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Chambers UK Bar Awards 2014

The Chambers UK Bar Awards are the only awards to exclusively highlight the excellence of members of the UK Bar. This year over 600 distinguished guests attended the Chambers Bar Awards 2014 in London to recognise the most outstanding achievements by chambers, silks, and juniors alike, during 2013-14.

The shortlist of nominees was selected after careful consideration of the extensive research we conducted when compiling the Chambers UK Bar Guide. Click here to view the shortlist.

Awards were given in 24 separate practice areas including, for the first time, shipping. There were also awards for client service, regional set of the year and overall set of the year. Chambers and Partners were also delighted to confer lifetime achievement awards on James Goudie QC of 11KBW, David Vaughan QC of Brick Court Chambers and Declan Redmond, the senior clerk at Keating Chambers.

 

The Winners

   

 

Set of the Year

Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers
Matrix Chambers is this year's Set of the Year, having scooped both set and individual awards in each of the Employment, Defamation and Public Law categories. The chambers has had an exciting year. It has fielded individuals in major Supreme Court cases, has attracted new members to its ranks through lateral hires, and has opened its first overseas office in Geneva. On top of this it has also established a new international sister brand, Matrix International. Commentators view it as one of the most progressive sets at the Bar, and one that is set fair to enjoy continued success in the future.

Regional Set of the Year

St Philips Chambers, Birmingham/Leeds
St Philips Chambers
The last 12 months has seen this multi-award winning set open new offices in Leeds and London. This strategic move has enabled it to expand upon the first class service it is renowned for, further reinforcing its objective to make its exceptional team of barristers the first choice for clients nationally and internationally.

Client Service

Enterprise Chambers
Enterprise Chambers
With an experienced clerking team and talented advocates at each of its three centres – London, Leeds and Newcastle – Enterprise Chambers is proud to have earned a reputation for outstanding client care. Commercial acumen and early identification of client priorities, together with a practical but meticulous approach to problem solving, ensure that clients’ requirements are met with effective solutions.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

James Goudie QC - 11KBW
James Goudie
A founder member in 1981 of 11KBW Chambers and now in his fourth decade of practice as a silk, James Goudie QC is listed as a Leading Silk in the areas of Administrative and Public Law, Education, Employment, Local Government and Public Procurement. His practice covers appearances in the major courts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Luxembourg, Bermuda, BVI, Antigua and Singapore. He is a past chair of the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Bar European Group, and the Law Reform Committee. He is a Deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Member of the Oxford University Appeal Court, a Governor of the LSE, from where he graduated, and the author of academic books on judicial review, local government law and finance. Goudie is truly one of the great all rounders at the Bar

David Vaughan CBE QC - Brick Court Chambers
David Vaughan
David Vaughan CBE QC is considered one of the architects of EU law and is an undisputed legend at the Bar. It is now over 50 years since he was called to the Bar in 1963, of which 32 years have been as Queen’s Counsel, appearing in many significant cases in competition and EU law. He has appeared in more than 100 cases before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, both in direct actions and in references from national courts, and before the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. He sat as Recorder, Deputy High Court Judge, and Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and of Guernsey. He was the Founder and first Chairman of the Bar European Group and also of the European Circuit of the Bar, the first Circuit of the Bar to be established for many centuries. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 for services to European Community Law.

Declan Redmond - Keating Chambers
Declan Redmond
With a career spanning over 30 years and counting, Declan Redmond is CEO/Director of Clerking at Keating Chambers, which he joined at the start of 2014, following a long and successful career at Wilberforce Chambers. He was heavily involved with the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks and held a number of posts on its management committee, including Vice-Chairman from 2002-2005 and Chairman from 2005-2008. He has been Vice-President of the Institute since 2008. As Chairman, he pioneered forms of further education for the members of the IBC, introduced Legal Insurance and obtained an employment advice service for clerks. He is the current Treasurer of the Barristers’ Clerks Benevolent Fund. He has represented the views of barristers’ clerks on numerous Bar Council committees. This work, coupled with his clerking reputation, has made him one of the best-known and most well-respected clerks working at the Bar today.

Banking and Finance
Banking & Finance

Set: Fountain Court Chambers
Considered by many to be “the go-to set” for banking and finance disputes, Fountain Court Chambers offers an impressive roster of highly experienced barristers with significant expertise in this area. Its members repeatedly attract praise for their performance in some of the most high-profile and complex cases in the market, such as Deutsche Bank v Unitech.

Silk: Tim Lord QC, Brick Court Chambers
Tim Lord QC has appeared in many of the recent high-profile banking cases. He is highly esteemed both as a team leader in heavy and complex litigation and for his trial skills, especially his powers of cross-examination. “A delight to deal with, he’s a fantastic lawyer who exhibits relentless optimism and focus.”

Junior: Adam Zellick, Fountain Court Chambers
“Exceedingly bright,” “highly effective,” “tough, technically brilliant” and delivering “a perfect work product time after time,” “market favourite” Adam Zellick has long been identified as “a star.” “Tactically spot-on” and “commercially astute,” his “perceptive and nuanced touch” and reputation as a “tenacious” and “outstanding advocate” have established him as “a true asset to a team.”

Chancery
Chancery

Set: Maitland Chambers
Maitland is busy in high-quality commercial chancery work, and is involved in almost all of the major pieces of litigation in this field. Its reputation for excellence in the whole range of chancery work has helped it extend its reach internationally, to Asia and Eastern Europe, and to offshore jurisdictions.

Silk: Robert Miles QC, 4 Stone Buildings
Described as “a fantastic advocate,” Robert Miles QC has “a brilliant intellect combined with great charm and quiet authority.” He is instructed in many of the largest financial and insolvency cases of recent times, and recently successfully defended Bernie Ecclestone against the USD140 million claims arising from the sale of F1.

Junior: Dakis Hagen, Serle Court
A junior much in demand, both on and offshore, Dakis Hagen’s practice encompasses the full range of chancery work, from traditional to commercial, with a particular emphasis on trust litigation. He is described as "a barrister with star quality," who is "a creative, lateral thinker with voluminous legal knowledge."

Commercial Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Set: Brick Court Chambers
Brick Court Chambers offers an impressive breadth of expertise and experience in commercial litigation. Its reputation is maintained not only by undoubted stars at the QC level but also by a profusion of talented juniors. Recent highlights have included the Alexandros T litigation, and Constantin Median v Bernie Ecclestone.

Silk: Jonathan Gaisman QC, 7 King's Bench Walk
Known as “one of the most compelling advocates at the Bar” and a "spectacular cross-examiner," Jonathan Gaisman QC has recently completed his involvement as counsel for the principal defendant in the Excalibur litigation, a trial notable for what the Judge called the “catastrophic” defeat of the claim. He continues his involvement with Kurdistan matters in a major arbitration this autumn.

Junior: Tony Singla, Brick Court Chambers
“A real star for the future,” Tony Singla’s stellar year has included three major cases in the Supreme Court as well as being actively involved in the Lloyds group litigation and working for Guy Hands’ Terra Firma. He has long been considered a leading commercial junior, as evidenced by his wealth of experience in the most high profile cases.

Competition / EU
Competition / EU

Set: Monckton Chambers
“An instinctive choice for competition work on account of the impressively accomplished professionals in its ranks,” Monckton Chambers has maintained a phenomenal presence in a host of actions before the European Courts, Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. When serious EU and competition litigation is launched, Monckton is almost always involved.

Silk: Daniel Beard QC, Monckton Chambers
Daniel Beard QC is recommended as a “first-rate” advocate and is praised for being “very insightful and just excellent all round.” A leading specialist in competition and EU matters, he deals with everything from huge competition damages claims to the EU signing up to the ECHR, and appears regularly in the EU Courts.

Junior: Sarah Ford, Brick Court Chambers
With “in-depth knowledge and great experience,” Sarah Ford has appeared in numerous leading competition cases in the past year, including the National Grid and Deutsche Bahn follow-on damages claims. Recent EU highlights include appearing unled in the Supreme Court.

Construction
Construction

Set: Keating Chambers
Keating Chambers continues its dominance in construction by consistently representing clients in the landmark domestic and international cases of the past year. Its barristers are recognised as being “down to earth and knowledgeable,” with an “impressive strength in depth.” Their expertise is called upon for construction disputes within the energy, engineering, environmental, infrastructure, IT and shipbuilding sectors.

Silk: Anneliese Day QC, 4 New Square
In light of the “truly exceptional” nature of her work, Anneliese Day QC is regularly instructed in the most complex and high-profile cases. She has “a wealth of experience in construction disputes,” standing out from the crowd due to her “extraordinary talent, eloquence and ability to explain complex issues to lay clients.”

Junior: Karim Ghaly, Thirty Nine Essex Street
Described as being “almost in a league of his own,” Karim Ghaly continues to bring his “ingenuity and flair” to construction disputes in the UK and internationally. Over the past year, his practice has encompassed substantial arbitrations in South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, as well as a five-week trial in the TCC.
 

Crime
Crime

Set: 6KBW College Hill
A set of conspicuous strength and ability, 6KBW College Hill leads the field in criminal law. It is a premier set for corporate and private clients and those involved in complex, serious and high-profile litigation. With four new silks this year, more than any other set, chambers confirms its pre-eminence in this field.

Silk: Jonathan Laidlaw QC, 2 Hare Court
Jonathan Laidlaw QC is “one of the country’s leading silks” and is described as “an extraordinarily able advocate with great style who can deal with the most difficult of cases with the greatest of ease.” He is reported to have “lethal cross-examination skills and a mean way with closing speeches.” He recently defended Rebekah Brooks in the phone-hacking trial.

Junior: Clare Sibson, Cloth Fair Chambers
An “extremely bright and highly admired junior,” Clare Sibson has been ranked in the top tier of criminal fraud juniors by Chambers & Partners in each of the past five years. She is “one of the most sought-after juniors at the Criminal Bar” and her practice bears testament to such recognition.

Defamation / Privacy
Defamation/Privacy

Set: Matrix Chambers
The Matrix media and information team have had yet another year of being instructed in ground-breaking and high-profile cases. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of three new members, reaffirming its status as a leading media law set. The growth in privacy work has seen the team increasingly in demand.

Silk: Richard Rampton QC, One Brick Court
Renowned as the “king of the Libel Bar,” Richard Rampton QC continues to appear in many of the leading claims in this field, including acting for Times Newspapers in its libel action against Peter Cruddas and successfully appearing in the Court of Appeal in two libel actions: Waterson v Lloyd concerning MPs expenses; and Citation v Ellis Whittam, a libel claim between commercial rivals.

Junior: Adam Speker, 5RB
Adam Speker continues to build “a hugely impressive practice” and is in demand from the media, individuals and pubic authorities for his strategic advice and advocacy skills. He successfully represented Carmarthenshire County Council and its chief executive unled at trial in 2013 and has won on his own twice in the Court of Appeal this year.

Employment
Employment

Set: Matrix Chambers
Matrix’s niche employment team is aimed at the top end of the market and represents a broad range of clients, from City institutions to individuals, instructed by many of the leading solicitors. It was involved in many of the leading cases this year, including appearances before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the CJEU.

Silk: David Reade QC, Littleton Chambers
David Reade QC’s “robust and fearless presence” makes him an extremely popular choice for many solicitors. The broad nature of his practice is demonstrated by his representation of the successful claimant in Hounga v Allen in the Supreme Court, and of Crystal Palace FC in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in a TUPE claim.

Junior: Thomas Croxford, Blackstone Chambers
Thomas Croxford is top ranked in Chambers UK: “He's one of the best people at the Bar on issues relating to whistle-blowing.” “He is a strong tactician; he's willing to give robust strategic direction and has the ability to win over challenging tribunal judges.”

Environment / Planning
Environment / Planning

Set: Thirty Nine Essex Street
Thirty Nine Essex Street is recognised as one of the leading planning and environmental sets and is a dominant force in the courts and inquiries. With a team of bright and able advocates combining a strong academic background with pragmatism and versatility, it is commended for its “impressive environmental pedigree” and “huge repository of planning expertise.”

Silk: Nathalie Lieven QC, Landmark Chambers
Nathalie Lieven QC has demonstrated her talents and expertise across a broad practice. Her clients applaud her excellent interpersonal skills and strong advocacy capabilities. She represented 15 local authorities challenging the HS2 Scheme. She has also recently been successful on behalf of EDF in a Judicial Review of Hinckley Point C Nuclear Power Station.

Junior: William Upton, 6 Pump Court
William Upton is highly regarded for his expertise in both environmental and planning law. His work includes the landmark Supreme Court case of Lawrence v Fen Tigers. He is praised for being “intellectually very strong” and “very good with clients,” and as “a highly analytical and detail-oriented advocate.”

Family
Family

Set: 1 King’s Bench Walk
1kbw consistently retains an outstanding reputation as a leading family law set. In particular, the set provides unrivalled expertise in all areas of family law, including financial remedies, private law children, public law children and child abduction work. 1kbw’s alternative dispute resolution team is highly regarded by practitioners and judges alike.

Silk: Nicholas Francis QC, 29 Bedford Row Chambers
Nicholas Francis QC has been in many of this year's leading finance cases, including one soon to be heard in the Supreme Court. Sitting as a High Court Judge, he has delivered judgments in a number of reported cases. He is at the forefront of the rapidly emerging private FDR market.

Junior: Judith Murray, 4 Paper Buildings
Highly prized for her outstanding ability across the fields of both matrimonial finance and child law, Judith Murray is rated as “a senior junior of choice whenever money and children are in dispute.” Described as “very tough” and “great on her feet,” she is “intelligent and fast thinking,” with a “no-nonsense approach.”

Health & Safety
Health & Safety

Set: Henderson Chambers
Henderson Chambers continues to thrive at the forefront of the Health and Safety Bar, typified in 2014 for example by the seminal Court of Appeal sentencing decision, R v Sellafield, the Gleision colliery corporate manslaughter trial, and the inquest into the deaths of the UK victims of the Algeria gas plant siege.

Silk: Adrian Darbishire QC, QEB Hollis Whiteman
Adrian Darbishire QC has acted in many workplace gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety cases since appearing in the Hatfield Rail Crash trial, including the first prosecution for statutory corporate manslaughter, R v Cotswold Geotech. This year he has advised clients and appeared in many of the high-profile and complex investigations and cases reported.

Junior: James Maxwell-Scott, Crown Office Chambers
“Extremely user-friendly” and “very level-headed,” he is also praised for his “meticulous attention to detail.” Widely admired for his work as counsel to the Lakanal House fire inquest, he has been heavily involved in the Hillsborough Inquests this year.  

Human Rights & Public Law
Human Rights

Set: Blackstone Chambers
Blackstone Chambers continues to be at the forefront of public law and human rights litigation having been involved in many of the most significant disputes over the past 12 months. The set is “renowned for offering unrivalled expertise at all levels of seniority, and for forging innovative arguments in defence of the interests of commercial organisations, regulatory bodies, government departments and individuals.”

Silk: Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Matrix Chambers
Phillippa Kaufmann QC has an outstanding reputation for handling some of the most innovative judicial reviews in public law. She is recognised as being “at the top of her game” and is representing women who had long-term relationships with men they later discovered were undercover police officers spying on the political movements to which they belonged.

Junior: Adam Straw, Doughty Street Chambers
Adam Straw’s recent cases have led to the Litvinenko Inquiry and the Harris Review, a unique conclusion of unlawful killing against a police firearms officer, and the Supreme Court requiring an urgent review of policy on legal funding for British nationals facing the death penalty. He is “coveted by solicitors… the complete package… just amazing.”

Insolvency / Corporate Restructuring
Insolvency

Set:South Square
Few sets monopolise a corner of the legal market as successfully as South Square, which dominates the insolvency and restructuring sector. Its world-class reputation in this field is reflected by the headline cases it attracts. The set has a “phenomenal offering, with incredible members at the top of their game.”

Silk: Stephen Atherton QC, 20 Essex Street
Stephen Atherton QC is simply “the type of barrister you want on your side," a “brilliant,” “compelling,” “forceful” advocate “who will fight your corner to the end.” A “no-nonsense silk,” who is very user-friendly and very technically knowledgeable, he is popular with clients, who appreciate his understanding of their “commercial drivers” and his ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them.

Junior: Adam Al-Attar, South Square
Highly rated for his expertise in bank and fund insolvencies, Adam Al-Attar has acted in relation to the high-profile insolvencies of Lehman Brothers, MF Global and Madoff feeder funds. His sharp intellect and industrious approach have earned him an “excellent reputation amongst peers and clients.” His current work includes the Waterfall II application in the Lehman estate.

Insurance
Insurance

Set: 7 King's Bench Walk
7KBW handles the spectrum of insurance and reinsurance cases, including high-profile claims, natural disasters, pollution, pharmaceutical liability, political risks, war risks, piracy and financial institutions. It is regularly identified as a leading set for insurance and reinsurance law. Many individual members are acknowledged leaders in the field and attract the most complex and high-value insurance cases.

Silk: Christopher Butcher QC, 7 King's Bench Walk
The “intellectually formidable” Christopher Butcher QC has an “impressively broad-based practice” encompassing all aspects of insurance and reinsurance matters. “He is phenomenally clever, very good with clients and a good choice for intellectually demanding cases.” Equitas v Walsham Bros and the recent Federal Mogul case are amongst his successes in the insurance market this year.

Junior: Richard Harrison, Devereux
Richard Harrison is praised by sources for his ability to handle an extensive range of insurance and reinsurance matters. “He has an incisive mind and often manages to bring a different view to the issues he is asked to advise on,” states one commentator.

Intellectual Property / Information Technology
IP / IT

Set: Three New Square
Three New Square has a reputation as a “premier IP set featuring high-quality lawyers throughout, whether they be leading silks or baby juniors,” and for handling the most fiercely contested IP disputes of the day. Commentators note: "We like their approach. They're very client-friendly and they'll make sure they deliver when they say they will."

Silk: Iain Purvis QC, 11 South Square
Iain Purvis QC is a leading silk, recently described as “the cleverest and most brilliant lawyer at the IP Bar.” Often instructed in the area’s notable cases, in the last year Iain has appeared twice before the Supreme Court, in one instance overturning 115 years of authorities to obtain a positive result for his client.

Junior: Simon Malynicz, Three New Square
“Exceptional, very hard-working, very perceptive and a great guy to have on your side in a battle,” Simon Malynicz is the go-to barrister for any difficult soft IP case where lateral thinking, tactical nous and persuasive advocacy are needed. This year he successfully acted in Nestle v Cadbury, Total v YouView, Lush v Amazon and Interflora v M&S.  

International Arbitration
International Arbitration

Set: Essex Court Chambers
Recognised for its “long-held sway as the leading set at the International Arbitration Bar,” and its barristers are noted for their “absolute commitment.” No fewer than 34 silks from its full complement of 44, as well as a considerable number of juniors, identify arbitration as a key practice area.

Silk: Graham Dunning QC, Essex Court Chambers
Graham Dunning QC is co-head of Essex Court Chambers and has practised international arbitration for over 30 years worldwide, from commercial to investor-state disputes. Commentators say: "He has excellent poise, and is very considered and thorough.” “He's very easy to deal with but quick to challenge and be demanding in the interests of getting the right result.”

Junior: Christopher Harris, 3 Verulam Buildings
Described as “excellent on his feet and exceptionally user-friendly” and as having “great strategic and commercial awareness,” Christopher Harris is a rising star of the International Arbitration Bar. He appears as counsel and arbitrator across a range of disputes and is particularly known for his investment treaty expertise: “A go-to junior for investor-state work."

Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence
Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence

Set: 12 King’s Bench Walk
12 King's Bench Walk has had an excellent year, with members appearing in such high-profile industrial diseases cases as Haxton v Philips Electronics UK and Zambarda v Shipbreaking Queenborough. It has an outstanding reputation in the personal injury market and fields talented silks and juniors in a broad range of significant cases.

Silk: Stephen Miller QC, 1 Crown Office Row
In 14 years as a silk, Stephen has acquired enormous depth of experience in clinical negligence and related personal injury, medical regulatory and health law. “If you have a tricky trial, he's a great advocate and he's always ready for a fight.” Miller has recently had a string of successes in an unusually high number of contested cases.

Junior: Henry Charles, 12 King’s Bench Walk
Henry Charles specialises in serious and catastrophic injury work and clinical negligence. He is noted for his preparation and his dedication. Professional clients say he "has a geniality which you misread at your peril. He's very incisive … excellent, very thorough and thinks deeply into a problem.” He lectures widely, and has appeared in many high-profile cases.

Professional Discipline
Professional Discipline

Sets: Serjeants’ Inn Chambers
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has specialised in the professional discipline field for over 30 years. It has expanded its team this year: five of the individual winners of this award over the last five years, and many nominees, are now united in one set, offering “unrivalled expertise at all levels.”

Silks: Ian Stern QC, 2 Bedford Row
Hailed as an “exceptional talent” with “a very nice personal manner,” Ian Stern QC has had an extraordinarily high-profile year. To name but two cases, he represented the firearms officers at the Mark Duggan Inquest and the Metropolitan Police Service in the Plebgate misconduct hearings. He is head of the regulatory group at 2 Bedford Row.

Junior: James Leonard, Outer Temple Chambers
James Leonard is considered a fantastic advocate, and known for his ability to negotiate with the prosecutor and for his unrivalled client-handling skills. He is commended for always thinking ahead and is particularly gifted at anticipating problematic issues before they arise. His practice places an emphasis on appearances before the GMC and GDC.

Professional Negligence
Professional Negligence

Set: 4 New Square
4 New Square continues to dominate in the professional liability world, maintaining its top ranking with Chambers & Partners and being described as “just so far ahead of the competition.” Members of chambers continue to appear in the leading cases of the day as the larger post-credit crunch claims finally work their way through the Courts.

Silk: Colin Edelman QC, Devereux
Colin Edelman QC is a real heavyweight of the profession and acts across the full spectrum of professional negligence actions. A market leader in matters of policy and coverage, he is chairman of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund. One solicitor said: “He’s the person I’d get to defend me.”

Junior: Amanda Savage, 4 New Square
“Very intelligent, extremely hard-working, and with a wonderful sense of humour,” Amanda Savage is a go-to name for professional negligence work across the legal, financial and property professions. Her excellent advocacy and impeccable paperwork have brought her into numerous major professional negligence disputes.

Real Estate
Real Estate

Set: Maitland Chambers
Maitland’s property practice is one of the top in the country. The set has leading experts in all areas of property work (both litigious and transactional), ranging from private individuals to large multinational companies. The set’s members have demonstrated exceptional skill and are deservedly known for having “a fine reputation in the real estate litigation arena.”

Silk: Martin Hutchings QC, Wilberforce Chambers
Five wins in the Court of Appeal in the last 18 months mark Martin Hutchings QC out as the advocate’s advocate. He is consistently praised by peers, who “cannot speak highly enough of him,” and is also renowned as “an understated and brilliant cross-examiner.” Recent triumphs include ground-breaking dilapidations case Sunlife v Tiger.

Junior: Tom Weekes, Landmark Chambers
Tom Weekes has been recommended as a leading junior for many years. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on various occasions, often focusing on human rights appeals in property cases. His recent cases include Siemens Hearing Instruments v Friends Life and Shebelle Enterprises v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.

Shipping
Shipping

Set: Quadrant Chambers
Widely regarded as a pre-eminent set in this field, Quadrant Chambers is noted to have the “market-leading talent in both wet and dry work,” with its barristers possessing “superior sector-specific knowledge and insight” and handling “some of the most hotly contested, high-value charter party, shipbuilding and admiralty disputes of the day.”

Silk: Luke Parsons QC, Quadrant Chambers
Luke Parsons QC combines superb interpersonal skills with an astute interpretation of situations, and is regarded by many as a popular choice for hotly contested shipping disputes. He is “very much seen as a go-to silk for anything complicated or where really intricate and clever arguments are needed.”

Junior: Charles Priday, 7 King's Bench Walk
Described as being “in a league of his own … absolutely first rate," Charles Priday is regarded as the leading junior for shipping and commodity work, with a practice akin to successful silks’. He is favoured by many leading firms for his command of the law and first-class judgement.

Tax
Tax

Set: Pump Court Tax Chambers
Described as “excellent on all counts,” this superlative tax set reaffirms its pre-eminence in the marketplace with expertise across the whole spectrum of tax law. Acting for both taxpayer and HMRC, the set has seen its 34 tenants acting in virtually every major piece of tax litigation this year.

Silk: Jonathan Peacock QC, 11 New Square
Jonathan Peacock QC is an extremely well-regarded advocate, with a “commanding courtroom presence” and the “priceless ability to make complex matters readily understood.” Well known for his practical advice, he “is never afraid to tell it like it is” and has a strong domestic and cross-border tax practice in the finance, oil and gas and sports sectors.

Junior: James Rivett, Pump Court Tax Chambers
Recommended for his “clear intellect,” in the past twelve months James Rivett has appeared before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, and has won a series of widely reported cases unled against senior silks. His “red hot” practice balances work on behalf of both the Revenue and high-profile private clients.