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9 Gough Square

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Head of Chambers: Andrew Ritchie QC
Director of Clerking and Business Development: Michael Goodridge
Director of Operations: John Irving
Tenants: 68

THE CHAMBERS 9 Gough Square is a leading national and international common law set of chambers known for core strengths in advocacy, drafting and advisory work. Chambers is at the forefront of change in the legal profession providing experience, knowledge, and innovative and pragmatic solutions for clients’ complex legal challenges. Clients include solicitors, local and central government, corporate bodies, individuals and government agencies. Chambers provides a wide range of legal services including commercial litigation, clinical negligence, crime and fraud, employment law, family law (private and public), healthcare law, inquests and inquiries, local government, personal injury, police law, professional disciplinary proceedings, professional negligence, property, housing and public law. Members appear in high value, significant cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Crown Court, tribunals, and before professional disciplinary panels. 9GS provides a team of experienced mediators and arbitrators to assist on and resolve disputes. Client service and teamwork are cornerstones of all that 9GS does. Chambers recruits and nurtures the strongest and broadest array of legal talent and expertise to meet its clients’ needs in an ever-changing, fast-paced legal market. Members are supported by experienced award winning clerks and support staff to manage clients’ requirements in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

WORK UNDERTAKEN Chambers’ largest group specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. Leaders and senior juniors appear regularly in ground-breaking cases. PI members mainly represent injured claimants, some also have high volumes of defendant work. Respected PI books are published including: asbestos, clinical negligence, manual handling, and workplace accident claims and work accidents at sea; they have amassed expertise in costs assessment and Court of Protection work. Complex fraud work is undertaken by the criminal team for the SFO, the FCA, BERR, and the CPS Fraud Unit. Criminal work covers terrorism, murder, violent and sexual offences with an emphasis on prosecution for most London Crown Prosecution offices. Members are regularly in the High Court in judicial review cases such as Denby-Collins (the human rights challenge to burglars being killed by homeowners), as well as appearing in the Supreme Court of Appeal on matters of public importance such as R v Hunter & Ors. The 22 member family team is popular with local government solicitors, having ‘preferred set’ status with most authorities receiving instructions in high-profile non-accidental injury, sexual abuse cases and all types of public law children cases, including judicial review applications. The team has a flourishing private client practice in financial remedies, trust for land claims, contact and residence disputes and removals from the jurisdiction. The specialist court of protection team contains leading barristers in personal injury, clinical negligence and public/family law. This depth of experience allows barristers to provide clients unrivalled expertise. The highly regarded specialist police law practitioners are involved in civil actions against the police, inquests (such as the Diana Princess of Wales’s inquest), and every type of police-led application, disciplinary proceedings, firearms and liquor licensing. The commercial and property group expertise ranges from general commercial contract litigation and arbitration, to sale of goods, consumer credit and leasing agreements, property work and insurance law. The professional negligence group focuses on solicitors’, surveyors’ and accountants’ negligence. The highly regarded employment and discrimination law team represents employees and employers tribunals all around England and Wales. A team of CEDR-accredited mediators providing ADR services is growing and several members’ practices include regulatory and disciplinary expertise.

Members

Andrew Ritchie QC (1985) (QC-2009)

John Foy QC (1969) (QC-1998)

Andrew Baillie QC (1970) (QC-2001)

Grahame Aldous QC (1979) (QC-2008)

Jacob Levy QC (1986) (QC- 2014)

Tom Little QC (1997) (QC-2018)

Stuart McKechnie QC (1997) (QC-2018)

Christopher Wilson( 1980)

Martin Pinfold (1981)

Nicolas Hillier (1982)

Roger Hiorns (1983)

Gaurang Naik (1985)

Vincent Williams (1985)

Jonathan Loades (1986)

Edwin Buckett (1988)

James Holmes-Milner (1989)

Stephen Glynn (1990)

Cyrus Katrak (1991)

Jeremy Crowther (1991)

Laura Begley (1993)

Christopher Stephenson (1994)

Tim Parker (1995)

Laura Elfield (1996)

Jeremy Ford (1996)

Tara Vindis (1996)

Simon Butler (1996)

Tom Little (1997)

Stuart Mckechnie (1997)

Johnathan Payne (1997)

Giles Mooney (1998)

Jamie MCcracken (1998)

Perrin Gibbons (1998)

Simon Brindle (1998)

Tabitha Barran (1998)

Robert Horner (1999)

Adam Dawson (2000)

Linda Nelson (2000)

Shahram Sharghy (2000)

Claire Harden-Frost (2000)

Gareth Munday (2000)

Gurion Taussig (2001)

Eleanor Mawrey (2001)

James Thacker (2001)

Sabrina Hartshorn (2003)

Marc Tregidgo (2002)

Robert MCallister (2002)

Esther Pounder (2003)

Oliver Millington (2003)

Hugh Rimmer (2003)

Emily Verity (2003)

Esther Maclachlan (2005)

Alastair Hogarth (2005)

Jennifer Newcomb (2006)

Edward Lamb (2006)

James Byrne (2006)

Catherine Atkinson (2006)

Ben Rodgers (2007)

Jennifer Oborne (2007)

Thom Dyke (2007)

Kate Lamont (2007)

Tom Restall (2007)

Laura Bumpus (2008)

Holly Tibbits (2010)

Ben Zurawel (2010)

Tom Rainsbury (2010)

Tom Goodhead (2010)

William Dean (2011)

Sarah Hunwick (2011)

Helen Pooley (2012)

Kieran Coleman (2012)

Natasha Partos (2012)

John Schmitt (2013)

Laura Hibberd (2013)

Elizabeth Stevens (2015)

Jake Richards (2017)

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