Chambers C to E

Carmelite Chambers 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.

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.

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 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.

Charter Chambers 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.

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, based in Exeter, is the oldest established set of chambers West of Bristol. There are over 30 members practising in Crime, Family, Civil and Court of Protection throughout the South West and nationally in all the relevant courts, representing regional and national law firms, public bodies, local authorities, businesses and private individuals.

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.

Cornerstone Barristers 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.

Deans Court Chambers are a Barristers’ Chambers comprising 90 members including 12 Queen’s Counsel. They are based in Manchester and Preston but receive instructions on a national (and international) basis. They undertake work in a broad range of specialist areas including Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury litigation, Commercial, Crime, Family, Regulatory and Professional Discipline. Winner of “Barristers’ Chambers of the Year” in the Manchester Legal Awards 2017, 2014 & 2013.

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.

Design Chambers, 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.

Devereux Chambers, 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.

Drystone Chambers was formed in 2015 from Dyers Chambers and One Paper Buildings. The set is now based at 35 Bedford Row and has a membership of 86, including 5 QCs.

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.

Enterprise Chambers 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.

Erskine Chambers 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.

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Seems to have become an advertising site – can anyone help me?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 articles online.

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.

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.