formed in February 2015 following the merger of No 6 and Sovereign Chambers, Leeds. Both were successful and a great number of their members were appointed to the judicial bench over many years. The two years post-merger has seen further appointments to the Bench, more members taking silk and a number of QCs and senior juniors join. PSQB is commercially astute with the heads of chambers, two highly respected QCs in their fields, supported by a board of directors.
It is the largest multi-disciplinary set on the North Eastern Circuit offering the highest standards of advice, representation, mediation and legal training. It has a client-focused ethos and is committed to providing excellent service, countrywide, to legal firms (from high street to international), insurance companies, local authorities and other public and regulatory bodies including HMRC, BIS, NHS Protect and the Environment Agency. Many accept Direct Access instructions. Members and clients enjoy the benefits of highly experienced, responsive and supportive clerking and support teams.
The teams share best practice, knowledge and expertise for the benefit of clients and junior members. The strength of the membership means hearings can be covered at short notice, and enables the set to provide a one-stop service for clients where cases cross into other specialisms.
A number of members have been appointed to specialist panels, including the Attorney General, Treasury Solicitor, insurance companies, health trusts, CPS Specialist Fraud, POCA, RASSO, Serious Organised Crime panels. In 2016 PSQB was instructed to prosecute what is understood to be the first gross negligence manslaughter case concerning food allergies and the first private prosecution of a fraudulent “cash for crash” staged road traffic accident, for which it received the Personal Injury Award 2016 for “Outstanding Case of the Year”.
It has members proficient in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil & Urdu.

  • Andrew Lewis QC (1985)
  • Richard Wright QC (1998)
  • Peter Moulson QC (1991)
  • Abdul Iqbal QC (1994)
  • Kama Melly QC (1997)
  • Andrew Hall QC* (1991)
  • Timothy Roberts QC* (1978)
  • Lee Karu QC* (1985)
  • William Tyler QC* (1996)
  • Oliver Saxby QC* (1992)
  • Anthony Kelbrick (1976)
  • David Rose (1977) “P”
  • Andrew Dallas (1978) “P”
  • John Isherwood* (1978)
  • David Orbaum (1978) “P”
  • Patrick Palmer (1978)
  • Christopher Ferguson (1979) “P”
  • Michael Smith (1980)
  • Simon Haring (1982)
  • Jeremy Hill-Baker (1983)
  • Allan Armbrister (1984)
  • David Gordon (1984)
  • Caroline Wigin (1984)
  • Taryn Turner (1990)
  • Robin Frieze (1985)
  • Timothy Capstick (1986)
  • David Partington (1987) “P”
  • Nadim Bashir (1988)
  • Susan Fricker (1988)
  • Jane Curnin (1988)
  • Louise Hill (1988)
  • Mark McKone (1988) “P”
  • Dawn Tighe (1989)
  • James Hargan (1990)
  • Andrew Mitchell (1991) “P”
  • Ian Shiels (1992)
  • Kitty Colley (1992)
  • Richard Woolfall (1992)
  • Khadim Al'Hassan (1993)
  • Benjamin Caswell (1993) “P”
  • Judy Dawson (1993)
  • John Batchelor (1993)
  • Kerrie Broughton (1993)
  •  Victoria James (1993)
  • Nicholas Hill (1993) “P”
  • Andrew Semple (1993) “P”
  • Nicholas Barker (1994)
  • Darren Finlay (1994) “P”
  • Yunus Valli (1994) “P”
  • Patrizia Doherty (1994) “P”
  • Michael Greenhalgh (1994)
  • Adam Wilson (1994)
  • Simon Batiste (1995) “P”
  • Peter Wilson (1995)
  • Elizabeth Withyman (1995)
  • Michael Morley (1995)
  • Christopher Dunn (1996)
  • Shufqat Khan (1996)
  • Matthew Smith (1996)
  • Simon Anderson (1997)
  • Huw Lippiatt (1997) “P”
  • Fergus Currie* (1997)
  • Richard Paige (1997) “P”
  • Michael Collins (1998)
  • Rukhshanda Hussain (1998)
  • Tom Gent (1998)
  • Adam Rhys-Davies (1998)
  • Caroline Wood (1998) “P”
  • Ian Hudson (1998)
  • Roger Andre (1999)
  • Gillian Batts (1999)
  • Sally Beaumont (1999) “P”
  • Craig Hassall (1999) “P”
  • Claire Murden (1999) “P”
  • Glenn Parsons (1999)
  • Howard Shaw (1999) “P”
  • Ifzal Khan (2000)
  • Catherine Mason (2000)
  • Narinder Sekhon (2000) “P”
  • Paul Dunn (2000) “P”
  • Julie-Ann Elliott (2001)
  • Catherine Silverton (2001) “P”
  • Kate Batty (2001) “P”
  • Zarah Dickinson* (2002)
  • Matthew Harding (2002)
  • Katherine Robinson (2002)
  • Mark Saunders (2002)
  • Janine Wolstenholme (2002)
  • Charlotte Worsley (2002) “P”
  • Robert Stevenson (2003) “P”
  • John Mitton (2013)
  • Vincent Blake-Barnard (2013) “P”
  • Laura Addy (2004) “P”
  • Stephen Brown (2004) “P”
  • Natalia Perrett (2004)
  • Edward Renvoize* (2004)
  • Fiona Ross (2004) “P”
  • Simon Clegg (2005) “P”
  • Georgina Coade* (2005)
  • Edward Moss (2005)
  • Andrew Wilson (2005)
  • Giles Grant (2006)
  • James Hasson (2006) “P”
  • Kirsten Mercer (2006) “P”
  • Amy Philipson (2006)
  • Caroline Shields (2006)
  • Toby Coupe (2007)
  • Soheil Khan (2007)
  • Christopher Moran (2007) “P”
  • Catherine Moxon (2007)
  • Lucy Brown (2007)
  • Anna Wilkinson (2007) “P”
  • Camilla Buck (2008)
  • Kate Bisset (2009)
  • Michael Jowett (2009)
  • William Lindsay (2009) “P”
  • Stuart Young (2009)
  • Ben Thomas (2010)
  • Lorraine Harris (2011)
  • Kate Wilson (2011) “P”
  • Thomas Stanway (2012) “P”
  • Andrea Parnham (2013)
  • Emily Reed (2013) “P”
  • Phillipa Hildyard (2014)
  • Christopher Boxall (2014)
  • Tenants 125
  • (*Door Tenant)
  • Heads of Chambers:
  • Andrew Lewis QC & Richard Wright QC
  • Senior Managing Clerk:
  •  Richard Sadler
  • Senior Clerks:
  • Andrew Thornton Madeleine Gray Francine Kirk Claudine Cooper

Work Undertaken

Commercial & Company:
Insurance, including indemnity and recovery, banking, finance, insolvency, company, including formation of companies through to dissolution, unfair prejudice, minority shareholders, sale and carriage of goods, travel and package holiday claims, product liability, defamation, international disputes and letters of credit, professional negligence, restraint of trade, intellectual property, partnership disputes, guarantees/indemnities, travel, tourism & package holidays, timeshares and mis-selling.

Court of Protection:
Vulnerable adults, consent to treatment, deprivation of liberty, deputyship, property & finance, capacity, accommodation, contact, residence, consent to marriage and sexual relationships.

Costs:
All aspects of costs in all jurisdictions.

Crime:
Prosecute and defend every type of case from the Magistrates’ to the Supreme Court. Significant expertise in murder, manslaughter, terrorism, serious violence, rape and other sexual offences (including historical), public disorder, dishonesty, large-scale conspiracies, drugs, technical road traffic issues, plus more unusual offences dealt with by specialist prosecuting agencies. Specialisms of asset forfeiture, confiscation and cash detention and restraint.

Education:
Special Educational Needs and Disability, EHC Plans, admissions, exclusions.

Employment:
Wrongful dismissal, discrimination, restrictive covenants, redundancy; TUPE; equal pay; wages; Working Time Regulations and contractual claims.

Family (Children & Finance):
Care, particularly the most serious and medically complex cases, such as serious injury or death, neglect, abuse, fictitious illness, adoption and special guardianship, child abduction, child arrangements, injunctions and committals, domestic violence, forced marriage, terrorism, and jurisdiction disputes. The set represents the full range of clients: local authorities; parents, extended family and children. Matrimonial and non-matrimonial finance, divorce, financial remedies, cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements.

Fraud:
Nationally renowned for civil fraud work, with unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. An outstanding national reputation for defence work within the insurance sector. Expertise in extensive criminal frauds, including VAT, Revenue and Customs. A number of members are on the Serious Fraud Office specialist panel.

Health and Safety:
Advocacy and advisory work in cases involving the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, and smaller local regulators such as fire and rescue authorities and environmental health authorities, for the regulator, businesses and individuals.

Inquests & Inquiries:
Experience of representing families, interested persons in the Coroner’s court and healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and pharmacists), accountants and police officers before their professional bodies.

Mediation & ADR:
Mediation specialists dealing with the full range of with disputes involving property, including landlords and tenant, boundaries and rights of way, families and family finance, business agreements, employment, leases, and neighbour disputes, personal injury, professional negligence, probate and trusts, company disputes and insolvency.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence:
Accidents abroad, catastrophic injury, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, pediatric cardiac surgery, dental, cosmetic and orthopedic surgery, obstetrics, failures in proper diagnoses, reduced life expectancy, group actions, including the Mau Mau litigation, complex and high profile cases, road traffic, occupiers’ and employers’ liability, industrial disease, asbestos-induced mesothelioma. The team also acts for parties in linked inquests and HSE prosecutions.

Professional Negligence:
Expertise in all aspects of litigation and advisory work in relation to claims against professionals, up to and including final hearing on issues such as duty of care, breach of duty or contract, causation and quantification of loss, claims both for and against solicitors, barristers, insolvency practitioners, surveyors, architects, engineers, accountants, financial advisers, bankers, insurance brokers and other professionals.

Property:
Agricultural tenancies, boundary disputes, buildings including listed buildings, commercial leases, easements and rights of way, planning, right to light, adverse possession, trespass, nuisance, village greens and commons, landlord & tenant disputes including commercial and residential, such as possession, dilapidations, terminal obligations, and public sector housing management, including anti-social behaviour injunctions, committal, and homelessness.

Private Client:
Property, trusts, wills and probate, Inheritance Act, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees (TOLATA).

Public & Administrative Law:
Judicial review and challenging decisions concerning, community care, education, health, housing, mental health, VAT and customs and excise.

Publications:
Contributor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service - author and editor of Pleadings section (Andrew Lewis QC); "Adding Insult to Injury” J.P.I.Law 2016, 3, 141-153 (Andrew Lewis QC), "Not back to the future? When a dissolved company is restored what happens to its former properties?” 12 Feb 2016 NLJ 64 (Benjamin Caswell); Contributor to “Law in Popular Belief: Myth & Reality”, Manchester University Press 2017 (Matthew Smith). An extended essay on "Damages for loss of chance is Professional Negligence Claims", (David Partington).

Recruitment:
Pupillage is advertised through the Pupillage Gateway but applications must be made directly to the set.