Chambers and Partners, 2024: 10 members of chambers ranked

19 October 2023

We are delighted that 10 members of chambers have been included in Chambers and Partners 2024. Additionally, we continue to be ranked as a set for our social housing law team. Thank you to all our clients for your support during the year and particular thanks to everyone who gave feedback on our barristers.

Social housing

Band 3 Set

“Field Court Chambers continues to boast a well-respected team with a notable presence in the social housing sector. Members represent tenants, housing associations, local authorities and other landlords in cases such as homelessness appeals, possession proceedings and disrepair claims. The barristers continue to act in a wide range of cases which involve human rights considerations.”

A source comments: "Field Court Chambers barristers are excellent in the way they research and thoroughly prepare and deal with complex matters." Another interviewee enthuses: "The barristers provided detailed and quick advice at each step." A recent work highlight for the set is Abdikadir v London Borough of Ealing, a case concerning the suitability of homelessness accommodation offered outside the area.

Band 3

Clare Cullen – "Clare Cullen is an excellent advocate with a very high level of knowledge and expertise. She is always my first port of call to instruct in complex cases."

"Clare Cullen is forthright and concise in her legal advice, providing effective representation for clients."

"Clare Cullen has brilliant case foresight, is a clear and strong advocate and you feel confident that the client is getting the best result possible."

Emma Godfrey – "Emma Godfrey is a formidable barrister."

"Emma Godfrey is brilliant."

Sarah McKeown – "Sarah McKeown is stoic and thorough. Her pleadings are always measured and effective."

"Sarah McKeown is very experienced and practical."

"Sarah McKeown works well with clients and her instructing solicitors so that cases are always ready for trial. Sarah is a tenacious advocate whose submissions cut to the point and are key to success at trial."

Band 4

Genevieve Screeche-Powell – "Genevieve Screeche-Powell has an excellent understanding of housing matters. She is very personable and supportive to those instructing her and she has a good rapport with clients."

"Genevieve Screeche-Powell responds promptly and knowledgeably to enquiries and is very accommodating."

Administrative & public law

Band 4

Francis Hoar – "Francis is intellectual and strategically strong."

Community care

Band 2

Hilton Harrop-Griffiths – "Hilton provides clear and concise advice."

"He is a highly effective and incisive counsel."

"He often comes up with creative solutions to legal problems."

Band 3

Joshua Swirsky – "Joshua really understands the complexities and is able to explain it in a straightforward way. He is approachable."

“Joshua is able to grasp the legal issues in complex cases quickly. He is able to break down complex legal issues and provide clear, concise and comprehensive legal advice.”

Court of Protection: Health & welfare

Band 4

Christine Cooper – “Christine puts forward the client's position in a clear, forthright and effective manner."

"Christine provides exceptional service to ensure the best outcome for the client."

Election law

Band 1

Francis Hoar – "Francis is highly imaginative and persistent in his arguments and committed to clients."

"He is a brave advocate who is very good on strategy."

Inquests & public inquiries

Band 4

Nikolas Clarke  - "Nikolas was supportive and clear on the process and what needed to be done, but also was really mindful of the wider corporate issues for us and what we needed to address."

"He knows what coroners will expect, he is able to anticipate the questions that will be raised, he knows the mindset and what the coroner will need to know."

"He is attentive and gave clear advice. He is very knowledgeable."

Real estate litigation

Band 5

Max Thorowgood