This year the barristers at Hardwicke Building continue to shine in the Chambers UK legal directory. The 2009 edition includes 18 of our barristers, ranked in variety of legal practice areas including Education law, Information Technology, Insurance, Intellectual Property law, Personal Injury law, Real Estate Litigation, Shipping law and Social Housing.
The Education team leads the way, being praised as “helpful, readily available and talented” performers who “will fight hard”. The barristers are also commended for having expanded their practice beyond purely claimant work. Six members of the team are included. Fiona Scolding has moved up the tables this year. She is described as “bright, responsive and tenacious” while Denis Edwards is “measured and effective” with “immense attention to detail.” John Friel is recommended as “academically sound” and Deborah Hay is praised for her “approachable and empathetic” demeanour. The “extraordinarily commercial, user-friendly and sharp” John McKendrick is a new addition to the tables while Clive Rawlings is “a combative and highly tactical advocate.”
In Information Technology law Graham Cunningham’s practice continues to thrive. He is highlighted for his “good academic skills” and “is useful on the regulatory side.”
Paul Reed stands amongst the best barristers in both the Insurance and Construction law fields. He is described as an “extremely tenacious” advocate for insurance matters while his construction work has “a heightened sense of tactics and strategy.” He is also “a bit of a street fighter who’ll do what’s necessary to get a result.”
In Intellectual Property law Hardwicke Building continues to forge ahead with two barristers ranked in the tables. Mark Engleman has “an exceptionally detailed knowledge of all aspects of IP” and is “very feisty and willing to argue a case from a commercial position.” Madeleine Heal also appears as a leading junior barrister with mention of recent high profile cases.
Charlie Bagot is ranked as a leading junior barrister in Personal Injury law: he is “able to turn things around quickly while really getting into the fine detail of a case.” Similarly, Emily Formby continues to impress.
Our strength in Real Estate Litigation is recognised through the continued inclusion of Michelle Stevens-Hoare. She is credited as “bright and committed.” Nicola Muir, a new entrant, is admired for her ability to “formulate brilliant arguments.”
Hardwicke Building’s Shipping practice remains prominent with John Passmore ranked as a leading junior. He is a “forceful no-nonsense advocate” who “appreciates the importance of client relations.” James Watthey is another star in the field and praised as “concise in his presentation and highly commercial.”
Once again, the Social Housing team is ranked as one of the leading sets at The Bar: “Hardwicke Building is increasingly emerging as a force to be reckoned with in social housing.” Andrew Lane is described as a “polished performer who is extremely persuasive on his feet” while Kerry Bretherton is “redoubtable.”