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 and 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.