Administrative & Public Barristers

Administrative & Public

What our barristers offer

The public law team at 39 Essex Chambers comprises leading practitioners who are recognised for their expertise in public law, as well as in related fields such as local government law, environmental and planning law, regulatory and disciplinary law, the Court of Protection and public inquiries.

We can draw together teams of barristers who range from experienced silks to the more recently qualified barristers, to offer a comprehensive and cost-effective service, combining strong analytical, advisory and advocacy skills with pragmatism and approachability.

The public law team has substantial experience in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as in litigation before courts and domestic tribunals.

Our goal is to offer first-rate advice and assistance on all issues relating to decision-making by public authorities.

Who our public law barristers act for

Our clients include central government departments and agencies, local authorities, educational bodies, the Official Solicitor, regulators, health authorities and care trusts, private care providers, charities and NGOs, as well as patients, service users and private litigants. Our barristers take on public and privately funded work, as well acting pro bono and in public interest challenges.

What the directories say

Chambers UK describes the public law team as “user-friendly”, “shot through with quality” and “a more than credible opponent for any set in the field”.

Legal 500 states that 39 Essex Chambers “unfailingly responds to the most difficult and urgent situations”.

Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Administrative & Public team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Steven Kovats QC

Steven Kovats QC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey QC

Eleanor Grey QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Lisa Giovannetti QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Justine Thornton QC

Justine Thornton QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Parishil Patel

Parishil Patel

Call: 1996

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Adam Fullwood

Adam Fullwood

Call: 1996

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Saima Hanif

Saima Hanif

Call: 2002

Christopher Staker
Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Anna Bicarregui

Anna Bicarregui

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Vincent Nelson QC

Vincent Nelson QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2001

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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