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Two new LexisNexis awards for Serjeants’ Inn

19th March 2018

“The judges felt that this leading set particularly stood out as a result of its involvement in many of the high-profile cases of the past year and for its deep commitment to client service”:  we were delighted to win both the Chambers of the Year and the Best Client Focus awards at the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2018, as well as being shortlisted for the Wellbeing award.

This brings us to 22 awards in the last three years: many thanks to our clients for all their support and congratulations to the other winners, in particular to Dana Denis-Smith as Legal Personality of the Year.

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Jon Holl-Allen QC takes silk

27th February 2018

Many congratulations to Jon Holl-Allen for his appointment as Queen’s Counsel. We are very grateful to all those who were good enough to participate in the selection process by acting as assessors, as well as the many solicitors who have instructed and supported Jon in the course of his career.

Jon is the 10th Queen’s Counsel that Serjeants’ Inn has gained since 2016: our QC team – now comprising 20 silks – has doubled in two years.

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His Honour Brian Barker CBE QC and Dijen Basu QC join Serjeants’ Inn

20th February 2018

Serjeants’ Inn is delighted to announce two further top-tier lateral recruits: His Honour Brian Barker CBE QC and Dijen Basu QC.

Described by Chambers & Partners as “a creative thinker and an absolutely outstanding cross-examiner”, Dijen has worked on a variety of high profile cases, including the first 12 pre-inquest review hearings in relation to the inquest into the death of Russian whistle-blower Alexander Perepilichnyy, in which he represented the Surrey Police, and the recent Court of Appeal case concerning the right of Forces to charge for the policing of events. His arrival is testament to Serjeants’ Inn’s standing at the pinnacle of the police law field: members act in the cases which shape police law in this country. Read his profile here.

Serjeants’ Inn also welcomes His Honour Brian Barker QC CBE who joins Chambers as an associate member.  Following a distinguished judicial career, His Honour Brian Barker QC now chairs high-profile inquests and inquiries, a key practice area for Serjeants’ Inn.

These additions follow fast on the arrival of three other established practitioners – Rachel SpearingIan Skelt and Andrew Perfect – over the last six months.

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Ian Skelt acts for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in Supreme Court civil liability case

8th February 2018

Judgment was handed down this morning in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2018] UKSC 4. Finding for the appellant, the Supreme Court has made highly significant inroads into the well-established principle that the police cannot be sued in negligence save in exceptional circumstances as a result of alleged failures in their core operational duties.

The case reviews the law on the civil liability of the police but has wider significance, in particular for public bodies.

Ian Skelt was instructed by Victoria Clegg from the Force Solicitors Office, West Yorkshire Police and was led by Jeremy Johnson QC.

Please click here for the judgment and here for an analysis of the decision on our UK Police Law Blog.

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‘Wellbeing at the Bar’ pioneer Rachel Spearing joins Serjeants’ Inn Chambers

13th February 2018

Serjeants’ Inn is delighted to welcome Rachel Spearing to Chambers. A Governing Bencher of Inner Temple, Rachel’s high-profile cases include Operation Benbradagh (largest undercover Met Drugs operation) and Operation Carousel, a multi-party, multi-national identity conspiracy to defraud. Rachel spearheaded the Wellbeing at the Bar initiative and chaired the 2017 Bar and Young Bar conference.

Please see Rachel’s profile here.

The move has been featured in both The Law Society Gazette and The Barrister.

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Serjeants’ Inn wins Chambers of the Year and Barrister of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2018

20th February 2018

Serjeants’ Inn is delighted to win Chambers of the Year and to be Highly Commended for Client Care at the recent Modern Law Awards. Congratulations in particular to Katie Gollop QC as Barrister of the Year.

Thanks to all our clients for their support which has enabled us to receive industry recognition both for our legal expertise and client care.

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Seven stronger at Serjeants’ Inn

26th January 2018

We are delighted to report significant growth over the last seven months with the recruitment and/or return to practice of seven tenants as follows:

Ian Skelt (1994 Call)
A member of the Government’s ‘A’ Panel for civil work (NI), Ian is recommended by Chambers and Partners as “excellent with witnesses and in jury trials, a pleasure to deal with…very responsive and really takes the stress out of proceedings.” He is currently awaiting judgment from the Supreme Court in a review of civil liability of the police for operational activity and was Counsel to the Coroner in the Jordan Inquest. He further enhances our Police; Professional Discipline;  Inquest and Inquiries; and Employment teams in particular.

Amy Street (2002 Call)
Amy has recently returned from parental leave. Specialising in cases involving novel or complex points of law, Amy was part of the winning team in the Supreme Court in Cheshire West and Chester Council v P [2014] UKSC 19; [2014] AC 896. She is regularly instructed at appellate level and at first instance where particular legal issues have been identified or where complex factual analysis is required. She is recommended by Chambers & Partners as follows:  “She’s got a brain the size of a planet, and she’s an extremely smooth and persuasive advocate.”  

James Berry (2006 Call)
James returned to full time practice at Serjeants’ Inn this summer, after serving as a Member of Parliament between 2015 and 2017. Ranked as a leading junior by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, James is described in the editorials as “tenacious and fiendishly clever” with a “passionate commitment to the clients he represents”. He has resumed his busy practice in police law, healthcare law, public law, professional discipline, Court of Protection, inquests and inquiries and is delighted to be working with old friends and new clients.

Andrew Perfect (2007 Call)
Andrew joined Serjeants’ Inn in August, enhancing both our Clinical Negligence & Healthcare and Inquest & Inquiries teams and also bringing further expertise in personal injury and costs.  He is described by an instructing solicitor as “a robust and dedicated advocate who excels as part of any client team, injecting common sense and humanity into even the most difficult situations”.

Anna Tkaczynska (2008 Call)
Anna joined Serjeants’ Inn to broaden her practice in the areas of education and the Court of Protection. She continues to practise in housing law with a particular interest in cases which raise public law, Equality Act and capacity related issues. She acts for both claimants and defendants for the purposes of civil litigation and general advisory work. Anna is recommended as a leading junior by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. She is described by the latter as “extremely good at putting clients at ease and understanding complex issues quickly

Eleanor Morrison (2012 Call)
Eleanor has recently returned from parental leave.  She accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas, including inquests, medical negligence claims, police law and the Court of Protection. An instructing solicitor notes that “Eleanor is a hardworking barrister who establishes a good rapport with clients”. She has represented registrants before the NMC and is keen to build her practice in professional discipline and regulatory work.

Anthony Searle (2016 Call)
Anthony successfully completed his pupillage in October 2017 and is working to develop a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work. Since April 2017, he has appeared regularly in court and has advised on numerous cases in his own right. Anthony combines first class academic ability with strong advocacy skills to deliver the best possible results for his clients, one of whom comments, “he has always been very approachable and responded very promptly to questions posed of him. It’s always a pleasure to instruct Anthony.”

Since 2015 14 tenants have joined Serjeants’ Inn, an expansion of over 25%.

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Angus Moon QC 1986 | 2006    Joint Head of Chambers
John Beggs QC 1989 | 2009    Joint Head of Chambers
Sir Robert Francis QC 1973 | 1992
James Watson QC 1979 | 2000
Adrian Hopkins QC 1984 | 2003
George Hugh-Jones QC 1983 | 2010
Michael Mylonas QC 1988 | 2012
Chris Daw QC 1993 | 2013
John de Bono QC 1995 | 2014
Dijen Basu QC 1994 | 2015
Michael Horne QC 1992 | 2016
Katie Gollop QC 1993 | 2016
Bridget Dolan QC 1997 | 2016
Gerard Boyle QC 1992 | 2017
Sarah Clarke QC 1994 | 2017
Debra Powell QC 1995 | 2017
Jon Holl-Allen QC 1990 | 2018
Jemma Lee 2010
Liam Duffy 2012
His Honour Brian Barker CBE QC 1969 | 1990    Associate Member
Samuel Green QC 1998 | 2015    Door Tenant
Huw Lloyd 1975    Door Tenant
Siobhan Goodrich 1980    Door Tenant
Susan Burden 1985    Door Tenant
Charles Foster 1988    Door Tenant
Malcolm Lim 1989    Door Tenant
Anthony Jackson 1995    Door Tenant
Benedict Wray 2009    Door Tenant