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Head of Chambers: Richard Lynagh QC
Senior Managing Clerk: Andy Flanagan
Senior Team Clerks: Steve Purse, Chris Sunderland, James Wilkinson, Toby Sparrow
Arbitrator, Mediator Adjudicator’s Clerk: Nick Hamilton
Tenants: 96

THE CHAMBERS Crown Office Chambers is a leading civil and commercial set widely recognised as a market leader with a reputation for combining high-quality advice and advocacy with a modern, flexible and commercially-minded approach. Specialist, experienced and innovative clerking teams assist highly-rated Silks and juniors providing an efficient, high-quality service for professional and lay clients. Members of Chambers sit as arbitrators, adjudicators, mediators and as members of dispute boards, are retained as legal assessors, and are called upon to give binding opinions as legal experts.


Commercial: Members receive regular instructions in a variety of commercial cases, in particular franchising disputes acting for franchisees and franchisors, plus a range of contractual claims such as: banking, company law, financial services, insolvency, fraud and asset tracing, and many more.

Construction & Engineering: Members are consistency ranked as leaders in the field for construction and engineering including related professional negligence disputes. With a reputation for combining high-quality advice and advocacy with a modern, flexible and commercially-minded approach, members appear regularly in the County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal, Arbitration, Adjudication and other forms of ADR both domestically and internationally. Chambers acts for employers, contractors, construction and design professionals, developers, local and central government, concessionaires, funders, suppliers and insurers in all forms of dispute resolution. Specialist barristers have experience in issues that regularly arise in construction disputes such as delay (including extensions of time and liquidated damages), disruption, prolongation, loss and expense, defects, variations, design issues, ground conditions, letters of intent, bonds, warranties, guarantees and termination.

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental: Chambers is widely regarded as the leading set in criminal regulatory and environmental law. Members have been involved in leading cases that have shaped this niche area of corporate criminal law including the largest ever HSE investigation and prosecution into the Buncefield oil refinery explosion and Lion Steel. Work includes corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, fire safety, inquests, public inquiries, nuclear safety, environmental pollution, trading standards, product safety, food safety and food hygiene. Members continue to be instructed in the highest profile cases, such as the Hillsborough investigation, Alton Towers incident, Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Didcot Power Station collapse, Hamerton Zoo Incident and the Bosley Mill explosion.

Healthcare-Related Litigation: Chambers has a broad expertise in healthcare-related litigation work including, but not limited to, acting in clinical negligence claims for claimants, the NHS, private providers, insurers and defence organisations. The expertise of a number of barristers in several areas of law ensures that clients can obtain balanced and specialist advice even when a case touches on different practice areas.

Insurance & Reinsurance: This forms a major element of Chambers’ business. Chambers has strong links with the insurance market, and are regularly instructed by many of the major insurers, underwriting syndicates and brokers. All forms of contentious and advisory work is undertaken, including work in the commercial court and in arbitration.

International Arbitration: Chambers has a dedicated and increasingly popular practice group consisting of both high-calibre silks and juniors that undertake a range of complex, high-value domestic and international arbitration work acting as both counsel and arbitrators. Recent projects and disputes have included: power stations, process engineering, chemical plants, pipelines, road construction, railways, wind farms, oil and gas installations, commercial, insurance and reinsurance contracts, Shipbuilding and telecommunications.

Personal Injury: Chambers is one of the leading personal injury and industrial disease sets in the country. The team of specialist counsel are regularly involved in the most serious of cases including brain and spinal injuries; group litigation; fatal injuries and complex psychiatric and chronic pain. As a result of its strength in this area, Chambers is often at the forefront of emerging areas of contention- such as passive smoking, pharmaceutical, toxic mould, mobile telephone, pollution, DVT and aerotoxic syndrome claims.

Product Liability: Members of Chambers have acted in virtually every significant piece of litigation in the field since the early days of the Consumer Protection Act; MMR vaccine, CJD, the Northwick Park pharmaceutical trials, Epilim and Vioxx. This pedigree continues with Chambers involvment in key litigation decisions. For example, the landmark case of Wilkes v DePuy International Limited in 2016 was argued successfully by a member of Chambers. The set is involved in current litigation group actions such as the metal-on-metal hip litigation, Seroxat, vaginal mesh and the latest incarnation of the Thalidomide litigation.

Professional Liability: Members have been instructed in some of the leading cases in professional negligence. Chambers undertakes all forms of professional negligence work, with particular focus on: construction professionals, lawyers (barristers and solicitors), accountants, insurance brokers, insolvency practitioners and financial services advisors.

Property Damage: Chambers has particular expertise in property damage claims arising out of fires, floods, explosions, storms (including hurricanes), subsidence (including tree roots) etc. Its expertise in construction, insurance, product liability and professional negligence means that its members are ideally suited to handling such claims.


Richard Lynagh QC (1975) (QC-1996)

Michael Harvey QC (1966) (QC-1982)

Roger ter Haar QC (1974) (QC-1992)

Andrew Bartlett QC (1974) (QC-1993)

Michael Kent QC (1975) (QC-1996)

Jonathan Waite QC (1978) (QC-2002)

Margaret Bickford-Smith QC (1973) (QC-2003)

David Sears QC (1984) (QC 2003)

Michael Curtis QC (1982) (QC-2008)

Christopher Kennedy QC (1989) (QC-2010)

Andrew Rigney QC (1992) (QC-2010)

David Platt QC (1987) (QC 2011)

John Cooper QC (1985) (QC-2014)

Alexander Antelme QC (1993) (QC-2014)

Ben Quiney QC (1998) (QC-2014)

James Ageros QC (1990) (QC-2015)

Kim Franklin QC (1984) (QC-2016)

Andrew Smith QC (1988) (QC-2016)

James Maxwell-Scott QC (1995) (QC-2016)

Dominic Kay QC (1997) (QC-2017)

Simon Antrobus QC (1995) (QC-2018)

Patrick Blakesley QC (1993) (QC-2018)

Isabel Hitching QC (1992) (QC-2019)

Daniel Shapiro QC (1999) (QC-2019)

Martyn Berkin (1966)

John Stevenson (1975)

John Greenbourne (1978)

Gordon Catford (1980)

Julian Field (1980)

Paul Dean (1982)

Charlotte Jones (1982) A

John Williams (1983)

Steven Coles (1983)

James Medd (1985)

Shaun Ferris (1985)

Catherine Foster (1986)

William Vandyck (1988)

Peter Morton (1988)

Dermot Woolgar (1988)

Ian Wright (1989)

Erica Power (1990)

Jason Evans-Tovey (1990)

Robert O’Leary (1990)

Toby Gee (1992)

Malcolm Galloway (1992)

Richard Tyrrell (1993)

Claire Toogood (1995)

Ivor Collett (1995)

Robert Stokell (1995)

Suzanne Chalmers (1995)

Mark A Balysz (1995)

Jamie Clarke (1995)

Andrew Davis (1996)

Edward Broome (1996)

Paul Higgins (1996)

Susan Lindsey (1997)

Victoria Woodbridge (1998)

Jack Ferro (1998)

Anna Laney (1998)

Farrah Mauladad (1999)

Mark Armitage (1999)

Matthew Boyle (2000)

Alexander Macpherson (2000)

Rebecca Taylor (2001)

Charles Pimlott (2001)

Crispin Winser (2003)

Michele De Gregorio (2003)

Harry Vann (2003)

Rosanna Hellebronth (2004)

Sandesh Singh (2004)

Peter Houghton (2005)

Julia Kendrick (2005)

Elizabeth Boon (2006)

Richard Sage (2006)

David Myhill (2006)

Mike Atkins (2006)

Siobhan Lambertsen (2007)

Nadia Whittaker (2007)

Daniel Shaw (2007)

Alice Jarratt (2007)

Helen Pagett (2008)

Harry Lambert (2008)

Jack Macaulay (2009)

Rory Holmes (2009)

James Sharpe (2009)

Caroline McColgan (2010)

Carlo Taczalski (2010)

Simon O’Dwyer (2010)

Athena Markides (2011)

Patrick Maxwell (2011)

Lara Knight (2012)

Nicola Atkins (2012)

Jack Murphy (2013)

Adam Taylor (2014)

Mek Mesfin (2014)

Douglas James (2015)

Maurice Holmes (2015)

Katherine Sage (2014)

Michael Harper (2016)

Juliet Stevens (2016)

Joshua Brown (2017)

Andrew Brown (2017)

Frederick Simpson (2018)

Matthew Turner (2018)