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Atlantic Chambers members named among UK's legal leaders



 Legal 500 2014 - leading set          Legal 500 2014 - Leading Individual          Legal 500 2014 - Recommended Barrister

Atlantic Chambers has underlined its reputation for excellence across a range of disciplines with many of its set named in the latest Legal 500 list.

The list recognises the leading practitioners in their fields and is used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally.

The list's independent research identifies those lawyers who perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients, such as technical expertise and value for money.

The Legal 500 series, which has been published for more than 20 years, recommends a number of Atlantic Chambers members across a range of areas:

  • Regional Bar, Northern Circuit, Leading Set
  • Regional Bar, Northern Circuit, Leading Silks;
    • Crime: Stuart Driver QC: "Excellent attention to detail"
    • Employment: Simon Gorton QC: "Particularly well regarded for his whistleblowing and discrimination expertise"
    • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence: John Benson QC: "Experienced in high-value medical negligence claims"
    • Public Law: Anne Whyte QC: "Experienced in judicial reviews"
    • Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing: Anne Whyte QC: "Experienced in HSE proceedings and inquests"

In addition 14 barristers are listed in the Northern Circuit as "Leading Juniors" - a list of outstanding practitioners nationwide:

  • Crime: 
    • Lee Bonner: "Experienced in appeals and Crown Court cases"
  • Employment: 
    • David Tinkler: "Strong in education sector employment disputes"
  • Family and Children Law:
    • Andrew Banks: "Experienced in financial cases involving business and tax considerations"
    • Christine Johnson: "Experienced in children cases involving local authorities, guardians and parents"
    • Michael Sellars: "A children law specialist with an interest in care work"
  • Personal Injury and clinical negligence:
    • Ivan Woolfenden: Highly regarded for employer's liability and occupational disease claims"
    • Michael Armstrong: "He has experience in claims involving the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and the Motor Insurers' Bureau"
  • Property:
    • David Green: "Knowledgeable in all areas of real estate law, including landlord and tenant matters"
    • Lawrence McDonald: "He handles a broad spectrum of real estate cases, including landlord and tenant disputes"

Lee Cadwallader, head clerk at Atlantic Chambers, said "We have built on the success of previous years and 2014 has been another exceptional year for our set, which is going from strength to strength."

"Our QCs have continued to cement their reputations as some of the leading legal brains in the country and it is particularly pleasing that so many of our juniors have been recognised as 'outstanding' for their great work during the last 12 months.  It augurs well for Atlantic Chambers future."