Civil Liability Barristers

Civil Liability

What our barristers offer

The civil liability law team at 39 Essex Chambers comprises leading practitioners who are recognised for their expert advocacy and advice in all aspects of civil law. They have particular expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, professional liability, product liability, health and safety, toxic torts and insurance issues.

The civil liability law team has substantial experience in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as in litigation before courts and domestic tribunals. A significant proportion of our work involves attending mediations and other types of settlement meetings to represent the interests of our clients. We are able to provide experienced mediators and a bespoke mediation service.

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.

Additional civil liability expertise

39 Essex Chambers produces a Relief from Sanctions Update, which collates and explains the way judicial thinking is changing in the post-Mitchell era.

What the directories say

39 Essex Chambers is consistently rated by the main directories as one of the leading civil law chambers.

A recent winner of the Chambers & Partners Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Set of the Year award, 39 Essex Chambers has been described as “housing a plethora of ‘outstanding yet approachable high-end practitioners’.”

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Civil Liability 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 7832 1181


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann
David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott
Camilla Church

Camilla Church

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Sadie Crapper

Sadie Crapper

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

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

Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Call: 2015

Paul Hayes SC

Paul Hayes SC

Call: 2005

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

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