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 

We are delighted to be one of the top 20 sets singled out by the Chambers UK Bar team for exceptional client service.

“The clerks at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers are really great and will always go the extra mile to try to find someone suitable.” “The clerks always respond really promptly and work very efficiently.” The set’s senior clerk, Lee Johnson is described as “a star,” and is praised for “caring about having a strong relationship between the clerks and solicitors.” “Serjeants’ Inn is an accommodating set, and the senior clerk Lee Johnson always does his best to sort me out.” “Lee Johnson’s clerking is spot on: he always comes back to you and will find someone for your case – and not just anyone, but the right person with the right experience.” “The clerks are absolutely superb – they are so responsive and they get back to you if you need out-of-hours assistance, they are second to none.” “They are great – they move heaven and earth to help their clients, they keep in touch to see how they can help and are constantly checking in. They are genuinely doing a sterling job.” “We were impressed with Natasha Southgate.” “They are incredibly helpful and go the extra mile to assist. Tom O’Connor has been a huge help on many occasions.” “The clerking at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is very good and efficient; they will find you a barrister very quickly and send you a list of counsel who are available.”

Clients note that Catherine Calder, the joint chief executive, is “an excellent director of client care – she regularly asks for feedback to improve the level of service provided, which is already exceptionally high.” “Catherine Calder is so impressive in the way she manages her team, and she does an excellent job of introducing new clients to the barristers.” The set’s dedicated client care team also includes the well-respected Isabel Biggs and Celia Davies.

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.

Serjeants’ Inn is consistently ranked by the directories as a market leader in clinical negligence, Court of Protection, inquests and inquiries, police law, product liability, professional disciplinary and regulatory and public law. Over the last three years, numbers at Serjeants’ Inn have increased by 35% with the set gaining 13 silks. It has won numerous awards in recent years, covering individual barristers, the staff team, practice teams and the set as a whole, and was one of the first chambers to be recognised by the Bar Council for its excellence on well-being. Most importantly it continues to attract the key briefs in crucial cases, such as the Alfie Evans proceedings and the Deepcut inquests, as well as key end of life treatment cases
Chambers & Partners, 2020

Containing ‘really experienced silks and juniors, which isn’t matched by any other chambers’, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a ‘heavyweight’ set across the spectrum of clinical negligence, inquest, and Court of Protection work
The Legal 500, 2019

The ‘inimitable’ Calder leads the ‘fabulous’ dedicated client care team, which ‘sets chambers apart from the market as a modern and forward-thinking set’ giving it ‘an edge over competitors when it comes to helping both lay clients and instructing solicitors with their needs’. Calder is supported by client care manager Isabel Biggs and client care executive Bronwyn Gray, and as a team they ‘go out of their way to enhance the relationship between chambers and its clients’. Solicitors say chambers ‘made an incredibly shrewd move investing in this arm of its business’ and it has been ‘money, time, and effort well spent’.
The Legal 500, 2019

The ‘helpful, honest, and approachable’ clerks’ room, which also ‘goes above and beyond’ for clients, is led by senior clerk Lee Johnson, with one solicitor admitted ‘the reason a lot of our work goes there is because of how Johnson manages everything’. Also in the team, Tom O’Connor is ‘responsive and pulls out all the stops to provide a reliable service’. New faces in the clerking team include Clare Sabido and Natasha Southgate, who have joined the team from 42 Bedford Row, while Samantha Jones has departed for 3 Verulam Buildings.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a substantial clinical negligence team that includes high-calibre barristers at all levels of seniority. It is well regarded for its work in the area and its contributions to the development of the law. Members handle individuals claims, group actions and inquests on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Their instructions concern a vast array of matters including brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations, secondary victim claims and fatalities. They are adept at dealing with experts, analysing complex medical evidence, establishing liability and assessing quantum. Interviewees hail the set’s “huge choice of clinical negligence barristers” and “range of experts.”
Chambers & Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn is well noted for its “efficient and approachable” clerking team, with particular praise reserved for their “very accommodating” approach to instructions. Sources describe the clerks as “prompt communicator” who are “unfailingly helpful,” and say they will “move heaven and earth” to help find the right barrister for a case, whilst also demonstrating flexibility on fee discussions and diary arrangements. The “marvelous” senior clerk Lee Johnson is especially well regarded for being “very approachable” and “exceptionally helpful,” with one source heralding him as “one of the best senior clerks of his generation”. Sources are also quick to praise the positive influence of Catherine Calder as director of client care, crediting her with “focusing the direction of the chambers and raising the profile of the strong clinical negligence team.” On her watch the set has developed a bespoke client care team, something unique to the Bar. The team is able to offer clients advice regarding joint business issues such as expansion and mergers. It further provides them with assistance when it comes to PR and media handling.
Chambers & Partners, 2018

The breadth of experience they offer is brilliant and the quality of their junior barristers is second to none’. It retains its standing as ‘a premier set, particularly on regulatory and disciplinary law’ and ‘right from the most junior to the most senior members, it is littered with exceptional talent’.
The Legal 500, 2018

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.”
She is ably assisted by Jon Comlay, whose “highbrow approach to the job” is much appreciated by commentators. 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

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘at the top of the clinical negligence field’ and also ‘the market leader’ in police, inquests and professional discipline law, with ‘a good mix of barristers at different levels of call’. The set provides ‘a gold-standard service’ through ‘very approachable’ counsel and ‘top-quality clerks’.
The Legal 500, 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.”
The Legal 500, 2016

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.
The Legal 500, 2016

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.
The Legal 500 2016

“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)  as well as Martin Dyke who is chambers’ business director.”
The Legal 500, 2016

“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

“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

“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

Clinical Negligence and Healthcare

“Serjeants’ Inn Chambers houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who are experienced in the handling of a wide range of complex and high-profile medical negligence matters. The chambers is described by interviewees as “a pre-eminent set for medical negligence matters,” and offers representation to both claimants and defendants. Its barristers are regularly instructed in high-value catastrophic injury, birth injury and fatal claims, and are well regarded for their expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence and issues surrounding liability. Standout cases recently handled by the set’s members include Khan v Meadows, a wrongful birth claim heard before the Court of Appeal.”
Chambers and Partners, 2021

Fielding a ‘vast array of gifted advocates with a wealth of experience’, ‘pre-eminent’ set Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is known for the ‘wide range of experience on offer’, as well as ‘frequent involvement in seminal cases’. Christopher Johnston QC and Claire Watson appeared for the claimant in the Supreme Court in the ground-breaking case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, which changed the law on recovery of damages for surrogacy claims. Angus Moon QC continues to be instructed in a series of ground-breaking cases involving claims by killers against health trusts, following his success in the test case of Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. Also of note, ‘go-to’ silk Michael Mylonas QC is praised for his ‘excellent teamwork with solicitors’ and top junior Heidi Knight is described as a ‘unique combination of exceptional brains combined with exceptional interpersonal skills’.
The Legal 500, 2021

“A go-to chambers for all manner of clinical negligence cases.”
Chambers and Partners, 2020

The set’s strong bench of senior and junior barristers is also praised by interviewees who note that “the team has so much depth there is always someone who has expertise in any particular area.” Areas of expertise for the set include maximum severity brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy claims, and members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
Chambers and Partners, 2020

One of the ‘clear heavyweights for clinical negligence’ work, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a ‘breadth and depth’ of experienced advocates, which is ‘not matched by any other set’. It demonstrates a ‘real understanding of the instructing solicitor’s expectations’ and strives to ensure those are met. Recent standout work includes Court of Appeal case XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, in which Christopher Johnston QC and Claire Watson represented the claimant (who was rendered infertile by negligent late diagnosis of cervical cancer), who recovered the costs of commercial surrogacy in California despite such arrangements being prohibited across the United Kingdom. Angus Moon QC successfully acted for the defendant in the test case of Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, in which a woman stabbed her mother to death during a serious psychotic episode; the trust admitted liability for negligent treatment but the claim for damages was precluded on the grounds of illegality.
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a substantial clinical negligence team that includes high-calibre barristers at all levels of seniority. It is well regarded for its work in the area and its contributions to the development of the law. Members handle individuals claims, group actions and inquests on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Their instructions concern a vast array of matters including brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations, secondary victim claims and fatalities. They are adept at dealing with experts, analysing complex medical evidence, establishing liability and assessing quantum. Interviewees hail the set’s “huge choice of clinical negligence barristers” and “range of experts.”
The Legal 500, 2020

Members of the ‘excellent’ Serjeants’ Inn Chambers are ‘leaders in the field’ and can provide barristers ‘for all values of claims’. The set is ‘at the top of its game’ with ‘great counsel’ at a silk level – Angus Moon QC and John de Bono QC – and ‘notable juniors’ such as Ranald Davidson and Neil Davy. In resolving claims they are ‘very forward thinking and innovative’ and ‘client care is at the heart of what they do’. Cases include claims of utmost severity and medical complexity.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is roundly admired in the field of clinical negligence litigation. It hosts a large number of barristers specialising in the area, who are retained by clients on both the claimant and defendant sides to handle the most difficult and complex of claims. These relate to the full panoply of medical law matters, from catastrophic brain and spinal injuries to plastic surgery. Members routinely appear in multiparty actions, judicial reviews and disciplinary proceedings. Instructing solicitors appreciate the set’s depth of expertise and “collaborative approach to cases.”
Chambers and Partners, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a ‘pre-eminent clinical negligence set’ and the ‘the place to go to’ with high-value matters and complex and cutting-edge cases. For example, Angus Moon QC appeared in the test case of Henderson v Dorset Healthcare, and John de Bono QC acts for the six law firms representing over 800 individuals in the Myles Bradbury abuse claims.
The Legal 500, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn receives praise for the excellence of its members and for the in-depth knowledge they bring to bear. Individuals here are greatly experienced in all areas of clinical negligence law and tackle cases of maximum value and complexity. Matters handled include claims relating to cerebral palsy, brain damage and spinal cord injury, amongst others. The set’s talented silks and juniors are also regularly instructed in judicial reviews and multiparty actions, and further undertake medical disciplinary cases. Over the years, they have been involved in a number of law-changing cases including Sidaway and Chester v Afshar.
Chambers and Partners, 2017

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a very professional set with a modern outlook’, providing ‘many skilled counsel with a wealth of knowledge on clinical negligence law’. Members undertook several high- profile cerebral palsy cases in 2015, and the clinical negligence practice is complemented by chambers’ inquests and professional discipline expertise.
The Legal 500, 2017

“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 Chambers retains its reputation as a leading set for health and welfare matters, and is routinely instructed in leading cases in the Court of Protection as well as the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The team offers considerable expertise in complex medical treatment disputes, including the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, as well as cases concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations and deprivation of liberty challenges. The set’s strong bench of barristers is regularly called upon to act on behalf of vulnerable individuals and their families, the Official Solicitor and several NHS trusts. Instructing solicitors report that the set is “always the first port of call for complex and high-profile cases.”
Chambers and Partners, 2021

Serjeants’ Inn ‘If we need top-notch people we go to them’, said one client of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers due to it being the ‘top set for health and welfare CoP work with its number of really strong advocates who work remarkably well as a team.’ It is an ‘exceptional team and the choice is so good that you can make decisions on who to instruct as nuanced as to how someone might argue a particular point.’ Michael Mylonas QC was instructed by Welsh Health in Welsh Health v AB – Serious Medical Treatment/Force-feeding which related to a 50-year-old man with autistic spectrum disorder who, after killing his father, attempted to starve himself. The case centred on the man lacking capacity and an application to obtain an order that he should be force-fed. This year sees Bridget Dolan QC reach the summit of the silk rankings, while there were also worthy promotions for Nageena Khalique QC and Emma Sutton, amongst others, and new rankings for Amy Street and David Lawson.
The Legal 500, 2021

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a leading Court of Protection set, housing extensive experience in health and welfare matters. Areas of particular strength for the team include cases involving the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, deprivation of liberty and the capacity to consent to sexual relations. Members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of individuals and their families, NHS trusts and the Official Solicitor. Recent work for the set includes Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group v FC and TC ,a complex withdrawal of life-sustaining nutrition and hydration matter concerning a person in PVS, and Welsh Ministers v PJ, a case concerning mental health and human rights heard in the Supreme Court. Instructing solicitors praise the set as a “very impressive outfit” and “a leading set for healthcare matters.”
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers provides expertise in a wide range of health and welfare matters, housing a strong bench of barristers experienced in the handling of complex and high-profile cases involving serious medical treatment and healthcare. Members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of clients including NHS trusts, incapable individuals and their families, and the Official Solicitor. Several of the set’s tenants recently appeared in the highly publicised case surrounding Alfie Evans, a 21-month-old child with advanced neurodegenerative brain disease, whose parents opposed the doctors’ decision to discontinue ventilation. Instructing solicitors praise the chambers as “the first-choice set for difficult cases concerning medical treatment,” adding that “the up-to-date and extensive knowledge the set possesses in this area is a huge asset they can bring to these sorts of cases.”
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘a leading set for Court of Protection work in England and Wales. It has real strength in depth particularly having added a number of members over the last year or so’. Michael Mylonas QC acted in the highly publicised case of Alfie Evans, which concerned the withdrawal of treatment to the 21-month-old child with advanced neurodegenerative brain disease. The set’s members are also skilled in property and affairs matters, as well as receiving a steady flow of instructions from the private client market. Chambers is considered ‘a supremely efficient operation that is filled with stellar people who are a delight to work with’. Christopher Johnston QC acted for the Official Solicitor who was representing the patient’s interests in a case where permission was obtained to withdraw feeding from a woman with irreversible brain damage.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers offers a strong, reliable and comprehensive service in this area. Practitioners are regularly involved in complex and high-profile medical and healthcare cases. They are instructed by a range of clients, such as NHS trusts, the Official Solicitor and private individuals. Sources say: “They are a standout set for this work; one of the first ports of call.” Recent work highlights include the high-profile case, Great Ormond Street Hospital v Gard, concerning whether a six-month-old baby, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, should have his treatment terminated.
Chambers and Partners, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘excellent’ for Court of Protection work, with ‘a large number of high-quality individuals who complete complex work effectively, efficiently and often with very short notice’. The set has managed to diversity its CoP practice into property and affairs work, as well as attract instructions from the private client market. Six members of chambers instructed in the high-profile Charlie Gard case (for the family at first instance and for Great Ormond Street throughout), while three appeared in the Alfie Evans case (for Alder Hey children’s hospital throughout and for the child’s guardian, once appointed). The recent arrival of Nageena Khalique QC and Emma Sutton from No5 Barristers Chambers has also strengthened the team.
The Legal 500, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn stands out as a top choice for complex medical and healthcare cases, and has a very impressive track record of handling the leading and most publicised cases in the area. Recent highlights for the set include acting in Re MN, a significant case that concerned the provision of accommodation and a care package for a young man with cerebral palsy. The chambers is instructed by a wide range of clients, such as the Official Solicitor, NHS trusts and individuals, and solicitors say: “They’ve got some big hitters there.” One commentator stated: “It is the strongest chambers for serious medical treatment cases in the Court of Protection in terms of the number of experienced counsel and the amount of work they undertake.”
Chambers and Partners, 2017

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a go-to chambers with excellent strength in depth’. Members are consistently at the forefront of the most significant cases, including five members’ involvement in the highly publicised case of Great Ormond Street Hospital v Gard. In other work, Fiona Paterson acted for the clinical commissioning group in N v ACCG and others, concerning the provision of accommodation and care for a man with cerebral palsy.
The Legal 500, 2017

“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 is recognised for having “a really strong group of barristers who cover a wide range of work” in the field. Its members have extensive experience handling inquests as well as high-profile public inquiries. Members are frequently instructed by the police, the NHS and other public bodies. Recent work includes involvement in the inquests into the Guildford Pub Bombings and the Shoreham Airshow Crash. Instructing solicitors note: “The barristers are excellent – very knowledgeable, fantastic advocates and very good with clients.”
Chambers and Partners, 2021

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a go-to chambers for its range of experienced and impressive counsel’. ‘The great group of clerks provides top-draw service at all times’, while ‘senior clerk Lee Johnson is eminently sensible and reasonable, and always willing to discuss brief fees’. In addition to Bridget Dolan QC’s extensive inquest practice, she is often appointed as counsel to the judge or coroner in high-profile inquests. Debra Powell QC is acting for the National Police Chiefs Council in the internet strand of the wide-ranging Public Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse. Cecily White is acting for the National Police Chiefs’ Council in the undercover policing public inquiry. Also of note, Jamie Mathieson is a rising star of the junior Bar.
The Legal 500, 2021

Routinely instructed in high-profile and controversial inquests and public inquiries by a diverse client base. The chambers is sought after by police forces and officers, earning it the accolade of “the best set for police work in the country,” in the opinion of one solicitor. Alongside its leading police practice, practitioners from the set take on sensitive and complex instructions as counsel to the inquest, and handle public law challenges to coroner’s decisions. They also represent NHS trusts, medical professionals, government departments and bereaved families in medical and prison inquests. Most notably, the set’s barristers have been involved in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Alexander Perepilichnyy and the third Deepcut inquests, the Infected Blood Inquiry and several strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. According to one source, “Serjeants’ Inn delivers the highest standards and its barristers are meticulous and reliable.”
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a ‘top-flight set’ for inquests and inquiries work and is at the forefront in the police and medical sectors. John Beggs QC acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in the inquest into the death of Rashan Charles, who died in 2017 while being restrained by police after trying to swallow a package containing caffeine and paracetamol. Bridget Dolan QC was counsel to the inquest into the death of Geoff Gray in 2001, one of four Army privates to have died from gunshot wounds at Deepcut Barracks in a seven-year period. Members also frequently appear in judicial review proceedings arising from inquests.
The Legal 500, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers remains a go-to chambers for inquests and public inquiries, drawing praise from commentators who describe it as a “well-run, responsive, friendly and professional set.” Members are regularly involved in Article 2 inquests and have a particular specialism in cases involving issues of clinical negligence, police and regulatory law. The set is frequently instructed to appear on behalf of a wide range of core participants including healthcare professionals and NHS trusts, bereaved families and police forces, amongst others. Of late, several of the sets’ barristers have been involved in the high-profile second inquests into the deaths of soldiers at Deepcut Barracks, as well as the inquest into the death of Alexander Perepilichnyy and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘is an excellent set for inquest and Court of Protection work and is always willing to help achieve an appropriate outcome’. The set represents the police in high-profile inquests; John Beggs QC is instructed by Surrey police in a Deepcut inquest, and Sir Robert Francis QC is acting for the National Police Chiefs Council in relation to the undercover police inquiry. The team is also routinely requested to represent coroners when their decisions are challenged.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a good inquests team, consisting of expert silks and well-regarded juniors. Solicitors say the set has a “very good breadth of experience.” The set is especially strong in inquests arising out of healthcare and police conduct. Members also advise on public inquiries as well as civil and disciplinary proceedings following on from inquests. Its client base includes police forces, healthcare professionals, NHS trusts, bereaved families and other interested parties. Barristers here also routinely advise coroners and serve as counsel to inquests. Recently, the set has been prominent in the renewed inquests into the controversial deaths of young soldiers at the Deepcut army barracks in Surrey.
Chambers and Partners, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a ‘very polished set with a truly wonderful and well-deserved reputation for high-profile inquests such as Deepcut and Alexander Perepilichnyy. Members are equally adept at handling headline inquiries such as the Leveson Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
The Legal 500, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘one of the first ports of call’ for inquests and inquiries work, particularly relating to police law and clinical negligence. Solicitors are ‘confident that this set provides a plethora of knowledge, skill and experience, as well as reassurance that your matter will be dealt with professionally and with a service that is of the highest standard’.
The Legal 500, 2017

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers offers expertise in a broad range of public inquiries and inquests, and has a notable emphasis on those relating to the healthcare sector. Its members routinely represent bereaved families, healthcare professionals, NHS trusts, local authorities and other state agents in complex clinical negligence inquests, including proceedings invoking Article 2. The set is also well known for its adept representation of police officers in inquests. Recently, members have acted in the inquests into the death of 96 fans in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, as well as the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at the Deepcut Army Barracks in 1995.
Chambers and Partners, 2017

“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

A formidable bench of barristers adept at handling a broad range of issues on behalf of police forces throughout England and Wales. Members are entrusted with the defence of extremely high-stakes civil claims, including those concerning deaths involving the police. They have also been instructed in numerous inquests examining alleged investigatory failures in cases of homicide. Other significant areas of expertise include the policing of protests: members recently represented the Metropolitan Police in Baroness Jones’s judicial review challenging its Public Order Act powers in the context of the 2019 Extinction Rebellion protests. The barristers are also well versed in disciplinary matters involving police officers, as exemplified by their appearance for both sides in the high-profile misconduct proceedings brought against Simon Byrne, the former Chief Constable of Cheshire Police.
Chambers and Partners, 2021

The ‘excellent’ Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is viewed as ‘a first-class set’ for police law, housing ‘highly respected experts in this field’.
The Legal 500, 2021

An outstanding defendant police law chambers comprising a strong contingent of trial advocates who “excel in their knowledge of policing issues and their aptitude for complex matters.” Members defend police forces against civil claims in relation to false imprisonment, assault and discrimination. They also provide representation in inquests and high-profile public inquires. The set also offers experience in police disciplinary matters, attracting regular instruction from forces in complex misconduct proceedings, and the barristers are well equipped to resist judicial reviews challenging the exercise of police powers, in addition to those that arise from the decisions made in misconduct hearings. Members busy themselves with cases of the utmost prominence, including successfully defending the compensation claim brought by Michael Barrymore over his arrest in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock, as well as their important roles in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and IICSA. Sources add: “We use this chambers for the strength of its expertise, the breadth of available counsel at all levels of experience and the client care and service they provide.”
Client service: “An outstanding set of chambers whose clerking service is to be applauded. Without exception, the clerks are always very willing to assist, working under the expert guidance of the senior clerk, Mr Lee Johnson.” “Extremely good customer service from the clerks. They will go out of their way in order to assist and have been particularly helpful in lodging papers with the courts at the last minute.”
Chambers and Partners, 2020

A leading defendant police law set, Serjeants’ Inn draws widespread commendation from instructing solicitors and forces, and is regarded by some as “the best set dealing with police misconduct you can find.” The chambers houses particularly well-regarded trial advocates and its members are regularly instructed by forces in misconduct and employment matters. The barristers also represent forces in civil claims for negligence, assault, false imprisonment and human rights breaches, among other issues. They regularly act for clients at inquests and judicial reviews alongside the full scope of civil litigation. The set’s barristers are well seasoned in appellate advocacy and are frequently called upon to appear before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in matters of profound importance for the future of policing. Members continue to represent forces in the most high-profile public inquiries, with recent highlights including appearances by a number of counsel in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘an ever-growing police set with excellent juniors and nationally recognised silks’.
The Legal 500, 2019

One of the leading sets for police forces with “a strong and large team of barristers dealing with police work who can respond at short notice.” Barristers here regularly advise forces on claims for negligence, assault, false imprisonment and human rights breaches. Sources say: “They have a breadth of extremely good people and are able to combine intelligence with persuasive advocacy.” In addition to representing forces in civil claims, inquests, inquiries and judicial reviews, the members also act in misconduct and employment matters in the police law area, including issues relating to the obligation to record police conduct and refer it to the IPCC. Members have acted in a number of recent high-profile matters, including the Undercover Policing Inquiry, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the negligence claim that emerged out of the shooting of PC Rathband by Raoul Moat.
Chambers and Partners, 2018

An exceptional set that handles a wide range of police law matters such as discipline hearings, civil actions, restraining orders and judicial reviews, it is “an excellent resource for police work.” Members of the set also provide advice on operational matters, and have represented the police in the Hillsborough and Deepcut inquests as well as in several high-profile claims for wrongful arrest. One interviewee enthuses: “The barristers are tactically aware and alive to possibilities.”
Chambers and Partners, 2017

“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

Drawing on the set’s recognised strength in clinical negligence law, the barristers at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers offer considerable expertise in the handling of high-profile product liability claims involving defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Members are regularly instructed in large group actions and act for both claimants and defendants. Recent cases handled by the team include the representation of the claimants in the JJML Pelvic Organ Prolapse Litigation, a complex case involving the use of vaginal mesh to treat abdominal hernias.
Chambers and Partners, 2021

The ‘very well resourced and organised’ Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is instructed in class actions – predominantly in the medical devices and pharmaceutical field – primarily on the claimants’ side. Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight have been kept busy being instructed in various litigation proceedings in connection with metal-on-metal hips claims. Furthermore, Eloise Power is acting for claimants in the Oculentis litigation.
The Legal 500, 2021

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has notable experience in product liability litigation involving injury caused by pharma or medical devices. More recently, it has expanded its work into other areas, including white goods. Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight acted for claimants in the metal on metal hip litigation against manufacturer Zimmer Plc.
The Legal 500, 2020

Maintains a strong practice predominantly acting for claimants in product liability disputes. Members are particularly well equipped to handle cases involving defective medical devices or pharmaceutical products, drawing upon their renowned clinical negligence offering.
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a strong reputation as a set specialising in product liability cases, predominantly those involving claims of injury arising from malfunctioning or non-functioning medical and pharmaceutical products. Members are able to bring additional expertise in clinical negligence to bear in such cases. Barristers from the chambers have recently acted in prominent and widely reported matters, such as the cases involving metal-on-metal hip replacements and defective transvaginal meshes.
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘an astute set’ with ‘exceptionally intelligent’ barristers, who continue to act in many of the ‘metal-on-metal’ hip cases, and in matters involving large pharmaceutical companies, including Merck and Bayer. Members also have expertise outside the medical and pharmaceutical space in defective consumer product litigation.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a “very competitive” set in the product liability field that has members who appear mainly, though not exclusively, on behalf of claimants. The core of the set’s practice in this sector consists of claims concerning injury caused by medical or pharmaceutical products. This combines well with the set’s much-lauded reputation of handling clinical negligence claims and cases relating to the healthcare sector in general. Members here have recently been involved in the high-profile metal on metal hip and PIP breast implant litigation, and are noted for having developed extra expertise in defective consumer product litigation.
Chambers and Partners, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a very strong set’ with ‘approachable’ barristers, who have been involved in many of the metal-on-metal hip cases. Members also have expertise outside the medical and pharmaceutical space in defective consumer product litigation.
The Legal 500, 2018

Specialists in medical and pharmaceutical matters, members at Serjeants’ Inn are known for their skill at representing claimants on cases that straddle the line between clinical negligence and product liability. This year, the set can claim deep involvement in many of the ongoing group actions arising in regard to defective hip implants, as well as claims relating to a range of other medical devices. The set also has a growing focus on claims involving other kinds of consumer products and takes on an increasing amount of defendant work in this regard.
Chambers and Partners, 2017

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘really developing its expertise in product liability group actions, with an ever-increasing number of barristers arvelous in this area’. Members are involved in the Depuy and Zimmer hip disputes, for example.
The Legal 500, 2017

“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

A deep bench of barristers who are adept at handling an array of disciplinary matters involving doctors or the police. Members act for regulators in widely publicised and legally novel matters, and for individuals often facing career-ending allegations. In recent times the barristers have continued to appear in highly visible cases including those of the liver surgeon Simon Bramhall, Inspector Anthony Lumb, and Chief Constable Simon Byrne. Counsel exhibit additional strength in inquests and clinical negligence, which only goes to enhance their knowledge of regulatory practice in medicine and the police. Sources identify the set as “the go-to for healthcare matters.”
Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘A very strong and reputable set’, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘one of the premier sets for healthcare law and especially defence regulatory work’.
Legal 500, 2021

An extensive practice consisting of leading silks and juniors who are regularly trusted to represent the interests of regulators, individuals and forces in the medical profession and the police. The barristers lead the field in the prosecution and defence of the most serious charges against police officers, from rank and file to chief constable. They have recently acted in a number of legally important Court of Appeal cases in the area, were instructed by the Metropolitan Police in its proceedings against the officers who arrested Sean Rigg in 2008, and successfully defended the former Chief Constable of Cheshire against numerous allegations. Other members can boast an extraordinary track record of success in the representation of doctors and dentists accused of all manner of wrongdoing, including sexual misconduct, unethical research methods and dishonesty. Their expertise here is bolstered by chambers’ pedigree in the related areas of inquests and clinical negligence.
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Viewed as ‘a very strong set in the professional disciplinary arena’, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a prominent reputation for its members’ capabilities in the medical sector, as well as police law (see our Police law (defendant) section for more information and rankings). Recent instructions of note saw Anthony Haycroft represent a biomedical scientist before the Health and Care Professions Council over charges of incorrect labelling of blood samples, which had potential risks of causing harm to patients; he received a year-long conditions of practice order.
The Legal 500, 2020

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers houses an impressive range of silks and juniors who practise professional discipline law. It accepts instructions from both regulators and individuals, primarily in the healthcare and police sectors. Members handle disciplinary hearings, appeals, criminal trials and inquests as well as judicial reviews of disciplinary decisions. Their instructions pertain to a diverse array of misconduct allegations including sexual misdemeanours, deceit, dishonesty, bullying, fraud and breaches of ethical procedures. Sources say the set is “very professional” and “really well regarded.”
Chambers and Partners, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a strong team with an excellent reputation’. The set, which is notable for including several members with medical expertise prior to joining the Bar, has a strong offering across all the medical disciplines. Angus Moon QC successfully defended a doctor against the GMC’s appeal of his suspension for an affair with a patient. In the High Court, David Morris represented a doctor cleared by the MPT with regards to the relevant test for dishonesty in fitness to practice proceedings following the Supreme Court’s decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos, which replaced the previous Ghosh test with a simple objective one; the matter was remitted to tribunal. Also among the junior ranks, Ranald Davidson is instructed to represent a male paramedic accused of sexual misbehaviour when carrying out pre-fight checks on women in a ‘white-collar boxing’ competition.
The Legal 500, 2019

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is roundly acclaimed for its professional discipline work, particularly in the police and healthcare sectors. It has an impressive range of barristers, who regularly act for and against regulatory bodies such as the GMC, GDC and Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), amongst others. Recent cases handled by members include Dowson v GMC, a potentially significant case about the meaning of dishonesty, and Williams v PAT and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a judicial review which confirmed that the Salter principle is not restricted solely to cases of dishonesty. Sources remark that “the barristers are extremely knowledgeable and very approachable.”
Chambers and Partners, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers covers a range of work, principally regarding medical regulators, including tribunal hearings as well as judicial reviews in the higher courts. Sir Robert Francis QC represented Dr Waney Squier, a leading neuropathologist and critic of ‘shaken baby syndrome’, in a successful High Court challenge to her striking off by the GMC following alleged dishonest expert evidence in criminal trials.
The Legal 500, 2018

Outstanding set that continues to excel in the field of profession discipline, and has particular prominence in the healthcare sector. Market commentators consider Serjeants’ Inn Chambers to be “strong and skilled throughout,” housing an extensive selection of advocates who are experienced representatives of numerous professionals, from accountants, actuaries and architects, to solicitors, social workers and sportsmen. Interviewees explain that it is “reassuring to know that there is a set whose members have such a thorough understanding of professional regulation and such an ability to always get to the heart of a matter.”
Chambers and Partners, 2017

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a go-to set for professional discipline’, in which Sir Robert Francis QC represented Dr Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist and expert in shaken baby syndrome, who was found to have provided dishonest expert evidence, in a case subject to media interest due to the number of murder convictions based on the marvelous triad of symptoms.
The Legal 500, 2017

“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