The Legal 500 2024

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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:

  • Construction
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Costs
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Mediators
  • 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:

  • Professional Negligence

    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

    “John is very practical, pragmatic and user-friendly.  John demonstrates good in-depth knowledge of professional negligence in the property sector.”

    David Pliener KC

    “Great analytical skills, a real relaxed style and way of putting a complex point across which goes down well with clients. Good tactician.”

    James Hall

    “James is top class – commercial, approachable and knowledgeable – and is to my mind one of the best senior juniors in this area.”

  • Property Litigation

    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

    “Brie is at the top of the property field – she understands the issues and is tactically aware. She is very client focused and easy to work with.”

    John de Waal KC

    “John is able to see through the confusion and noise created guiding you to a strong commercial resolution. He is knowledgeable, measured and good with clients.”

  • Insolvency

    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.

    Jonathan Titmuss

    Jonathan Titmuss

    “Very good and grasping the key facts where there is lots of distracting evidence. Concise and thoughtful in his written opinions. Articulate and calm on his feet.”

    Sarah McCann

    “Sarah provides very good, but firm and polite advocacy. She is academically strong and able to take on complicated matters at short notice.”

  • Social Housing

    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.

  • Commercial Litigation

    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

    David Lewis KC

    “David is a strong commercial litigator. He is efficient with his work and delivers his advice directly and in a helpful and straightforward way. His advocacy is robust and very competent.”

    Emily Betts

    “Emily is extremely articulate and knowledgeable, with a commercial instinct that results in excellent all-round advice for the client. Emily has become a go-to barrister for Chancery/commercial work.”

  • Construction

    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

    Paul Reed KC

    “Paul is very thorough and extremely responsive. He does not sit on the fence and his sense of how complex issues will play out before a tribunal is second-to-none.”

    Nigel Jones KC

    “Nigel is the most user-friendly senior member of the Bar imaginable. He is charming to his clients, shares credit with his team, thinks and expresses himself in the clearest way to clients, opponents and the court alike, and he deservedly is seen as being the leading barrister in his field.”

    Ebony Alleyne

    “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.”

  • Costs

    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

    “Solicitors are running out of superlatives to describe David. The interpretation of insurance policies, in particular, can be a challenge for even the most analytical of minds, but his thorough and methodological approach to problem-solving makes light work of the task.”

  • 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

    “Charles is approachable, personable and pragmatic. He has an incredible eye for detail whilst still managing to keep sight of the wider picture.”

    Colm Nugent

    “Colm is tactically brilliant. He gets into the bones of a case and has a very keen eye for how to strategise through the nuances of litigation.”

  • Mediators

    John de Waal KC

    “John de Waal KC is a go-to mediation silk for property and professional negligence matters.”

    Sara Benbow

    “Tenacious and hardworking.  She gets into the details of the underlying dispute and works hard to bring parties to an agreement, often staying late into the evening if necessary.”

  • Company

    Nigel Jones KC

    “Nigel is very thorough and very good at spotting points which can turn out to be significant.”

    Sarah Clarke

    “Sarah’s strength is her ability to distil complex factual matrices into solid coherent and cogent arguments, and she is extremely pragmatic.”

  • Clinical Negligence

    Vanessa McKinlay

    Vanessa McKinley

    “Superb attention to detail. Very sympathetic client manner.”

    Emma Zeb

    Emma Zeb

    “Emma is an excellent barrister who has a wealth of knowledge. She is very detailed in her preparation and understands complex issues easily.”

  • Fraud: Civil

    David Lewis KC

    David Lewis KC

    “David has a rare combination of great intellectual and legal ability, and a real willingness to work with his instructing solicitors as seamlessly as possible. Even as a senior, David is prepared to roll up his sleeves and be part of a larger team.”

  • Education

    Shazia Akhtar

    “Shazia is wonderful to work with – she is very experienced and her knowledge of SEN law is very impressive.”

  • Employment

    Mark Stephens

    “His grasp of the law is so innate that he is working with the fundamental elements rather than specific problems, which gives him authority and agility in court.”

    Paul Strelitz

    “Paul never misses a point, and exercises great judgement in the points he does make.”

  • International Arbitration: Counsel

    Frederico Singarajah

    Frederico Singarajah

    “Fred is very well versed and prepared to transmit the legal concepts and perceptions from English law to Brazilian lawyer and a Brazilian client. Also, he has a proactive posture, offering a fast and qualified service for his clients.”