Hardwicke continues to shine in the Chambers UK legal directory. The 2011 edition includes 19 of our barristers, ranked in variety of legal practice areas including Education, Clinical Negligence, Family, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Real Estate Litigation, Shipping and Social Housing.
Maggie Bloom features in the Clinical Negligence tables and is praised for working “effectively and with great sensitivity.”
In Construction Nigel Jones QC is described as “a class act with a finely honed strategic mind.” Paul Reed QC is “decisive, clear in his advice and very commercial”. “A man who you can have an honest, straightforward debate with,” clients say “when dealing with him he is absolutely not afraid to give you a figure for the deal and stick to it.” The “very client-focused” David Pliener also features in the tables.
The Education team “never fail to give it their all” and are recognised for their “approachable nature and generosity with their time and knowledge.” Hardwicke was further praised because "the clerks are simply terrific and work so hard to get it right for you." Deborah Hay is admired for her “practical and accessible advice which leads to outstanding results.” Fiona Scolding is “incredibly approachable and grasps the important issues with ease” while John Friel is appreciated for his “sharp and incisive mind.” John McKendrick is “extremely flexible and generous with his time” while Clive Rawlings is a “formidable advocate.” David Lawson is commended for his “sound judgement and calmness in the face of fire.”
Sheena Cassidy is ranked in the Family/Matrimonial table and is “making real strides and top of that she is intelligent and approachable.”
Paul Reed QC stands amongst the new silks in the Insurance field.
In Intellectual Property Mark Engleman “uses litigation as a commercial tool rather than an academic exercise” and provides “practical, clear and understandable advice”. Madeleine Heal is praised for her “clarity of thought, quick analysis of the evidence and strong advocacy skills”.” She is “a force to be reckoned with and devotes herself wholeheartedly to her work.”
Charlie Bagot features in the Personal Injury tables due to his “legendary courtesy” and “tireless commitment.”
Our strength in Real Estate Litigation is recognised through the continued inclusion of Michelle Stevens-Hoare. She is endorsed as “a very good property advocate, who know her subject matter inside-out, is calm under pressure and thoroughly charming too.” Nicola Muir is admired for her “strategic thinking.”
Hardwicke’s Shipping practice remains prominent with James Watthey ranked as a leading junior. He “drills down to the essential issues in a dispute and then applies the maximum pressure to opponents.”
Once again, the Social Housing team is ranked as one of the leading sets at The Bar: “extremely personable, thoroughly prepared and willing to take on anything.” Kerry Bretherton “addresses points head on and sticks firmly.” Andrew Lane is “a decent and straight opponent with exceptional advocacy skills.”