Head of chambers
Mr Adrian Keeling KC, Mr Jonathan Jones KC
Ms Lisa Martin
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
Specialist criminal law chambers offer expertise in all areas, including child abuse, human rights, violent crime, and white collar crime.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
IP barristers advise on issues such as infringement disputes, issues on validity of registered IP rights, and commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP rights or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law encompasses all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Barristers involved in this field deal with claims against professionals such as architects, accountants, solicitors and financial advisers.
Property law (now sometimes labelled as real estate) embraces a wide range of work, including real property, such as contracts for sale, covenants and land registration, trusts over land; and commercial and residential tenancies involving issues as diverse as disrepair, possession claims, succession and assignment.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.