Gavin Collett is ranked in by Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

Many congratultions to Gavin for being ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 in the area of planning.

Well regarded for his expertise in planning law, with particular specialist knowledge in highways and rights of way. He acts for local authorities, as well as developers and private individuals.
“He is very personable and knows what he’s talking about.”

“He is good on his feet and looks at the client’s problems holistically.”

Members ranked in Chambers and Partners 2017 for the UK Bar

Chambers are delighted to congratulate members for being ranked for their excellence.

Michael Berkley of Magdalen Chambers
Chancery practitioner with a practice covering contentious trusts and probates, wills and property disputes. He is joint head of Magdalen Chambers in Exeter.
Strengths: “Very able and straightforward.”

Christopher Naish of Magdalen Chambers
Has a broad practice, acting for guardians, parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases.
Strengths: “Chris is a calming, steady hand with expert knowledge.” “Very good on complex financial matters and public law children cases, with particular expertise on appeals.”

Carol Mashembo
Has a diverse family practice encompassing cohabitation disputes, financial remedies and private children law. She has over 15 years’ experience and is used to handling cases that involve dealing with litigants in person.
Strengths: “She is a no nonsense, approachable, effective advocate, who clearly devotes time to her preparation.” “Carol’s attention to detail and expert handling of tricky cases is her strength.”

Rupert Chapman
Acknowledged for his handling of cases involving matrimonial finance disputes and private law children matters.
Strengths: “He is very thorough in preparation and has a common-sense approach. He is imperturbable and clients find him very reassuring.”

Gavin Collett
Well regarded for his expertise in planning law, with particular specialist knowledge in highways and rights of way. He acts for local authorities, as well as developers and private individuals.
Strengths: “He has a good grasp of the issues and his preparation is very good. He has an eye for detail. He’s also good tactically and is able to relate to clients.”
Recent work: Acted for a representative of Sustainable Totnes Action Group in a challenge to the Road Traffic Order in Totnes.

Magdalen Chambers are again ranked as a leading set by the Legal 500

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”.