Chambers has a rich history of winning awards in our specialist areas as well as individuals being recognised for excellence. Most recently, John Hendy QC was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the UK Chambers Bar Awards 2018. Stuart Brittenden was named The Legal 500 UK Employment Junior of the Year 2018.
We are again delighted to report a record number of entries for Old Square Chambers' barristers in the latest edition of the Legal 500 directory, which recognises excellence across the UK legal marketplace. This years entries reflect the continued growth across all of our specialist practice areas.
Within Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police) John Hendy QC comes recommended as a leading silk in the area.
Chambers is ranked as a leading set of chambers in the area of Clinical Negligence and Healthcare. Recommended silks at Old Square Chambers include Mary O'Rourke QC, who has 'the most fantastic knowledge of the law, and gives her all to every case'; and David Wilby QC, who is noted for his'meticulous preparation and excellent advocacy skills'. Alan Smith and the 'very approachable' Charles Woodhouse also attract praise.
Chambers is ranked as a leading set for Employment law. Old Square Chambers' barristers are noted for their 'excellent understanding of the pressures that face their clients'. 'Star performer' John Hendy QCis 'an extremely versatile advocate who can master any area of law'. Jane McNeill QC is 'extremely intelligent, and brilliant on her feet', and Jennifer Eady QC’s 'gravitas impresses even the most senior of clients'. Paul Rose QC and Mark Sutton QC are also recommended 'without hesitation', as is new silk Michael Ford QC, who 'always provides clear, concise advice'. Among the juniors, Ijeoma Omambala, Melanie Tether (who'goes the extra mile for clients'), and the 'exceptionally well-prepared' Deshpal Panesarare highlighted. In 2012, the 'impressive' Ben Collins joined from One Crown Office Row.
Other ranked leading juniors: Stuart Brittenden, Louise Chudleigh, Ben Cooper and Emma Smith.
Within Employment (Western Circuit), Old Square Chambers is noted for its ' very strong' employment team, which includes the 'outstanding' Michael Ford QC, who took silk in 2013; Rohan Pirani, who is 'an excellent advocate, and extremely good with clients'; the 'extremely capable and approachable' Mark Whitcombe, who is noted for his 'common sense and superb legal ability'; and Toby Kempster, who is 'good with clients and is always thoroughly prepared'. The 'very personable' Andrew Midgley is also recommended, as are Melanie Tether, Hilary Winstone and Helen Gower.
Employment (Northern Circuit); Paul Gilroy QC’s track record includes advising football managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp. Simon Gorton QC has a diverse employment practice.
Old Square Chambers is consistently ranked as a leading set of Chambers in the area of Environment law.'An efficient and friendly set', Old Square Chambers 'always offers a very high standard of service'.John Bates is 'an incredibly experienced junior', and his 'knowledge in the nuisance field is second to none'.David Wilby QC and Malcolm Galloway are also ranked as a leading individuals in environment law.
The 2013 edition sees John Hendy QC, Philip Mead, Brian Cummins and Malcolm Galloway all ranked as leading individuals in Health & Safety and regulatory law.
Personal Injury; Old Square Chambers' David Wilby QC impresses with his 'meticulous preparation, and excellent advocacy skills'. Other recommended silks include Nigel Cooksley QC, who has 'very good knowledge of this area of law'; and Paul Rose QC, who is 'genuinely passionate about getting the best outcome for his clients'. Of the juniors, Alan Smith is 'someone you can rely upon', and Christopher Walker is 'a safe pair of hands'.
John Hendy QC,Katherine Howells, Philip Mead, Brian Cummins and Michael Nicholson remain ranked as leading individuals and Christopher Makey joins the rankings this year.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (Western Circuit); Old Square Chambers' Christopher Walker is'a first-class barrister; technically excellent, great with clients, and easy to work with'. The 'very knowledgeable' Andreá Risoli has particular expertise in relation to CICA claims. Toby Kempster is noted for his 'great empathy with claimants', and is recommended alongside Charles Woodhouse, Jonathan Clarke, and the'extremely knowledgeable' David Rivers.
Professional Discipline and regulatory law; Mary O'Rourke QC and John Hendy QC are rated as leading silks and Giles Powell as a leading junior in the area.
Health and Safety, and regulatory (Western Circuit); John Hendy QC, Brian Cummins, Malcolm Galloway and Rohan Pirani are the key figures at Old Square Chambers.
Construction, planning, licensing and environmental (Western Circuit); Old Square Chambers' Malcolm Galloway recently joined from Colleton Chambers, and has particular expertise in environmental crime matters.