We are recommended as a set for:
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Insurance and Reinsurance
- Personal Injury
- Professional Negligence
- Property Litigation
- Social Housing
“Multidisciplinary set Gatehouse Chambers, which has particular expertise across the construction, professional negligence, and property litigation space, has had an eventful year, becoming a limited company and announcing plans to move to One Gray’s Inn in mid 2021. The set’s expansion plans have continued with the arrival of Mark O’Grady from Lamb Chambers, and Philipp Simon and Faisel Sadiq from Ely Place. Chambers management has also expanded with the hiring of Zoe Mellor as Practice Operations Director. In other recent news, the set has celebrated the appointment of five new Recorders: Jamal Demachkie , Andrew Skelly , Matthew Hodson (South Eastern, Crime), Rupert Higgins (Midland, Family), and Alison Meacher (South Eastern, Family).”
Gatehouse Chambers is referred to as “modern and forward thinking” as well as “dynamic and proactive which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis. They have been adaptable and helpful in sharing knowledge and information.”
“Excellent clerks across the whole set…[who] are always available to speak, they are polite, friendly and professional.”
- Civil Fraud
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights (including actions against the police)
- Clinical Negligence
Gatehouse Chambers is a “dynamic and proactive‘”set, “which has been especially apparent during the Covid-19 crisis”. Several clients praise the “excellent training programmes in various areas“. The versatile commercial set draws on strengths from across several areas, including insolvency, insurance, franchising and Chancery disputes. Clients also note the set is “one of the most human and engaging, with counsel who live in the real world“. Major mandates include the SKAT litigation, in which Nigel Jones QC and Laurence Page are representing Sanjay Shah. David Lewis QC and Emily Betts acted together in the shareholder dispute, Andersson v Kamran.
Nigel Jones QC
‘”The epitome of calm, cool and collective – his clarity of thought is second to none, as is his written work. He is generous to share credit with his juniors and instructing solicitors.”,“A bright and strategically creative silk.”,“A good personal manner, and a great all-round knowledge of the law and ability to apply different areas of law to sets of facts.”,”Incredibly hard-working and a very able lawyer – he is a particular expert in disclosure, where his knowledge of the detail is impeccable and second to none.”,”Very user friendly, exceptionally hard working and very bright, she is easy to get on with and a rising star amongst counsel of her year of call.”,”Has an in depth grasp of the commercial realities, pressures and drivers that means he talks his client’s language and understands their needs in a way that is rare amongst the Bar.”
- Company & Partnership
Gatehouse Chambers possesses ‘”exceptional performers” who are instructed by the top tier construction firms. The “brilliant” Paul Reed QC is leading the David Pliener and the Ebony Alleyne in Green Oasis International Company Limited & Others v Northacre Plc & Others (2018), a £20m claim arising from defective redevelopment works to ‘The Lancasters’, a landmark development in central London overlooking Hyde Park. Acting in the TCC has been Nigel Jones QC , leading Catherine Piercy in Lessors & Management Company of Herons Court v HeronsLea Limited, NHBC and others, defending a defects claim brought in effect by 20 owners of a block of flats built/developed by Heronslea.
Nigel Jones QC
“A delight to work with; nothing is ever too much trouble.”,”Widely regarded as the leading authority in relation to Construction All Risks Insurance, and he has a compendious knowledge of the subject. He’s a brilliant advocate, both persuasive and forceful. His legal advice is spot on, and always has an eye on wider commercial considerations.”,“One of the best juniors and a silk in waiting. Very commercial and user-friendly.”,”Sarah is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of construction law and is able to analyse the issues from the views of all parties.”,“Incredibly hardworking, his written work is second to none and he gets a complete grip on even the most complex of cases.”,”She is incredibly intelligent and able to get to the heart of a claim quickly.”,”Helena is an astute advocate and perceptive of client needs.”,”Extremely capable and professional barrister who is able to quickly identify the key issues in complex claims.”,”Professional and knowledgeable with a keen grasp of the legal issues, and able to build a natural rapport with clients.”,”For his year of call, he punches way above his weight. He will be a QC one day and is going to be a real star.”
PJ Kirby QC
Court of Protection and Community Care
“Has an impressive ability to assimilate a large amount of information in a short space of time and “Is a confident litigator, who strives to achieve the best result for the client. Her advocacy skills are excellent and she is exceptionally good at negotiation. Alison has vast experience in Court of Protection work, both welfare and finances.”
“A great set, with a number of excellent barristers across numerous practice areas”, Gatehouse Chambers is well-regarded for international and offshore insolvency work arising out of the Channel Islands and Caribbean. Wendy Parker is an insolvency and restructuring law specialist, focusing on directors’ duties and rights, derivative claims and shareholder disputes. In Autogas (Europe) Ltd v Saunders Graig and Ochockii, she successfully defended a claim that was brought against the liquidator that failed to obtain sufficient adverse costs insurance. At the junior end, the “technically very strong‘” Jonathan Titmuss stands out for having particularly active insolvency practice.
Insurance & Reinsurance
Gatehouse Chambers has “a number of experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields and is really efficient and excellently led by chief executive Amanda Illing”. The set’s insurance disputes work is focused on construction, property damage and professional negligence. In recent work of note, Paul Reed QC acted for Generali in a substantial Commercial Court insurance claim, which arose out of damage to an aluminium smelting facility in the Netherlands. And, in recent years, Nigel Jones QC has been heavily involved in litigation resulting from the insolvency of leading insurers, such as Enterprise Insurance. At the junior end, David Pliener is part of the legal team acting in a claim involving defective redevelopment works.
Nigel Jones QC
“Great all-round knowledge of the law, with the ability to apply different areas of law to a set of facts.”,“Widely regarded as the leading authority at the Bar on construction all risks insurance – his knowledge and experience in that area is unmatched. He is also a brilliant and persuasive advocate.”,“A genuine specialist in insurance and construction insurance disputes, with deep knowledge and experience.”,”Extremely knowledgeable and able to analyse the issues from the viewpoint of all parties, which enables her to provide sound and solid advice.”,”Extremely intelligent and comes through for clients.”
Lesley Anderson QC
“Lesley Anderson QC also practises from Gatehouse Chambers. She regularly acts as a mediator in commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for partnership matters. Her recent mediations have included a co-venture dispute concerning a piece of development land, and a shareholder dispute involving a film distribution rights company. “Gatehouse Chambers’s John de Waal QC is a highly rated property silk, who qualified as a mediator in 2002. He has acted as lead mediator in over 100 cases, with most of his mediations involving property issues. He also handles wider commercial disputes.” “A magnificent mediator, who is capable of cracking the hardest of disputes, and has many years of top-level property law experience behind her‘. A mediator since 2003, mediation work forms the vast majority of Benbow’s practice; she undertook approximately 40 mediations in 2019.”
Gatehouse Chambers fields ‘robust yet approachable‘ barristers with a ‘wide range of expertise‘, as well as ‘fantastic clerks who are always willing to assist and find solutions‘. The set handles a wide variety of claims, including brain injuries, career-ending limb and back injuries, spinal fractures and fatalities, and is also known for its expertise in Animals Act claims; Jasmine Murphy is noted for her work on equine cases. In a recent highlight, Charles Bagot QC acted pro bono for the appellant in DP v Topmark Claims Management Ltd, a leading case concerning the operation of the mesothelioma scheme. Bagot and Murphy are also involved with FX GX (Protected Party) v Hasan, a high value brain injury claim which illustrates the set’s increasing proficiency in cross-border work. In August 2021 Emma Zeb was a new arrival from St John’s Chambers, while Gemma Witherington moved to Crown Office Chambers.
Charles Bagot QC
“Gatehouse Chambers is “an approachable set” with “experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields”. The set, which includes “many excellent juniors”, draws on its strength in property and construction to handle a range of construction-related professional negligence claims, with Paul Reed QC, David Pliener and Ebony Alleyne acting for the leaseholders in a claim against various members of the project team in Green Oasis International Company Limited v Northacre Plc, which relates to defective redevelopment works, and Catherine Piercy acting for a subcontractor in Premier Inn v KD Facades and others, a high-profile cladding claim. Members also have expertise in solicitors’, investment and financial services negligence, among other areas.
Nigel Jones QC
“His client care is second to none – he is exceptionally bright, hard working and really puts himself at the centre of the legal team in the best way possible. He is also commercial and exceptionally pragmatic. Academically he will answer the questions before most of the legal team have even thought to ask the question.”,”A very good silk. He is knowledgeable about insurer treatment of contractor claims.”,“He provides excellent, sharp and issue-focused advice.”,“He is excellent across the board – good with clients, on paper and on his feet.”,“His greatest strength is his ability to see the bigger commercial picture and not get lost in the legal merits. This is what is important to clients. In real terms that means getting results early on in the litigation.”,“An excellent junior. She is robust and incisive.”,“He is a great team player and extremely client friendly.”,“He is extremely intelligent, hardworking and commercially astute. He is a great team player and always comes through for us under pressure.”,“He is excellent. His attention to detail sets him apart.”,“She has a quick grasp of technical claims, a great client manner and is strong on her feet in court.”,”He is easy to work with and very approachable.”,”She is impressive. She is professionally inquisitive and is tenacious.”,”He is very bright, calm and collected.”,”He is very thorough, confident in argument and unfazed by much more senior opposition.”
Property Litigation & Agriculture
Gatehouse Chambers is a “strong property set” with “fantastic client service” and a “wide range of excellent counsel”. Clients note its “good range of specialisms” encompass property-related insolvency and professional negligence, cladding and nuisance, trespass injunctions, land registration and ground rent disputes. In addition, individual members demonstrate experience in respect of pub and Airbnb-related litigation, Japanese knotweed disputes, and Schedule 3A of the Communications Act 2003. A notable example of the set’s recent work was Triplark v Reiner & Wismayer, a matter relating to alienation provisions in which Brie Stevens-Hoare QC successfully convinced the Supreme Court to refuse permission to appeal following on from two previous rulings in the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal of the FFT. Further strengthening the set, Faisel Sadiq, a barrister primarily focused on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, recently joined from Ely Place Chambers.
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
“Brie has a fantastically deep level of knowledge about property law and understands how this complex area pieces together. She is my go to expert on difficult matters. She works very efficiently – can give good, concise commercial and clear answers. She is not long winded (orally or in word) or equivocal. You are left with great confidence in her advice. She inspired confidence and has great gravitas”.
Gatehouse Chambers has benefited from the consolidation in the social housing sector, which has seen a large number of housing associations merge to form ‘super’ housing associations. With the set having strong capabilities in real estate litigation and construction, its members are increasingly sought out to advise these entities on a broad cross-section of issues beyond those specific to the management of social housing tenancies. On the social housing management side, Morayo Fagborun Bennett acted for Peabody Trust in a possession claim, which had been defended on the basis that the occupier had paid an unprotected deposit to a fraudulent former employee of the housing association. Optivo, London & Quadrant and A2 Dominion also turn to the set for advice, while members also act for local authorities and tenants. Alison Meacher represented Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council at the Court of Appeal in a significant bedroom tax test case against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
“Very personable and approachable. She has the ability to absorb vast amounts of complex information in a very short period of time, and to quickly identify the main issues of a particular matter, the key strengths and weaknesses and how to mitigate those weaknesses. Willingness to accommodate client demands and to work within tight timescales is also a strength.”,“She is an excellent barrister, with an in-depth knowledge of her subject – clients love the no-nonsense approach. She can win over judges with well-prepared arguments. A great advocate and always happy to think outside the box to look for solutions.”,“An extremely hard worker absolutely loved by clients for her tenacity, common sense and ease to work with.”
Morayo Fagborun Bennett
- Travel Law (Including Jurisdictional Issues)
Private Client: Trusts & Probate
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
- Commercial (Regional South Eastern Circuit)
- Court of Protection & Community Care (Regional South Eastern Circuit)
- Employment (Regional South Eastern Circuit)
- Property & Construction (Regional South Eastern Circuit)
- Western Circuit > Clinical Negligence
Western Circuit > Inquests and Inquiries
“Emma is a brilliant tactician. Thorough and well prepared, with an extremely robust brand of advocacy. Advice to the client is presented in a clear fashion and to the point, and the difficult matters are not strayed away from. Emma has a detailed grasp of the facts and provides very clear guidance as to what is required by those instructing her, well ahead of time. She is available and responds to enquiries in a timely fashion. A pleasure to work with”.
Western Circuit > Personal Injury
“An excellent tactician who is always prepared to ask difficult questions when required. Extremely personable and fantastic with witnesses and clients”.