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Hardwicke scores highly in Chambers and Partners 2008

In this year’s edition of Chambers and Partners, Hardwicke has scored 15 individual mentions with Paul Reed appearing in two areas, construction and insurance. 14 of our barristers appear in the following 8 areas of work: Education, PI, Construction, Insurance, Property, Housing, Shipping and Intellectual Property.

Public Law at Hardwicke continues to raise its profile, with Hardwicke appearing as a leading set in both Education and Housing. This compares with 12 mentions in last year’s edition.

Education

The majority of positive sentiment researchers received regarding Hardwicke Building emanated from the set’s clients. They were pleased with a number of individuals here, particularly John Friel, who was deemed “quite a character, easy to work with and well prepared.” Equal praise was reserved for Deborah Hay, a good tribunal lawyer whose education work covers admissions, exclusions, all aspects of special educational needs, and higher and further education. She advises local authorities in respect of strategic planning and policy development, particularly in relation to school reorganisation. Interviewees praised her for being “very competent at presenting cases” and having “a real nose for the key issues and an ability to keep hearings focused on the important points.” Fiona Scolding is “vivacious, good with clients and good for claimant work.” Her education work covers admissions, exclusions, special educational needs, and higher and further education, as well as associated regulatory and registration work. She is“bright, approachable and gives good practical advice.” David Lawson “handles difficult clients well and has a good grasp of the law.” He has particular experience and a growing practice in further and higher education cases. His highlights include X County Council v H, a rare SEN case seeking an interim order to stay a decision of SENDIST pending a full appeal. Denis Edwards "really knows his stuff," agree peers. He practises public law and has a particular focus on education law, local government, community care and discrimination law. Clive Rawlings is praised for being "well prepared and easy to work with." He was recently involved in two leading cases on the application of Part IV of the Disability Discrimination Act to schools and the relationship between the reasonable adjustments duty and the justification defence.

PI

Charles Bagot of Hardwicke Building “takes a balanced view.” “He is incredibly thorough,” say solicitors, who also admire his “bright and amenable attitude.” Emily Formby is another highly regarded member of the set. A “rock-solid, reliable advocate,” she is applauded for being “superb with her clients.”

Construction

Paul Reed of Hardwicke Building is an ex-army engineer, so accordingly has a fine grasp of the more technical aspects of cases. Frequently working for insurer clients, he played a role representing civil engineers Morgan Est in a claim against Hanson in the TCC and Court of Appeal relating to defective tunnelling equipment.

Insurance

Paul Reed, of Hardwicke Building, is increasingly active for several insurance solicitors’ firms and is celebrated for being “direct with significant clients.” “His attention to detail is frankly scary,” one solicitor acknowledged. Highly efficient, “he understands the client’s needs and gets down to it with minimum waffle.”

Property

Michelle Stevens-Hoare of Hardwicke Building has repeatedly proved that she is “wonderful to use and doesn’t stand on ceremony.” She has a general practice, much of it of a commercial nature, although she is increasingly involved in social housing issues. “Attentive, incisive and user-friendly,

Housing

This “rejuvenated” chambers distinguishes itself from many other sets with its business-focused approach. Boasting a number of RSL and local authority tenants, it handles a substantial volume of homelessness and housing benefit appeals. The “sensible and pragmatic” Andrew Lane has been involved in a number of homelessness appeal actions on behalf of local authorities. Sources say that “if you need a rottweiler then you should instruct Kerry Bretherton.” She handles a wide variety of cases including those that touch upon homelessness and anti-social behaviour. She recently acted for Places for People in a Court of Appeal case application for permission to appeal in an anti-social behaviour case.

Shipping

John Passmore
of Hardwicke Building Chambers acts on shipping and insurance cases, as well as related areas such as financial services. He acted on an arbitration concerning a charterparty dispute and ice damage caused at St Petersburg, and worked with buyers on a high-value construction dispute relating to ten vessels built in China.

Intellectual Property

Mark Engleman
of Hardwicke Building is “feisty and willing to argue a case from a commercial position.” Trained as a pharmacist, he is an expert on pharmacology and medical-related issues and approaches his work in “a refreshing, highly energetic manner.” Recent cases include Intel v CPM and Monsoon v Primark.