Leading set Western Circuit Bar
Magdalen Chambers has solid expertise in civil and family law; recent instructions include care proceedings and financial remedy matters. Property law cases are prominent on the civil side, however, members are well versed in commercial, insolvency and planning matters. In 2018 Michael Berkley was appointed to the circuit bench, while Jonathan O’Neill became in-house counsel for the London Borough of Hillingdon. Senior clerk James Basden and civil clerk Harry Turner are ‘very personable, efficient, client focused and responsive’ as well as being ‘always cheerful, willing to help and have an understanding of both solicitors’ and clients’ needs’.
Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law: William Hopkin is a key name at Magdalen Chambers for commercial litigation and company disputes. Michael Berkley was appointed to the bench in January 2018.
Construction, planning and Environment: Gavin Collett is a key contact at Magdalen Chambers for planning matters, in which he acts for individuals, developers and local authorities.
Family and Children: Magdalen Chambers has ‘strength in depth’ in its family team, with members acting in, among other areas, cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries, care proceedings and financial remedy matters.
Property: Magdalen Chambers houses Russell James, who is very well known for his experience in housing and homelessness matters. In 2018 Michael Berkley was appointed to the circuit bench and Jonathan O’Neill became in-house counsel for the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Individually – leading juniors (all tier 1).
Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law
William Hopkin – ‘Very astute and a great orator.’
Construction, planning and Environment
Gavin Collett – ‘Highly experienced in planning, highways, and rights of way matters.’
Family & Children Law;
Christopher Naish – ‘A very effective advocate, who always has complete mastery over the facts.’
Tony Ward – ‘An extremely safe pair of hands, with a charming client manner.’
Carol Mashembo – ‘An expert in her field.’
Rupert Chapman – ‘His bedside manner with vulnerable clients is excellent.’
Russell James – ‘Highly recommended for housing and homelessness cases.’