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Top-tier civil law set of chambers recognised for our exemplary client service, depth and breadth of experience in our specialist areas and the outstanding quality of our counsel.

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16 Jun 21

Jason Beer QC and Catriona Hodge appointed Counsel to the Inquiry in new public inquiry

On 19th May 2021 the Government announced that with effect from 1st June 2021 the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry would be a statutory inquiry held under the provisions of the Inquiries Act 2005.  The Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Wyn Williams, has appointed Jason Beer QC as Leading Counsel to the Inquiry, assisted by Julian Blake (of 11KBW), and Catriona Hodge.

18 Jun 21

Clerking Team Leader Paul Read Retires

After 7 great years with Chambers and a clerking career spanning 5 decades, Paul Read has made the decision that the time is right to retire.

14 Jun 21

Jermaine Baker Inquiry – begins evidence

The Chairman of the Jermaine Baker Inquiry, HH Clement Goldstone QC, will today commence evidence hearings which will last until August 2021. 

Aaron Moss is instructed as junior counsel to the Inquiry and Claire Palmer is instructed by the Home Office.