Hardwicke continues to shine in the Chambers UK legal directory. The 2012 edition includes 22 of our barristers, ranked in variety of practice areas including Education, Clinical Negligence, Court of Protection, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Litigation, Shipping and Social Housing. Hardwicke is ranked as a leading set in Education, Social Housing and Construction.
Maggie Bloom features in the Clinical Negligence tables and is praised for her “good touch with clients and is good at analysing clients.”
Ranked for the first time as a leading Construction set, Hardwicke receives the following tribute: “"I go to them as I know my client will be treated as an equal. The barristers here always ensure that clients understand what is going on." The Practice Management team is described as "one of the most modern and progressive in the field." Nigel Jones QC is thought to be a barrister who "illuminates complex, document-heavy cases" while Paul Reed QC is "compelling on his feet" and has "a good touch with clients." The "commercially minded" David Pliener also features in the tables as does Sarah McCann and Michael Wheater.
Nigel Jones QC is also listed amongst the leading Professional Negligence silks. He is described as a "perfectly measured" advocate who is "good with clients and always straightforward in his dealings." Sarah McCann is also ranked as an up and coming junior for her "excellent manner" and because she is "bright, responsive and exceptionally strong on paper."
Kerry Bretherton is ranked in the new Court of Protection section because she is a “dogged advocate opposing counsel underestimate at their peril. Barbara Hewson features in the same table and is described as “a tough opponent” who is” always on the ball.”
Hardwicke continues to be ranked as a leading Education set. The Practice Management team is further praised as "exceptional and happy to do as much as they can to assist." As one person states: "they excel in identifying the right barrister for the job and are always willing to listen to client concerns." Deborah Hay is “outstanding in every respect and really pursues cases with vigour.” Fiona Scolding is “proactive, always available and willing to help” while David Lawson “has an incredible ability to present attractive and stimulating arguments.” Clive Rawlings “has a formidable legal mind and is able to dissect the most complex of legal arguments.” John Friel is described as "a committed advocate who does not take no for an answer."
Paul Reed QC stands amongst the leading silks in the Insurance field. He is admired for being “methodical, logical and focused” as well as “easy to follow.” The “bright and well-prepared” David Pliener enters the table for the first time because he is “a safe pair of hands, who brings commercial insight.”
In Intellectual Property, Mark Engleman is “tenacious and certainly not one to give up easily.” Madeleine Heal is praised for her “clarity of thought and strategic nous.”
Charlie Bagot features in the Personal Injury tables due to his “excellent analysis and superb attention to detail.”
Our strength in Real Estate Litigation is recognised through the continued inclusion of Michelle Stevens-Hoare. She is endorsed as “a gem” who is very pleasant to deal with and judges like her style.” Nicola Muir is also included as is Daniel Gatty who is admired for “quickly building a client’s trust and leaving them thrilled to bits with him.” Up and comer Laura Tweedy is “an interesting prospect for the future.”
James Watthey is ranked as a leading junior in the Shipping & Commodities section: “not all barristers respond as quickly as he does.”
Once again, the Social Housing team is ranked as one of the leading sets at The Bar because they are “very professional, thorough and give spot-on advice.” As one client noted, "bad barristers can ruin your reputation, but those at Hardwicke enhance ours." Ranked in the top tier of leading juniors, Kerry Bretherton “is tenacious, and someone whose advice is always clear and concise. If you have a tough case and you need a battler, she is the one.” Andrew Lane is “very user-friendly, a nice chap and a team player" who "keeps a cool head" and "has a knack for handling judges in the right way." Laura Tweedy debuts in the up and comer tables because she is “personable towards clients” and “she shows great tenacity once in court."