The ‘very progressive’ 39 Essex Chambers is ‘a go-to for insurance, commercial litigation and construction disputes’ and is ‘streets ahead in the personal injury arena’. The ‘spot on’ set offers ‘a great mix of experience’ and ‘a diverse group of barristers’ who are ‘always willing to get involved as part of the wider legal team’. Chambers has grown over the last year with the likes of Samantha Jones, Katherine Barnes and Fiona Paterson joining from 7BR, Francis Taylor Building and Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, respectively. Chambers’ move into a ‘superb new building with fantastic facilities’ and its ‘very personable and professional’ service from reception staff is also worth highlighting. The loss of the ‘brilliant commercial law clerk’ David Barnes to Atkin Chambers set tongues wagging last year, but 39 Essex has filled the hole with ‘excellent’ new chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott, who joined from Matrix Chambers. Senior clerks Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan run a ‘knowledgeable and friendly’ clerking team that is ‘at the top of its game’ and which provides ‘value-added services’. At senior practice manager level, Ben Sundborg is ‘particularly strong on client care’ and ‘well respected by clerks and clients alike’; Andrew Poyser is ‘committed to client service’; Peter Campbell ‘makes you feel like your work is important and is given priority’; and Sheraton Doyle is ‘extremely helpful’. Practice manager Niki Merison (‘invests a lot of time developing relationships for the longer term that are built on trust’) is also worthy of note. Offices in: London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.