Head of chambers
Mr Matthew White
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
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.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
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.