One Crown Office Row

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  • Overview

A leading set in healthcare, professional negligence and human rights, One Crown Office Row is made up of 23 London-based silks and 89 juniors, with almost half of the set located in Brighton. Philip Havers QC is head of chambers, while Bob Wilson and Matthew Phipps are chambers director and senior clerk respectively.

Philip Havers is a leading silk in his specialist fields, notably health, public law and human rights law. The set runs a highly acclaimed UK Human Rights blog ( and free human rights update service containing more than 1,000 summaries and commentaries on civil, domestic and European cases.

The chambers' personal injury and clinical negligence practices boast a number of high-profile silks. James Badenoch QC has more than 25 years of clinical negligence experience. Paul Rees QC enjoys a strong practice in both his clinical negligence and personal injury practices, while Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC specialises in catastrophic injury claims.

Kieran Coonan QC has a formidable reputation in the field of professional and clinical negligence with appearances in the Crown Court,Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the House of Lords. Robert Seabrook QC enjoys a similar standing in his practices, with his focus in recent years on clinical negligence and medical disciplinary work. Notable juniors include Robert Kellar, Jeremy Hyam and Shaheen Rahman.

Christina Lambert QC was appointed as Lead Counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests, with Matthew Hill as Junior Counsel. The original inquests into the deaths of 96 men, women and children returned verdicts of accidental death. Following the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, those verdicts were overturned and new inquests were ordered. 

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1 Crown Office Row

Silks: 23
Juniors: 89
Head of chambers: Philip Havers QC
Chambers director: Bob Wilson
Senior clerk: Matthew Phipps