Recommendations

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers… adds value through personal warmth, and has a truly wonderful and deserved reputation, which stems from doing all the little things exceptionally well, as well as being able to handle all manner of larger tasks”
The Legal 500 

general

The quality clerking team at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is known to be very friendly, well-organised and always happy to assist with finding a barrister at the last minute. This co-operative, helpful and responsive team is noted for being particularly easy to deal with and highly approachable. Commentators direct praise at the set’s absolutely brilliant Lee Johnson, a lovely and down-to-earth senior clerk with a solution-orientated approach.

In addition, the group is commended for its ability to put on excellent training sessions, and the director of client care, Catherine Calder, is singled out for praise: she is seriously impressive and stunningly well-organised. She is one of those people you want to hire for any job and is just worth her weight in gold.

Interviewees also comment on the set’s impressive premises at 85 Fleet Street, particularly highlighting the integration of technology into the fabric of the building. One source acknowledges that this use of technology sounds like a small thing, but is really important and makes a big difference to a lay client.”
Chambers & Partners 2017

“A very polished set, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has positioned itself well for clinical negligence, police and inquests law. It adds value through personal warmth, and has a truly wonderful and deserved reputation, which stems from doing all the little things exceptionally well, as well as being able to handle all manner of larger tasks.

Charming director of client care Catherine Calder should be particularly praised for the way in which the set has developed; some say that, since she joined in 2014, the efficiency and approachability has markedly improved.

Calder works closely with the simply superb clerks, who have that canny knack of getting the right brief for the right barrister, which leads to great results and leaves the solicitors and lay clients extremely happy. Furthermore, they answer queries promptly and provide a trustworthy working relationship.

Excellent senior clerk Lee Johnson goes the extra mile, and is ably supported by a team that includes Tom O’Connor (quick to grasp the important issues of any case) and Samantha Jones (always willing to help). Martin Dyke is chambers’ business director.”
The Legal 500, 2016

“Serjeants’ Inn has undergone somewhat of a reinvention following a recent change of premises as well as an overhaul of its senior management.

The clerking team is now led by senior clerk Lee Johnson and its client service offering has now been augmented by a number of new-hires, including bringing in the highly-rated Catherine Calder as director of client care. This structural change has not gone unnoticed by instructing solicitors, who praise the set’s forward drive in terms of professionalism, modernity and commerciality.

Counsel and clerks alike are praised as wonderful and very helpful as well as very responsive and very prompt in dealing with things. The clerking team in particular is noted for its proactivity and is said to get the ball rolling with cases and make sure that the barristers are involved.

This modernising fervour has extended to the set’s approach to billing. Commentators note that they are good at negotiating on fees because they understand that cost is a key issue, especially in certain practice areas.
Chambers and Partners, 2016

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is in the top stream of sets for clinical negligence, and produces exceptionally high-quality work in all areas of professional discipline. It is also strong in public law, particularly in areas such as police law, inquests and inquiries. You can always be assured of strong advice at this set, and there are excellent advocates at all levels.

2013 and 2014 were headline years for chambers as it moved to new premises and recruited a dedicated client care team, led by client care director Catherine Calder, a former solicitor who joined from Radcliffe Chambers. Instructing parties note ‘the conference facilities are really good in the new building, and a first-class service is provided throughout chambers. The client care team works closely with chambers business director Martin Dyke (also a former solicitor) and the clerks’ room, which is efficient, professional and personable.

The clerks take time to find out what law firms want and need, and deliver. Senior clerk Lee Johnson ‘runs a tight ship and is very attuned to clients’ needs. Quality and service is at the heart of what he delivers, and he will go the extra mile to help.'”
The Legal 500 2015

administrative & Public

“A very friendly set, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers boasts a talent pool that is a cut above the rest.”
The Legal 500 2016

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers acts for claimants and defendants, and is a pleasure to instruct. Police law and Court of Protection work are particular areas of strength.”
The Legal 500 2015

Clinical Negligence and Healthcare

“Members of Serjeants’ Inn are instructed by both claimant and defendant solicitors and through them serve patients, the NHSLA, medical and dental defence organisations and private insurers. They are experienced at handling the most challenging and medically complex clinical negligence claims such as those concerning brain damage sustained at birth or undiagnosed life-threatening illnesses. Recent standout cases include Reaney v North Staffs, in which a paraplegic patient developed pressure sores allegedly as a result of insufficient nursing care, and Pringle v Nestor, in which a girl suffered an amputation allegedly due to delayed diagnosis of meningitis. The set’s ranks have been bolstered by the addition of new barristers and the promotion of several to silk. These factors, combined with modern premises and an excellent clerking team, have led sources to single it out as “one of the best chambers in the country.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

Solicitors have total confidence in Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, where members are always up to date on the law and have a good insight into human rights issues when appropriate. The clerks are also praised as helpful and efficient at all times. The silk arm of chambers has expanded in recent years, with four QCs appointed in last five years, and the junior mass continued to grow with two lateral hires in early 2015.”
Legal 500, 2015

“A set with members equally happy to handle both claimant and defendant work. The barristers here have experience of all manner of clinical negligence cases including complex multiparty product liability claims and claims relating to catastrophic injuries. One interviewee described them as being clear, direct, focused, and people who act on instructions. They’ve made a name for themselves by getting results and they don’t have to prove anything.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a powerhouse in defendant healthcare litigation. Charles Foster, Caroline Hallissey and David Morris were among a number of recent arrivals from Outer Temple Chambers.”
Legal 500, 2014

“This clinical negligence-focused set is one of the most highly regarded in London, boasting a formidable array of talent and unrivalled expertise at all levels within its chambers. The barristers draw respect from wide-ranging market sources for their mix of claimant and defence work.”
Chambers and Partners, 2014

Court of Protection

“Serjeants’ Inn is highly regarded for having real strength in depth for Court of Protection work. The set attracts praise for its good spread of people with the right levels of expertise. Its members offer particular experience in complex medical and healthcare cases including forced treatment matters and ethical considerations.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

“The pre-eminent set for medical treatment decisions made in the Court of Protection, it advises NHS trusts and local authorities as well as the family members of protected parties and the Official Solicitor. One client remarked: they are my first choice for deprivation of liberty cases and judicial reviews on funding. The members have diverse expertise and a very good knowledge of the landscape; they understand the repercussions that may arise for bodies.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers enters the rankings off the back of concerted market praise for its health and welfare experience. Commanding respect from peers and clients alike, it has marked expertise on medical treatment and welfare decisions for those lacking capacity. Significant instructions include several right-to-die cases, and the Court of Protection team has further shown its worth by publishing the legal textbook ‘Medical Treatment Decisions and the Law’. Recent highlights for the set have included advising the Official Solicitor for the patient in X PCT v XB, the first ever case where advance decisions under the Mental Capacity Act were considered by the court. Commentators remark: this team is a real pleasure to work with and its Court of Protection practitioners have been on some high-profile cases. The barristers here have strong medical knowledge within this area.”
Chambers and Partners, 2014

Inquests and Inquiries

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is renowned for its work on inquests and inquiries in regulatory, healthcare and police law matters. It is noted for its particular expertise in deaths following police contact and those following on from the acts or omissions of medical professionals. The set acts for interested persons and as counsel to the inquest. Members of chambers have been involved in some of the most contentious and high-profile proceedings in recent years. Cases include the inquest into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster and the public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers provides a first-class service throughout, and goes the extra mile for its clients. The quality of work is outstanding and you are always able to instruct a suitable barrister, even at the last minute. Members have recently appeared in the Hillsborough and In Amenas inquests, and the Al Sweady inquiry. Bridget Dolan and Briony Ballard also sit as assistant coroners.”
Legal 500, 2015

Police

“Serjeants’ Inn has a robust police team that defends the interests of police officers and forces. It deals with many complicated police cases, including civil actions, disciplinary hearings, inquests and judicial reviews, and also offers general compliance advice. These cases concern matters such as malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, human rights breaches and uninvestigated complaints. They are a very reputable set in this area, observes one solicitor.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

“From its London base, the exceptional Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is instructed in some of the most prominent cases in the country. This powerful police defence set has a multitude of barristers handling everything from private tort law claims to judicial reviews, civil liberties and employment matters. Inquests and public inquiries are also particular areas of expertise, and members have been involved in investigations into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 and the death of Mark Duggan.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015

“[Serjeants’ Inn Chambers] Enjoys a standout reputation as a market leader in police law, and has barristers who act on some of the most high-profile work in the country. Members cover police misconduct, judicial review, inquests and inquiries, as well as the full range of pensions and employment matters. Recent highlights include representation on the Leveson Inquiry, advising on the Raoul Moat inquest, and litigation relating to the dismissal of Chief Constable Sean Price. One client describes the individuals here as having the best reputation, experience and availability around, applauding them for taking a robust approach to settling contentious legal matters.
Chambers and Partners, 2014

Product Liability

“Serjeants’ Inn is noted for having a strong focus on medical and pharmaceutical-related product liability work which is complemented by its broader clinical negligence and medical regulatory expertise. Its barristers are experienced at dealing with large-scale group litigation.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has built up an impressive product liability team and now has three ranked lawyers following the arrival of Eloise Power from Doughty Street Chambers. The team is prolific in the various prosthetic hip group actions, and is expanding beyond a medical and pharmaceutical focus into areas such as defective white goods.”
Legal 500, 2015

“An impressive claimant set that has made a name for itself on high-profile group litigations. Clients praise the team for being commercially aware.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers’ excellent product liability team includes Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight, who are acting for claimants regarding the significant difficulties patients have experienced with the DePuy ASR hip implants.”
Legal 500, 2014

Professional Discipline and Regulatory

“Members regularly play an active role in the shaping of disciplinary and regulatory ethics in various fields, particularly in the healthcare sector. Its enviable team of highly regarded practitioners handles complex, large-scale matters in both the medical and police spheres, and clients include the GMC, GDC and the Police Federation. Interviewees enthuse: Serjeants’ Inn is one of the sets at the absolute pinnacle of the professional discipline field. They have particularly impressive strength in depth.”
Chambers and Partners, 2016

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has strength in numbers including a number of ‘hard-hitters’ in police, dental and medical regulation, more often than not on the side of the registrant. John Beggs QC represented West Mercia Police in the McKail v IPCC High Court case surrounding ‘Plebgate’.”
Legal 500, 2015

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a pre-eminent and growing professional discipline team. Its expertise in healthcare discipline matters is particularly respected, but it also offers strength in a range of other areas such as the police and legal services sectors. Sources are complimentary about the quality of the individuals at the set, noting that there are plenty of options to choose from.”
Chambers and Partners, 2015

“One of the market leaders in the health law field, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has strength in depth in the field of professional discipline, and its barristers are able to pick up cases quickly and get to the crux of the issue. The set was recently bolstered by the arrival of several experienced barristers from Outer Temple Chambers, including regulatory and disciplinary experts David Morris and Alan Jenkins. The set is also very strong for police work and regularly represents police forces, the Police Federation, the Superintendents’ Association and the IPCC in disciplinary proceedings. John Beggs QC recently led James Berry in the high-profile “Plebgate” case.”
Legal 500, 2014

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has nearly 30 years’ experience of handling professional discipline cases. It offers particular expertise in the healthcare and police disciplinary sectors, but is also strong on solicitor, academic and sports-related cases. It is regularly involved in the major matters of the day, as evidenced by its victory at the GMC in the lead toxicity case of Dr Monro, and by its representation of Dr Patel in the GMC inquiry into his criticised post mortem reporting on the G20 death of Ian Tomlinson. Sources say that members of the chambers have the correct approach in terms of balancing natural empathy with professionalism. They understand the pressures of a disciplinary and regulatory matter.”
Chambers and Partners, 2014