Last week we proudly announced our inclusion in the Legal 500 where we featured as a Tier 2 Chambers on the Western Circuit. We would also like to congratulate the 12 individuals from 5 of Queen Square Chambers’ specialist teams who are recommended in this year’s edition.
Queen Square Chambers is home to Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager, both of whom represent claimants across a range of clinical negligence instructions including surgical negligence, primary care failures, and failure to provide alternative treatment. Lewis recently represented a claimant who alleged that negligent administration of anaesthetics left her with feeling during a c-section procedure, which continued despite her crying in pain, and for which the anaesthetic and surgical notes contradicted each other. Former head of chambers Christopher Taylor was appointed a District judge in 2018.
Joanna Lewis – ‘ Builds rapport with clients and fights their corner where necessary. ’
Lauren Seager – ‘ Recommended for a variety of claimant matters. ’
Queen Square Chambers provides expertise in all areas of criminal law, for both prosecutors and defence solicitors. Fraud remains a key area of work for the set, with Charles Row and James Tucker prosecuting in carbon credit fraud case. Robin Shellard prosecuted a man for historic sexual offences against three stepdaughters.
Charles Row – ‘ He is able to connect with the jury even in the most difficult of cases. ’
Robin Shellard – ‘ An excellent all-round barrister. ’
David Maunder – ‘ A skilled and effective communicator, both in and out of court. ’
James Tucker – ‘ Particularly recommended for fraud or drug-related cases.’
Members of Queen Square Chambers are instructed on behalf of both respondents and defendants at both first-instance and appellate stages. Particular areas of expertise include disability discrimination and constructive dismissal. James Bromige represented the respondent school in a multi-faceted claim by a former teacher, who accused the trust of religious discrimination, constructive dismissal, and protected disclosure detriments, where the claimant is alleged to have bullied and misgendered a transgender student.
James Bromige – ‘ Very Thorough and an excellent advocate. ’
Mark Williams – ‘ Acts for claimants and respondents in a wide range of employment cases. ’
Mike Blitz – ‘ Very bright and easily deals with complex and sensitive issues.’
Family and Children Law
Care specialist Richard Carron is the key name in family law at Queen Square Chambers, with a practice including vulnerable parents and non-accidental injuries. Ian Halliday has also appeared in several complex care cases recently, in addition to private law and financial remedy instructions.
Ian Halliday – ‘ Active in a wide range of family law work. ’
Richard Carron – ‘ Particularly active in non-accidental injury cases. ’
Following the departure of former head of chambers Christopher Taylor to sit as a district judge, Joanna Lewis and Lauren Seager are now the key practitioners for personal injury work at Queen Square Chambers. The set’s members are predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants, with employer’s liability claims a particular area of specialism for chambers.
Joanna Lewis – ‘ Pragmatic and well prepared. ’
Lauren Seager – ‘ Highly experienced in a wide range of claimant personal injury matters. ’
Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing
Oliver Willmott is the key figure for regulatory and health and safety cases at Queen Square Chambers and is particularly experienced in maritime cases, as well as regulatory prosecutions involving the Water Industry Act. Wilmott was recently instructed in a private prosecution of a metal plating company by Severn Trent Water, following allegations that the company had discharged trade effluent which exceeded legal limits.
Oliver Wilmott – ‘ He has an excellent command of the facts and exercises great judgement when advising clients. ’