Hot 100 Barristers 2018

Toby Landau QC, Essex Court Chambers

Landau QC, Toby – Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers’ Toby Landau QC is an exemplar of the world-class lawyers the UK exports to the global market. He not only appears for multinational corporations before the UK courts in landmark litigation cases, but also runs an internationally renowned arbitration practice. In 2017 he secured an important arbitration-related decision in the Supreme Court […]

Sonia Tolaney QC, One Essex Court

Tolaney QC, Sonia – One Essex Court

Sonia Tolaney QC is one of the Bar’s most celebrated silks. She was previously recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for appearing on the winning side in two of the most significant cases of 2009. She represented Centrica in its £182m claim against consultancy Accenture and Nationwide Building Society in its bank charges case against […]

Victoria Wakefield, Brick Court Chambers

Wakefield, Victoria – Brick Court Chambers

Newly returned from maternity leave in 2017, Victoria Wakefield was one of the most active barristers in court in the second half of the year. The highlights were certainly the two Supreme Court cases where she was making submissions in her own right despite being led as a junior. The first was R (on the […]

Judith Ayling 39 Essex Court

Ayling, Judith – 39 Essex Chambers

Judith Ayling came to the law late after a successful career in publishing. She has since made a name for herself in the world of personal injury and clinical negligence. A full schedule in 2017 saw her as the junior representing Ian Paterson, a breast cancer surgeon sued over claims of botched mastectomies. This was […]

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Jones QC, Sean – 11KBW

Outside the courtroom 11KBW employment and sports silk Sean Jones QC is one of the legal world’s most eminent Twitterati. Inside, he worked on a series of landmark cases in what was a challenging year. In one of his biggest successes (acting alongside barrister Amy Rogers, also of 11KBW), Jones won a landmark Supreme Court […]

Nathaniel Bird 3 Verulam Buildings

Bird, Nathaniel – 3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings junior barrister Nathaniel Bird gains a prime spot in this year’s Hot 100 for the number of high-profile instructions he has taken on since he joined as a pupil. In 2016, he was instructed alongside Mark Howard QC at Brick Court Chambers in the £2.3bn dispute between Terra Firma and Citibank. He […]

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Gallagher QC, Caoilfhionn – Doughty Street Chambers

hot  Last year was a phenomenal one for Caoilfhionn Gallagher, a junior silk at Doughty Street Chambers. There simply isn’t space here to list all her achievements, but they include acting on a number of public law cases that changed the course of the law and earned her the title of QC. In 2017 she […]

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

Monaghan QC, Karon – Matrix

Matrix Chambers’ Karon Monaghan QC had a career-defining 2017. Her first standout case was for major client Unison against the Government in its four-year battle over Employment Tribunal fees.  Having witnessed a 70 per cent drop in the average number of claims since the fees were introduced in 2013 Monaghan and her team at Matrix, […]

Bankim Thanki QC, Fountain Court

Thanki QC, Bankim – Fountain Court Chambers

If there’s a big case going on, the chances are Bankim Thanki QC is on it. Thanki has acted for some of the highest-profile commercial clients at the Bar including Barclays, BP, Deloitte, RBS and Rolls-Royce during his career that spans nearly 30 years. Thanki acted for the Bank of England in the Three Rivers […]

Adrian Beltrami QC 3 Verulam Buildings

Beltrami QC, Adrian – 3 Verulam Buildings

Suing financial institutions has become big business, with a small cadre of firms specialising in taking on the big banking beasts. They will often find themselves up against 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) Adrian Beltrami QC, who has defended banks on many of the biggest finance cases in the UK courts. Bank jobs Last year these […]

Richard Millett QC, Essex Court Chambers

Millett QC, Richard – Essex Court Chambers

Richard Millett QC will take on one of the most difficult matters of 2018 when he acts as leading counsel in the independent inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower. The chairman of the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, approached Millett to take on the position because of his previous handling of complex litigation. Millett has […]

Katharine Newton, Old Square Chambers

Newton, Katharine – Old Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers barrister Katharine Newton has a growing reputation in important employment and whistleblowing claims. Among the numerous matters she handled in 2017, Newton was instructed to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of the Football Association into allegations of race discrimination and bullying. The case was brought by Eni Aluko against Mark Sampson, […]