The Legal 500 UK Bar Guide 2021

From Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

Multidisciplinary set 39 Essex Chambers has continued to grow at an impressive rate over the last 12 months: commercial litigators Karishma Vora and Camilla ter Haar joined from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and 5 Paper respectively; construction specialists Andrew Kearney, David Sawtell and Niraj Modha arrived from St John’s Chambers, Lamb Chambers, and Tanfield Chambers respectively; clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Ashley Pratt joined from 7BR; public law practitioners Ian Brownhill , Rachel Troup, Steve Broach, and Simon Murray moved from No.5 Barristers Chambers, Pump Court Chambers, Monckton, and 1 Chancery Lane respectively; dual-qualified advocate Vivek Kapoor joined from Stephenson Harwood; civil law experts Daniel Laking and Shaman Kapoor arrived from Temple Garden Chambers; employment lawyer David Mitchell joined from Ely Place Chambers. In other news, Richard Wald QC took silk, while Vikram Sachdeva QC and Celina Colquhoun have been appointed by the Lord Chancellor to an independent panel of six experts to look at potential reform of judicial review; a planning and environmental lawyer, Colquhoun was another recent arrival from No.5 Barristers Chambers.


Lindsay Scott (Chief Executive &; Director of Clerking); Alastair Davidson (Senior Clerk); Andrew Poyser (Deputy Senior Clerk); Ben Sundborg, Tom Gibbons, Niki Merison, Mark Winrow, Sheraton Doyle, and Peter Campbell (Senior Practice Managers)




Consistently brilliant and always available. We have a strong long standing relationship with the clerks and while work patterns go up and down in terms of instruction – the relationship isn’t affected at all.

All demonstrate that elusive factor, excellence.

All very efficient and friendly; realise they need to engage with solicitors, more so than some of the more traditional sets.

Amazing service with fast response and ability to deal with matters promptly – Niki Merison in particular stands out.

Andy Poyser is my go-to clerk, we’ve known each other for 15 years and he has always been there for me.

We receive an excellent service from all of the clerks, and they regularly go the extra mile in terms of obtaining availability and also assisting with listings; filing Court documents etc.

Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons are always on hand to help. The more junior clerk, Jamie Tucker is equally impressive.

Albie Barton is outstanding. He is engaging, flexible, courteous and represents the set immaculately.

Ben Sundborg is excellent. Very knowledgeable about the personal injury sector.

Clerks are responsive, helpful and always prepared to ‘pull out all the stops’ to meet their instructing solicitors and clients’ needs.

Clerks such as Andy Poyser set the benchmark for other clerks to follow.

Excellent – Sheraton Doyle and Pete Campbell deserve a special mention – always willing to go above and beyond

Jamie Tucker and Peter Campbell very helpful and respond very quickly.

I have found the clerks very helpful; Peter Campbell is excellent and has a good knowledge of instructing solicitors. A high quality service is provided by all clerks I have dealt with.

I particularly enjoy liaising with Ben Sundborg and Tom Gibbons, both exceptionally helpful and friendly clerks at 39.

Mark Winrow and Niki Merison are proactive clerks who respond swiftly to requests for counsel bookings and go beyond what is expected.

The clerks are good. They are very good at managing expectations and timescales.

The clerks are very good and are proactive. Andy Poyser in particular is very knowledgeable in the area and you can always have a sensible conversation with him.

The clerks are very well versed in the area of law, meaning I do not have to walk them through the matter and they can advise who is available and best suited to the case. Niki Merison is first rate and able to assist at very short notice. He has even attended our office over a weekend, to collect urgent documents in a recent matter, going well out of his way on a weekend.

The clerks at 39 Essex are fantastic. Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker in particular deserve particular recognition for the seamless way in which they manage caseloads, papers, billing and diary clashes. The clerks are always willing and flexible to accommodate diary clashes and are extremely responsive to both emails and calls.

The clerks at 39 Essex Chambers are efficient, responsive, always available, personable and provide a service beyond what would be expected. Hannah Milne is excellent.

The prof discipline clerking team, led by Peter Campbell, is really good and he works hard to keep solicitors happy. Peter is excellent and Jamie, his assistant, has also been very helpful at times.


39 Essex are in my view a leading set in the area of professional discipline and regulation and in public law. I have instructed various members over past years. In my view, one of the particular strengths of their barristers is that their expertise in professional disciplinary cases is underpinned by a strong public law focus.

I have been impressed by the programme of remote webinars the set has quickly produced in response to the current Covid-19 situation. These have provided high-quality insight into a number of very topical legal aspects arising from the current crisis, at a time when many lawyers find themselves working in isolation with limited professional contact.

39 Essex are one of, if not, the best chambers for Court of Protection work, not many chambers can rival the number of brilliant barristers that it has with a high quality of expertise in Court of Protection work. The chambers also offers excellent training.

39 Essex are rightly regarded as one of the London heavyweight sets, especially for regulatory / public law. They are well known for their experience with public inquiries.

39 Essex are the lead set when it comes to Court of Protection and related work. They are incredibly strong across the team and provide the best resources and training in the most accessible way. No one is accepted into the team without being amongst the best in the field.

39 Essex are way ahead of their competition in the field of public law. They offer an unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel. They are involved in all of the high-profile cases – it is becoming frequently common for multiple parties in the same high-profile case to all be represented by 39 Essex, such is their reputation and expertise.

39 Essex Chambers have a real expertise in Construction and Engineering Law, with Counsel at all levels who are able to assist clients at the appropriate level.

39 Essex Chambers is second-to-none in terms of the strength-in-depth and range of counsel. As a set they are able to offer high quality counsel at all levels specialising in all areas of clinical negligence practice. 39 Essex Chambers provide high-quality newsletters and training.

39 Essex Chambers provides the complete service in terms of personal injury. They are always able to provide high-quality counsel across the range of experience and according to the needs of the case. They have never let me down and the strength of their counsel is complimented by excellent training, newsletters and additional support.

39 Essex has a strong public law practice and are one of the go-to sets in that area.

39 Essex has a very strong international practice. They have also built up a deep bench of construction specialists.

39 Essex has unrivalled strength and depth in the energy sector – in both counsel and arbitrators.

39 Essex is a strong commercial / common law set. They have some very notable construction law barristers and arbitrators.

39 Essex is my London Chambers of choice. If preferred counsel is not available there is always somebody of at least equal calibre offered.

39 Essex offer regular training and webinars of the highest quality. I have attended a number of internal and external training arranged by this chambers and I have found them very informative. As a set, they are a leader in clinical negligence with a wealth of talent.

A large set with a wide range of practice of areas. A strong international arbitration practice.

Strength in-depth; huge talent pool from QC to juniors. Every part of this set is exceptional.

Chambers offers superior expertise in the area of community care and Court of Protection work as well as sufficient expertise is peripheral and complimentary areas. There is very good availability of junior and senior counsel with significant relevant expertise.

Strong training programmes; always available without obligation. While they have some strong key names, they have the best collective of juniors in the market for those occasions when clients simply don’t need the input or cost of a QC. The consistent strength of the wider team is in my view grossly underrated.

I (genuinely) think they are a fantastic chambers. Modern, unstuffy, really solid client care and a fantastic set of barristers and staff. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

One of the leading chambers in personal injury. There are many well known and respected counsel to choose from.

The whole set is brilliant. I use counsel of all levels of experience and there are many exceptional and helpful members to choose from.

There are some real PI stars here but the set is probably best recognised for its strengths in the commercial field. It is an up and coming set regarding costs.

This set has a wealth of experience in public law and specifically in the field of mental capacity law; they have been involved in many of the very high-profile cases that have hit the headlines.

Very organised and commercial approach, good range of experience amongst members of the set, training programme includes panel discussions with members of chambers looking at the same legal issues from different perspectives which is very useful and interesting.

We have worked with this set for decades. A go-to set. Great depth and range of skills and experience. My choice and constant recommendation .

This Chambers probably has more strength and depth in the Energy field than any of its competitors.



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