The Legal 500 Rankings (2024 edition)
Gatehouse Chambers has again improved its rankings in The Legal 500 in the 2024 edition, including a new set ranking for Mediators. The set is now ranked for the following ten areas:
- Commercial Litigation
- Insurance and Reinsurance
- Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud
- Professional Negligence
- Property Litigation
- Social Housing
“Very commercial, impeccable service, but crucially A1 barristers.”
“The property set at Gatehouse is exceptional.”
“As a construction set, Gatehouse is unparalleled and going from strength to strength.”
“Gatehouse are at the top of their game right now and our go-to set on construction and insurance. They field a really high quality selection of barristers at all levels.”
“Gatehouse Chambers offers a good depth of experience, from KC down to the most junior counsel. They can offer suitable candidates for any given case, even when one of our usual preferred counsel is not available. They offer a range of training, both online and in person, which caters for all levels of experience in my team.”
“The clerks are diligent and organised, as well as being amiable. Their service is faultless.” “The clerks are extremely supportive and helpful.”
Comments on our teams and barristers included:
Gatehouse Chambers specialises in claims concerning commercial, property financial services, insurance, and insolvency. Nigel Jones KC has twenty-five years of experience, particularly with claims concerning auditors and accountants; he acted in Sidhu v LAS & Ors, a professional negligence claim arising from advice given in relation to a spread-betting tax avoidance scheme called Alchemy. Additionally, in RFU & RSA v FM Conway & Others, Paul Reed KC acts for the Rugby Football Union in a construction negligence claim concerning damage to Twickenham Stadium which was caused during construction of additional infrastructure for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
John de Waal KC
David Pliener KC
Gatehouse Chambers features a particularly strong capability in commercial landlord and tenant matters, as leasehold disputes and other areas of real property. Brie Stevens-Hoare KC represented the successful respondents of White v Amirtharaja before the Court of Appeal; the dispute concerned the degree of intention required for an adverse possession claim, in this case concerning a passageway leading to the claimant’s property. John de Waal KC acted in Prime London Holdings 11 Ltd v Thurloe Lodge Ltd in the first and only High Court case about an access order under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992. Lina Mattsson was sole counsel before the Court of Appeal, successfully representing the defendant in Mostyn House Estate Management Co Ltd v Youde, a dispute concerning proposed maintenance work to two former listed buildings, which a management company proposed to charge to both leasehold owners and the owners of freehold properties in the same development.
Brie Stevens-Hoare KC
John de Waal KC
Gatehouse Chambers have grown their insolvency practice over the years, where members of the set are regularly involved in issues relating to director misfeasance, cross-border shareholder disputes with an insolvency angle and unfair prejudice petitions. Nigel Jones KC and Sarah McCann have expertise in cross-border cases, with involvement in Enterprise Insurance Co (in liquidation) to advise on the conduct of Enterprise’s UK motor claims book, and by the Gibraltar liquidator both direct and through Gibraltar solicitors to advise on multiple company matters concerning the insolvency and ongoing litigation. Lauren Godfrey is a standout name from the chambers, having acted for a wide range of clients including banks, insurers and directors.
At Gatehouse Chambers, members act for landlords, tenants, social housing providers and local authorities in a broad range of social housing matters, including disrepair and possession claims and anti-social behaviour injunctions. Alison Meacher is very well versed in representing vulnerable clients, and advises local authorities, social housing providers and care providers as well as tenants. Laura Tweedy is acting for the social housing provider in Orione Care v Adams, an ongoing case involving extreme hoarding behaviour and issues surrounding building safety.
Gatehouse Chambers‘ commercial disputes work covers both domestic and international disputes, including the Middle East, Caribbean, South America, Asia, and Gibraltar. In, reportedly, the largest case the London Commercial Court has handled to date, Nigel Jones KC is instructed to represent Sanjay Shah, a British hedge fund manager based in Dubai, and his 22 internationally-based companies, against a £2bn claim (including interest), arising from successful applications for the reimbursement of dividend tax from Denmark’s tax authorities which they allege amounts to fraud. Turning to the set’s juniors, Charles Raffin is defending Logan Ravishankar against a range of claims brought by the Motopark Academy team in connection with Ravishankar’s son’s proposed drive with the team in the 2020 Euroformula Open Championship season.
David Lewis KC
Going ‘from strength to strength’, Gatehouse Chambers handles a full spectrum of construction, engineering, energy and infrastructure disputes both domestically and internationally, such as matters relating to bonds and guarantees, construction all risks insurance, professional liability matters, defects, disruption and delay. Paul Reed KC and Simon Kerry are representing Prestoplan Limited in Avantage and others v PRP and others, an insurance-backed construction dispute linked to a fire at a timber-framed care home. David Pliener KC, now newly appointed silk as of March 2023 alongside Catherine Piercy KC, acted for the refrigeration supplier, J&H Hall, in Morrison Supermarkets v Lorien et al., a multi-party dispute resulting from the redevelopment of a large abattoir. Sarah McCann served as sole counsel in Openview Security Solutions Ltd v Metropolitan Housing Trust, a case arising from non-payment and alleged defects. Meanwhile, members of the set have been involved in international disputes spanning locations from the Americas, Oceania, Asia and the Middle East.
Paul Reed KC
Nigel Jones KC
“Ebony is simply phenomenal. A shining star at the construction Bar. Fiercely talented with forensic attention to detail, comprehensive and meticulously thorough in her analysis. Always well-prepared, she has a winning way with clients who can see that she speaks from experience and really knows her stuff. She’s the real deal.”
With specialists at all levels of call, the costs team at Gatehouse Chambers are frequently instructed on the most high-profile and complex appellate cases. PJ Kirby KC appeared before the Supreme Court in PACCAR Inc v Road Haulage Association Ltd, with the court declaring that litigation funding agreements that entitle funders to payment based on damages recovered amount to damages-based agreements, which are therefore unenforceable unless complying with the DBA regulatory regime, a judgment with significant ramifications for UK litigation funders and claimant law firms. Following on from the highly-publicised Belsner case, Robin Dunne is acting as sole counsel in Edwards & Ors v Slater & Gordon; a test case clarifying for the first time that disclosure under Part 31 CPR applies to solicitor and client claims and that claimant firms taking these cases do not do so illegally.
Insurance and Reinsurance
Gatehouse Chambers‘ insurance practice links with its other practice areas in construction, property damage and professional liability, where barristers have had significant experience in policy coverage work on behalf of insures, insurers and reinsurers. Nigel Jones KC is an expert in insurance litigation, having been involved in large insurance disputes in the market, including Enterprise Insurance Co, a cross-border case in Gibraltar where Jones, alongside Sarah McCann were instructed to advise on the conduct of Enterprise’s UK motor claims book requiring detailed advice on insurance law, alongside being instructed by the Gibraltar liquidator both directly and through a Gibraltarian firm to advise on multiple company matters concerning the insolvency and ongoing litigation in multiple international jurisdictions. Paul Reed KC regularly advises on coverage and avoidance issues for insurance companies, whereas George Eyre is a name to watch for his practice, combining his expertise in construction and energy into his insurance practice. David Pliener KC was appointed silk in 2023.
David Pliener KC
Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud
The ‘talented barristers‘ at Gatehouse Chambers offer ‘an exceptional and fully rounded level of service‘. Jasmine Murphy has particular specialist knowledge regarding the Animals Act 1971, specifically equine law. Charles Bagot KC has niche expertise in secondary victim claims, and is experienced in cross-border personal injury claims. The set also has strength in abuse claims, with Bagot KC leading Murphy this year acting for the defendant’s insurers in XYZ v Euro Garages Limited (t/a Greggs), concerning repeated sexual assault in the workplace of a vulnerable young employee, including consequent psychiatric injury. Colm Nugent is also a notable name in the set.
Charles Bagot KC
- Clinical Negligence
David Lewis KC
International Arbitration: Counsel