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Crown Office Chambers to welcome three new tenants

Crown Office Chambers is delighted to announce that Bradley John-Davis, Sophie Ashford and William Lacey have been offered tenancy and will join Chambers as tenants in October on successful completion of pupillage.

Bradley John-Davis

Bradley accepts instructions across all of Chambers’ core areas of practice, with a particular interest in insurance and reinsurance, construction, commercial matters, professional negligence, property damage, and personal injury.

Bradley holds a first-class degree from Merton College, Oxford, in Modern Languages & Literature (French & Spanish). He achieved a distinction at GDL and Outstanding in the Bar Course, for which he was also awarded a Queen Mother Scholarship by Middle Temple. He completed an LLM alongside the Bar Course and was given a distinction for his dissertation on contractual construction.

Prior to converting to law, Bradley spent 15 years working in commercial and operations roles in the travel and tourism industry. He specialised in setting up and running operations offices for multinational tour operators across Africa and Latin America. His last role before commencing pupillage involved the restoration and marketing of an ancient trail dissecting the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Sophie Ashford

Sophie is developing a broad practice across the span of Chambers’ core areas, with an emphasis on insurance, professional negligence, commercial disputes, property damage, inquests and inquiries, criminal regulatory and personal injury.

Before coming to the Bar, Sophie qualified as a solicitor having completed her training contract at White & Case in the London and Singapore offices. She then worked as the judicial assistant to Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the King’s Bench Division, in the Court of Appeal.

Sophie read History at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a First Class degree. She then completed the GDL and LPC at BPP University, gaining distinctions in both.

William Lacey

William accepts instructions across Chambers’ core areas of practice, with an emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional liability, commercial disputes, property damage, inquests and inquiries, and personal injury.

William read music at King’s College, Cambridge, taking a First Class degree. He later obtained a Distinction on the GDL and an Outstanding on the Bar Course. He was a Lord Brougham and Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and a Senior Advocacy Scholar at the University of Law. During his law studies he also gained considerable tribunal advocacy experience as a volunteer for IPSEA, a charity which helps people to appeal Local Authority decisions concerning SEND provision.

Prior to coming to the Bar, William spent 25 years as an international orchestral conductor. He worked with orchestras from Tromsø to Tel Aviv and from Honolulu to Hong Kong. He conducted almost 60 operas in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Houston, New York, Barcelona, Paris, Leipzig, Stockholm and Moscow.


For more information on Bradley, Sophie or William please contact the clerking team on +44 (0)20 7797 8100 or at

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