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Chambers’ Operations

“Crown Office Chambers houses ‘a wide breadth of counsel covering all aspects of insurance work’ from professional negligence to personal injury. It is also ‘first class for health and safety work’ and highly regarded for construction cases, where it continues to ‘make real inroads’. Some say that chambers is ‘a first port of call’ as ‘there is always a real expert available to advise you’. ‘The quality of the clerks is also a real point of difference and a major reason for choosing the set over others.’ With ‘a “can-do” mentality’, they are ‘ultra-responsive’, ‘great at introducing solicitors to barristers’, and adopt a ‘refreshing’ and ‘creative’ approach to fees. Leading the clerks’ room is Andy Flanagan, who is ‘a delight to work with’ and ‘proactive in ensuring that chambers meets solicitors’ needs’. ‘His team operates in specialist units, which means that each understands the requirements of the particular practice area.’ Names to note include senior clinical negligence and personal injury clerk James Wilkinson, who is ‘always accommodating’ and recently joined from Old Square Chambers; senior commercial, construction and energy clerk Chris Sunderland, who is ‘client-focused’ and ‘one of the go-to construction clerks in London’; senior criminal regulatory and environmental clerk Toby Sparrow, who is ‘very supportive’ and ‘extremely organised’; and senior insurance and professional liability clerk Steve Purse, who is ‘a modern clerk’ and ‘will always try to go the extra mile’.”


Our approach is flexible and friendly. The clerks’ team is willing to discuss any aspect of Chambers’ procedure and fee charging in an effort to accommodate individual requirements. We recognise that different kinds of legal business require different qualities, and will seek to match counsel both on expertise and personality.

Because we are not a law firm but a collection of independent practitioners, different members of chambers often represent opposing parties in the same dispute, while another member may be the mediator, arbitrator or construction adjudicator. In such circumstances, chambers puts in place appropriate information barriers in order to protect the confidentiality and individual interests of each party. Our systems for maintaining confidentiality are tested and effective.

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