Magdalen Chambers Ranked as Leading Set by the Legal 500 2020

We are delighted to announce that chambers has once again been recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading set on the Western Circuit, and that nine members of chambers have been individually ranked in their areas of expertise. Chambers is a recommended set on the Western Circuit for four areas of expertise – Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery law, Family and Children Law, Construction, Planning and Environment law and Property Disputes. 

As well as receiving praise for the quality of our barristers, our clerking team was the subject of particular praise for its customer care in the management of diary conflicts.

Magdalen Chambers’ experienced family team was described as having ‘considerable strength in depth’ with a growing matrimonial finance and private Children Act practice in addition to our ‘substantial’ law children Practice. 

Five members of the family team have been ranked as leading individuals: 

  • Susan Campbell QC is described as ‘a strong negotiator and excellent cross-examiner’;
  • Former Head of Chambers Christopher Naish is described as ‘approachable to clients, despite his commanding presence in court’; 
  • Joint head of chambers Rupert Chapman is said to be ‘always meticulous in his preparation and clear in his advice’;
  • Carol Mashembo is praised for the way ‘she leaves no stone unturned in both financial and private children matters’; and
  • Elizabeth Willsteed is praised for the way she ‘combines good and realistic decision-making with meticulous forensic analysis.’

Four members of our civil team are individually recognised:

  • Natasha Bellinger is recognised as ‘a social housing specialist’ and is recommended for possession claims and other housing matters;
  • Gavin Collett is described as ‘highly experienced in planning, highways, and rights of way matters’;
  • William Hopkins is praised for his experience in commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, director disqualification and charity law, in which areas ‘his advice is first rate, commercially minded, and pragmatic’; and
  • Russell James  is rated as ‘an exceptionally gifted and hardworking counsel who is brilliant on his feet’ and ‘notable for his expertise in homelessness matters having recently represented a tenant in the Court of Appeal, in a case involving a possession claim against the client’s fixed-term tenancy, which centred on the correct interpretation of sections 21(1A) and 21(1B) of the Housing Act 1988.’

Joint head of Chambers Rupert Chapman said “2019 has been a very successful year for Magdalen Chambers, with nine members being awarded part-time judicial appointments and now very positive feedback from the Legal 500. It is a credit to our skilled barristers and dedicated team of clerks that we continue to be regarded as one of the leading sets in the Westcountry. Our dedication to high quality legal services and customer care is the foundation for these rankings and is something we are committed to building on for the future. Well done to everyone involved”