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11 Ranked Lawyers

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39 Essex Chambers continues to provide an impressive construction law practice and the set has notable strength at both silk and junior level. Sources describe it as "a great set to work with." The barristers are sought out by clients in the construction industry across the length and breadth of the UK, and also undertake a huge amount of international work. The set draws instructions from those on both the contractor and developer sides, including government bodies. Members of the set handle notable work in relation to high-profile residential and commercial developments, as well as cases concerning heavy engineering and infrastructure projects. The set's practice area expertise extends into PFI and PPP contract disputes and the barristers have experience in complex cladding and fire safety issues.

Client service

"The clerks are responsive, accurate, friendly and helpful." "The clerks are superb and deserve a special mention."  "They are always willing to work with us, putting budgets in place and managing client expectations." "The clerks are quick at turning things around and they make my life easier, not more difficult." 39 Essex has continued to provide its clients with online seminars and podcasts over the past year.

Paul Darling KC
Paul Darling KC is a heavyweight silk with a strong global practice that often involves tribunal work in the Far and Middle East. His domestic work sees him regularly appearing before the TCC in an array of high-value cases.
"His particular strength is tactical astuteness in litigation and experience with court procedures, which he combines with a great grasp of the law and facts of a case."

Acted in Blue Manchester v NWGR, a claim by the freeholder of the Manchester Hilton for defects in the cladding.

Karim Ghaly KC
Karim Ghaly KC attracts praise from industry observers for his consummate advocacy. He is regularly instructed to represent clients in TCC and appellate proceedings and in complex international arbitrations. He frequently handles cases involving energy and professional negligence issues, and is noted for his deep understanding of the mechanisms of PFI and PPP disputes. His international client base includes contractors, subcontractors and employers.
"His advocacy skills are phenomenal and he cross-examines fact and expert witnesses brilliantly."

Instructed by the Trust in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v Lendlease Construction, a GBP25 million TCC claim arising from fire stopping issues at a hospital.

Jess Connors
Jess Connors maintains a wide-ranging practice, which covers domestic disputes alongside international arbitration. She has acted for prominent employers and contractors in disputes across the world. Her practice relates to a variety of areas including energy, infrastructure and residential developments. Her experience includes litigation involving allegedly defective cladding.
"She is so on top of everything, it's amazing. She takes a really big picture overview and her accuracy is extraordinary."

Instructed by the second defendant in a GBP72 million TCC claim arising from a fire during construction works at a coal-fired power station.

Kate Grange KC
Kate Grange KC has a diverse construction practice that often incorporates issues of public law. She is frequently instructed in sophisticated pieces of litigation and arbitration arising out of the insurance and professional negligence elements of construction. She is best known for her role as one of the leading counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
"She is hugely impressive, able to comprehend enormous amount of technical detail and her cross-examination style is effective, thorough and forensic."

Appointed as one of three leading counsel to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

Andrew Kearney
Andrew Kearney is an established construction and engineering barristers handing a broad range of disputes. He has particular experience in the representation of contractor clients including in international projects. A qualified arbitrator and mediator, he is well suited to settling disputes though those ADR forums in addition to TCC proceedings.
"He is an extremely gifted lawyer, and he's very hard-working and extremely user-friendly, with a first-class legal brain."

Acted for a property developer in a series of interlinked adjudications concerning a large housing development on a sloping site adjacent to a river.

Marion Smith KC
Marion Smith KC is a quality silk who is recognised for her prowess in adjudications, TCC proceedings and international arbitration. She is sought after to advise on a variety of matters, including PFI, energy and engineering disputes. She is noted for her ability to establish excellent working relationships with clients. She has significant experience representing clients in domestic ADR proceedings.
"Marion is extremely calm and makes the most difficult issues seem simple. She is a dream to work with."

Instructed by a defendant in a case involving claims against six members of a construction professional team engaged in the procurement, development and design of a mixed-use retail and residential project in West Berkshire. 

Patrick Hennessey
Patrick Hennessey is an impressive junior who is sought out in a wide range of construction matters. His recent work includes disputes involving transport infrastructure, energy projects and property development. He provides expert representation to public and private sector employers as well as contractors, and is adept at handling international arbitration in addition to litigation proceedings.
"A superb advocate, both on his feet and on paper."

Acted as lead junior for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in a GBP50 million PFI dispute arising from the construction and provision of a new hospital.

Adrian Hughes KC
Adrian Hughes KC is a skilled silk with a robust domestic practice and a particular interest in infrastructure and PFI work, including disputes relating to construction projects in the healthcare sector. His international arbitration offering is notable, and he undertakes significant work in the Middle and Far East. He is also recognised for his experience of acting as an arbitrator in construction and engineering disputes.
"He brings experience and expertise to the case." "He is great for very legally complicated cases as he can explain concepts clearly and his advocacy is very good."

Hannah McCarthy
Hannah McCarthy has a strong domestic construction practice. She has particular expertise and experience in disputes concerning PFI and local government contracts, as well as cases arising from housing developments. 
"She is a real team player with an excellent grasp of the detail and is fantastic in a crisis."

Instructed in a construction dispute arising out of the fire at the Ferrybridge coal plant in West Yorkshire.

Adam Robb KC
Adam Robb KC is a well-regarded practitioner who is regularly sought after by household-name law firms to assist with high-value disputes. He works in construction matters arising from a range of industry sectors including transport, energy and healthcare. He is especially proficient in litigation involving aspects of professional negligence.
"He is concise, to the point, commercial and practical."

Instructed in a GBP70 million claim against a design and build contractor arising out of multiple design breaches at a hospital.

Melissa Shipley
Melissa Shipley undertakes a wide range of construction-related disputes, including litigation, adjudication and various other forms of ADR. She already has notable experience in disputes arising from energy and infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad.
"She has a superb handle on the detail and is always responsive, positive and excellent at providing an alternative path forward." "A brilliant junior barrister, she has a sharp intellect and always has a thorough grasp of both technical and legal aspects of the case."

Acted as junior counsel for one of six professional defendants in a GBP70 million multi-party TCC claim relating to the construction of a retail development in the UK.

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Silks (KC)

UK

Construction

Karim Ghaly KC
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Karim Ghaly KC
2
Band 2
Paul Darling KC
2
Paul Darling KC
2
Band 2
Kate Grange KC
3
Kate Grange KC
3
Band 3
Marion Smith KC
3
Marion Smith KC
3
Band 3
Adam Robb KC
4
Adam Robb KC
4
Band 4
Adrian Hughes KC
4
Adrian Hughes KC
4
Band 4

Juniors

UK

Construction

Andrew Kearney
3
Andrew Kearney
3
Band 3
Jess Connors
3
Jess Connors
3
Band 3
Hannah McCarthy
4
Hannah McCarthy
4
Band 4
Melissa Shipley
4
Melissa Shipley
4
Band 4
Patrick Hennessey
4
Patrick Hennessey
4
Band 4