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9 Gough Square

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 9 Gough Square
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4A 3DG

Firm profile submitted by 9 Gough Square

Head of Chambers: Andrew Ritchie QC
Director of Clerking and Business Development: Michael Goodridge
Director of Operations: John Irving
Tenants: 68

THE CHAMBERS 9 Gough Square has grown to become a leading national and international common law set of chambers known for its core strengths in advocacy, drafting and advisory work. Chambers continues to be at the forefront of change in the legal profession and have the experience, knowledge and the people to provide innovative and pragmatic solutions to its clients’ complex legal challenges. 9 Gough Square’s clients include solicitors, local government, central government, corporate bodies, individuals and government agencies. Chambers provides a wide range of legal services including, commercial litigation, clinical negligence, crime and fraud, employment law, family law (private and public), healthcare law, inquests and inquiries, local government, personal injury, police law, professional disciplinary proceedings, professional negligence, property and housing and public law. Members of chambers frequently appear in high value and significant cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Crown Court, in tribunals, and before professional disciplinary panels. Chambers also provides a specialist team of experienced mediators and arbitrators to assist in the resolution of disputes. Client service and teamwork are the cornerstones of all that 9 Gough Square does. Chambers recruits and nurtures the strongest and broadest array of legal talent and expertise necessary to meet its clients’ needs in an ever-changing and fast-paced legal market. Members are supported by a dedicated and experienced team of award winning clerks and professional service staff to manage clients’ requirements and to meet them in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

  • Andrew Ritchie QC (1985) (QC-2009)
  • John Foy QC (1969) (QC-1998)
  • Andrew Baillie QC (1970) (QC-2001)
  • Grahame Aldous QC (1979) (QC- 2008)
  • Jacob Levy QC (1986) (QC- 2014)
  • Christopher Wilson( 1980)
  • Martin Pinfold (1981)
  • Nicolas Hillier (1982)
  • Roger Hiorns (1983)
  • Gaurang Naik (1985)
  • Vincent Williams 1985)
  • Edwin Buckett (1988)
  • James Holmes-Milner (1989)
  • Stephen Glynn (1990)
  • Cyrus Katrak (1991)
  • Jeremy Crowther (1991)
  • Laura Begley (1993)
  • Christopher Stephenson (1994)
  • Tim Parker (1995)
  • Laura Elfield (1996)
  •  Jeremy Ford (1996)
  • Tara Vindis (1996)
  • Simon Butler (1996)
  • Tom Little (1997)
  • Stuart Mckechnie (1997)
  • Johnathan Payne (1997)
  •  Giles Mooney (1998)
  • Jamie MCcracken (1998)
  • Perrin Gibbons (1998)
  • Simon Brindle (1998)
  • Tabitha Barran (1998)
  • Joanna Cobb (1999)
  • Robert Horner (1999)
  • Adam Dawson (2000)
  • Linda Nelson (2000)
  • Shahram Shargy (2000)
  • Claire Harden-Frost (2000)
  • Gareth Munday (2000)
  •  Gurion Taussig (2001)
  • Eleanor Mawrey (2001)
  • James Thacker (2001)
  • Robert MCallister (2002)
  • Esther Pounder (2003)
  • Oliver Millington (2003)
  • Emily Verity (2003)
  • Esther Maclachlan (2005)
  • Alastair Hogarth (2005)
  • Jennifer Newcomb (2006)
  • Edward Lamb (2006)
  • James Byrne (2006)
  • Catherine Atkinson (2006)
  • Ben Rodgers (2007)
  • Thom Dyke (2007)
  • Kate Lamont (2007)
  • Tom Restall (2007)
  • Laura Bumpus (2008)
  • Holly Tibbits (2010)
  • Ben Zurawel (2010)
  • Tom Rainsbury (2010)
  • Tom Goodhead (2010)
  • William Dean (2011)
  • Sarah Hunwick (2011)
  • Helen Pooley (2012)
  • Kieran Coleman (2012)
  • Natasha Partos (2012)
  • John Schmitt (2013)
  • Laura Hibberd (2013)
  • Elizabeth Stevens (2015)

WORK UNDERTAKEN Chambers’ largest group specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. Leaders and senior juniors appear regularly in ground-breaking cases. The PI members mainly represent injured claimants, but some do a high volume of defendant work. They publish a series of PI books including: asbestos claims, clinical negligence claims, manual handling claims, workplace accident claims and work accidents at sea and have amassed expertise in costs assessment and Court of Protection work. Complex fraud work is undertaken by the criminal team for the SFO, the FCA, BERR, and the CPS Fraud Unit. Criminal work also covers terrorism, murder, violent and sexual offences with an emphasis on prosecution work for most London Crown Prosecution offices. In addition, a number of members of the criminal team are regularly in the High Court in judicial review cases such as Denby-Collins (the human rights challenge to burglars being killed by homeowners), as well as appearing in the Supreme Court of Appeal on matters of general public importance such as R v Hunter & ors.

The family team has 22 members and is particularly popular with local government solicitors, having preferred set status with most Greater London authorities. Members are instructed in high-profile non-accidental injury, sexual abuse cases and appear in all types of public law children cases, including applications for judicial review. Meanwhile the team has a flourishing private client practice in financial remedies, trust for land claims, contact and residence disputes and removals from the jurisdiction. The specialist court of protection team contains market-leading barristers in PI, clinical negligence and public/family law. The depth of experience within the team allows its barristers to give clients an unrivalled expertise. The highly regarded specialist police law practitioners are involved in civil actions against the police, inquests (such as the Diana Princess of Wales’s inquest), and every type of police-led application, disciplinary proceedings, firearms and liquor licensing.

The commercial and property group has expertise ranging from general commercial contract litigation and arbitration, to sale of goods, consumer credit and leasing agreements, property work and insurance law. The professional negligence group focuses on solicitors’, surveyors’ and accountants’ negligence. The highly regarded employment and discrimination law team represents employees and employers in tribunals all around England and Wales. A team of CEDR-accredited mediators providing ADR services is growing in this set and several practices include regulatory and disciplinary expertise.