Thirty Nine Essex Street

Bar top 30 position: 8

  • Overview

With chambers in London, Manchester and Singapore, Thirty Nine Essex Street is a well-established set with international reach that enjoys a strong reputation in commercial, planning and public law. Neil Block QC and Stephen Tromans QC are the joint heads of chambers, which boasts 40 QCs and 77 junior barristers. The set’s chief executive is David Barnes; Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan are the senior clerks. The arrival of 24 members from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square at the end of 2012 makes Thirty Nine Essex Street the largest London-based set by headcount.

Joint head of chambers Stephen Tromans QC is a leading barrister in environment, energy and planning law, with particular expertise in environmental and nuclear energy law. Nigel Pleming QC enjoys an outstanding reputation in environment law with an equally strong practice in public law. Eleanor Grey QC has forged an impressive reputation in the set’s public practice, with a focus on health-related issues.

Thirty Nine Essex Street’s other head of chambers, Neil Block QC, who took over after Robert Jay QC was appointed to the High Court, is one the leading silks at the Bar in personal injury and clinical negligence. The set’s personal injury and clinical negligence practice has a number of leading silks and juniors, including Susan Rodway QC and Christian Du Cann.

Thirty Nine Essex Street welcomed three new silks in 2013 with Hefin Rees QC, of the commercial and construction practices, and Richard Harwood QC and James Strachan QC of the environment and planning law practices.


39 Essex Street

Silks: 40
Juniors: 77
Heads of chambers: Neil Block QC and Stephen Tromans QC
Chief executive: David Barnes
Senior clerk: Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan