Tanfield Chambers – Legal 500 2017

11th October 2017

Following a year of substantial growth, Tanfield Chambers has once again been ranked highly in the Legal 500 directory. The set has solidified its position amongst the top property sets being ranked at tier two. The directory stated:

“Tanfield Chambers is ‘renowned for its strength in property law’ and ‘pre-eminence in the area of leasehold enfranchisement’. The barristers are ‘exceptionally talented’ and the set is praised for its ‘strength in depth’, not only in the property space but also across the civil law spectrum.”

The practice management team were also praised, with each of our senior practice managers being noted for their ability to provide excellent service to our clients.

“The clerks’ room provides ‘an excellent service’ and the senior practice managers are recommended: Zoe Bluck is ‘always a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘making a big effort to build relationships with law firms’; Richard Powell is ‘becoming an asset to chambers very quickly due to his ability to think on his feet, offer alternative counsel, and negotiate competently and confidently on fees’; and Billy Forecast is ‘very helpful and turns things around quickly’. Eamonn Kelly is chambers’ chief executive.”

Full results can be found here.

Property Litigation

  • Philip Rainey QC‘A true expert; his intellect and ability to grasp the issues are absolutely first-rate.’
  • Kerry Bretherton QC‘Highly recommended for appellate work.’
  • Christopher Heather QC – ‘Pragmatic, technically sound, and extremely helpful and proactive.’
  • Mark Loveday‘Particularly rated for enfranchisement disputes.’
  • Michael Buckpitt‘An outstanding barrister, who is charming and flawless; there is no one better at cross-examination.’?
  • Andrew Butler‘A good team player, who gets on well with clients.’
  • Stan Gallagher‘A pragmatic and good-natured adviser.’
  • Piers Harrison‘He is able to decant his wealth of knowledge and brain power to produce advice that goes to the heart of issues.’
  • Timothy Polli‘He is very gifted and has a great legal brain with a sensible commercial approach.’?
  • Daniel Dovar‘Recommended for boundary and dilapidation disputes.’
  • James Fieldsend‘An efficient advocate and negotiator.’
  • Nicola Muir – ‘A great team player.’
  • Ellodie Gibbons‘Rated highly.’
  • Marc Glover‘He is charming and suave, and a disarmingly quick-witted advocate.’
  • Rebecca Cattermole‘Excellent on her feet and unrivalled when it comes to committal applications.’
  • Carl Fain‘A hidden treasure; he is very bright, good in court and with clients, and always goes the long mile without being asked.’
  • Jonathan Upton‘Recommended for advising on landlord’s rights.’
  • Amanda Gourlay‘She has a genuine passion for her area of law and an effective cross-examination technique.’
  • Michael Walsh‘He is bright and quick-thinking, and a pleasure to work with.’


  • Kerry Bretherton QC‘Highly recommended for agricultural land disputes.’
  • Timothy Polli‘Very gifted.’
  • Daniel Dovar‘Clients hold a high opinion of him.’
  • Rebecca Cattermole‘Very well regarded.’

Social Housing

  • Kerry Bretherton QC‘Highly experienced in homelessness cases.’

Social Housing

  • Rebecca Cattermole‘Excellent on difficult anti-social behaviour matters.’
  • Sam Madge-Wyld‘A great barrister all round, especially with vulnerable clients.’

Administrative & Public Law (Including Local Government)

  • Kerry Bretherton QC‘Knowledgeable and personable.’

Clinical Negligence

  • Kerstin Boyd‘A tenacious advocate.’

Commercial Litigation

  • Iain Mitchell QC‘Intelligent, articulate and authoritative.’

Family Law

  • Gerald Wilson‘An excellent all-rounder.’

Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Media

  • Iain Mitchell QC‘A very intuitive silk.’


  • Stephen Monkcom‘An expert in the field.’