Administrative & Public: Judicial review and public law, including civil liberties and human rights, education, local authorities, health trusts, mental health, community care, court of protection, housing and housing associations, immigration, VAT and customs and excise.
Commercial: Insurance and reinsurance, commodities and derivatives, funding disputes, banking, mergers and acquisitions, sale and carriage of goods, insolvency, company law, financial services law, shipping, professional negligence and professional indemnity work for auditors and legal advisors and international commercial arbitration.
Construction & Engineering: Litigation and related claims, including professional negligence and indemnity work, from major international ventures to smaller domestic contracts, acting for employers, contractors, subcontractors and professional advisors. Members act as advocates, mediators and arbitrators in the United Kingdom, the EU and worldwide.
Costs: Members of chambers appear in every court and tribunal where costs issues arise. Members also carry out advisory work on potential funding arrangements and in drafting cost documentation including CFAs, CCFA and legal expenses insurance policies.
Employment: Work for employers and employees, local authorities and central government. Particular emphasis is on public law-related work, discrimination, restrictive covenants, wrongful dismissal and breach of fiduciary duties.
Energy: A unique capability to cover corporate/commercial, construction, engineering, projects, environmental, planning, public and regulatory work in the electricity, nuclear, oil and gas and renewable sectors.
Entertainment & Sports: Entertainment and media-related work including performers’ contracts, passing-off, breach of confidence, film and management agreements and broadcasting regulation. Sports-related work includes public liability of sports clubs for acts of their players, employer’s liability, disciplinary tribunals, disputes concerning control of clubs, transfer fee disputes, EU free movement and other employment issues.
European: EU law before domestic and EU courts, including competition, discrimination and equality law, public procurement, free movement, state aids and milk quotas.
Human Rights: Members of chambers regularly appear in domestic Human Rights Act cases and also have extensive experience as advocates before the European Court of Human Rights and in courts overseas. Members have appeared in leading cases with a human rights dimension in diverse fields including civil liberties, commercial law, healthcare, housing, immigration, local government, mental health, community care, planning, police and prisoners.
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: Sea, air and crowd disasters, group actions, industrial disease, sports injuries, injuries of maximum severity, pharmaceuticals, product liability and high profile and complex matters, ranging from sensitive consent-to-treatment cases to those involving serious disability and death.
Planning & Environmental: Compulsory purchase, contaminated land, environmental civil liability, environmental regulation, European law and human rights, health and safety and product liability, insurance, international environmental law, licensing, marine environment, parliamentary and public affairs, planning law, nuisance and rating.
Public Inquiries: Members of chambers have been instructed in most of the major public inquiries over the past 10 years, including BSE, the King’s Cross fire and more recently, the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Victoria Climbié, the Saville Inquiry, the Hutton Inquiry, Hillsborough, the Leveson Inquiry and the Bristol Review.
Regulatory & Disciplinary: Appearing in tribunals and hearings, and carrying out advisory work across the entire medical sphere, appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in challenges to interventions by the Law Society, social care, education, financial services, broadcasting, communications and the media, sport, transport and health and safety, buildings and housing, local government standards, licensing.
PUBLICATIONS Planning Permission (2016) (Richard Harwood QC); Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings 8th Edition (2015) (Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Alison Foster QC, Saima Hanif); Wilmot-Smith on Construction Contracts (Third Edition) (2014); Phipson on Evidence, 17th Edition (2012) (Hodge M. Malek QC); Environmental Impact Assessment, Second Edition (2012) (Stephen Tromans QC); The Law of Entertainment and Broadcasting (Nelson); Waiver, Variation and Estoppel (Wilken); Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law (Tromans); Planning Enforcement, Second Edition (Harwood) 2013; Mental Capacity (Morris and Greaney); A Guide to the New Law: Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings (Pugh-Smith, Ruck Keene, Burton); Accidents Abroad: International Personal Injury Claims (Doherty).
INTERNATIONAL 39 Essex Chambers has a number of members who have been called to the Bars of various international and offshore jurisdictions including California, France, Hong Kong, New South Wales, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and the British Virgin Islands. Chambers also has experience of acting in disputes in various foreign jurisdictions including Western and Central Europe, Africa, the USA, India, China and Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
RECRUITMENT The set is a member of Pupillage Gateway and also advertises recruitment via its website.