Legal 500



Atlantic Chambers has once again underlined its reputation for excellence across a range of disciplines with many named in the 2021 edition:

Clinical Negligence Leading Silks

John Benson QC - 'John is an excellent all rounder, he is personable with clients concise and clear thinking, as well as being reliable under pressure and flexible when needed.  He can consume complex matters and break them down in to digestible issues which is invaluable for creating a winning case plan.'

Clinical Negligence Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Francis  'Elizabeth is uniquely analytical, a sharp mind that never seems to stop thinking.'

Atlantic Chambers' clinical negligence team deals solely in matters on behalf of claimants, 'Excellent all-rounder' John Benson QC heads the team who deals with all manner of cases ranging from incorrect or delayed diagnosis, gynaecological matters, obstetric, midwifery and neonatal issues, dental negligence. Elizabeth Francis is also a name to note in Chambers due to her 'sharp mind'.  Mediations of clinical negligence disputes is a growing feature of the set's work.

Company and Insolvency Leading Juniors

Graham Sellers  'Excellent advocacy skills. Quickly offers clients commercial and pragmatic solutions when difficulties arise. Always available to discuss cases and always takes an interest in the case throughout the litigation.'

In Liverpool, Atlantic Chambers' Chancery & Commercial team is headed by David Green,  The group has a broad range of specialities including personal and corporate insolvency, as well as company and partnership law.  Graham Sellers is a go-to for insolvency-related instructions.


Employment Leading Silks

Simon Gorton QC  'His subject knowledge is a given but where he makes the biggest difference is with his tactical awareness and cross examination skills.  His focus on the claims and issues is relentless and he makes the most complex issues seem straight forward.'

'Professional and approachable' set Atlantic Chambers includes the 'down to earth and approachable' Simon Gorton QC, whose employment practice includes both tribunal cases and court appeals, including to the very highest levels, with a focus of late on whistle-blowing cases.  Instructing solicitors praise him for his 'ability to explain complex legal situations simply which my clients find very helpful' and his, 'superb advocacy, Simon is a very good advocate and retains composure and charm during difficult lengthy cases.'


Child Law (Public and Private) Leading Juniors

Christine Johnson  'Christine is a tenacious advocate.  She focuses on the primary issues in the case and works hard to not allow others to be distracted by peripheral matters.  Christine approaches cases with kindness and compassion whilst still getting the job done.'

Divorce and Financial Remedy Leading Juniors

Andrew Banks 'Mr Banks has an in depth knowledge of all financial issues.  He shows great attention to detail and is always well prepared for hearings.  Mr Banks relates well to clients and puts them at their ease whilst gaining their trust and confidence.  Mr Banks is a first-rate counsel who is approachable and helpful both to the client and those instructing him.'

The team at Atlantic Chambers offers expertise in all areas of family law, from private to public and financial matters, and provides an 'excellent service' to its clients.  Michael Sellars is well-known for care matters and is a go-to for local authorities, although he is also instructed in behalf of children by their guardians.  Other names to note are Andrew Banks who provides a 'down to earth' approach to clients in financial remedy cases, while Christine Johnson is 'easy to work with' and a 'confident advocate' in child law work involving local authorities, guardians and parents.


Personal Injury Leading Juniors

Michael Armstrong  'Michael is an excellent barrister.  He grasps complex issues and always ensures that cases are advanced professionally and proactively.'

Andrew Pickering  'Utilises his vast knowledge of all areas of PI work to obtain the best possible result for his clients.'

Personal Injury is a major area of work for members of Atlantic Chambers.  Barristers are skilled in acting in road traffic accidents and associated credit hire claims, employer' liability, public liability and industrial disease, as well as clinical negligence.  Described by one client as 'an excellent all-rounder' John Benson QC is a key member at the set, as is the 'excellent' Michael Armstrong who solicitors say is 'a great advocate, and has a commendable work ethic, always reliable with papers.  He is very good with any client from the most demanding to those needing the most support'.  Andrew Pickering is another name to note as he is able to 'utilise his vast knowledge of all areas of PI work to obtain the best possible result for his clients'.