12 King’s Bench Walk, known as 12KBW, is a long-established civil set of chambers which has a well-deserved and consistent reputation for excellence in its core areas of practice, in particular personal injury and industrial disease.
12KBW barristers are at the forefront of developments in the law, having been instructed in many of the leading tort cases of recent times. We are professional and dedicated, whilst remaining approachable and friendly. Our barristers come from a range of backgrounds and we are proud of our record of recruitment based purely on merit. We are a large set, with 94 barristers, including 12 silks, and our aim is to continue our expansion into the future.
In contrast to many other civil sets, 12KBW is able to offer a service to clients, both claimants and defendants, from the smallest portal or small claims track case, to the most complex legal point in the Supreme Court or European Court of Justice. We cover civil and employment cases throughout England and Wales, employment cases in Scotland, and a range of cases in other jurisdictions.
The depth and breadth of the expertise of our barristers, together with the ethos of working together in the interests of our clients, marks us out in the marketplace. Whilst we are all self-employed barristers, 12KBW has always prided itself on its cohesive and supportive culture.
12KBW is led by Paul Russell QC, Head of Chambers, supported by our Management Committee. 12KBW’s Business Support Team, led by Oliver Parkhouse, Director of Clerking, provides clients and barristers alike with an efficient, proactive and effective service.
A number of our barristers sit as judges, including Recorders and Deputy District Judges, act as arbitrators or are qualified mediators.
12 King’s Bench Walk was founded in the nineteenth century. By the 1930s it was led by one of the most redoubtable common-law silks of his day, Montague Berryman QC, who built a large practice with a group of celebrated advocates, many of whom became formidable judges. Among other barristers who have practised here were the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Gardiner, and Lord Rawlinson of Ewell, the former Attorney-General. Douglas Lowe QC, the double Olympic gold medallist at 800 metres in 1924 and 1928, was a member of chambers for 40 years once he retired from competitive athletics.
In 1990 12KBW in its modern form came into being when the existing 12 King’s Bench Walk merged with the smaller set then also based within the building. Since that time 12KBW has continued to expand and to develop its reputation in its core fields of practice. It is now physically based not only at 12 King’s Bench Walk itself, but at 13 King’s Bench Walk and Mitre Court Buildings, all within the Inner Temple.