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12 King’s Bench Walk is a leading civil set, with 95 members, 14 of which are Queen’s Counsel. 12KBW is at the forefront of developments in the law, having been instructed in many of the leading tort cases of recent times.
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Head of Chambers: William Audland QC
Director of Clerking: Oliver Parkhouse
Senior Clerk: Graham Johnson
Tenants: 94

THE CHAMBERS 12 King’s Bench Walk is widely recognised as leading Chambers in its core specialist areas of Personal Injury, Industrial Disease, Clinical Negligence and Employment. With 94 members, 14 of which are Queen’s Counsel, Chambers are ideally placed to offer specialist Barristers at all levels of seniority. Due to our strength in depth, members undertake many of the most complex and important cases in the UK and overseas. 


Personal Injury: Members specialise in the full range of personal injury claims. 12KBW is recognised as one of the leading barristers’ chambers specialising in personal injury and fatal claims. Unlike many in this field, the set is equally well-known for the expertise of its barristers in acting both for claimants and defendants. 12KBW appeared in: Swift v Carpenter and Pinkus v Direct Line; Farah v Abdullahi and others; Head v Culver Heating Co Ltd; Witham (Executrix of the Estate of Neil Witham, deceased) v Steve Hill Ltd; Deborah James (Widow and personal representative of Christopher James) v The White Lion Hotel and FXF v Ampleforth Abbey Trustees.

Industrial Disease: Leading specialists at the bar appearing in prominent cases. Expertise in asbestos litigation is unrivalled, with members instructed in some of the most significant cases, such as Bannister v Freemans Plc; Hamilton v N G Bailey; Pinnegar (Skeen Deceased) v Kellog International Corp & ICI Chemicals and Polymers; Tighe v. Tighe & Sons and (1) Roy Williams (2) Patricia Williams [Executors of Jason Timothy Williams (deceased)] v (1) CAP Gemini (2) TATA Steel.

Clinical Negligence: 12KBW has a large and well-regarded clinical negligence team, acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including NHS Trusts, medical defence organisations, privately insured practitioners and private hospitals.

Employment & Discrimination: Members handle the full spectrum of employment, discrimination and commercial employment cases. It has strength in the cross-over between employment and personal injury law, such as workplace stress claims, disability discrimination following an industrial accident, and discrimination in the education and services sectors.

International & Travel: Instructed in key travel and aviation cases, including X v Kuoni, Clay v TUI and Xstrata; Palaiokrassus v Black and Green Trading. 12KBW offers leading expertise on jurisdiction, applicable law, package travel, aviation and multi-party litigation. 12KBW are often instructed by motor insurers in crossborder road traffic accidents, including domestic proceedings brought against foreign insurers, and proceedings brought directly against English insurers or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in respect of accidents abroad.

Aviation: Strength and depth in this area with junior members regularly advising on aviation issues. Members bring their expertise in personal injury and private international law to bear on aviation cases and act for airlines, consumers, tour operators and insurers in this field.

Costs: 12KBW boasts a team of specialists in costs disputes predominantly, but not exclusively, arising from personal injury litigation. This team regularly represents parties in high-value detailed assessments in the Senior Courts Costs Office, as well as arguing both technical and general costs points at all levels from the County Court to the Supreme Court (see Coventry v Lawrence (2015) UKSC 50; (2015) 1 WLR 3485 and Ho v Adelekun (No. 2) (2020) EWCA Civ 517; (2020) Costs LR 317). 

Group Litigation: Instructed in many of the largest and most prominent group actions in the courts of England and Wales. They include: the British Coal & British Steel Coke Ovens Workers Litigation; the Coventry Homefire Litigation; the Phurnacite Workers Group Litigation; the VWF litigation; and the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation.

Environment: Experienced team in the field of international group actions and instructed in the Bomu-Bonny Oil Pipeline Litigation and Fundao Dam Disaster Litigation.

Insurance: Regularly instructed across policy coverage areas, including employer’s and public liability, professional indemnity, and motor and property damage policies.

Sport: 12 KBW’s sports law team acts for professional sports people, clubs, and insurers in cases occurring in a sporting context. The team has experience in advising and representing players and governing bodies in almost every major sport. The team has considerable experience in high-profile cycling disputes and regularly advises on issues in the professional sphere including for British Cycling and other well-known professional teams.

ADR: 12KBW provides a professional and effective ADR service, particularly in personal injury and related areas. It also deals with all areas of law and legal disputes, including those with an international dimension.


William Audland QC (1992) (QC-2015)

Ronald Walker QC (1962) (QC-1983)

Richard Methuen QC (1972) (QC-1997)

Andrew Hogarth QC (1974) (QC-2003)

Gerard Martin QC (1978) (QC-2000)

Stephen Worthington QC (1976) (QC-2006)

William Featherby QC (1978) (QC-2008)

Michael Rawlinson QC (1991) (QC-2009)

Paul Russell QC (1984) (QC-2011)

Harry Steinberg QC (1997) (QC-2016)

Steven Snowden QC (1989) (QC-2017)

David Sanderson (1985)

Nigel Lewers (1986)

Henry Charles (1987)

Andrew Pickering (1987)

Hugh Hamill (1988)

Philip Mead (1989)

Adam Chambers (1989)

Catherine Brown (1990)

Kate Chandler (1990)

Ivan Bauley (1990)

Michael Brace (1991)

James Candlin (1991)

Patrick Vincent (1992)

Stephanie Jackson (1992)

Joel Kendall (1993)

Arun Katyar (1993)

Richard Viney (1994)

Carolyn D’Souza (1994)

Daniel Tobin (1994)

Marcus Dignum (1994)

Catherine Peck (1995)

Brian McCluggage (1995)

Louise Thomson (1996)

Simon P John (1996)

Gordon Aber (1996)

Benedict Leech (1997)

Pankaj Madan (1997)

Kweku Aggrey-Orleans (1998)

David Callow (1998)

Martina Murphy (1998)

David White (1999)

Lisa Stephenson (1999)

David Sharpe (1999)

Andrew Ward (2000)

Charlotte Reynolds (2001)

Angela Frost (2001)

Laura Robinson (2001)

Andrew Roy (2002)

Anna Symington (2002)

Mary Newnham (2003)

James Sullivan (2005)

Gemma Scott (2005)

Charlotte Law (2005)

Patrick Kerr (2006)

Sarah Beslee (2006)

Alex Carington (2006)

John-Paul Swoboda (2006)

Roisin Kennedy (2006)

Emily Read (2007)

Charles Robertshaw (2007)

Hollie Patterson (2008)

Niall Maclean (2008)

Thomas Pacey (2008)

Lois Aldred (2008)

Thea Wilson (2008)

Oliver Rudd (2009)

Vanessa Cashman (2009)

Ghazaleh Rezaie (2009)

Thomas Banks (2010)

Nina Ross (2010)

Rachit Buch (2010)

Daniel Sokol (2011)

Isaac Hogarth (2011)

Aliyah Akram (2012)

Edward Ramsay (2012)

Achas Burin (2012)

Andrew Watson (2013)

James Beeton (2013)

Farhana Mukith (2013)

Jeremy McKeown (2013)

Max Archer (2014)

George White (2014)

Kate Boakes (2014)

David Green (2015)

Ted Cunningham (2015)

Elizabeth Boulden (2016)

Spencer Turner (2016)

Charley Turnton (2017)

Helen Waller (2017)

Craig Murray (2017)

Christopher Flemming (2017)

Georgina Churchhouse (2017)

Henry King (2018)

Samuel Cuthbert (2018)

Megan Griffiths (2018)

Tim Goodwin (2019)

Cressida Mawdesley-Thomas (2019)

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