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Legal 500 2021 Rankings

Legal 500 2021 Rankings

Set rankings

We are recommended as a set for:

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Litigation
  • Social Housing

Multidisciplinary set Hardwicke, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set’s expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie Andrew Skelly Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).”

Hardwicke is referred to as “modern and forward thinking” as well as “dynamic and proactive which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis. They have been adaptable and helpful in sharing knowledge and information.”

Excellent clerks across the whole set…[who] are always available to speak, they are polite, friendly and professional.”

Testimonials

  • Civil Fraud

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    “Every once in a while you come across a barrister who does and has it all – insightful and detailed legal knowledge, amazing on his feet, fabulous client bedside manner, able to predict with accuracy what the future holds and he is also commercial.”

    Laurence Page

    Laurence Page

    “His grasp of the facts and the evidence is encyclopaedic.”

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

    Alison Meacher

    Alison Meacher

    “Thorough, hard-working, very accessible, knowledgeable, and tenacious.”

  • Clinical Negligence

    Charles Bagot QC

    Charles Bagot

    “Very good technical lawyer, but also calm and personable, works well as part of a team. Not afraid to stand by his views and fight to trial in appropriate cases”

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    Her drafting style is clear and persuasive. She is very personable and easy to work with. She is excellent at responding quickly to enquiries. She has a good rapport with clients and is not afraid to take on difficult cases.”

  • Commercial Litigation

    Hardwicke is a “dynamic and proactive‘”set, “which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis”. Several clients praise the “excellent training programmes in various areas“. The versatile commercial set draws on strengths from across several areas, including insolvency, insurance, franchising and Chancery disputes. Clients also note the set is “one of the most human and engaging, with counsel who live in the real world“. Major mandates include the SKAT litigation, in which Nigel Jones QC and Laurence Page  are representing Sanjay Shah. David Lewis QC and Emily Betts acted together in the shareholder dispute, Andersson v Kamran.

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    ‘”The epitome of calm, cool and collective – his clarity of thought is second to none, as is his written work. He is generous to share credit with his juniors and instructing solicitors.”

    David Lewis QC

    David Lewis

    “A bright and strategically creative silk.”

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    “A good personal manner, and a great all-round knowledge of the law and ability to apply different areas of law to sets of facts.”

    Charles Raffin

    Charles Raffin

    Incredibly hard-working and a very able lawyer – he is a particular expert in disclosure, where his knowledge of the detail is impeccable and second to none.”

    Emily Betts

    Emily Betts

    Very user friendly, exceptionally hard working and very bright, she is easy to get on with and a rising star amongst counsel of her year of call.”

    Laurence Page

    Laurence Page

    Has an in depth grasp of the commercial realities, pressures and drivers that means he talks his client’s language and understands their needs in a way that is rare amongst the Bar.”

  • Company & Partnership

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    Goes the extra mile to fight for clients.”

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke

    A fearless litigator willing to fight hard for her clients; believes in her arguments and is unwavering.”

  • Construction

    Hardwicke possesses ‘”exceptional performers” who are instructed by the top tier construction firms. The “brilliant” Paul Reed QC  is leading the David Pliener and the Ebony Alleyne  in Green Oasis International Company Limited & Others v Northacre Plc & Others (2018), a £20m claim arising from defective redevelopment works to ‘The Lancasters’, a landmark development in central London overlooking Hyde Park. Acting in the TCC has been Nigel Jones QC , leading Catherine Piercy  in Lessors & Management Company of Herons Court v HeronsLea Limited, NHBC and others, defending a defects claim brought in effect by 20 owners of a block of flats built/developed by Heronslea.

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    A delight to work with; nothing is ever too much trouble.”

    Paul Reed QC

    Paul Reed

    Widely regarded as the leading authority in relation to Construction All Risks Insurance, and he has a compendious knowledge of the subject. He’s a brilliant advocate, both persuasive and forceful. His legal advice is spot on, and always has an eye on wider commercial considerations.”

    David Pliener

    David Pliener

    One of the best juniors and a silk in waiting. Very commercial and user-friendly.”

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of construction law and is able to analyse the issues from the views of all parties.”

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    Incredibly hardworking, his written work is second to none and he gets a complete grip on even the most complex of cases.”

    Catherine Piercy

    Cat Piercy

    She is incredibly intelligent and able to get to the heart of a claim quickly.”

    Helena White

    Helena White

    Helena is an astute advocate and perceptive of client needs.”

    Ebony Alleyne

    Ebony Alleyne

    Extremely capable and professional barrister who is able to quickly identify the key issues in complex claims.”

    Katie Lee

    Katie Lee

    Professional and knowledgeable with a keen grasp of the legal issues, and able to build a natural rapport with clients.”

    Louis Zvesper

    Louis Zvesper

    For his year of call, he punches way above his weight. He will be a QC one day and is going to be a real star.”

  • Costs

    PJ Kirby QC

    Peter Kirby

    Great knowledge in relation to complex cross-border, multi-party-funded litigation.”

    Robin Dunne

    Robin Dunne

    Has a thumping costs practice.”

    Martyn Griffiths

    Martyn Griffiths

    Has an in-depth knowledge of costs, his preparation is meticulous and he is an outstanding advocate who provides an excellent service to his clients.”

  • Court of Protection and Community Care

    Alison Meacher

    Alison Meacher

    Has an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and “Is a confident litigator, who strives to achieve the best result for the client. Her advocacy skills are excellent and she is exceptionally good at negotiation. Alison has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.”

  • Education

    Shazia Akhtar

    Shazia Akhtar

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

  • Employment

    Mark Stephens

    Mark Stephens

    Lightning-fast at getting up to speed on a case, and then just as rapid in identifying the key issues that are likely to determine the outcome. Because of his speed, Mark is also eminently affordable for the quality of work he produces; and because of his insight, his drafting is well-targeted and often irresistibly compelling.”

    Matthew Hodson

    Matthew Hodson

    A diligent, capable barrister who provides excellent practical advice, is very approachable and responsive, and strikes up good relations with clients.”

    Paul Strelitz

    Paul Strelitz

    Forensic in his approach and gets to the heart of a case very quickly. Paul is excellent with clients – he is personable, clear and speaks with authority.”

    Lauren Godfrey

    Godfrey Lauren

    A highly skilled technical barrister and superb advocate. Assured and persuasive in front of judges and opposition alike, Lauren is skilled in driving home the client’s interests to great success.”

    Rajiv Bhatt

    Rajiv Bhatt

    A very measured advocate when cross-examining – it was clear that he had fully prepared and had an impressive understanding of the issues in dispute.”

  • Insolvency

    A great set, with a number of excellent barristers across numerous practice areas”, Hardwicke is well-regarded for international and offshore insolvency work arising out of the Channel Islands and Caribbean. Wendy Parker  is an insolvency and restructuring law specialist, focusing on directors’ duties and rights, derivative claims and shareholder disputes. In Autogas (Europe) Ltd v Saunders Graig and Ochockii, she successfully defended a claim that was brought against the liquidator that failed to obtain sufficient adverse costs insurance. At the junior end, the “technically very strong‘” Jonathan Titmuss stands out for having particularly active insolvency practice.

    Wendy Parker

    Wendy Parker

    An exceptionally good advocate particularly when under pressure and provided with information at short notice.”

    Alaric Watson

    Alaric Watson

    He is perceptive and able to give strong structured advice.”

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Excellent technical ability and has practical knowledge in all insolvency areas.”

    Sarah Clarke

    Sarah Clarke

    Wonderful and composed in the courtroom knowing when to use her tone and language to emphasise to the Judge the real issues and persuading the Judge which way he should go.”

    Charles Raffin

    Charles Raffin

    He provides robust and pragmatic advice and considers the wider issues which may be relevant.”

    Phillip Patterson

    Phillip Patterson

    Straight to the point, practical, efficient and easy to work with.”

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

    Hardwicke has “a number of experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields and is really efficient and excellently led by chief executive Amanda Illing”. The set’s insurance disputes work is focused on construction, property damage and professional negligence. In recent work of note, Paul Reed QC acted for Generali in a substantial Commercial Court insurance claim, which arose out of damage to an aluminium smelting facility in the Netherlands. And, in recent years, Nigel Jones QC has been heavily involved in litigation resulting from the insolvency of leading insurers, such as Enterprise Insurance. At the junior end, David Pliener  is part of the legal team acting in a claim involving defective redevelopment works.

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    Great all-round knowledge of the law, with the ability to apply different areas of law to a set of facts.”

    Paul Reed QC

    Paul Reed

    Widely regarded as the leading authority at the Bar on construction all risks insurance – his knowledge and experience in that area is unmatched. He is also a brilliant and persuasive advocate.”

    David Pliener

    David Pliener

    A genuine specialist in insurance and construction insurance disputes, with deep knowledge and experience.”

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    Extremely knowledgeable and able to analyse the issues from the viewpoint of all parties, which enables her to provide sound and solid advice.”

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    Extremely intelligent and comes through for clients.”

  • Intellectual Property

    Private: Prof. Mark Engelman

    Mark Engleman

    Engaging, convivial and commercial. He is a fantastic advocate for his clients and understands the deeper implications of the disputes he works on. When in full flow before a judge, he is inimitable and irrepressible.”

    Ian Silcock

    Ian Silcock

    Meticulous attention to detail, with an advocacy style that is calm, measured and tenacious.”

  • Mediators

    Lesley Anderson QC

    Lesley Anderson

    “Lesley Anderson QCalso practises from Hardwicke. She regularly acts as a mediator in commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for partnership matters. Her recent mediations have included a co-venture dispute concerning a piece of development land, and a shareholder dispute involving a film distribution rights company.”

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    “Hardwicke’s John de Waal QC is a highly rated property silk, who qualified as a mediator in 2002. He has acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases, with most of his mediations involving property issues. He also handles wider commercial disputes.”

    Sara Benbow

    Sara Benbow

    “A magnificent mediator, who is capable of cracking the hardest of disputes, and has many years of top-level property law experience behind her‘. A mediator since 2003, mediation work forms the vast majority of Benbow’s practice; she undertook approximately 40 mediations in 2019.”

  • Personal Injury

    Hardwicke has a “strong presence” and is “a go-to set for personal injury of all types”. Practitioners are noted for their “consistency, hard work and diligence”, as well as their ability to come up with “novel ideas to put the other side off guard”. Charles Bagot QC is instructed for the defendant in Hoff (a child) v Langley Design & Ors, a catastrophic brain injury claim valued at over £25m. Alongside dealing with a wide variety of injury work, including brain damage, fatalities, and Animals Act and Montreal Convention claims, the set also handles matters relating to fraud, where the key name to note is the “very approachable” Gemma Witherington. The “tenacious” Colm Nugent is earmarked as “a future silk”, while “passionate advocate” Jasmine Murphy is highlighted as being able to “discern a novel approach to most issues”.

    Charles Bagot QC

    Charles Bagot

    An extremely strong, confident advocate, who is succinct and clear, and never knowingly fazed. Charles is able to consider issues from all angles and provide calm, clear advice.”

    Colm Nugent

    Colm Nugent

    Calm but also very tenacious which is a fantastic combination when fighting tough cases.”

    Henry Slack

    Henry Slack

    A quick thinker who can win tough cases. Good with younger members of the team of solicitors in helping bring them on.”

    Jasmine Murphy

    Jasmine Murphy

    She is a highly capable Junior with a solution for any issue, and novel ideas to put the other side off guard. Ability to plead in considerable detail whilst never losing a simple mastery of the key points.”

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    A thorough and balanced barrister who maintains a calm presence and ensures all angles are thoroughly explored.”

  • Insurance Fraud

    Gemma Witherington

    Gemma Witherington

    A thorough and balanced barrister who maintains a calm presence and ensures all angles are thoroughly explored.”

  • Professional Negligence

    “Hardwicke is “an approachable set” with “experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields”. The set, which includes “many excellent juniors”, draws on its strength in property and construction to handle a range of construction-related professional negligence claims, with Paul Reed QC, David Pliener and Ebony Alleyne  acting for the leaseholders in a claim against various members of the project team in Green Oasis International Company Limited v Northacre Plc, which relates to defective redevelopment works, and Catherine Piercy  acting for a subcontractor in Premier Inn v KD Facades and others, a high-profile cladding claim. Members also have expertise in solicitors’, investment and financial services negligence, among other areas.

    Nigel Jones QC

    Nigel Jones

    “His client care is second to none – he is exceptionally bright, hard working and really puts himself at the centre of the legal team in the best way possible. He is also commercial and exceptionally pragmatic. Academically he will answer the questions before most of the legal team have even thought to ask the question.”

    Paul Reed QC

    Paul Reed

    A very good silk. He is knowledgeable about insurer treatment of contractor claims.”

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    He provides excellent, sharp and issue-focused advice.”

    David Pliener

    David Pliener

    He is excellent across the board – good with clients, on paper and on his feet.”

    James Hall

    James Hall

    His greatest strength is his ability to see the bigger commercial picture and not get lost in the legal merits. This is what is important to clients. In real terms that means getting results early on in the litigation.”

    Sarah McCann

    Sarah McCann

    An excellent junior. She is robust and incisive.”

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Jonathan Titmuss

    He is a great team player and extremely client friendly.”

    Michael Wheater

    Michael Wheater

    He is extremely intelligent, hardworking and commercially astute. He is a great team player and always comes through for us under pressure.”

    Tom Bell

    Tom Bell

    He is excellent. His attention to detail sets him apart.”

    Catherine Piercy

    Cat Piercy

    She has a quick grasp of technical claims, a great client manner and is strong on her feet in court.”

    Laurence Page

    Laurence Page

    He is easy to work with and very approachable.”

    Ebony Alleyne

    Ebony Alleyne

    She is impressive. She is professionally inquisitive and is tenacious.”

    Jack Dillon

    Jack Dillon

    He is very bright, calm and collected.”

    Louis Zvesper

    Louis Zvesper

    He is very thorough, confident in argument and unfazed by much more senior opposition.”

  • Property Litigation & Agriculture

    Hardwicke is a “strong property set” with “fantastic client service” and a “wide range of excellent counsel”. Clients note its “good range of specialisms” encompass property-related insolvency and professional negligence, cladding and nuisance, trespass injunctions, land registration and ground rent disputes. In addition, individual members demonstrate experience in respect of pub and Airbnb-related litigation, Japanese knotweed disputes, and Schedule 3A of the Communications Act 2003. A notable example of the set’s recent work was Triplark v Reiner & Wismayer, a matter relating to alienation provisions in which Brie Stevens-Hoare QC  successfully convinced the Supreme Court to refuse permission to appeal following on from two previous rulings in the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal of the FFT. Further strengthening the set, Faisel Sadiq, a barrister primarily focused on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, recently joined from Ely Place Chambers.

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    No one can beat her for a commercial hands-on approach which loses nothing in terms of intellectual rigour and crystal-clear advocacy. She controls the courtroom and her language, tone and powers of persuasion are second to none.”

    John de Waal QC

    John de Waal QC

    He is a very good team player with the solicitors and enjoys a very good rapport with clients. John is able to convey complex argument simply and eloquently, both in writing and in advocacy.”

    Monty Palfrey

    Monty Palfrey

    His knowledge about property law and landlord and tenant law is second to none. He is clearly a leader in his field. He has an eye for detail that is phenomenal and reassuring to have on your team. He will quickly see the point that everyone else missed and use it to his advantage.”

    Daniel Gatty

    Daniel Gatty

    Excellent to work with, prompt and concise paperwork and good advocacy. Experienced and cool under pressure. Knowledgeable regarding judicial attitudes and outcomes – inspires confidence and gains trust of tribunal/judge. He instils confidence in clients.”

    Amanda Eilledge

    Amanda Eilledge

    She has a sharp intellect and is able to grapple with complex issues in a swift and efficient manner.”

    John Clargo

    John Clargo

    His depth of experience and expertise mean he is extremely useful to have as part of a legal team.”

    Andrew Skelly

    Andrews Skelly

    He uses his expertise as part as the judiciary to tell the client whether their arguments will find favour with the court.”

    Peter Petts

    Peter Petts

    He is excellent; his involvement is instrumental.”

    Faisel Sadiq

    He can be relied upon for commercial landlord and tenant disputes.”

    Jamal Demachkie

    Jamal Demachkie

    He has an in depth legal knowledge and his expertise ensures the client’s objectives are achieved.”

    Andy Creer

    Andy Creer

    Her advice is always laced with a clear understanding of the lay client’s commercial drives and objectives.”

    Carl Brewin

    Carl Brewin

    He is an excellent, knowledgeable, and, importantly, pleasant to work with.”

    Emily Betts

    Emily Betts

    A go-to junior, there is no client or issue that she cannot deal with.”

    Laura Tweedy

    Laura Tweedy

    Persuasive and excellent at pulling the tribunal and opposition to her views.”

    Lina Mattsson

    Lina Mattsson

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

    Katrina Mather

    Katrina Mather

    She is bright and diligent, her charm inspires confidence in clients and courts alike.”

  • Social Housing

    Hardwicke has benefited from the consolidation in the social housing sector, which has seen a large number of housing associations merge to form ‘super’ housing associations. With the set having strong capabilities in real estate litigation and construction, its members are increasingly sought out to advise these entities on a broad cross-section of issues beyond those specific to the management of social housing tenancies. On the social housing management side, Morayo Fagborun Bennett acted for Peabody Trust in a possession claim, which had been defended on the basis that the occupier had paid an unprotected deposit to a fraudulent former employee of the housing association. Optivo, London & Quadrant and A2 Dominion also turn to the set for advice, while members also act for local authorities and tenants. Alison Meacher represented Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council at the Court of Appeal in a significant bedroom tax test case against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

    Alison Meacher

    Alison Meacher

    Very personable and approachable. She has the ability to absorb vast amounts of complex information in a very short period of time, and to quickly identify the main issues of a particular matter, the key strengths and weaknesses and how to mitigate those weaknesses. Willingness to accommodate client demands and to work within tight timescales is also a strength.”

    Morayo Fagborun Bennett

    Morayo Bennett Fagborun

    She is an excellent barrister, with an in-depth knowledge of her subject – clients love the no-nonsense approach. She can win over judges with well-prepared arguments. A great advocate and always happy to think outside the box to look for solutions.”

    Laura Tweedy

    Laura Tweedy

    An extremely hard worker absolutely loved by clients for her tenacity, common sense and ease to work with.”

  • Travel Law (Including Jurisdictional Issues)

    Charles Bagot QC

    Charles Bagot

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

  • Private Client: Trusts & Probate

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    calm and collected; fantastic on her feet; makes clients feel at ease straight away; and straight talking when it is needed.”

    Charlotte John

    Charlotte John

    considered and careful in her approach; she is calm with clients and makes well-reasoned arguments to tricky opponents.”

    Cameron Stocks

    Cameron Stocks

    He is excellent both in terms of capability and client relationships.”

  • Commercial (Regional South Eastern Circuit)

     

    Lauren Godfrey

    Godfrey Lauren

    He takes control of a room, is formidable in cross-examination and punchy in his submissions.”

  • Court of Protection & Community Care (Regional South Eastern Circuit)

    Alison Meacher

    Alison Meacher

    She has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.”

  • Employment (Regional South Eastern Circuit)

    Lauren Godfrey

    Godfrey Lauren

    He is robust and thorough in his advice, commercially focused and a fearless advocate and negotiator.”

  • Property & Construction (Regional South Eastern Circuit)

    John Clargo

    John Clargo

    A calm and measured advocate with a great grasp of the facts.”

    Charlotte John

    Charlotte John

    She displays incredible attention to detail and thoroughness, and understands issues very quickly.”

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