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30% Increase in Hardwicke’s Ranking in the Legal 500

8th September 2009

Hardwicke has scored a remarkable 30% growth in the number of highly ranked barristers shown in this year’s Legal 500. A total of 30 barristers are recommended as leaders in their field across 15 separate specialist areas.  Hardwicke is rated as a leading set in three distinct areas:  Property, Personal Injury, and Education.

Nigel Jones QC (head of chambers) leads the way being recommended as a leader in four separate fields, Commercial, Construction, Insurance and Professional Negligence.

Within the new Hardwicke Commercial divisions, James Watthey is praised for ‘good, sensible and strategic advice’ in the Shipping section and for his work on the Bon Ami Admiralty trial. Wendy Parker appears for the first time in the Insolvency section. Wendy is described as ‘a strong advocate, whose analytical approach unravels complex legal problems’.

In Intellectual Property, Mark Engelman and Madeleine Heal are highly ranked. Mark is recommended for his ‘ability to grapple with very complex IP issues, explain these to clients in a comprehensible manner, and provide innovative solutions’ and his work in the ECJ on Intel v CPM.

Chambers’ thriving Professional Negligence team appears with Nigel Jones QC who continues to be recommended as a leading silk. Peter Kirby appears as a leading junior in Costs.

Within the new Property and Private Client division, Hardwicke continues to appear as a leading set in Property Litigation, with seven barristers appearing in the rankings. New entries include Nicola Muir, John de Waal, who joined Hardwicke this summer, and Kerry Bretherton for Housing work. Michelle Stevens-Hoare is‘bright, academic, and super-organised’, while Alex Bastin is ‘great for LVT cases’. Stephen Lennard remains in the tables as does Daniel Gatty.   Sheena Cassidy enters the Family rankings for the first time.

Public Law has forged ahead within Hardwicke:  Barbara Hewson appears as a leading junior in Administrative and Public Law and Human Rights and Civil Liberties sections as does John McKendrick. Barbara stands out for her ‘ability as an advocate on difficult and sensitive issues‘.

Barbara is also ranked in Professional Discipline for the first time

Chambers’ Education team continues to be ranked as one of the top Education teams at the Bar. The directory recommends Hardwicke’s ‘excellent clerking, particularly when speed is of the essence, with good business understanding‘. John Friel is ranked highly as is the ‘outstanding’ Deborah Hay.  Clive Rawlings ‘instils confidence, is a skilled strategist, with innovative tactics when needed’,  while Fiona Scolding is ‘assertive with clients when the need arises’. The directory also acknowledges that David Lawson ‘combines intellectual rigour with business acumen‘ and ‘his approachability coupled with sectoral awareness and analytical skills are a winning combination.‘ Denis Edwards remains in the tables as does John McKendrick who ‘has formidable knowledge of the education and SEN fields, inspiring confidence in tenaciously arguing their case’.

Within the Insurance division of Hardwicke, Paul Reed is noted as a leader in the Insurance and Reinsurance field.

The Personal Injury team is ranked as one of the leading sets at the Bar once again, Emily Formby and Charlie Bagot are highly ranked. John Gallagher and Romilly Cummerson debut in the tables with John being praised as ‘very able, he knows his law and tactics’, and Romilly singled out as someone who ‘adapts to the changing flow of evidence in court with great skill.’

Within Clinical Negligence, Maggie Bloom continues to appear as a leading junior as does Steven Weddle.  Emily Formby enters the Clinical Negligence tables for the first time.


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