Tanfield Chambers – Legal 500 2020

3rd October 2019

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:

A top property set’, which was historically better known as a ‘tour de force for leasehold enfranchisement’, landlord and tenant, and service charges work, Tanfield Chambers’ commercial real estate experience is ‘considerable and growing’, and the set is now ‘used extensively by City firms for a broad range of property litigation’ matters. Solicitors also note that the set is ‘making a name for themselves in the right to light arena’. And when it comes to residential property instructions, ‘from silks down to the juniors, the fact they deal with residential work on a regularly basis really shows’.The ‘very collegiate set’ has members with ‘high technical standards’. ‘Their strength in depth is a real asset as they have a vast range of counsel from the junior to senior end. There is always someone that is available to take on matters.’ In recent news, Nicholas Isaac took silk in 2019. Eamonn Kelly is the set’s CEO.

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 senior practice managers are Alex Southern, the ‘personable and likeableBilly Forecast (‘has an uncanny ability to choose the right counsel for each piece of work both from a technical and budget perspective’), and Richard Powell, who ‘is a great addition to clerks’ room’.

Full results can be found here and on individual barrister profiles.

Property Litigation – Leading Silks

  • Philip Rainey QC – “Excellent, particularly on complex real property issues.”
  • Kerry Bretherton QC – “She has an incredible ability to be able to review large documents and pick out key information at breakneck speed.”
  • Christopher Heather QC“He will make himself available whenever he possibly can to assist on new or ongoing matters.”
  • Andrew Butler QC –  “Embarrassingly good on his feet and great with clients.”
  • Timothy Polli QC – “A very hard worker who is focused on both detail and the whole picture.”
  • Nicholas Isaac QC – He has an ability to handle the most challenging and difficult of clients.

Property Litigation – Leading Juniors

  • Mark Loveday – “He is a very reliable junior.
  • Michael Buckpitt – “A brilliant technical thinker who is also great with clients.
  • Piers Harrison – Exceptionally able, approachable and user-friendly.
  • Daniel Dovar – Very down to earth, responsive and commercial in his advice.
  • James Fieldsend – Adopts a thorough, belt and braces, gold-plated approach to litigation.
  • Nicola Muir – A leading player in residential disputes.
  • Ellodie Gibbons – Highly experienced and shrewd when dealing with judges. ”
  • Marc Glover – Gives focused, commercial advice and always gets to the crux of a dispute.
  • Rebecca Cattermole – Extremely incisive and tenacious, but also user-friendly.
  • Carl Fain – Bright, thinks on his feet and is a team player.
  • Jonathan Upton – A specialist in residential service charge law.
  • Amanda Gourlay – She has encyclopaedic knowledge of residential leasehold issues.
  • Michael Walsh – A robust advocate, user-friendly and extremely helpful.
  • Niraj Modha“Whilst always meticulously prepared, he is also extremely good on his feet.”

Agriculture – Leading Juniors

  • Rebecca Cattermole – Committed, practical and exceptionally easy to work with.

Social Housing – Leading Juniors

  • Rebecca Cattermole“Knowledgeable about the interplay between social housing and human rights, and also has an understanding of the property aspects of social housing.”
  • Sam Madge-Wyld – “Very good and very reliable.”

Clinical Negligence – Leading Juniors

  • Kerstin Boyd“She has an eye for detail but is also able to cut through that to get to the crux of an argument.”

Family Law (including divorce and financial remedy)



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