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Legal 500 2019 Rankings

Legal 500 2019 Rankings

Set rankings

We are recommended as a set for:

  • Construction
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Litigation
  • Social Housing

Set overview

An exciting, forward-thinking, solutions-focused set with a huge amount of commercial expertise,’ Hardwicke is ‘excellent from top to bottom’ and ‘continues to impress’, particularly in property litigation, real estate, and social housing fields, and it is ‘THE set for franchising work’. ‘The junior barristers are excellent for property work and there are a fair few which seriously punch above their weight.’ Solicitors also note how chambers ‘continues to go from strength to strength – its profile in the professional negligence and insurance spheres being raised hugely in recent years’. The set is also praised for delivering training sessions to law firms outside the bubble of legal London. In recent news, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC succeeded Paul Reed QC to join PJ Kirby QC as co-heads of chambers; David Lewis QC took silk in 2019 and the set has continued its growth strategy over the last 12 months with Lauren Godfrey and Charlotte John joining from 1 Crown Office Row, Oliver Hyams from Lamb Chambers; Rajiv Bhatt from Farrar’s Building; and Robin Dunne from Clerksroom.  Practice director Deborah Anderson ensures the substantial clerking team ‘goes the extra distance to help even where formal instructions are not yet ready but advice needed is urgent’. More than one solicitor commented on how ‘the best thing about chambers is its service’. ‘Its ethos of friendly commercial advice can be seen from all levels from the receptionist through to the most senior members of chambers. They are not a stuffy set. There is a real relationship between them and those instructing them.’ At senior practice manager level, Richard Sumaro is ‘quick, helpful, and thinks frequently how he can make our life easier’, while James Duncan-Hartill ‘runs a tight ship’ and is ‘a joy to liaise with; always responsive, helpful, and pragmatic’. At practice manager level, Natasha Devlin-Clingham is ‘an outstanding clerk, always helpful, very good at actioning matters urgently, and delivering a good service’; Patrick Sarson’s ‘hard work makes the process seems effortless from instruction through to representation’. The set’s ‘particularly brilliant and supportive’ chief executive, Amanda Illing, is praised for being ‘generous with her time and insights on business development and corporate social responsibility matters’. Offices in: London

Testimonials

  • Administrative and Public Law (including Local Government)

    Alison Meacher

    ‘Well regarded by instructing local authorities’

  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights (including actions against the police)

    Alison Meacher

    Excellent at being able to analyse large volumes of information and present a concise argument.’

  • Clinical Negligence

    Charles Bagot QC

    He has laser-like focus, identifying the core issues remarkably swiftly and then providing robust strategies.’

  • Commercial Litigation

    Nigel Jones QC

    ‘A first-class lawyer and an attractive advocate.’

    David Lewis QC

    ‘A bright and strategically creative silk.’

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    A great team player, able to stand toe-to-toe with QCs but also take on board the thoughts of all.’

    Charles Raffin

    A very thorough junior to have on your side.’

    Emily Betts

    A future silk, her attention to detail and work ethic is second to none.

  • Company & Partnership

    Nigel Jones QC

    ‘ He has a great manner with lay client and solicitor alike.

    Sarah Clarke

    Works extremely well as part of a team and is not afraid to take the unpopular points in court if she believes in them.’

  • Construction

    The Set

    Forward-thinking‘ Hardwicke has been involved in a variety of construction disputes, with a particular growth in instructions relating to cladding defects. Paul Reed QC, assisted by the ‘hardworking‘ Sarah McCann, acted for the principal defendant in Boots UK Ltd & Prudential Pensions Ltd v (1) N and Walk Realisations Ltd, (2) Rotary Yorkshire Ltd, (3) Ridge & Partners LLP, (4) Maintenance Facilities Management Ltd, a multimillion-pound claim arising from a major fire. Meanwhile, Nigel Jones QC has been instructed to lead Catherine Piercy in Lessors & Management Company of Herons Court v HeronsLea Limited,  NHBC and Others, defending a claim brought by 20 owners of a block of flats regarding several alleged defects.

    Nigel Jones QC

    Produces very high-quality work and always goes the extra mile.

    Paul Reed QC

    Enormous technical ability, commands the respect of every court.’

    David Pliener

    ‘ Has a well deserved reputation as one of the leading juniors.’

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    Enormously hardworking and utterly reliable..’

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    He is very thorough with an excellent knowledge of construction issues.’

    Catherine Piercy

    Able to think quickly on her feet and offer strategic advice.

    Helena White

    Helena White

    ‘ A high-quality, up-and-coming junior. ’

    Ebony Alleyne

    ‘ She is knowledgeable, commercially aware and considers all angles. ’

  • Costs

    PJ Kirby QC

    Recommended for his specialist knowledge of costs, attention to detail and decisiveness.’

    Robin Dunne

    ‘ He is technically sound, ensures he is fully prepared and is incredibly pragmatic. ’

  • Court of Protection and Community Care

    Alison Meacher

    Has an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and to identify the core issues.’

  • Education

    Shazia Akhtar

    An extremely good advocate – she throws everything at a case.’

  • Employment

    Mark Stephens

    Excellent ability to digest complex issues and to give clear, succinct and effective advice.

    Matthew Hodson

    Very good at thinking on his feet as well as very good with clients and helps them to understand legal points easily and quickly.’

    Paul Strelitz

    Very quick to get to the heart of a dispute and is known for his exceptional written work.’

  • Insolvency

    Wendy Parker

    Has a wealth of experience in insolvency and is easy to approach.’

    Alaric Watson

    He is a barrister who will give you a balanced view as regards merits and commerciality.’

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Technically and tactically very good.’

    Sarah Clarke

    She has a clear commercial manner of delivering advice and is good on her feet.’

    Charles Raffin

    He not only goes the extra mile, but does so happily.’

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

    The Set

    Hardwicke is ‘extremely easy to deal with‘ and it handles a range of disputes involving insurers and insurance cover, with expertise across construction, property damage, professional liability, clinical negligence, personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability, and health and safety disputes. Paul Reed QC and David Pliener are involved in the long-running case, Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris. Members are also experienced in insolvency matters relating to insurance disputes; Nigel Jones QC and Sarah McCann are involved in various high-value and high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance.

    Nigel Jones QC

    He is clear, concise, pragmatic and robust.

    Paul Reed QC

    He is incredibly sharp and excellent with clients.’

    David Pliener

    He is responsive, very bright, collaborative and very good with clients.’

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    ‘ She is very able and extremely knowledgeable. ’

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    ‘ He delivers clear and pragmatic advice. ’

  • Intellectual Property

    Prof. Mark Engelman

    He is insightful, experienced and thinks outside the box.

    Ian Silcock

    He has broad subject knowledge across all aspects of IP.’

  • Mediators

    Lesley Anderson QC

    ‘ Lesley Anderson QC also practices from Hardwicke; she became a CEDR-accredited mediator in 2000 and is particularly rated for partnership matters. Recent mediations undertaken include a professional negligence claim involving a will, and a shareholder dispute surrounding a film distribution rights company.’

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    ‘Hardwicke’s ‘very good‘ John de Waal QC qualified as a mediator in 2002. He haJos acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases, and although most of de Waal’s mediations involve property issues he also handles a broader range of commercial disputes.’

    Sara Benbow

    The ‘clever and cool-headed‘ Sara Benbow has been a mediator since 2003; with mediation work forming the vast majority of her practice. She is instructed on approximately 25 mediations a year, including property, inheritance and business disputes.

  • Personal Injury, Industrial Disease & Insurance Fraud

    The Set

    Hardwicke offers ‘a wide and diverse range of barristers‘ who are ‘available to provide advice at the drop of a hat to assist and complement those instructing’. Counsel is regularly instructed on cases concerning brain and orthopaedic injuries, fatal accidents as well as Animals Act and Montreal Convention claims. Charles Bagot QC successfully defended a high-profile claim brought by a former male model who sued Lufthansa for £7m in lost earnings, after claiming that a fall at Munich airport left him with an exacerbated squint. High-value claims involving defective staircases and the Defective Premises Act 1974 are particular areas of interest for Colm NugentGemma Witherington regularly acts for insurers and has an increasing practice pertaining to secondary victim cases.

    Charles Bagot QC

    He has a fantastic eye for detail but combines it with a sensible commercial approach.

    Colm Nugent

    A natural eye for detail who is able to carry out astute assessment of risk.

    Henry Slack

    He is particularly strong on preparation and solid advice to clients.

    Jasmine Murphy

    She provides sound technical advice and achieves results which surpass expectations.

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    She has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.

  • Insurance Fraud

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    She has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.’

  • Personal Injury

    Charles Bagot QC

    He has a fantastic eye for detail but combines it with a sensible commercial approach.

    Colm Nugent

    A natural eye for detail who is able to carry out astute assessment of risk.’

    Henry Slack

    ‘ He is particularly strong on preparation and solid advice to clients.’

    Jasmine Murphy

    She provides sound technical advice and achieves results which surpass expectations.’

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    ‘ She has the knowledge and experience of breaking down complex legal and factual issues.’

  • Professional Negligence

    The Set

    Hardwicke is a set that is ‘going from strength to strength‘. Its members handle a raft of negligence instructions involving solicitors, construction and financial professionals. Paul Reed QC is leading David Pliener in acting for the claimant in Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris, a case brought against the engineers following the settlement of the £200m ‘Accolade’ multiparty dispute in 2015. Meanwhile, John de Waal QC is instructed in Harringay Meat Traders Ltd v Ray Stevens, a £7.5m claim against a surveyor in relation to land compulsorily purchased by the London Development Agency.

    Nigel Jones QC

    He is very pragmatic and excellent to work with.

    Paul Reed QC

    He is very sharp and incredibly thorough.

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    He is very user-friendly..’

    David Pliener

    He has an excellent ability to see issues clearly.’

    James Hall

    He is commercially astute and technically very gifted.

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    She is incredibly hardworking and thorough

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Can make the complicated simple.’

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    ‘ He gives the correct advice without pulling any punches.’

    Tom Bell

    Tom Bell

    He is excellent.’

    Catherine Piercy

    Very robust and technically excellent.

    Laurence Page

    Laurence Page

    He is very determined and thorough.

  • Property Litigation & Agriculture

    The set

    Hardwicke is ‘an excellent set from top to bottom’ with ‘good strength in depth’. Noted for its ‘wide expertise and knowledgebase’, its members are adept on property-related transactional negligence, trespass injunctions, cladding, the law of nuisance, and Schedule 3A of the Communication Act 2003, in addition to public house and Airbnb-related disputes. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC is currently acting on Reiner & Wismayer v Triplark, a Supreme Court appeal concerning alienation in leases, and is also leading Lina Mattsson in the High Court case of Khoury v Kensell which is centred on restrictive covenants.

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    She can read a judge and knows exactly how far to push a point.

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    He has an exceptional knowledge of the law and an excellent ability to provide clear, concise advice.

    Daniel Gatty

    He has a mastery of detail and is a calm, confident presence with clients.

    Amanda Eilledge

    Amanda Eilledge

    Excellent attention to detail coupled with a good dose of pragmatism and common sense commerciality.

    John Clargo

    Very commercial and thinks outside the box.’

    Andrew Skelly

    Particularly strong on his feet and in cross-examination. ’

    Alexander Bastin

    Alex Bastin

    A great and determined litigator with an eye for detail.’

    Peter Petts

    Quickly identifies the key issues and is very responsible and reliable.’

    Jamal Demachkie

    Jamal Demachkie

    He always inspires confidence and cannot be faulted.’

    Andy Creer

    She has fantastic attention to detail and is very technically able.

    Emily Betts

    She is a great advocate, with a calm and unflappable manner that ensures great results..

    Laura Tweedy

    Laura Tweedy

    She always goes that little further to try and better research and prepare a case.

    Lina Mattsson

    She is technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court. ’

  • Social Housing

    The Set

    Hardwicke has ‘tremendous depth in the social housing sphere‘ and is ‘always able to find someone to deal with a matter‘. Chambers has a strong track record acting for local authorities, housing associations and tenants across the entire spectrum of issues. The trend for a number of housing associations to consolidate into ‘super housing associations’ has led to the set becoming a first port of call for a number of those large entities. In one case highlight, Morayo Fagborun Bennett (who recently completed a secondment with the Peabody Trust) acted for A2 Dominion in a possession claim arising from the tenant’s rent arrears, and also her failure to occupy the premises as her only or principal home. In a notably high-value matter, Laura Tweedy is defending Family Mosaic against a circa £14m damages claim brought by a tenant.

    Alison Meacher

    Her housing work is interlinked with welfare assistance issues, and also those concerning vulnerable adults.

    Morayo Fagborun Bennett

    Has developed into a tremendous social housing barrister. She really gets the sector. Judges, clients and opponents all respect her. One who could go all the way.’

    Laura Tweedy

    Laura Tweedy

    She has a no-fuss approach, is well on top of her brief and gives confidence to clients at court.’

  • Travel Law (Including Jurisdictional Issues)

    Charles Bagot QC

    He is highly regarded for cross-border injury cases.’

  • Private Client: Trusts & Probate
  • Hardwicke's Associate Members' Legal 500 Rankings

    Planning

     

    Martha Grekos

    She turns things round faster than the opposition expects. ’

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