Carmelite Chambers (previously at 2-4 Tudor Street)
is one of the largest and longest established sets in the UK. They
are leaders within their field, both for defence and prosecution, with specific expertise in serious fraud,
terrorism, murder, espionage, money laundering, extradition, miscarriages of justice and Courts Martial.
Carilion Chambers is a recently formed set specialising
exclusively in employment law with a base in Newcastle upon Tyne. They undertake a balanced mix of Claimant and
Respondent work ranging from acting on behalf of individual employees or small businesses to Trade Unions and
Local Authorities. Their barristers cover employment tribunals across both England & Scotland and the EAT in both countries.
Castle Chambers, based in Harrow, was founded in April 2004.
The main area of practice is in criminal advocacy, both defence and prosecution. They defend at all levels,
from first appearances in the magistrates' court through to trial in the Crown Court and to
hearings in the Court of Appeal and other appellate courts. Members of Chambers prosecute on behalf
of the Crown Prosecution Service in a number of areas, government departments, local authorities and
the Federation Against Copyright Theft. they have growing strengths in general common law, personal
injury, family law and employment.
Chancery House Chambers is a specialised
Commercial/Chancery Law set of Barristers based in Leeds.
All Members of Chambers are frequently instructed in relation to both contentious
and non-contentious problems that arise in a business or financial context. These instructions
include questions and disputes involving contract, property, trusts, banking, and company law.
1 Chancery Lane, the Chambers of John Ross QC,
is a leading civil common law set. Its practice areas are professional negligence, clinical negligence,
personal injury, travel and property, contract and commercial, public and administrative and property.
Members specialise in a number of fields including novel duty of care claims against public authorities,
education negligence, claims involving police, human rights, conflicts of law, consumer law, health & safety,
discrimination, social welfare law, undue influence claims and judicial review. There are presently 44
members of Chambers five of whom are QC's. Several also sit as Recorders and Arbitrators.
Members of chambers are also qualified to act as Mediators. Articles, news items and briefings can be accessed
on the 1 Chancery Lane website. There is now also a blog
piBlawg which is a collaboration between 1 Chancery Lane and
piCalculator, a site to calculate damages ("Making Ogden Easy").
The blog provides an up to date commentary on all legal aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence case law
and has frequent (and lively) posts from quite a few contributing barristers.
was formed in July 2001 by the members of Dr Johnson's Chambers and former members of
Cardinal Chambers to produce one of the largest sets in the country. The head of
Charter Chambers is Stephen Solley QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee.
The large criminal team offers a wide range of experience in both domestic and
international crime. The civil team offers specialists in employment, family,
personal injury, immigration, sports law, landlord and tenant, commercial, aviation
law and actions against the police.
Chartlands Chambers, based in Northampton,
specialises in Family Law, Immigration, and General Civil Law. Chambers was established in 1995 to provide
a Common Law service to Solicitors and other organisations in the Northampton area and further afield.
Church Court Chambers is a leading common law set focused
on criminal, civil and family practice. There are 44 barristers covering a wide range of key practice areas including
fraud and serious crime, clinical and professional negligence, consumer law, family law, immigration, general civil,
commercial and property, sports and media law and personal injury.
Civitas Law was established in 2008 as the first specialist
Civil & Public Law chambers in Wales. Strong in personal injury work, chancery, commercial, employment and
mediation, Civitas is also a leading provider of counsel to Welsh Government and local authorities, with
5 members appointed to the Welsh Assembly Government panel.
Clerksroom is a Nationwide Chambers of over 80 Barristers & 500
Mediators providing advocacy, advice and mediation throughout England & Wales.
The service is available 24 hours a day by telephone, email and online.
Fast & multi-track advocates for every court, no travel costs for fast-track matters, experts for advocacy, advice & drafting,
leading national chambers, 6 regional offices for meetings & mediation.
Clerksroom Direct provides access to Barristers through
an easy-to-use portal. The client registers on the system (no fee is needed at that point) and then has the
opportunity to select a barrister by practice area, level of experience and fee quote. In most cases, a free half
hour consultation is also available. Overall, the portal provides a secure online route to enquiry, quote, tender,
case management, document management and payment for clients and barristers. A key benefit for barristers is
that they do not have to deal with administrative issues like money laundering regulations, quoting fees,
taking pre-payment and preparing the necessary client care letter.
Clerksroom Direct offers access to over 1,000 Barristers from more than 200 Barristers’ Chambers.
Obtaining a fee quote from a Barrister is completely free as the user only pays for the service if they
proceed to instruct the Barrister directly.
Clock Chambers is located in Wolverhampton to the west of
the industrial Midlands on the edge of rural Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. Counsel
act on behalf of clients throughout the surrounding industrial and rural areas and further afield when necessary.
The work extends across criminal law (prosecution and defence),
family law, general commercial work and personal injury. Individual members specialise within
these general areas of work, accepting briefs from local authorities and other public bodies, dealing with
landlord and tenant disputes, company and partnership matters, insolvency and property issues and matrimonial
Cloisters, at 1 Pump Court in the Temple, was founded 50 years ago by
barristers with a common goal of fighting for the rights of the individual. Now they
represent both claimants and defendants, and have a strong reputation particularly in
employment law, personal injury, clinical negligence and medical law, public law and
judicial review, commercial, media and sports law. Joint heads of chambers are
Brian Langstaff QC and Robin Allen QC.
Cobden House Chambers are an established set of chambers
located in Manchester, within walking distance of the courts and enjoying an excellent reputation on the
Northern Circuit for being a friendly and client focussed set.
They work primarily within the following areas of law:
Crime, Personal Injury, Housing, Family, Chancery and Employment
They also provide Law Society accredited seminars and workshop training in these areas.
College Chambers was founded in 1989 by Robin Belben and
Roger Shawcross (now His Honour Judge Shawcross). Their reputation is based on their work as specialist advocates.
The key areas of practice include civil, family, general common law and mediation, backed by a breadth of
experience and expertise in all areas. College Chambers is committed to providing the reliable service
which clients expect and deserve.
12 College Place, based in Southampton, are the largest set of
independent barristers in Central Southern England. Their underlying approach is to offer genuine expertise as each level of
call, both individually and throughout each team. They are able to offer their expertise in Criminal and Regulatory, Family,
Chancery, Planning and Local Government, Housing, Employment and Common Law. They are a long-established set of
Chambers with 47 tenants and are able to accept instructions from both the UK and abroad.
Colleton Chambers, at Exeter and Taunton,
is the longest established independent set of Chambers west of Bristol. Their aim has always
been to offer to west country solicitors an easily accessible Bar working to the highest professional
standards of advice and advocacy.
Members of Chambers appear in crown courts and magistrates courts throughout the west country, as well
as the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal, and are regularly instructed in notable criminal cases
by defence solicitors, statutory agencies, local authorities and corporate clients as well as the
Crown Prosecution Service.
Conference Chambers, the chambers of Ryan Clement,
based in Eastcote, specialise in employment and HR.
They attend courts and tribunals throughout England & Wales at various levels.
They also undertake Public Access work.
Coram Chambers is a leading specialist set with core areas
which include family law as well as associated areas of civil practice including judicial review,
human rights, mental health and care standards. Coram Chambers was founded in 1999 by members of 4 Brick Court and
Queen Elizabeth Buildings and is now based in Fulwood Place, close to the PRFD in the heart of London.
Members of chambers act in leading cases at the forefront of practice in key areas of family law,
including public and private law children cases, adoption, wardship and the international movement of children.
In addition, Chambers has key strengths in family finance and money cases.
are a modern set, recognised as a leader in their fields by all the current guides.
They are recognised experts in the areas of law: Local Government,
Planning, Housing, Environment, Licensing, Civil Litigation and Regulatory Crime.
Many current members hold part-time judicial appointments, sit as legal assessors on various disciplinary
boards and tribunals, including the RICS, the Lands Tribunal, the Adjudication Panel of England & Wales
and sporting bodies' dispute resolution panels. Members also sit as arbitrators and act as treasury counsel.
They act for over 300 local authorities, central government departments and public bodies as well as companies
and individuals. Their work extends as far as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the West Indies and includes
European law and the Convention on Human Rights. They offer direct access to approved professional bodies.
Cornwall Street Chambers is one of the leading sets
of barristers' chambers in Birmingham, servicing court centres throughout England and Wales but with
a particularly strong presence on the Midland Circuit. Chambers has 3 core practice groups corresponding
to the wider areas of legal activity, namely Criminal, Civil and Family law. There is an annexe at Shrewsbury.
One Crown Office Row, the Chambers of Philip Havers QC,
is a long established leading civil set with particular strengths in clinical negligence (for which it is widely
recognised as the leading set), other professional negligence, public, administrative and Human Rights
Act law, judicial review, environmental law, personal injury, professional disciplinary, sports law, immigration
and VAT/Tax. Two silks are also recognised as leading matrimonial finance practitioners. A large Annexe in Brighton
(of over 40 Members) is by far the largest Chambers based in that city. They provide a
Human Rights Update on
their site which is a database of over 1000 reports and commentaries on human rights dating back to 1998 with a
weekly update co-ordinated by Chambers Academic Rosalind English. The cases are taken from domestic courts
and the Strasbourg court involving human rights points that demonstrate the impact of the European Convention on
domestic law and also explores the practical impact of these cases for practitioners. This resource is made available free
for all to use (you have to register on site but it is not too intrusive). There is a good search engine and it is possible to
sign up for a weekly update by email. For less experienced users, it includes a practical guide to the Convention and
the Act; what are "Incorporated Rights", "Procedures and Remedies" and so on. The Resources section of the
main site also provides free access to articles authored by Members, details of their cases and materials relating
to their seminar programme including audio files of many of their talks which can also be downloaded as podcasts.
There is also a blog,
UK Human Rights Blog written by members of 1 Crown Office Row,
for more immediate comment and news. This has grown very rapidly and contains over 1000 posts, has 8000 followers
through email and social media and is expected to hit 1 million total “hits” by March 2012. The editorial team consists
of Angus McCullough QC, Rosalind English and Adam Wagner and there are frequent sharp-edged postings which
are often picked up on by the national press.
Crown Office Chambers
is the largest civil common law set of chambers in London, with nearly 80 members.
Areas of specialisation include construction and commercial work,
insurance and reinsurance, contract, professional negligence, personal injury, health and safety, product liability
and clinical negligence.
There is a regular news section, a serious of regularly updated articles, and a section giving details
of the seminars provided.
Dartford Chambers is a recently established virtual Chambers
providing the opportunity for Family/Children Law practitioners to operate in a different way from
the conventional chambers model. Members work from home with clerking and administration services
provided by DartLaw Services, run by Elaine Cheeseman, an experienced Senior Clerk and Chambers Manager.
They are open to applications from those who specialise in any or all areas of family law and are
looking to achieve a more satisfactory work/life balance at realistic cost, especially with the recent
changes to legal aid. They are also seeking to make public access more appealing to lay clients
by canvassing in their local area.
DartLaw is also able to offer fee collection/aged debt recovery services.
Deans Court Chambers,
in Manchester, with 8 Queen's Counsel and 33 junior counsel,
aims to provide in-depth expertise across a broad spectrum of work.
Derwent Chambers is Derby’s first set of Barristers’ Chambers.
It is a new chambers, set up in 2007, but all the Barristers already have well-established practices on the Midland Circuit,
with a particular experience of the Courts in Derby and Derbyshire. Main areas of work are Family Law,
Civil Law and Crime.
a small recently formed chambers in Outer Temple on the Strand, directly
opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, specialising
in Intellectual Property, Internet, Media and Commercial cases.
They are willing to advise to advise on all matters from limited questions of
discovery in a simple copyright case to appearing in major patent cases.
is a thriving and well-established set of Chambers with a wide client base of public companies,
underwriters, brokers, local authorities, government departments, trade unions, individuals and others.
A number of senior members of Chambers serve as Deputy High Court Judges and Recorders. Members of Chambers
sit on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, Mental Health Independent Review Tribunal,
Rent Assessment Panel and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, the Boundary Commission and Sports Disputes
Resolution Panel. They also sit as Arbitrators and chair Tribunals and Inquiries.
Devon Chambers, in Plymouth and covering the entire West Country,
has 15 members who provide experience and expertise in all levels of Crime, Family, Personal Injury,
Commercial, Employment, Housing, Landlord & Tenant, Immigration and Judicial Review.
2 Dr Johnson's Buildings was founded in 1988 as a modern-thinking
and approachable common law set of Chambers. Since then they have steadily grown to a total of 42 tenants,
whilst retaining the same essential ethos and focus on providing excellent advocacy services.
They have large teams of practitioners undertaking crime and family work, as well as specialists
fsin general civil work, immigration, public law and employment law.
3 Dr Johnson's Buildings was established over 50 years ago.
It has long enjoyed a strong reputation in all aspects of Family Law, but in recent years has broadened
its scope to cover many key areas of Civil Law.
Barristers practice in Courts at all levels, throughout the country. Professional clients range from small High
Street practitioners to large City firms and Local Authorities.
Many Barristers can offer foreign languages and expertise in foreign law.
Doughty Street Chambers is at the forefront of many
cutting-edge domestic and international human rights cases and has long been recognised as a leader
in the field of civil liberties and human rights. The site includes
information on Human Rights topics, including articles and comment on the act,
European Convention material, international material, a news section,
a good set of Human Rights links and information on the
HRA Research Project (HRARP) which is an independent research
initiative funded to monitor and evaluate the Human Rights Act 1998
and the enjoyment of human rights in the UK. They also offer an email updating service.
Dyers Chambers (previously 2 Dyers Building),
the Chambers of Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC, is now based at 35 Bedford Row.
They are organised into teams of specialists covering crime, regulatory and local authority work
and business and International.
East Anglian Chambers
was established in Colchester in 1946. It later expanded to Norwich, Ipswich and Chelmsford and,
working also in Cambridgeshire, now fields a team of nearly 60 barristers providing
an efficient and comprehensive Common Law service to the whole of eastern England.
Recently attaining both Bar Mark and ISO 9002:1994 status, they offer solicitors and
DPA firms dedicated and highly regarded teams of criminal, family, property,
personal injury, and other civil practitioners - available throughout the region and beyond.
Ely Place operates from its own modernised Georgian
building at 30 Ely Place, Holborn Circus, London. The Barristers are specialist advocates whose expertise
includes offering an advisory service on commercial litigation, media/defamation, actions against the
police, employment law, professional (including clinical) negligence, personal injury, property
litigation (both commercial and residential), housing and public and local government law.
is a leading Commercial Chancery Set with well-established branches in
London, Leeds and Newcastle. They have experts recommended in Insolvency/Bankruptcy,
Commercial, Company & Partnership, Professional Negligence, Property and Traditional Chancery.
has a long-established reputation as a company law set. It covers all aspects of company law, corporate
finance, corporate insolvency, financial services and related professional negligence matters.
Alongside its reputation in company law, the set is known for its commercial litigation experience
over a range of practice areas and business sectors.
Erskine Chambers continues to maintain its position as the foremost UK company law and corporate finance set
and one of the leading corporate insolvency sets. In these areas members of Chambers have been involved in many
of the largest and most significant cases and deals of the year - in the UK and in other jurisdictions. The set
also has leading practices in accountancy law, financial services and regulatory work.
One Essex Court, the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC,
is a leading set of barristers chambers where the principal areas of practice are
commercial law, arbitration, company and insolvency, banking, European Union
law, intellectual property, revenue law and licensing.
5 Essex Court the Chambers of Simon Freeland
QC, is recognized by the main legal directories as a leading set in police law and has a proud record of having
been involved in nearly all of the police law landmark cases both in the domestic and the European courts.
Members of Chambers haves also been involved in such high profile Public Inquiries as the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry,
the Marchioness Inquiry, the Hutton Inquiry, the Bichard Inquiry and the Morris Inquiry.
Founded as a common law set in 1954 by the late Mr Justice Michael Eastham, 5 Essex Court became a civil set in
October 2004. It specializes in police law, public law, employment and personal injury.
There are extensive case notes on the site from the cases in which members have acted.
Essex Court Chambers
called Four Essex Court until its relocation to Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1994, was
formed as a separate chambers in 1961.
The set specialises in commercial, international & European Law. There are a number of substantial
20 Essex Street, the Chambers of Iain Milligan QC,
specialise in international commercial litigation. Chambers currently comprises 48 barristers, of whom
17 are Queen's Counsel. There are also 12 senior members who practise as
arbitrators and mediators. Members appear as advocates in
litigation and arbitration worldwide and advise across a wide range of
international and commercial law. They have an excellent reputation as one of
the leading international commercial sets, and are at the forefront of
developments in commercial, EU and public international law.
23 Essex Street is primarily a criminal set whose members
practise in all areas of criminal law, both defending and prosecuting, across London and the South Eastern
Circuit. Silks practise throughout the country. 23 Essex Street has a particular reputation in the core area
of criminal work, in cases concerning serious crime, such as murder and sexual offences and other cases
involving vulnerable witnesses; white-collar crime, such as criminal fraud and money-laundering offences;
and customs and revenue offences. Chambers has acquired a considerable reputation in both defending and prosecuting in criminal proceedings and its members have been involved in many of the celebrated and high-profile cases over the last 50 years.
There are a number of articles available on the "News" section of the site.
35 Essex Street has now become Outer Temple Chambers
Exchange Chambers, in
Liverpool, comprises 52 barristers of whom 8 are Silks and provides a number
of specialisations. There is an online Personal Injury Newsletter,
compiled by Bill Braithwaite QC which includes
an extensive set of summaries of cases tried and cases settled over the last 2 years.
There are also a number of commercial articles.