Legal 500, 2022: 13 members of chambers ranked

September 30, 2021

We are delighted that 13 members of chambers have been included in Legal 500 2022. 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.

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Band 1

Francis Hoar

Children law (including public and private law)

Band 5

Barry McAlinden – ‘Barry has the rare ability to really think through all scenarios in a fact finding, and to drill down to what really happened and why people acted as they did.’

Ami Bartholomew – ‘A very strong and robust advocate. She is hugely experienced and knows all there is to know about private children law. Clients love her as she knows her instructions inside out, has great bedside manner and is fearless in the court room.’

Matthew Stott – ‘Extremely organised and approachable. He represents lay clients to a high standard and his legal knowledge is remarkable.’

Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

Band 4

Christopher Stirling‘A junior with a brilliant grasp of complex areas of family law. He always gets to the nub of the issue, and provides balanced, reasoned advice.’

Inquests and Inquiries

Band 4

Nikolas Clarke – ‘Excellent client care and very reassuring manner when the case gets tricky; kept instructing solicitors updated throughout an inquest and well liked by lay clients.’

Local Government (including rating law)

Band 2

Genevieve Screeche-Powell – ‘She is very approachable, understanding, tells you how it is and what to do. Genevieve finds a solution to the problem.’

Media and entertainment

Band 4

John Critchley – ‘John provides critical advice on tactics and arguments which prove instrumental in the success of his cases.’

Social housing

Band 3 Set

The ‘generally excellent’ housing team at Field Court Chambers provides advice and representation predominantly to local authorities, housing associations, registered social landlords and to individuals in courts. In the Court of Appeal case of Jarvis v Evans and another (Shelter Cymru intervening) Christopher McCarthy acted successfully for the tenants; the case concerned if “notice to terminate a tenancy” under the Welsh legislation included notice served under Section 8, Housing Act 1988 and whether a notice served in breach of section 7 of the Housing (Wales) Act invalidated the notice.

‘The chambers are friendly and approachable.’

Band 2

Clare Cullen – ‘An excellent barrister with an eye to detail. Thorough and confident.

Band 3

Adrian Davis – ‘He is extremely approachable and helpful when asked to provide advice and takes the time to go through any issues I have with the case.’

Band 4

Emma Godfrey – ‘She is an excellent advocate and very knowledgeable.’

Alexander Campbell – ‘Alexander is very professional and thorough. He is good at finding solutions to problems and is pragmatic.’

Christopher McCarthy – ‘Brilliant – he pays attention to detail and is approachable and knowledgable; he is passionate about social housing.’