Magdalen Chambers is thoroughly delighted to announce that for the fourth successive year we have been rated as a leading set on the Western Circuit by the prestigious Legal 500 directory. The authors mentioned chambers specialism in civil and family law, and our key practice areas of family finance and public children law matters.
They say the family team at Magdalen Chambers is ‘very strong with respect to financial and children work’. In public children law matters, the set has seen a recent increase in instructions involving sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. They also praise chambers for being “equally adept in planning, commercial and insolvency matters”, and for our expertise in property law.
In addition to chambers leading set ranking, 9 individual members were praised by clients for their work in their respective fields, and ranked in tier 1 on the Western Circuit for their expertise.
The editors of the Legal 500 singled out the following areas of law as being particular strengths of chambers’ practice:
- Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law;
- Construction, Planning and Environment;
- Family and Children Law;
- Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence;
- Property Law
The members of chambers individually recognised by the directory as being in the top tier of practitioners are:
- Joint Head of Chambers Michael Berkley for Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery law, and is described as “A robust advocate with a very good bedside manner” and for his work in Property law they say “Clients are reassured by his confident demeanour”.
- Joint Head of Chambers Christopher Naish in the field of Family and Children law was described as “Very intelligent, calm, personable, courteous, analytical and thorough”
- Rupert Chapman, Head of the Family team, was “Recommended for financial remedy cases and private law children matters”
- Tony Ward recognised for his expertise in family work is also described as “Very experienced in financial disputes”.
- Head of the Regulatory, Public and Administrative team, Gavin Collett was ranked in tier one, with the editors mentioning that “His practice encompasses planning, highways, and rights of way” and that “he made a successful challenge to the Secretary of State in the High Court”
- William Hopkin, who heads up the Commercial team, was praised for being “Extremely able at assimilating complex information quickly”
- Head of the Civil team, and leading property barrister, Russell James was described as having “a niche practice in homelessness law”
- Carol Mashembo, a senior member of the family team, recognised in tier 1, has been described as “Experienced in cases involving same-sex families”.
- Jonathan O’Neill was praised as “A specialist in personal injury matters” and for his expertise in property law as “An impressive cross-examiner”
In addition to the plaudits received by chambers’ members, two of our clerking team are mentioned in this years’ publication. Senior Clerk, James Basden and civil clerk Harry Turner were praised by clients for providing “a very effective personable service and are also very commercial in terms of fees” and that solicitors would “thoroughly recommend them”.