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Testimonials

Many of our barristers have been ranked in the independent legal directories Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for many years. 38 of our barristers are currently ranked across 18 practice areas, giving Hardwicke 92 separate rankings in The Legal 500, Chambers UK and Chambers Global.

We are also ranked as a leading set in the areas of Construction, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Property Litigation and Social Housing.

Our client service and our Practice Management Team are also praised in Chambers UK, 2017:

  • "The clerks were very commercially savvy and found innovative ways to help us be cost-effective."
  • "Extremely efficient, good turnaround times and highly personable." 
  • "The clerks are extremely helpful, and always prepared to be flexible."
  • "The clerks are very responsive, and alive to commercial and time pressures." 
  •  "The clerks are responsive, commercial and do not shy away from giving sensible fee quotes which they stick to."
  • "They proactively manage the relationship between instructing solicitors and the barristers, and understand the important part they play in the process. They have gone 'over and above' for me in the past."
  • "They deserve praise for clerking. The clerks give us the impression that they value us."
  • "They're efficient, very easy to get on with and really helpful." 

And The Legal 500, 2016:

  • "a 'very commercial and forward-thinking’ set, housing several ‘construction experts’."
  • "Hardwicke is a ‘modern set’ that provides ‘good strength in depth’."
  • "The practice managers are praised as ‘very approachable and realistic with fees’."

Chambers and Partners, 2017 and The Legal 500, 2016

  • Administrative and Public Law

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Alison Meacher: Tier 4. "She provides clear, robust advice and understands local government law well."

  • Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Court of Protection

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Court of Protection

    Alison Meacher: Band 3. Has experience of forced marriage, capacity to marry and other issues surrounding mental capacity law. Historically, most of her instructions have come from local authorities, although she is increasingly acting for the Official Solicitor and family members.

    Expertise: "She's extremely thorough and knows the case inside-out. She's switched-on in court and you can really trust her." "Alison was fantastic and soon got the confidence of the client, who was very pleased."

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Civil Liberties and Human Rights

    Alison Meacher: Tier 3. "Good with clients – she is often requested by them."

  • Clinical Negligence

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Margaret Bloom: Band 4. A dually qualified practitioner who employs extensive medical knowledge gained as a former GP to handle highly complex clinical negligence cases. She has particular expertise in severe brain injury claims.

    Expertise: "She was a GP, so she has got a massive amount of medical and legal knowledge."

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Maggie Bloom: Band 2. "Her medical background ensures that her advice on quantum and causation is particularly astute."

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution

    Chambers UK, 2017

    PJ Kirby QC: Band 5. Acts in complex commercial claims for a wide range of clients including utilities, banks, investment funds and high net worth individuals. His style in both the Commercial Court and arbitration is described as being "very proactive and very eloquent."

    Expertise: "Provides excellent strategic and legal advice." "Great with clients, he is a real team player."

    Recent work: Acted in a dispute between shareholders of a company that was redeveloping a restaurant and nightclub in Dubai. One of the majority shareholders sought an injunction as he believed the defendant, who managed the redevelopment, was acting fraudulently and siphoning off funds.

    Nigel Jones QC: Band 4. A seasoned silk who centres his practice on a broad range of commercial issues including joint venture and corporate governance disputes. He also takes a leading role in advising the UK's largest litigation funder on which cases to invest in at a worldwide level.

    Expertise: "Charming but with a backbone of steel, he's an outstanding commercial and legal strategist." "He's very bright and easy to work with."

    Recent Work: Acted in Coll v Floreat Merchant Banking Ltd, a multimillion-pound misappropriation of confidential information claim.

    David Lewis: Band 5. A highly capable senior junior with a broad-based commercial disputes practice. He has been led on cases all the way up to the Supreme Court, and proves particularly strong when it comes to fraud, contract law and injunction matters. 

    Expertise: "Down-to-earth and very commercial." "He's very user-friendly and his turnaround times are unbeatable."

    Recent work: Involved in a case that led to a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court concerning the law relating to contractual penalties.

    John Clargo: Band 1 - South East Bar. Seasoned commercial disputes practitioner, he routinely acts for commercial and residential property clients across the full range of property law. His scope of expertise also extends to property-focused professional negligence. 

    Strengths: "He is approachable, user-friendly and able to see through a problem and produce a solution." 

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Nigel Jones QC: Tier 5. "Quite simply one of the class acts of the senior Bar – an outstanding advocate."

    David Lewis: Tier 4. "A great problem solver with razor-sharp commercial skills."

  • Construction

    Chambers UK, 2017

    The Set: Band 4. A burgeoning construction chambers with noted strength in insurance-related construction disputes. Its members are instructed in a wide range of matters including high-value arbitration in the Middle East and significant domestic litigation. A recent highlight for the set has been acting for Orbit Heart of England housing association in its multimillion-pound dispute with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, a matter that hinged upon construction defects in 6,000 properties.

    Market Perception/ Client Service: "The clerks were very commercially savvy and found innovative ways to help us be cost-effective." "Extremely efficient, good turnaround times and highly personable." Practice director Deborah Anderson leads the clerking team.

    Nigel Jones QC: Band 4. Noted silk who draws praise for his advocacy. He counts several large housing associations among his most notable clients.

    Expertise: "Very strong in matters relating to negotiating financial settlements." "A devastatingly effective advocate."

    Recent work: Acted for Orbit Heart of England in its £12 million claim against Stratford on Avon District Council. The claim concerned over 6,000 properties transferred by the defendant to the claimant under a Large Scale Voluntary Transfer agreement in 1996, which were discovered to suffer from construction defects.

    Paul Reed QC: Band 2. Popular QC with a quality practice both domestically and in the Middle East. His offering is enhanced by his acknowledged expertise across the insurance sector.

    Expertise: "A very attractive advocate." "Methodical and commercial."

    Recent work: Advised in Grosvenor Estates v Carillion & Keller, a £25 million claim concerning damage to a building incurred during the reconstruction of a neighbouring property.

    David Pliener: Band 2. Highly regarded senior junior who regularly acts in litigation, arbitration and adjudications nationwide and abroad. He has advised on disputes in sectors as diverse as renewables, structural engineering and leisure.

    Expertise: "A very commercial problem solver who is brilliant with lay clients." "He is able to assert a commanding understanding of facts in the shortest time."

    Recent work: Provided strategic and legal advice on a multimillion-pound dispute arising from a tidal energy project in Ramsey Sound.

    Sarah McCann: Band 4. Acts on a variety of domestic disputes including TCC claims and adjudications, with a particular focus on professional negligence and insurance-related construction work.

    Expertise: "A tenacious negotiator." "Extremely pragmatic and commercial."

    Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for Orbit Heart of England housing association against Stratford on Avon Council in a £12 million claim alleging breaches of warranty relating to a transfer agreement. 

    Michael Wheater: Band 2. Strong junior with a UK-focused practice who represents clients from across the construction industry, including designers, housing associations and contractors.

    Expertise: "Very strong knowledge of contractual law and matters relating to the negotiation of financial settlements." "Grasps issues quickly and is able to present advice to clients in a very clear, concise way."

    Recent work: Instructed as junior counsel for the respondent in Rydon Maintenance Ltd v Affinity Sutton Housing Ltd, a £3 million dispute arising from an adjudication enforcement.

    Catherine Piercy: Band 3. Quality junior whose diverse practice includes regular appearances in adjudications, ADR and high-value litigation.

    Expertise: "Her written work is top class." "She is very commanding and highly effective when dealing with clients and the other side."

    Recent work: Acted for sports charity Cheriton Road Sports Ground Trust in its multimillion-pound final account adjudication against contractors ISG.

    Chambers Global, 2015

    Paul Reed QC: Band 2

    David Pliener: Band 2

    Michael Wheater: Band 2

    Catherine Piercy: Band 3

    The Legal 500, 2016

    The Set: "a 'very commercial and forward-thinking’ set, housing several ‘construction experts’.Paul Reed QC and David Pliener acted for the principal defendant in Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick and others."

    Paul Reed QC: Tier 2. "A well-prepared tough cookie."

    Nigel Jones QC: Tier 5. "Highly regarded and always impressive."

    David Pliener: Tier 2. "Great on his feet and a pleasure to work with."

    Michael Wheater: Tier 2. "A current and rising star."

    Catherine Piercy: Tier 3. "Her experience and abilities are beyond her year of call."

    Sarah McCann: Tier 3. "Extremely pragmatic and commercial."

  • Costs

    Chambers UK, 2017

    PJ Kirby QC: Band 3. An experienced commercial silk whose practice encompasses all areas of costs law. He is active in costs litigation in the SCCO, undertakes advisory work and drafts DBAs for firms. His skills are further demonstrated by his appointment as a High Court costs assessor.

    Expertise: "He is extremely user-friendly, very bright, commercial and a pleasure to work with." "He provides excellent, strategic legal advice."

    Recent work: Successfully acted for the appellant in Just Costs v Stone Rowe Brewer, a case that examined what constitutes "exceptional circumstances" with regard to Solicitors Act assessments.

    The Legal 500, 2016

    PJ Kirby QC: Tier 2. "An excellent strategist, who sees the bigger picture."

  • Education

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Shazia Akhtar: Tier 5. "Personable, approachable and extremely efficient."

  • Employment

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Paul Strelitz: Tier 3. "His working knowledge of both legislation and case law make him an invaluable resource."

  • Insolvency

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Alaric Watson: Tier 4. "He gives clear and practical advice, and is very commercially aware."

    Wendy Parker: Tier 5. "Reassures with her guidance, support, and practical and helpful advice."

    Charles Raffin: Tier 5. "A practical and very bright advocate, who is very good with clients and has good attention to detail."

    Jonathan Titmuss: Tier 5. "A very good grasp of the technical nature of insolvency law combined with plenty of courtroom experience."

  • Insurance and Reinsurance

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Nigel Jones QC: Band 4. Takes on significant insurance claims arising from a broad array of underlying incidents, including construction disputes, professional negligence and sports injuries. He is known for his skill in handling litigation involving multiple parties and/or jurisdictional issues.

    Expertise: "His knowledge and ability to simplify even the most complex insurance arguments are second to none. He is a real teamplayer, who is highly accessible and really gets stuck into the facts and law. He basically answers the questions that you haven't even asked yet."

    Recent work: Represented Keller in seeking indemnity under public liability and professional indemnity policies following a significant construction dispute.

    Paul Reed QC: Band 2. Noted for the breadth of his expertise in property damage and construction, he typically takes on high-value insurance cases arising out of these areas of specialism. His cases often involve major international projects.

    Expertise: "Paul is steeped in the insurance market and highly regarded. He has a first-rate understanding of insurance and is very commercial in his approach." "He's always robust in his views and meticulous as to detail."

    Recent work: Instructed in Lagan Homes v MV Kelley & The Millward Partnership, an £8 million dispute regarding the negligent design of an underground car park.

    David Pliener: Band 2. A highly capable insurance junior who also has considerable property damage and construction expertise. He regularly represents many of the leading insurers in complex coverage and policy disputes. 

    Expertise: "Incredibly client-friendly and someone with an excellent grasp of complex documents. He is able to extract information from the client with great skill, and always gives good commercial advice."

    Recent work: Instructed in Vaughan v Zurich, a £5 million professional indemnity coverage dispute relating to the redevelopment of Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Nigel Jones QC: Tier 4. "His policy coverage ability is second to none – a top-notch silk."

    Paul Reed QC: Tier 4. "An acknowledged market leader in relation to construction insurance."

    David Pliener: Tier 3 "A real star for construction-related coverage matters."

  • Intellectual Property

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Mark Engelman: Band 4. Recommended for contentious trade mark matters, and particularly sought after by media and entertainment clients. He is also experienced handling cross-border and high-profile disputes.

    Expertise: "He impresses with his creative thinking, technical ability and legal arguments, both written and in hearings." "He is always helpful and practical."

    Recent work: Appeared in the dispute between the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra concerning claims of Community trade mark infringement. 

    The Legal 500, 2016

    Mark Engelman: Tier 4. "Recommended for copyright matters."

    Ian Silcock: Tier 4. "Adept in copyright claims."

  • International Arbitration

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Paul Reed QC: Band 2. An experienced silk noted for his wealth of expertise in the construction sector, who is also recommended for his strengths in insurance disputes. He is regularly engaged in arbitration proceedings both domestically and overseas, and particularly noted for his work concerning the Caribbean and the Middle East.

    Expertise: "He is absolutely methodical in his preparation, he works very hard and he gives sound advice."

  • Personal Injury

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Charles Bagot: Band 1. Leading senior junior with an excellent reputation for personal injury litigation. He has developed a practice, primarily acting for defendants and insurers, that focuses on catastrophic injury, psychiatric shock and allegations of fraud. He is particularly lauded for his expert knowledge of quantum and for his exceptional technical ability. 

    Expertise: "He's tremendously technically gifted, really first-class." "He is dogged in his approach and has one of the sharpest minds I've ever seen, his ability to analyse a case forensically and with a human touch is incredible." "He just always delivers, he's absolutely immaculate." 

    Recent Word: Appeared in the Court of Appeal in Padley v CDI Anderselite Ltd for the appellant. The case investigated whether it is an abuse of process to reissue a second identical claim where a first claim has been struck out for breach of an 'unless order'. 

    The Legal 500, 2017

    The Set: Tier 4. "Hardwicke acts for claimants and defendants in this space. Charles Bagot was instructed in one of the highest value injury claims of 2015, concerning a young girl who was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing."

    Charles Bagot: Tier 1. "A phenomenal negotiator, whose collaborative approach has yielded some excellent results."

    Colm Nugent: Tier 5. "His preparation for court hearings is meticulous, and he is a highly persuasive advocate."

    Henry Slack: Tier 5. "He is able to swiftly grasp the key arguments and focus the minds of all parties."

    Jasmine Murphy: Tier 5. "Down-to-earth and friendly with clients."

    Sarah Venn: Tier 5. "Very thorough, conscientious and client friendly."

    Gemma Witherington: Tier 5. "She is a real fighter and an astute thinker."

  • Professional Negligence

    Chambers UK, 2017

    The Set: Band 5. Hardwicke demonstrates strength and depth across the professional negligence spectrum, and handles cases in the financial services, insurance, property and construction. The set's client base typically encompasses defendant solicitors, estate agents, architects and other professionals, as well as those on the claimant side. Members of this set have recently been instructed in Blakemores LDP (in admin) v Scott and Others, representing the claimant firm in pursuit of £700,000 in unpaid legal fees, on the grounds that the claim itself had been dealt with negligently. Those who instruct them observe that barristers at the set are "very commercial, very efficient and very smart."

    Market Perception/ Client Service: "The clerks are extremely helpful, and always prepared to be flexible." "The clerks are very responsive, and alive to commercial and time pressures." Deborah Anderson is the practice director.

    Nigel Jones QC: Band 3. Draws on his extensive experience in commercial litigation and insurance law to bolster his robust professional negligence practice. Regularly instructed in cases that concern accountants, solicitors and surveyors, among others. He is also co-head of chambers at Hardwicke.

    Expertise: "He's absolutely charming, with an incredible intellect, and he made us feel at ease straight away." "He's a superb advocate, a great black letter lawyer on paper, and he has great commercial instinct as well."

    Recent work: Represented Wright Hassall in a claim for unpaid fees as well as the firm's defence of a professional negligence claim brought by a former client.

    John de Waal QC: Band 3. Handles a broad range of professional negligence cases, most often on behalf of defendants, and is particularly well versed in claims concerning solicitors. He also maintains a broad advisory practice, largely catering to insurer clients.

    Expertise: "He gives sound advice and is quick to respond: he is commercial and understands the work that we do." "He is technically very good, and he really understands the client's commercial needs and wants."

    Recent work: Acted for defendant solicitors in Ivor Ferreira v Lloyd & Associates LLP, a £2 million negligence claim in relation to property investment.

    James Hall: Band 4. A junior who moved to Hardwicke in 2015, James Hall takes on substantial negligence claims relating to surveyors, architects and solicitors. He is also able to draw upon his previous experience as an employed barrister in the financial services department of a national law firm.

    Expertise: "He has an innovative approach to problem solving and gives commercial and pragmatic advice at a level clients love." "He's one of the most commercially minded barristers I've come across."

    Recent Work: Acted for the claimant in Freemont (Denbigh Ltd) v Knight Frank LLP, an £8 million claim for negligent overvaluing of a commercial property.

    Sarah McCann: Band 4. Highly capable junior who advises on professional negligence claims in the construction industry as well as the financial, property and legal sectors. Advises both claimant and defendant parties and also takes on matters concerning professional indemnity insurance.

    Expertise: "She filtered through all the information to produce a great response that pulled everything together." "Fastidious in her preparation and extremely generous with her time."

    Recent work: Acted for the defendant valuer in EGT Finance Ltd v Stocker & Roberts and Others, a £1.5 million claim relating to the alleged overvaluation of a property.

    David Pliener: Band 2 - Technology & Construction. Instructed extensively on cases of professional negligence in the construction industry. He regularly represents property owners, contractors and engineers, as well as their insurers, and has wide experience of handling litigation, adjudication and arbitration.

    Expertise: "He can be tenacious without irritating the judge; he delivers his points incredibly capably and he is very cool under pressure." "He is sharp, keen-minded and very capable."

    Recent Work: Acted in Sanderson Homes v Franki Foundations, a case alleging that negligent underpinning caused a slaughterhouse to collapse.

    The Legal 500, 2016

    The Set: "Hardwicke is a ‘modern set’ that provides ‘good strength in depth’. It is a ‘great choice for construction-related professional negligence’, and also handles matters in the finance and property sectors."

    Nigel Jones QC: Tier 3. "Very impressive and robust."

    Paul Reed QC: Tier 3. "Always prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in."

    John de Waal QC: Tier 4. "He provides clear and succinct advice."

    David Pliener: Tier 4. "Impressive."

    James Hall: Tier 5. "Commercially minded."

    Sarah McCann: Tier 5. "Noted for her ability to cut through the detail and provide easy-to-follow, concise advice."

    Jonathan Titmuss: Tier 5. "He has great technical ability."

    Michael Wheater: Tier 5. "Technically excellent."

  • Property Damage

    Chambers UK, 2017

    Paul Reed QC: Band 1. A highly respected property damage silk whose "energy is simply unbelievable" and who wins praise for his considerable expertise in construction and insurance matters. He is regularly instructed in substantial, high-profile claims concerning multiple parties.

    Expertise: "He has the ability to cut through everything very quickly, but he is also approachable and gets on very well with clients."

    Recent work: Represented Grosvenor Street in a £20 million claim arising out of the negligent design and construction of a new commercial development that led to the destruction of adjacent properties.

    David Pliener: Band 2. A "sharp, keen-minded and very capable" senior junior, who is known for handling disputes of a highly technical nature with aplomb. He also possesses invaluable understanding of the construction industry and is often instructed in cases with an international aspect.

    Expertise: "He is a brilliant advocate, who is incredibly impressive and also one of those lawyers who has a real mastery of details and numbers as well."

    Recent work: Represented shipping company Stema in a £2 million dispute regarding ground failure at Tilbury Docks.

  • Real Estate Litigation

    Chambers UK, 2017

    The Set: A high-quality set that handles the full range of real estate disputes, including residential lease cases and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Its members are noted for their far-reaching property expertise and ability to advise clients in related insurance, professional negligence and construction cases. The set is recognised for its robust team: "They have some top property performers," market observers report.

    Market Perception/ Client Service: "The clerks are responsive, commercial and do not shy away from giving sensible fee quotes which they stick to. They proactively manage the relationship between instructing solicitors and the barristers, and understand the important part they play in the process. They have gone 'over and above' for me in the past." Deborah Anderson is the set's practice director.

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC: Band 3. Regularly works with property developers and owners on significant professional negligence litigation matters, as well as disputes arising from real estate transactions. She is recognised for her user-friendly approach.

    Expertise: "Her service levels are excellent and her communication is great." "A very good advocate, who is calm, clear, concise and responsive to client needs." "She's a top performer."

    Recent work: Acted in Coope v Ward, an easement case arising out of the collapse of an ancient wall following heavy snowfall.

    John de Waal QC: Band 4. A prominent real estate litigation silk who frequently works with insurers on contentious real estate mandates. He is renowned for his leading advisory practice working with clients on a range of construction and property issues.

    Expertise: "Great with clients and very easy to work with." "Offers clear, confident advice, and extremely flexible working arrangements. He has a charming and reassuring client manner and represents good value for money." "Very client-friendly; he has a good manner about him. A confident, clear thinker; he is measured in his approach and he always looks for the solution."

    Recent work: Acted in Parking Eye v Beavis, a high-profile Supreme Court case concerning the circumstances in which a landowner or his agent could lawfully impose a charge of £85 on a trespasser who had overstayed his permitted time in a car park on private land.

    Jamal Demachkie: Band 4 - London Bar. Recognised for his work in commercial and property law. His practice concentrates on commercial disputes, chancery litigation and landlord and tenant claims. 

    Expertise: "Jamal is a superb advocate with a really good manner in court." "He has a charming way with judges and clients. He is a very good advocate and a go-to guy." 

    Recent work: Handled an agricultural tenancy claim relating to the interpretation of the service provisions in the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.  

    Band 2 - South East Bar. Skilled barrister with a diverse property practice covering landlord and tenant disputes and real property work. He also undertakes instructions concerning co-ownership and constructive trust matters. 

    Expertise: "He is very good and has a very charming way with judges and clients." "Very strong barrister, who is a very good advocate and a go-to guy."

    Recent Work: Successfully concluded a Court of Appeal case on behalf of the respondent concerning establishment of causation for an instance of fire damage to a property.

    Daniel Gatty: Band 4. Handles a wide range of property matters, and has a strong focus on professional negligence disputes arising from real estate issues. He is also known for his work in cases involving land registration, secured lending and mortgages.

    Expertise: "He is extremely knowledgeable." "Down to earth, unassuming and has a very nice approach with clients."

    Recent work: Acted in a dispute between four brothers concerning co-owned shops and investment properties.

    Monty Palfrey: A highly popular choice for a wide variety of commercial and residential property mandates. He regularly represents clients in court in numerous landlord and tenant, easement and boundary disputes.

    Expertise: "He is very willing to give off-the-cuff advice and he points out the pitfalls in a case at an early stage. He's extremely helpful, sympathetic and understanding." 

    Recent work: Recently acted in a case defending a restaurant tenant against a landlord's claims that the client was trespassing after the end of a six-month licence. 

    John Clargo: Band 1 - South East Bar. Well-regarded junior who heads the property and chancery group at the chambers. His practice encompasses commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, property-related professional negligence cases and real property issues. 

    Expertise: "He is very user-friendly. He is commercial as well as legal." "He is an excellent advocate, unflappable." 

    Recent work: Acted in Bethell v St John's College, a much-publicised dispute between a retired architect and the Oxford college concerning repairs to a dilapidated hedge.

    The Legal 500, 2016

    The Set: Tier 4. At Hardwicke, John de Waal QC appeared in Supreme Court case ParkingEye v Beavis, which was the first time the court reviewed the law on penalties since 1915. The practice managers are praised as ‘very approachable and realistic with fees’.

    John de Waal QC: Tier 3. "He is bold but not rash and provides QC clout without QC attitude."

    Brie Stevens-Hoare QC: Tier 3. "The go-to silk for heavyweight property work, particularly multimillion-pound development contract disputes."

    Jamal Demachkie: Tier 3. Fantastic on his feet; he always hones in on the commercial answer and impresses clients.

    Alexander Bastin: Tier 4. "He gets to grips with complex cases and presents them well on paper and in court."

    Daniel Gatty: Tier 4. "A thorough and balanced counsel with good cross-examination skills."

    Simon Allison: Tier 5. "He has unquestionable knowledge regarding property matters, and is proactive and very user-friendly."

    Peter Petts: Tier 5. "User-friendly, and a reassuring presence with a sensible attitude."

    Edward Rowntree: Tier 5. "A good all-rounder."

    Laura Tweedy: Tier 5. "Very personable, quick to provide commercial advice and a very good advocate in court."

    John Clargo: Tier 5. "Very user-friendly and easy to communicate with."

  • Social Housing

    Chambers UK, 2017

    The Set: Band 2. The social housing team at Hardwicke is distinguished by its expertise in property and public law. Members practise in all areas of social housing litigation, including possession and disrepair claims, right-to-buy matters and landlord and tenant disputes. They are regularly instructed on behalf of housing associations and local authorities in County Court proceedings and have appeared at all court levels up to the Supreme Court. 

    Market Perception/ Client Service: "They deserve praise for clerking. The clerks give us the impression that they value us." "They're efficient, very easy to get on with and really helpful." James Duncan-Hartill is the senior practice manager.

    Alison Meacher: Band 3. A specialist in housing work which crosses over with Court of Protection, mental capacity and other social welfare matters. She habitually acts on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and vulnerable tenants.

    Expertise: "Great for Court of Protection and housing-related work, she's robust and clear thinking."

    Recent work: Represented the defendant tenant in Moat Homes v Bastow, a case concerning an application for possession and an application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction with respect to the tenant.

    Laura Tweedy: Band 2. A "go-to barrister" for many large housing associations. She elicits praise for her deft client-handling and cross-examination skills and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. 

    Expertise: "She goes down very well with the clients, knows her stuff and gets the results."

    Recent work: Successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal on behalf of the appellant in Haile v the London Borough of Waltham Forest, a homelessness case in the Supreme Court.

    Morayo Fagborn Bennett: Band 3. Handles a wide range of social housing matters, with a particular emphasis on homelessness and disrepair cases. Her esteemed work in the area is complemented by her substantial property practice.

    Expertise: "She's excellent, incredibly thorough."

    Recent work: Successfully obtained an outright possession order for East Thames Homes against a disabled assured tenant who had let out parts of the property to lodgers.

    The Legal 500, 2016

    The Set: Tier 3. At Hardwicke, ‘the range of barristers is very good, from the very experienced to the more junior barristers’. Laura Tweedy represented the appellant in Haile.

    Alison Meacher: Tier 3. "Excellent for cases involving mental capacity."

    Alastair Redpath-Stevens: Tier 4. "Responsive, extremely knowledgeable and personable with clients."

    Laura Tweedy: Tier 3. "Methodological and eloquent with an eye for detail."

    Morayo Fagborn Bennett: Tier 4.