Russell James Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Russell James on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Property Law. Russell, head of Chambers’ civil team, is described by the Legal 500 as ‘an exceptionally gifted and hardworking counsel who is brilliant on his feet’ 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.’ He is recommended for possession claims and other housing matters including exclusion orders, tenancy regulations, and anti-social behaviour.

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Elizabeth Willsteed Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Elizabeth Willsteed on her ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Child Law. Elizabeth is lauded for the way she ‘combines good and realistic decision-making with meticulous forensic analysis.’

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Rupert Chapman Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Rupert Chapman on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Child Law. Rupert, who is joint Head of Chambers with Nigel Moore, is described as ‘always meticulous in his preparation and clear in his advice.’

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Susan Campbell QC Ranked As A Leading Silk On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Susan Campbell QC on her ranking as a leading silk on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Children Law. Susan joined chambers as a full member in 2019, having been an active and valued door tenant for several years, and is described by the Legal 500 as ‘a strong negotiator and excellent cross-examiner.’

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Christopher Naish Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Christopher Naish on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Child Law. Our Head of Chambers until earlier this year, Chris is praised by the Legal 500 the way he ‘remains approachable to clients, despite his commanding presence in court.’

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Gavin Collett Ranked Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Gavin Collett on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Construction, Planning and Environment Law. A leading member of our civil team, Gavin is described as being ‘highly experienced in planning, highways, and rights of way matters.’

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William Hopkin Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate William Hopkin on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law. Part of our broad and busy civil team, the Legal 500 said of William that ‘his advice is first rate, commercially minded, and pragmatic’ and that he is ‘experienced in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes and director disqualification, as well as charity law.’

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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”

** Save The Date ** Financial Remedies Seminar – Tuesday 5th November 2019 – Exeter

Members of our Family Finance Team are delighted to announce we will be running an informative and interactive full day seminar on Financial Remedies. Topics will include:-

Pensions on Divorce

Matrimonial and Non-matrimonial Property

When things go wrong

Case Law Update

With guest speaker Dale Simpson of Thomas Westcott who will talk about Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax, SDLT and IHT.

Further information will be available shortly but make sure the date is in your diary!!