Legal 500 rankings success for 12KBW

We have maintained our tier 1 ranking in the Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud category, confirming our reputation as one of the leading chambers in these areas. We have been ranked for the first time as a leading set in Travel Law & Jurisdictional Issues, cementing the success of the 12 International & Travel group which launched last year.

 

In addition to these chambers rankings, our barristers are individually ranked across a range of areas including Professional Negligence, Inquests & Inquiries, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, and Environment. Many of our members have been ranked in new areas for the first time, or have improved on their position in last year’s rankings.

 

Notable new individual entries include:

  • Michael Rawlinson QC, as a leading silk in Inquests & Inquiries and Travel & Jurisdictional Issues;
  • William Audland QC, as a tier 1 leading silk in Travel & Jurisdictional Issues;
  • Harry Steinberg QC, as a tier 1 silk in Civil Liberties & Human Rights;
  • Philip Mead, as a tier 1 leading junior in Travel & Jurisdictional Issues;
  • Patrick Kerr, as a tier 1 leading junior in Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud;
  • John-Paul Swoboda, as a leading junior in Travel & Jurisdictional Issues.

 

Oliver Parkhouse, our recently appointed Director of Clerking, is described as bringing a renewed ‘focus on client care’ to our clerks’ room. Several members of the clerking team are singled out for praise, including Graham Johnson, Lexie Johnson, Sam Carter, Kevin McCourt, and Tristan Whigham.

 

See below for a full list of our rankings.


SET OVERVIEW

 

At 12 King’s Bench Walk, ‘counsel have in-depth knowledge and a high level of expertise’; it is ‘the set of choice for personal injury matters including travel litigation, which is an area that chambers is constantly strengthening’. Certain members are also experienced in inquests, health and safety, and employment law. Solicitors praise the clerks’ room as ‘excellent, particularly since Oliver Parkhouse’s arrival’. Bringing a renewed ‘focus on client care’, Parkhouse joined in late 2016 as director of clerking, following previous positions at Crown Office Chambers and Old Square Chambers, and works closely with senior clerk Graham Johnson, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘always there when you need him’. At practice team leader level, Lexie Johnson is ‘an exceptional clerk’, who is ‘totally reliable’, and Sam Carter provides ‘an excellent service’. Also recommended are senior practice managers Kevin McCourt (‘nothing is too much trouble’) and Tristan Whigham (‘outstanding’ and ‘a real asset to chambers’).

 

TOP-TIER SET in Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud and Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

8 12KBW QCs are listed in the “Leading silks” list as follows:

Inquests and inquiries – Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks
Michael Rawlinson QC Beyond everything a client would ever want in a silk

 

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Industrial disease – Leading silks
Andrew Hogarth QC He has a superb grasp of the most complex areas of personal injury law.

Insurance fraud – Leading silks
William Featherby QC Incisive, with the ability to grasp complex medical issues.

Personal injury – Leading silks
Andrew Hogarth QC He has a superb grasp of the most complex areas of personal injury law.
Paul Russell QC A fierce, determined intellect and a persuasive advocate.
Richard Methuen QC Behind his abundant charm lies a cunning tactician with a brilliantly sharp legal brain.
Stephen Worthington QC The leader of choice in personal injury.
William Audland QC A very able advocate, who is very much on top of his game.
William Featherby QC Incisive, with the ability to grasp complex medical issues.

 

Professional negligence – Leading silks
Ronald Walker QC Very experienced

 

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks
Michael Rawlinson QC He is always ready to fight hard for clients to get the best result.
William Audland QC He is able to master complex quantum issues in high-value cases.

 

1 12KBW QC is listed in the “2016 silks” list as follows:

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2016 silks
Harry Steinberg QC Rapidly establishing himself in this area

Environment – 2016 silks
Harry Steinberg QC An exceptional advocate with first-class knowledge

 

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Industrial disease – 2016 silks
Harry Steinberg QC A strong barrister and a thoughtful and insightful tactician.

Personal injury – 2016 silks
Harry Steinberg QC A strong barrister and a thoughtful and insightful tactician.

 

21 other 12KBW barristers are listed in the “Leading juniors” list as follows:

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Industrial disease – Leading juniors
Gemma Scott She has an excellent grasp of the law.
Michael Brace He can be relied upon for first-class advice.
Niall Maclean He provides practical advice on complex problems.
Patrick Kerr He is a superb advocate and highly intelligent.
Simon Levene He has masses of experience with particular expertise in quantum.

Insurance fraud – Leading juniors
Niall Maclean He provides practical advice on complex problems.
Nigel Lewers Unflappable, with a gentle but effective manner.
Patrick Kerr He is a superb advocate and highly intelligent.

Personal injury – Leading juniors
Andrew Roy A fierce advocate, who is very bright but also practical.
Arun Katyar He has superb knowledge of personal injury matters.
Catherine Brown An accomplished and dogged advocate – her approach is always fair but no quarter is given.
Daniel Tobin Very client-focused, extremely personable and a skilled negotiator.
David Sanderson He has excellent analytical skills and robust judgement.
David White A standout barrister in the personal injury field.
Gemma Scott She has an excellent grasp of the law.
Hugh Hamill A thorough and skilled negotiator, with a good eye for detail.
James Candlin Very forensic, yet approachable and affable.
Marcus Dignum Very commercial and a good negotiator.
Niall Maclean He provides practical advice on complex problems.
Patrick Vincent As an advocate, his calm and authoritative submissions resonate with judges.
Philip Mead He has a great command of European law issues and how they affect domestic cases.
Richard Viney He provides clear, concise and excellent advice.
Simon Levene He has masses of experience with particular expertise in quantum.
Henry Charles He combines incredible tenacity with a huge grasp of details of cases and the law.
Nigel Lewers Unflappable, with a gentle but effective manner.

 

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors
James Candlin He has excellent technical knowledge and is balanced and practical in his approach
James Sullivan He is always prepared to go the extra mile to advise on issues that do not fall within his brief.
John-Paul Swoboda He delivers commercially focused, pragmatic and detailed advice.
Philip Mead Extremely cerebral and on a higher plane when it comes to the machinations of Europe.