Local Government Barristers

Local Government

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a full complement of leading barristers with considerable experience of acting for clients in the local government sector. A number of our barristers have worked in local government (including former London borough councillors) or for other public bodies, giving our team a depth of understanding of the needs of local authorities and an exceptional insight into their culture and decision-making processes.

Who our barristers act for

  • Local authorities
  • Local government ombudsman
  • Businesses dealing with local authorities
  • Individuals (claimants)
  • Care homes

Which areas of local government we cover

  • Adult Social Services
  • Care home funding and closures
  • Children’s services
  • Community care
  • Compensation
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Consultation
  • Court of Protection
  • Cuts to public services
  • Data protection
  • Education
  • Freedom of information
  • Health/social services disputes
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Local authority powers and duties
  • Mental capacity
  • Mental health
  • Public funding, including no recourse
  • Ordinary residence disputes
  • Personal budgets and direct payments
  • Procurement
  • Protection of vulnerable adults
  • Public sector equality duty
  • Safeguarding
  • State aid

Specialist expertise in local government legal services framework agreements

Our barristers have particular expertise in legal services framework agreements. 39 Essex Chambers barristers provide their services to more than 80 local authorities across the UK. These include:

  • The North West Legal Consortium (including Liverpool City Council, Cheshire East and Cumbria County Council)
  • The Sussex Consortium Total (including Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council)
  • Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield Councils
  • The London 10 (including Barnet, Croydon and Haringey)
  • South West Wales Legal (including Cardiff and Swansea City and County Councils)
  • West of England Partnership (including Bristol and Bath City Councils)
  • The East of England Consortium (including Essex and Cambridgeshire County Councils)
  • Poole Borough Council

Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Local Government 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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Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Brian Ash QC

Brian Ash QC

Call: 1975 Silk: 1990

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

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

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 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

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

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

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

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Anna Bicarregui

Anna Bicarregui

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

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

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

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

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