Sarah enjoys a busy civil practice alongside sitting as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit.
She is ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in personal injury work, where she is praised for her “thorough and pragmatic” approach and “strong breadth of knowledge”.
Sarah practises principally in personal injury-related claims, including disease work, and in counter fraud and credit hire.
Sarah prides herself on her analytical ability and attention to detail. Both in her trial preparation and when advising, Sarah is adept at working her way through voluminous documents to identify and master the key issues.
Sarah is a well-prepared and forensic advocate, and considers herself to be balanced and approachable to her lay and professional clients.
Sarah studied law at the University of Sheffield, where she won the university’s mooting competition in her first semester and received a high distinction for her third year spent studying in Australia. She graduated with a 2:1 degree and the University of Sheffield’s Graduate Award.
Sarah completed the BPTC at Nottingham Law School and was graded Outstanding, receiving the Taylor Prize for achieving the highest overall marks in her year. Away from the Bar, Sarah enjoys good food and travel. She recently returned to practice following a year-long sabbatical travelling with her husband.
Jack read German at St Hilda’s College, Oxford before returning to Nottingham to complete his GDL and BPTC. Whilst at law school Jack won Nottinghamshire Law Society’s President’s Cup, the Taylor Prize for Best Overall Performance on the BPTC and the Richard Bagley Pro Bono Prize. Jack was later named ‘Volunteer of the Year: Rising Star’ in the East Midlands Charity Awards for his Pro Bono work at Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, having secured over £780,000 for his clients, including over £110,000 recovered/defended specifically in employment cases.
Before joining Ropewalk, Jack worked as a Paralegal at Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre where he built a varied Pro Bono practice. Prior to this role, Jack volunteered at the Centre as a student adviser, later being promoted to Lead Adviser as well as chairing the Centre’s Student Pro Bono Committee.
As well as appearing in small claims before the County Court, Jack built a strong employment practice including both Claimant and Respondent work. Jack appeared in the Employment Tribunal on varied cases, from Unfair Dismissal to TUPE disputes and claims involving multiple forms of alleged discrimination. Jack has represented in case management hearings and final hearings, including appearing before a three-member panel, and boasts a 100% success rate on the Tribunal hearings he conducted. Jack also successfully appeared in the Legal Advice Centre’s first-and-only Judicial Mediation, where the opposing party was represented by specialist Counsel.
For his Pro Bono practice, Jack was named ‘Volunteer of the Year: Rising Star’ in the East Midlands Charity Awards 2020 and was awarded Nottingham Law School’s Richard Bagley Pro Bono Prize.
Whilst at law school, Jack received several awards and scholarships, including the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Taylor Prize for Best Overall Performance on the BPTC. Jack also participated in and won a number of moots, and in 2019, Jack won the Nottinghamshire Law Society’s President’s Cup.
One of Jack’s more niche areas of interest is in ecclesiastical law, and Jack has previously delivered training in ecclesiastical procedure and has an article published in this area. Jack looks forward to exploring this interest further alongside a dynamic and varied practice at Ropewalk.
Outside Chambers, Jack enjoys walks in the countryside, going to the theatre and travelling, having spent a year living and working in Germany.
Robert read History at the London School of Economics. He returned to his native Nottingham to complete the GDL and BPTC at Nottingham Law School. He was awarded a Distinction on the GDL and graded Outstanding on the BPTC.
Robert joined Chambers in March 2022, following the successful completion of his pupillage under the principal supervision of John Campbell. During pupillage he gained experience in disease, clinical negligence and personal injury work as well as commercial, property and contested probate cases.
He is developing a busy practice and welcomes instructions from claimants and defendants in all areas of Chambers’ expertise.
Robert is a Major Scholar of the Inner Temple, won the Taylor Prize for the Best Overall Performance on the BPTC, the Alastair Munt Memorial Advocacy Prize as best Advocate on the BPTC, and the Inner Temple BPTC Prize.
Before coming to the Bar, he worked as a Clerk to Her Majesty’s Justices, a County Court Advocate and as a Paralegal on the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Away from work Robert enjoys keeping fit, exploring the dustier reaches of a good wine merchant and poking about in antique shops.
Hollie receives instructions for both claimants and defendants in various types of hearings, from short and straightforward interim applications to often paper-heavy or legally complex fast-track trials.
Hollie has a particular eye for identifying and analysing legal issues in a case and being able to express those issues in a way which is accessible to lay clients, solicitors, and the bench. She has received praise for her clear and thorough approach to both paperwork and court work.
Prior to joining Chambers, in 2017, Hollie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 in Law, having attained a 1st in 5 of the 7 core modules.
The BPTC was completed at Nottingham Law School in September 2017, before which Hollie had already secured pupillage with Ropewalk Chambers to commence in October 2018. She also received the Nottingham Law School Dean's Professional Courses Scholarships for Academic Excellence whilst undertaking the BPTC.
In her spare time Hollie enjoys travelling, attending football matches, and looking after her dog.
Alex enjoys a busy and fast-paced practice, focusing on personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests and industrial disease. She is regularly instructed in high-value and complex cases, with a skill for unpicking challenging issues of medical causation and knotty factual disputes.
Robust in oral and written advocacy, Alex’s practice includes a healthy mix of Claimant and Defendant work. She prides herself on being balanced and approachable to both professional and lay clients.
With an eye for detail, Alex is adept at working her way through voluminous documents and conducting conferences with experts across a range of disciplines.
Alex assisted with legal research in the landmark case of Zurich -v- Hayward  AC 142. She regularly advises and provides representation in cases involving allegations of fraud or fundamental dishonesty.
Before coming to the Bar, Alex worked in a busy clinical negligence team at a firm of solicitors. She has also worked for the Criminal Cases Review Commission, where she drafted submissions to the Ministry of Justice on proposed legislative changes to the law of joint enterprise.
Alex studied Philosophy and Politics at the University of Southampton. She completed the GDL and BPTC at the University of Law, where she was awarded the BPTC Advocacy Prize for obtaining the highest advocacy marks in her year. She is a Benefactors’ Scholar of the Middle Temple and received the Kalisher Internship Award in recognition in of her potential to succeed at the Bar.
Away from the Bar, Alex enjoys travel, yoga and wine.
Tom is recognised as a leading practitioner in clinical negligence, inquests & inquiries, personal injury and commercial litigation.
He is described by the legal directories as “an all-round excellent counsel” who “never fails to impress” and is praised for his “mastery of the brief” and “sensitivity to the needs and interests of his instructing solicitors and clients”. He is “approachable, considered, articulate and intelligent” and “often able to think of imaginative solutions”. As such, he is regularly instructed in complex and high-value matters, including those attracting media interest, and is a particularly experienced appeal advocate considering his level of call.
The breadth of Tom’s practice is apparent from his instructions on applications, at trial and on appeal in matters ranging from personal injury and disease to commercial disputes and costs. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional B Panel in 2023.
Recent and ongoing cases of note include:
Junior to Patrick Limb KC representing two well-known airlines in ongoing High Court litigation concerning alleged ‘aerotoxicity’ and, as sole counsel, representing an airline in two related claims arising from alleged ‘fume events’.
Advice to and representation of a local authority at a three-week Article 2 inquest arising from the murder of a young girl by her mother.
With Philip Turton, advice to and representation of the deceased’s maternal family at a four-week Article 2 inquest into the death of a 13-year-old girl by hanging, including a recusal application made at the pre-inquest review stage.
Defending a range of proceedings arising from the breakdown of a high-profile relationship, including a breach of contract claim in the County Court, a claim in the torts of deceit & conspiracy in the King’s Bench Division of the High Court and insolvency proceedings.
Advice to and representation of the deceased’s family in relation to coronial and civil proceedings arising from a failure to prescribe anticoagulant medication. The civil claim settled for £400,000 and received court approval on the basis of Tom’s advice.
Successfully resisting an appeal against a District Judge’s decision to grant the Defendants’ very late application for their own medical evidence in a noise-induced hearing loss case.
Representation of the respondent in a costs appeal in the Family Division of the High Court: C v S (Private Children Proceedings: Costs)  2 FCR 780.
Advice and representation at an appeal concerning CPR Part 11 and common law waiver.
Tom read Chemistry at the University of York and graduated with a Master’s degree before studying at Nottingham Law School, where he achieved a distinction in his Graduate Diploma in Law and was graded ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course, obtaining the highest mark in his year in Civil Litigation.
As a result of his scientific academic background, from which his “clients and instructing solicitors benefit”, he has a rigorous and analytical approach. He enjoys dealing with abstract or technical points of law and is particularly well-placed to analyse chemical, pharmaceutical and statistical evidence, and converse with experts in those fields.
Tom frequently delivers lectures and seminars to solicitors. Recent topics include vicarious liability, expert evidence and causation in novel chemical exposure cases. He is also a member of the editorial committee for the Ropewalk Blogs, and regularly contributes to publications such as the Journal of Personal Injury Law.
Away from the Bar, Tom’s interests include current affairs, good food and fine wine. He is a school governor at his former primary school in Nottinghamshire.
Sam specialises in all areas of personal injury and industrial disease litigation.
Sam has a busy trial and paperwork practice. He is instructed by claimants and defendants at all stages of claims, from preliminary advice through to trials and appeals, and at all levels of track. He is equally adept at navigating factually complex and witness/document-heavy claims as arguing narrow points of law or procedure.
He provides a proactive, tactical and down-to-earth approach to all of his instructions and he prides himself on being personable and approachable.
Before joining Chambers, Sam studied law at the University of Durham and undertook the BPTC at Nottingham Law School.
He went on to work as a paralegal in a large law firm where he developed an extensive knowledge of the pre-litigation and litigation processes and, in particular, gained a considerable understanding of personal injury practice. Thereafter, he worked as a county court advocate via a large nationwide advocacy agency and has regularly appeared in courts across the country ever since.
Away from the Bar, Sam enjoys running around after his young children and finding a little time for photography or relaxing with his collection of 70s rock vinyl.
Nicholas was educated at University College, Durham but spent a year at the Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland studying International law in French.
He became a tenant at Ropewalk Chambers in 2008, having completed pupillage there. Nicholas has a broad common law practice.
He has developed a reputation of being down to earth and approachable. He is always readily available to discuss a case as he appreciates that often a quick discussion of an issue can be invaluable.
Away from the bar Nicholas a keen sportsman and in particular is a devoted hockey player for West Bridgford Hockey Club. In addition he organises Ropewalk Chambers’ football team.
Damian joined Ropewalk in 2018, having practised at the Bar in London for 15 years, undertaking personal injury and disease litigation.
His practice incorporates all aspects of Chambers’ personal injury, disease and clinical negligence work. Damian has been involved in a number of recent, notable disease cases – please see the ‘disease’ section below. He is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading junior, Tier 2, for Personal Injury on the Midlands Circuit.
Damian prides himself on being very approachable to both his professional and lay clients. He is committed to delivering an excellent service to every client by supplying prompt, pragmatic paperwork as well as providing incisive and fearless advocacy.
Away from the Bar, Damian’s interests include rugby, skiing and spending time with his family.
Having achieved a good grounding in all areas of general common law, Deborah now specialises in personal injury law.
Until recently, Deborah continued to practise in employment law, which continues to assist her in her personal injury practice.
Deborah is a working mother of two children. She is a keen sports woman, with achievements in Judo at national standard. She is an accomplished skier and a reluctant runner (marathon and half marathon). Her latest craze is obstacle running; she was the first veteran woman in the 2014 “Tough Guy” Obstacle Half Marathon. She spends her spare time indulging her passions for rock music, cooking and gardening.
Andrew was called to the Bar in 1992. He practices in personal injury, including the fatal and catastrophic; all aspects of employers’ liability, especially industrial disease; inquests; and clinical negligence.
Andrew draws upon 30 years’ experience at the Bar, as a former Assistant Coroner and a former Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Residential Property Chamber).
Andrew regularly delivers further education by way of lectures and webinars to solicitors and insurers.
Andrew has been consistently ranked in legal directories for many years and has been described variously as a ‘superb advocate’ with a ‘robust and penetrative’ style of cross examination; ‘redoubtable in a trial’; and possessing ‘a good rapport with everybody and a very good manner in court’.
Philip has over twenty-five years’ experience of personal injury cases and specialises in high value personal injury actions, clinical negligence claims and industrial disease cases, including group actions.
He has been cited as a leader at the Bar in the field of personal injury work for many years.
He was a Bar Standards Board appointed external moderator for the Bar Professional Training Course (Civil Litigation) from 2010 – 2012 and, with Marc Howe, was appointed to reformulate the syllabus for the Civil Litigation module on the BPTC course in 2014.
He has delivered annual lectures on Drafting to the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Trent University and the Kaplan Law School in London. He has also delivered a guest lecture to the students of the University of Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia, on the subject of Tort law.
He has been a voluntary adviser at the Hyson Green Law Centre since 1990.
Toby specialises principally in personal injury-related claims, including disease, clinical negligence, counter fraud and defending Health and Safety prosecutions.
He is known to be very approachable and prides himself on providing a reliable service to his clients.
He was formerly an officer in the Royal Navy, is married to a GP and has two children.
Interests away from the Bar include travel, skiing, running, SCUBA diving, sailing, raising money for good causes, tennis and squash.
Richard has developed a specialist practice in all aspects of personal injury litigation, principally arising from road traffic accidents and employers’ and occupiers’ liability, together with assessment of quantum.
He advises and represents both claimants and defendants, principally in multi-track proceedings. He is usually involved in litigation from the provision of preliminary advice, through to the conclusion at trial or joint settlement meeting.
Katie practises predominantly in the areas of personal injury and industrial disease (NIHL); she has a busy paperwork practice and appears in court on an almost daily basis.
Katie is a Lord Denning, Lord Brougham and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.
In her spare time, Katie plays basketball and enjoys going to the theatre.
Gareth’s core specialisms are personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence and inquests and inquiries.
His work is almost entirely on the multi-track dealing with high value claims or claims with complex evidential matters.
Gareth has a busy court and paperwork practice. He is also familiar with Fatal Accident Act claims and the issues arising from such matters.
Gareth is adept a drafting large value Schedules and Counter Schedules of Loss and is well familiar with the issues and complexities which surround pension loss claims.
Jack McCracken specialises in personal injury, industrial disease and data protection, information and privacy cases.
Jack’s advocacy experience includes multi-day trials, inquests and tribunal hearings. He has experience of cross-examining expert witnesses who are often the leading experts in their fields. He often works in other practise areas which overlap with these core areas, dealing with technical issues connected to employment and contractual matters, including insurance policy disputes.
Myles, a recognised leading junior, is instructed by claimants and defendants for his exemplary client care and effective advocacy be it his deft handling of lay-witnesses or experts, incisive cross-examination skills or his fluent narrative style, as well as his strong and sensible negotiating skills.
Myles also has a flourishing paperwork practice and is highly regarded his ability to identify the core issues and present complex legal arguments in easy-to-follow terms and language, as well as a quick turnaround.
From 2006-2010 Myles returned to live in Spain where he worked for the well-known Anglo-Spanish law firm, De Cotta Law before returning to the Bar to take up his clients’ cudgels.
Myles, an accredited advocacy trainer, regularly lectures and presents seminars to solicitors and insurers. Recently he has given training sessions in person and remotely on recent developments in Cross-border claims, Package Holiday claims, Disease (WRULD & limitation) claims as well as Pre-Action Disclosure applications and Part 36 offers.
In his spare time, Myles enjoys listening to jazz on Spotify and playing the occasional cricket match for his local club, Ham and Petersham CC, as well as the Bar’s very own Refreshers’ CC.
Alex has been described by her clients as a ‘very impressive’ advocate with a ‘robust’ approach to drafting. She accepts instructions in Chambers’ key practice areas on behalf of claimants and defendants alike, with particular experience and interest in personal injury law.
Alex regularly delivers seminars (and particularly in the midst or wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, webinars) on developments within civil law. Recent topics include employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and procedural changes following the implementation and progress of the Damages Claims Portal.
Alex studied law at the University of Leeds. She graduated in 2013 with a first class degree in the top 5% of her year and was awarded the University Prize for Jurisprudence. She completed the BPTC in London and was awarded a Harmsworth Scholarship by the Middle Temple.
Prior to joining Ropewalk Chambers, Alex worked within litigation teams in law firms based in the UK and abroad, gained experience as a County Court advocate and undertook pro bono casework for the Free Representation Unit and Citizens Advice Bureau.
Prior to a career in law, Alex lived and worked in Shenyang, China as an English language teacher, obtaining a teaching qualification from Beijing University of International Business and Economics in 2009.
Away from the Bar, you will likely find Alex wakeboarding or attempting to walk her enormous Alaskan malamute dog. She also (for unknown reasons) enjoys completing gruelling fitness challenges, including most recently Tough Mudder, Rough Runner and a half marathon. Alex volunteers as a legal consultant on the Consultative Council of a national children’s charity.
Abigail holds a First Class (Honours) degree in Law and was graded Outstanding on the BPTC (1st in year). She joined Ropewalk Chambers as a tenant in 2020.
Abigail has a busy court practice encompassing trials, applications, CMCs and CCMCs. She enjoys a thriving paperwork practice and is regularly instructed in multi-track cases to draft advices, pleadings, schedules and counter-schedules of loss. She is regularly instructed in PI/clinical negligence, inquest and employment matters.
Abigail is a Harmsworth Scholar (Middle Temple) and received the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Richard Bagley Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Activity and the Taylor Prize from Nottingham Law School. In 2022, she was shortlisted for Advocate’s Young Pro Bono Barrister of the year.
As an undergraduate, Abigail won four major mooting competitions, each judged by Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and/or High Court judges. Her presentation was described by Lord Hodge as “particularly impressive”.
Abigail is a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior scheme. She is a member of Chambers’ Editorial Committee and an Editor for the Ropewalk Personal Injury Blog.
In her spare time, Abigail enjoys running, cycling, hiking and kayaking. She is a keen horsewoman.
Prior to joining the Bar, Abigail was a senior manager in a motorcycle dealership where she gained varied experience in commercial, employment and business matters.
Jessica holds a double first-class degree in Law from Downing College, University of Cambridge. She was graded Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Law School.
Jessica accepts instructions from claimants and defendants across all areas of Chambers’ work.
Jessica joined Ropewalk Chambers in December 2020 after 12 months of pupillage under the principal supervision of Jonathan Owen. During pupillage, Jessica gained experience in personal injury, disease and clinical negligence work and is keen to develop a broad practice.
Before joining Chambers, Jessica volunteered for the Free Representation Unit in disability benefit appeals and worked at the housing charity Framework.
She received an Exhibition Scholarship and Allan Levy award from the Inner Temple and a Senior Harris Scholarship from Downing College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate, Jessica won the University of Law National Mooting Competition in 2015 and was a semi-finalist in the Oxford French Law Mooting Competition in 2013.
Jessica speaks fluent French (certified C2 level) and conversational German. Away from the Bar, Jessica is a keen surfer and enjoys playing racketlon and volunteering at her local church.
Kate enjoys a fast-paced practice focussed on personal injury, disease, commercial and property litigation. She was appointed to the Attorney General’s Regional C Panel in 2020. She accepts instructions in Fast and Multi-Track matters, both at first instance and on appeal. She regularly appears in the County and High Courts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.
Kate is a first-rate advocate with a wealth of trial experience. She is often instructed in complex and high-value matters and prides herself on outstanding analytical ability and attention to detail.
Kate also has a busy paperwork practice and is regularly asked to draft pleadings and schedules, and to advise, in complex and high value cases, including catastrophic personal injury claims and fatal accidents.
Friendly and approachable, Kate strives to make herself available to those who instruct her to promote a collaborative approach to litigation.
Kate frequently delivers seminars to solicitor and insurer clients. Recent topics include the Animals Act, vicarious liability, claims against the MIB and Force Majeure.
Before coming to the Bar, Kate completed an internship at the Ghana Legal Aid Scheme in Accra, Ghana. She is a Hardwicke, Denning and Buchannan scholar of Lincolns Inn. Kate studied the BPTC at Manchester Metropolitan University and was graded Outstanding, receiving the Deans Excellence Award for achieving the highest overall marks in her year.
Kate spends much of her free time caring for her two Icelandic horses and can often be found tölting around the South Nottinghamshire countryside. She also enjoys travel, having visited over 70 countries, and speaks conversational Spanish.
Philip prides himself on providing a tactical insight into the cases on which he is instructed. He provides a proactive approach and is often involved at the earliest stages of claims to provide input and guidance.
Philip specialises in all areas of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence litigation.
His practice encompasses high-value multi-track work involving cases valued up to £1 million.
Philip has extensive experience of trial advocacy and interim hearings, incorporating the full range of personal injury litigation.
Philip has a wide-ranging paperwork practice, advising both claimants and defendants, as well as settling pleadings. He regularly advises on liability, quantum and issues of medical causation.
He has a particular specialism in cases involving the Defective Premises Act 1972, and was counsel for the Respondent in the leading case of Lafferty v Newark and Sherwood DC  HLR 13.
Philip studied Law at the University of Nottingham. At University, he was awarded the Law Graduates’ Association Moot Prize. He undertook his Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School where he was graded “Very Competent”.
Prior to joining Chambers, Philip spent three months working for the International Arbitration team at a leading international law firm in Paris.
Away from the Bar, Philip’s interests include travel, cooking, golf, spending time with family and friends and trying (in vain) to keep his two terriers under control.
Cassandra has a successful civil law practice. She accepts instructions in all areas of civil law but has a special expertise in personal injury, disease and counter fraud work. Cassandra acts for both claimants and defendants in Fast and Multi Track matters in the County Court and High Court. Cassandra also undertakes some employment work.
Cassandra is a down-to-earth, fearless and tenacious advocate. She represents her clients with steadfast determination. She prides herself on being approachable and attentive to her client’s needs, whilst also recognising the importance of being realistic and appropriately managing her client’s expectations.
Cassandra is a popular choice for clients and lay clients who are seeking a robust, no-nonsense advocate who will relentlessly fight their corner and who they can rely on to identify and master the key issues in complex and/or vigorously contested cases.
Cassandra is well regarded for her comprehensive, sound, practical and skilled advice. Her considerable paperwork practice also includes drafting pleadings and drafting questions to experts.
Cassandra’s most recent successes include:
Successfully representing defendants at the final hearing of the committal proceedings in the case of Jet2 Holidays Ltd v Hughes & Hughes.
Securing findings of fundamental dishonesty against multiple claimants whilst acting for a Defendant insurer.
Successfully representing claimants whose personal injury claims were defended on the grounds that they were fundamentally dishonest as well as bettering the Part 36 offers made by the claimants.
Successfully representing both claimants and defendants in employer’s liability claims for personal injury arising out of accidents in the workplace.
Cassandra is happy to accept instructions on a conditional fee and pro bono basis. Cassandra is qualified to undertake direct access work and is happy to consider instructions from members of the public.
Cassandra graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB Law degree in 2007. She was awarded an Exhibition Award by Inner Temple and obtained a Very Competent on the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School in 2009. She became a tenant of Ropewalk Chambers after successful completion of pupillage in 2010.
Before coming to the Bar, Cassandra spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language at a middle school in Nanjing, China. She also spent a year working with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and volunteered as a Youth Advocate for Paralympic Sport. When not at work, Cassandra can be found exploring country parks across Nottinghamshire with her husband and their two young sons. Cassandra’s interests include vegan cookery, baking, house renovations, badminton and travel.
Philip specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence work.
His caseload has an equal claimant/defendant split across what are now almost exclusively higher-value or complex cases.
All types of PI work undertaken, including:
Accidents at work
Public liability claims
Industrial disease (noise, vibration, asbestos etc)
Catastrophic and life-changing injuries
Abuse claims (historic sexual and physical abuse)
Philip is available to conduct remote hearings, as well as being able to travel nationally.
He is also regularly instructed on JSMs, CCMCs, alongside a substantial paperwork practice.
He has been on the winning side in the Court of Appeal (where he appeared as sole counsel against a KC) and in the Supreme Court in the case of Armes, now regarded as the ‘high water mark’ of the doctrine of vicarious liability.
He has twice been nominated for PI Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards, in 2022 and 2023, alongside considerably more senior practitioners. He is the only junior to have been nominated in both consecutive years and one of only two outside London.
He is always at the end of the phone to answer any queries, believing that early and continued collaboration with instructing solicitors is the best way to a successful outcome in any case. He is valued for being a straightforward communicator in court and for his personable manner with clients.
Georgina is typically instructed in catastrophic and other high-value claims in the High Court and multi-track matters in the County Court.
Her particular expertise is in Animals Act claims. Georgina was successful in the much publicised High Court case of Ford v Seymour Williams in 2021, against a silk. With leading counsel in the Court of Appeal, she went on to win the appeal  EWCA Civ 1848.
Her practice also routinely includes inquests, clinical negligence, disease work, road traffic accidents and the full raft of public and employer’s liability claims. Her practice is both claimant and defendant.
Rochelle was educated in China, Singapore and England.
She graduated from the University of Warwick. Upon completion of her Bar Vocational Course at the Nottingham Law School, Rochelle commenced her pupillage at Ropewalk Chambers and became a tenant in 2006.
She has travelled extensively and speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin).
Rochelle is a very experienced and highly regarded personal injury barrister with a busy paperwork and court practice in the areas of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence claims.
Kam is a specialist practitioner in industrial disease cases and has been routinely recognised as a leading junior in this field by published guides to the legal profession.
Kam specialises principally in disease, all aspects of personal injury (including catastrophic injury) clinical negligence and insurance work.
He has been recognised as a leading junior by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for a number of consecutive years.
He regularly appears in the County and High Courts and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.
Interests away from the Bar include rugby, football, squash, skiing and snooker.
Tom is a specialist in serious injury and industrial disease claims.
In more than twenty years at the Bar, he has built a practice based primarily on complex or multi-party liability disputes, high-value quantum disputes, complex fatal accident cases, asbestos and other disease cases, and claims for psychiatric injury caused by work-related stress.
Chris specialises in our core areas of practice, particularly personal injury, clinical negligence, counter-fraud and industrial disease. He is committed to providing a service of the highest calibre. He is extremely approachable, hard-working and responsive to the needs of his clients.
His experience can often bring an additional dimension to cases that need to be fought at trial.
Chris has extensive trial advocacy experience. He has earned a reputation as a formidable cross-examiner, having honed his skills at the Criminal Bar, conducting cases involving allegations of murder, sexual offences, child abuse, high-value fraud and fatal motoring offence.
His forensic skills enable him to identify quickly the critical legal and evidential issues in highly complex cases. His advice is always straightforward, pragmatic and clearly reasoned. He earns praise from clients for his tactical awareness.
Away from the Bar, Chris is a long-suffering Notts County FC supporter, he is a licensed radio amateur, and enjoys boxing, running, sailing and reading. He is also a skilful conjurer.
Patrick specialises in all aspects of disease, personal injury and clinical negligence work.
With over 15 years in silk, he has substantial experience acting on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in claims of maximum severity, having a particular interest in brain and spinal injuries, as well as claims of intractable pain.
He was shortlisted at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards for 2016 for "Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence - Silk of the Year". He was winner of "Regional / Scottish Silk of the Year" at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2017.
With a successful track record in test litigation, group and multi-party actions, he has been named in Chambers & Partners’ Spotlight Table nationally for disease practitioners since its inception.
His advisory and court work often involves challenging, novel issues (or safeguarding established orthodoxies). Such work has involved him in claims concerning complex damages awards and insurance coverage, both here and in other jurisdictions (Cayman Islands, Jersey, Gibraltar and Scotland).
He acts regularly and variously in cases engaging product liability, the police, regulatory bodies and sports law.
He is a highly experienced appellate advocate to Supreme Court level, having appeared in the final court on seven occasions.
Sure-footed on law and procedure, he provides strategic thinking, commercial nous and seeks to serve each client by leading as an effective team-player.
Away from the Bar, Patrick is Chair of the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Board and lists his interests as wildlife, trekking along and being half French.
Jayne has extensive experience in disease, high value personal injury, clinical negligence, fraud and sports claims.
She is frequently requested by insurers to advise and represent in cutting-edge disease claims.
She is often invited to provide lectures in all of the areas above, but particularly in the industrial disease field to both solicitor and insurer clients.
Richard has survived into his fifth decade at the Bar!
After conducting a broad mix of work with a strong criminal and common law focus in his early years, he quickly developed a practice specialising in personal injury and associated areas.
Richard was first appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel in 1994, having been selectively re-appointed on each occasion he applied. His most recent appointed runs until March 2025. He is experienced in all types of personal injury and fatal accident claims, with a strong focus also on clinical negligence and inquest work as detailed below.
His interests away from work include off-piste/big mountain skiing (Verbier, Breckenridge, St Anton, Chamonix and many more) all with a large dose of “Après”, rugby (sadly now as a spectator only), cycling up and down the Cols and mountains in Europe (Ventoux, Alpe D’Huez, Galibier and many more), gardening, travel, fine food and (good cheap) wine and a wide variety of types of loud music.
He has still not entirely given up on the idea of attending a music festival, albeit perhaps one with glamping! Married to Jane for 30 years, a musculoskeletal/sports physiotherapist, he has three grown-up children, none of whom have shown the slightest inclination to be mad enough to consider a career at the Bar.