Magdalen Chambers ranked as a leading set by the Legal 500

Magdalen Chambers is delighted to announce that for the third year in a row we have been rated as a leading set on the Western Circuit by the prestigious Legal 500 directory. The authors praised chambers in particular for its “substantial property expertise”, considers its members to be “adept at handling insolvency and professional negligence matters” and drew attention to the family team’s “particular growth in the financial remedy and private law children space”.

As well as chambers as a whole being considered a leading set, 9 members of chambers were considered to be leading practitioners in their fields of expertise.

The editors praised chambers for its expertise in the following areas;

  • Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law;
  • Construction, planning and the environment;
  • Family and Children law;
  • Personal Injury and clinical negligence; and
  • Property law.

The nine members of chambers individually recognised by the directory in tier 1 are;

  • Joint head of Chambers Michael Berkley, who was recognised in the areas of commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law and property law and is described as “A well-prepared, talented advocate” and as a “key name” in the property field with a “strong Chancery practice” who is “Experienced in cases involving easements, boundary disputes, and commercial landlord and tenant matters.”
  • Joint head of Chambers Christopher Naish, described by the authors as Excellent – his knowledge of family law is second to none.”
  • Rupert Chapman, recognised for his expertise in family and children law as Intelligent, methodical, unflappable and approachable.”
  • Gavin Collett who is “recommended for planning applications” having appeared in a “major case” involving the judicial review of Devon County Council’s decision to reverse traffic flow in Totnes.
  • William Hopkin, recognised for his expertise in commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law and described as having an ability to disarm the most aggressive opponents with his frank, considered and calm approach.”
  • Russell James who joined chambers from Devon Chambers in February 2016, “bringing a substantial housing law practice” and “specialises in housing and homelessness law”.
  • Carol Mashembo who joined chambers from St Johns Chambers in October 2016 and is recognised for her expertise in family and children law as someone who “strikes a good balance between empathy with the client and ruthless pragmatism.”
  • Jonathan O’Neill who “undertakes both claimant and defendant work in the personal injury and clinical negligence space.”
  • Tony Ward, who was recognised for his expertise in family law and said to be “great at cross-examination and has a very good manner with clients.”
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