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Firm Profile

1 Crown Office Row

Firm Profile


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  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 7HH

Firm profile submitted by 1 Crown Office Row

Head of Chambers Philip Havers QC
Chambers Director Andrew Meyler
Senior Clerk Matthew Phipps
Tenants 73

The Chambers 1 Crown Office Row, the Chambers of Philip Havers QC, is recognised as one of the top 20 sets in the UK and a leader in the field of civil and public law. A striking feature of the set is the remarkable breadth of work, which it does, and the diversity of its clients, which include individuals, small businesses, large corporations, NGO’s and local and central Government. 1 Crown Office Row has a stellar reputation for advocacy, high-quality advice and a top drawer client service from the dedicated team of Clerks, led by Senior Clerk Matthew Phipps. 1COR barristers are known too for the versatility of talent and expertise that underpins all of their work. Members practise in a broad range of civil law specialisms including health law, public law, professional discipline, professional negligence, inquests, public inquiries, human rights, environmental law, immigration, tax and multinational torts. 1COR has a pre-eminent reputation in health law, including its clinical negligence and personal injury practice, and regulatory work for leading medical organisations and individuals. Members regularly appear in many of the most significant and high profile Inquests and Inquiries, both public and private. Tax, costs, immigration and environmental law are specialist practice areas of a large number of 1COR members, who have been involved in many of the leading cases in these areas in the European Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. 1COR’s human right’s blog is one of the most visited resources for people wanting to understand human rights in the UK. Members are active in the various specialist bar associations and Chambers belongs to and sponsors a wide range of charitable initiatives. Chambers provides financial and professional support regularly to the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit and the set has been designated by them as a ‘Platinum Friend in Law’. 1COR recognises and fully supports the need for diversity in the workplace and 1COR has a dedicated equality and diversity mini-pupillage scheme. Chambers supports initiatives such as Freebar.

  • Philip Havers QC (1974) (QC-1995)
  • Robert Seabrook QC (1964) (QC-1983)
  • Stephen Miller QC (1971) (QC-1990)
  • Guy Mansfield QC (1972) (QC-1994)
  • Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC (1974) (QC-1999)
  • Paul Rees QC (1980) (QC-2000)
  • Margaret Bowron QC (1978) (QC-2001)
  • David Balcombe QC (1980) (QC-2002)
  • David Hart QC (1982) (QC-2003)
  • Martin Forde QC (1984) (QC-2006)
  • William Edis QC (1985) (QC-2008)
  • Christina Lambert QC (1988) (QC-2009)
  •  Angus McCullough QC (1990) (QC-2010)
  • John Whitting QC (1991) (QC-2011)
  • David Evans QC (1988) (QC-2012)
  • Richard Booth QC (1993) (QC-2013)
  • Marina Wheeler QC (1987) (QC-2016)
  • Henry Witcomb QC (1989) (QC-2016)
  • Owain Thomas QC (1995) (QC-2016)
  • Jeremy Hyam QC (1995) (QC-2016)
  • Clodagh Bradley QC (1996) (QC-2016)
  • Peter Skelton QC (1997) (QC-2016)
  • Oliver Sanders QC (1995)
  • Shaheen Rahman QC (1996)
  • John Gimlette (1986)
  • Andrew Kennedy (1989)
  • Martin Downs (1990)
  • Giles Colin (1994)
  • Sydney Chawatama (1994)
  • Sarah Lambert (1994)
  • Justin Levinson (1994)
  • Neil Sheldon (1998)
  • Richard Smith (1999)
  • Christopher Mellor (1999)
  • Robert Kellar (1999)
  • Matthew Barnes (2000)
  • Iain O’Donnell (2000)
  • Sarabjit Singh (2001)
  • David Manknell (2001)
  • Suzanne Lambert (2002)
  • Judith Rogerson (2003)
  • Amy Mannion (2003)
  • Robert Wastell (2004)
  • Richard Mumford (2004)
  • Rachel Marcus (2005)
  • Michael Paulin (2005)
  • Leanne Woods (2005)
  • Pritesh Rathod (2006)
  • Caroline Cross (2006)
  • Matthew Donmall (2006)
  • Adam Wagner (2007)
  • Amelia Walker (2007)
  • Isabel McArdle (2008)
  • Matthew Hill (2009)
  • Alasdair Henderson (2009)
  • Claire McGregor (2009)
  • Matthew Flinn (2010)
  • Paul Reynolds (2010)
  • Lois Williams (2012)
  • Jim Duffy (2012)
  • Dominic Ruck Keene (2012)
  • Jessica Elliott (2013)
  • Hannah Noyce (2013)
  • Michael Deacon (2014)
  • Emma Louise Fenelon (2015)
  • Gideon Barth (2015)
  • Jo Moore (2015)
  • Jonathan Metzer
  • Laura Giles
  • Rosalind English Academic Consultant

Work Undertaken Members are recognised as leading practitioners in all aspects of healthcare law including clinical negligence, personal injury, professional disciplinary, negligence and regulatory proceedings, abuse inquiries and inquests. We have leading practitioners in human rights, immigration, environmental law. Chambers has members with strong costs and tax practices. Chambers also has members practising employment, matrimonial finance, and cyber law. The set also has successful practices in multi-party actions, construction and sports law. There is a team of 11 accredited mediators, ten of whom are silks.

Publications Members of Chambers are either authors or co-authors of, or contributors to The Inquest Book, Information Rights, Same Sex Marriage & Civil Partnerships, Online Law Encyclopaedia, Ethics for Advocates Manual, Dictionary of Law, Personal Injury Handbook, An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law, Civil Court Precedents, Public Inquiries, Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims, Value Added Tax, Commentary and Analysis, The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: Law, Principle and Process, Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law, Fitness to Practise: Health Care Regulatory Law, Principle and Process, The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: Law, Principle and Process, Clinical Negligence - A Practitioner’s Guide, Child Abuse Compensation Claims, Contributory Negligence, Civil Partnership, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury Handbook, Professional Negligence and Liability and Human Rights and the Common Law.

Up to two pupils are taken annually for 12 months. The set is a member of Pupillage Gateway. Applications for a third six month pupillage are usually invited in June.


  • Blenheim House,
  • 119 Church Street,
  • Brighton,
  • East Sussex
  • UK
  • BN1 1UD
  • Tel (01273) 625625
  • Fax (01273) 698888
  • DX 36670 Brighton 2
  • Email : [email protected]