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Firm Profile

Ely Place Chambers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 30 Ely Place
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1N 6TD

Firm profile submitted by Ely Place Chambers

Head of Chambers William McCormick QC
Senior Clerks Christopher Drury 07885 469845,  Richard Sheehan 07870128617
Senior Practice Manager Kevin Morrow 07736288055
Practice Manager Dave Lovitt 07795 233444
Administrator Carol Belford
Tenants 33

The Chambers
Friendly, progressive and dynamic, the set provides clear pragmatic advice and a tradition of robust polished advocacy to public and private sector clients, while the long-serving clerking team offers its expertise to clients regarding suitability of counsel and provides strong administrative support thereafter. The ethos is that providing the best result for the client depends upon a team effort.

  • William McCormick QC (1985) (QC-2010) A
  • Nicholas Stewart QC (1971) (QC-1987) A ± Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators Malcolm Bishop QC (1968) (QC-1993) +
  • William Evans (1977) + A ±
  • Clifford Darton (1988) A
  • Leslie Millin (1988) A
  • Jeffrey Bacon (1989)
  • Russell Stone (1992) A ±
  • Iain Daniels (1992)
  • Craig Barlow (1992)
  • Angus Gloag (1992) A
  • Mark Friston (1997) ++
  • Simon Perhar (1997) A ±
  • Ali Reza Sinai (1997)
  • Gillian Crew (1998) A ±
  • Michael Salter (1999) A
  • James Newman (2000) A
  • Faisel Sadiq (2000) A
  • Bushra Ahmed (2001) ++
  • Paul Hughes (2001) ++
  • John Samson (2001) A ±
  • Sally Blackmore (2003)
  • David Mitchell (2004) A **
  • Philipp Simon (2004)
  • Amy Stroud (2004) A
  • Thomas Kirk (2007) A **
  • Paul Powlesland (2009) A
  • George Woodhead (2009)
  • Naveeta Sawh (2009) A
  • Catherine Urquhart (2010)
  • Max Cole (2011) A
  • Nicholas Williams (2013)
  • Richard Bottomley (2013)
  • + Recorder
  • A Public Access Approved
  •  ** Junior Treasury Counsel
  • ± CEDR Accredited
  •  ++ Door tenant

Work Undertaken


The chancery/commercial team at Ely Place provides sound, practical advice so that clients can make effective and fully-informed commercial decisions.
Chambers workload includes contractual disputes, insolvency matters, professional negligence cases, sports-related disputes, cross-border disputes and international arbitrations involving high net worth individuals and businesses and contractual disputes arising out of the relationships between financial institutions and their clients. Disputes as to rights under shareholder agreements or agreements for the sale of businesses coupled with unfair prejudice petitions and claims alleging breaches of directors’ duties and derivative actions form another substantial element of the cases.
The team draws from a breadth of legal knowledge across a range of disciplines and jurisdictions, with members regularly appearing overseas or advising in relation to disputes and the enforcement of judgments involving amongst other systems, the US, France, Belarus, Switzerland, DIFC, Russia, Isle of Man, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Caribbean.


Ely Place has expanded its property group by recruiting established and recognised practitioners in this field over recent years. Members have appeared in a number of reported and important property cases and continue to be engaged in such litigation at both first instance and on appeal. The work ranges from advising on major commercial transactions to representing public bodies in housing and L&T matters and covers the full gamut of property disputes. Members of the team have a particular speciality in the law relating to watercourses, flooding and the water industry.

Ely Place has a small but vibrant media group with a long-standing reputation for punching above its numerical weight due to the talents of its members. It is able to call on expertise gained from members who have previously worked in the print and television media and its juniors are making increasingly regular appearances in defamation and privacy cases.


Ely Place is a leading set for employment and discrimination law and is a first port of call for advice and advocacy for a growing number of high profile law firms and lay clients such as BAA, Network Rail, EE, GlaxoSmithKline and for Unions such as UCATT, Unison and UNITE. Members of the group are regularly instructed by police forces and local authorities throughout the country. In addition, members of the group advise in and conduct High Court actions concerning contractual employment disputes including those involving injunctive relief to enforce covenants or fiduciary duties. Its highly experienced members include a fee paid employment judge, legally qualified chair for police disciplinary tribunals, disciplinary assessor for the ACCA and three treasury counsel.

A thriving area of work is representing interested parties at inquests. Members of the healthcare and prison and police law groups regularly advise and appear in such proceedings.