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Head of Chambers: Richard Lynagh QC
Senior Managing Clerk: Andy Flanagan
Senior Team Clerks: Steve Purse, Rob Cowup, James Wilkinson, Toby Sparrow
Arbitrator, Mediator Adjudicator’s Clerk: Nick Hamilton
Tenants: 100

THE CHAMBERS Crown Office Chambers is widely regarded as a market leader with a reputation for combining high-quality advice and advocacy with a modern, flexible and commercially-minded approach. Experienced and innovative clerking teams assist highly-rated silks, and juniors provide an efficient, high-quality service for professional and lay clients. Due to Chambers’ specialist experience in a range of practice areas, Chambers is seen as the go-to set for complex and multifaceted cases where areas overlap.

Members are regularly instructed in a variety of commercial cases, including: sale or supply of goods, directors and fiduciary duties, franchises, licensing and distribution agreements, share and asset sale agreements and financing and securities. Members advise on an array of legal issues regarding jurisdiction and conflicts of law, civil fraud, misrepresentation and economic torts, contractual claims and equitable remedies.

Construction & Engineering:
Ranked as leaders in the field for construction and engineering disputes and related professional negligence, appearing at all levels of the judicial system from the County Court through to the Supreme Court. Chambers has a thriving Arbitration practice, advising and representing clients in both domestic and International matters, as well as ADR including Adjudication, Mediation, DAB, DRB’s and ad hoc dispute resolution mechanisms. Chambers acts for employers, contractors, developers, local and central government, professionals and consultants, and insurers offering extensive expertise in the full range of construction disputes including bonds, warranties and guarantees, and associated professional negligence.

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental:
Chambers is one of the leading criminal regulatory and environmental law sets. Members have unparalleled experience in health and safety cases including: corporate and individual manslaughter, prosecutions under HSWA, appeals against improvement and prohibition notices, consumer and food safety, inquests and public inquiries. Members regularly defend prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency involving major pollution incidents. Recent noteworthy cases include: Grenfell Tower inquiry, Bosley Mill explosion, Didcot Power Station collapse, Pembroke Refinery explosion, Alton Towers and the UK Listeria Outbreak Investigation.

Healthcare-Related Litigation:
Chambers has broad expertise in healthcare-related litigation including clinical negligence claims for claimants, NHSR, private providers, insurers and medical defence organisations. Many of these claims are of the upmost severity. Crown Office Chambers also represents practitioners at professional disciplinary hearings both before their relevant professional body, at first instance and then through the appropriate court forum for any resultant challenges of those decisions.

Insurance & Reinsurance:
Insurance remains the cornerstone of Chambers work. Chambers’ strong links with the insurance market means that members are regularly instructed by the major insurers, underwriting syndicates and brokers. Chambers’ experience covers the entire range of insurance and reinsurance disputes including: fraud, product liability, professional liability, property damage, construction, EL/PL and D&O. Members also have experience in diverse issues such as terrorism, kidnap and force majeure as well as disputes in emerging markets such as cyber. Chambers have various members involved in the landmark FCA trial as well as its satellite litigation.

International Arbitration:
Chambers has a dedicated and sought after team of high-calibre silks and juniors who undertake a range of complex, high-value international arbitrations under ICC, ICSID, SCC, LCIA, DIAC, LMAA, ARIAS, DIA and UNCITRAL rules, together with ad hoc arbitrations. Recent disputes include: airports, power stations, process engineering, chemical plants, pipelines, road construction, railways, wind farms, oil and gas installations, insurance and reinsurance contracts and shipbuilding. Members also regularly accept appointments as arbitrators and dispute board members.

Personal Injury:
Chambers is a leading personal injury and industrial disease set. Members are regularly involved in the most serious of cases including brain and spinal injuries, fatal injuries, complex psychiatric and chronic pain, international and travel law and the full gamut of industrial disease claims. As a result of its strength in this area, Chambers is often at the forefront of emerging areas of contention, such as aerotoxic syndrome claims, acoustic shock, toxic mould, and immunotherapy points arising from cancer-related disease cases. Recent notable cases include: Cameron v Hussain & the MIB (Supreme Court); Dryden & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc (Supreme Court); Jet2 Holidays Limited v Hughes & Hughes (Court of Appeal); and Goldscheider v The Royal Opera House (Court of Appeal).

Product Liability:
Chambers has acted in virtually every significant piece of litigation in the field since the early days of the Consumer Protection Act. This pedigree continues with Chambers’ involvement in further key litigation. For example, the landmark case of Wilkes v DePuy International Limited and the successful defence in the DePuy Pinnacle Group Litigation (the most significant product liability trial of recent years) by a team of five counsel from Chambers. Members are also involved in current group actions including Seroxat, vaginal mesh and the latest incarnation of the Thalidomide litigation.

Professional Liability:
Chambers undertakes a wide range of professional negligence work including: engineers, architects, surveyors, lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, financial services advisors as well as a whole host of emerging professions. Chambers’ reputation has continued to grow as has our instruction in high profile cases, including The Ingenious Film Finance Litigation, one of many cases that displays Chambers’ expertise.

Property Damage:
Chambers is a leader in this practice area. Members act for claimants and defendants in cases involving damage to property and consequential losses both in relation to primary questions of liability and issues of insurance coverage. Cases involve fires, floods, explosions, storms, subsidence, contamination and landslips. Chambers is also a leader in the field of business interruption, which has become a contentious topic following COVID-19.


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)