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Gavin Millar QC joins Matrix from Doughty Street Chambers
Posted 03 December 2014

Matrix Chambers hires Gavin Millar QC from Doughty Street Chambers to add to its media, employment and sports law expertise. Gavin is recognised in the Chambers UK Bar guide for his experience in the defamation and employment sections. Read more here.

Former Senior Costs judge joins Thirty Nine Essex Street as arbitrator and mediator
Posted 24 November 2014 

Peter Hurst, who served as Senior Costs judge from 1992 to his retirement in 2014, has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street as an arbitrator and mediator, further bolstering the set's well-regarded costs litigation practice, which is ranked in Chambers UK: The Bar 2015. Read more here.

Dominic Nolan QC joins Hailsham Chambers
Posted 24 November 2014 

Dominic Nolan QC, the former head of Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham, will join Hailsham Chambers in January 2015. Nolan is ranked in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury chapters of 2015 edition of the Chambers UK Bar Guide. Read more here.

Cooklin swaps 3VB for Littleton
Posted 12 November 2014 

Employment and Commercial set Littleton Chambers is to welcome Paul Cooklin, previously at 3 Verulam Buildings, as its new head of clerking. Read more here.

4 New Square adds arbitration expert
Posted 12 November 2014 

Nicholas Fletcher QC is set to join the bar, moving to 4 New Square from law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Fletcher is recognised by Chambers UK for his International Arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Ben Olbourne swaps 20 Essex Street for Thirty Nine Essex Street
Posted 11 November 2014

Barrister Ben Olbourne has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street's Maxwell Chambers from the Singapore office of 20 Essex Street. Chambers Asia recognises Olbourne for his Arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Chambers UK Bar

The practice of law in the United Kingdom is divided between solicitors and barristers. Solicitors have traditionally been the client's first point of contact. They act as the client's representative before the law and conduct litigation on their behalf, undertaking tasks such as gathering evidence through the taking of witness statements, corresponding with the other side's legal representatives and making applications to the court. Barristers are specialist advocates and advisers. They draft legal pleadings, give expert opinions on the legal aspects of a case, and provide expert advocacy in the courtroom. The majority of barristers are self-employed individuals who band together into individual sets of chambers in order to share the burden of administrative costs.

Chambers UK Bar covers barristers working on all six circuits of the Bar of England and Wales. These are the South Eastern Circuit (which takes in London), the Western Circuit, the Midlands Circuit, the Wales and Chester Circuit, the Northern Circuit and the North Eastern Circuit. Although Scotland is a separate jurisdiction, the guide also ranks advocates who appear before the Scottish courts.

Areas of Law We cover over 60 areas of law including commercial litigation, chancery, crime, family and employment. Barristers from the UK also handle a good deal of work overseas. To reflect this we have tables covering International Arbitration and Offshore work.

Date of Publication Chambers UK Bar is published annually in October. The ranking tables and commentary, therefore, are fixed at the date of publication for the following 12 months. However, factual information such as mergers or lawyer-moves is kept up to date on the website throughout the year.

The Bar at a Glance

Here you can see comparisons and overviews of the highest performing UK sets and barristers over the past year, as determined by our UK Bar research and ranking process.