12KBW is pleased to announce its pupillage open evening. This will be an opportunity for potential applicants to meet members of Chambers and hear them discuss their practice areas and life at the Bar.
The evening will include talks from members on their work in areas such as Personal Injury, Employment, International and Travel Law and Clinical Negligence. There will also be discussions on the application process and life as a pupil. The talks will be followed by informal chats during which attendees can ask members about pupillage and Chambers.
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International, Disease and Asbestos
Clinical Negligence / Inquests
John-Paul specialises in Serious Injury, Asbestos Litigation, International litigation (injury and non-injury work), Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Sports and Inquests. He undertakes high value work appearing in the High Court and Appellate Courts. He enjoys working as part of a team. He won the Legal 500 Personal Injury Junior of the Year Award in 2023.
In relation to asbestos claims, he is instructed by most, if not all, well-regarded claimant firms with an established asbestos team. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Recent reported cases include:
- Keegan v Independent Insurance Co Ltd  EWHC 1992 (QB);
- Brooks v Zurich Insurance Plc  EWHC 1170 (QB);
- Witham v Steve Hill Ltd  EWCA Civ 1312 (led by Steven Snowden KC);
- Gregory v H J Haynes Ltd  EWHC 911 (Ch);
- Helm v Kenyon & Sons Ltd v Somewatch Ltd  EWHC 1108 (QB);
- Cary v Vauxhall Motors Ltd  EWHC 238 (QB);
- Mark v Universal Coatings and Services Ltd v Barrier Ltd  EWHC 3206 (QB);
- Stacey v Triplex Safety Glass Company Ltd  EWHC 1945 (QB).
John-Paul is ranked in the Legal 500 for Travel Law including Jurisdictional issues. His private international law expertise spans jurisdiction (pre and post-Brexit), applicable law (pre and post-Brexit), forum non conveniens cases and service out of the jurisdiction in both injury and non-injury commercial work. John-Paul also has expertise in Aviation, Package Holidays, Admiralty matters, Athens and Montreal Convention cases and clinical negligence cases with a foreign element. As a result of his Spanish language skills, John-Paul is often instructed in Spanish cases and has appeared as an expert in English law in the Spanish Courts. Recent reported cases include: Chouza v Martins & Ors  EWHC 1669 (QB) (Spanish law); Haggerty-Garton v ICI  EWHC 2924 (QB) (Scots law).
John-Paul’s clinical negligence work is high value and he receives instructions from most ranked firms. He is ranked in the Legal 500 for his clinical negligence work. He enjoys the medical and scientific aspects of such litigation and works closely with his instructing solicitors and experts. He has significant experience of cases involving birth injury, amputation, unnecessary and negligent surgery, delayed diagnosis, fatal cases, disclosure of risk and the negligent administration of clinical drugs.
John-Paul is listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his more general personal injury work which includes EL, PL and RTA cases. Recent reported cases include Irani v Duchon  EWCA Civ 1846.
John-Paul undertakes professional negligence work, mainly in respect of actions arising from personal injury claims. He successfully represented the Claimant in the Court of Appeal in Witcomb v Keith Park Solicitors  PNLR 20.
He practices Sports Law where he is able to bring his extensive Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence knowledge to bear on such matters. However, his practice is not restricted to injury related work; he accepts non-injury Sports work of a contractual or regulatory nature. He has received instructions relating to those in the English Premier League.
John-Paul acts for bereaved families, and occasionally acts for other interested parties, at Inquests. John-Paul has particular interest and expertise in Article 2 ECHR enhanced Inquests. He has acted in high profile Inquests such as the Inquest touching the death of Toni Speck (a death in police custody); the Inquest touching the death of Graham Coker (a death following oesophageal cancer surgery where their department was subsequently shut down); the Inquest touching the death of Jodie White-Charles where a young mother died of sickle cell complications as a result of Trust failures.View full profile
Vanessa specialises in clinical negligence. She acts predominantly for claimants and her practice encompasses a huge range of medical specialties. She has particular expertise in birth and obstetric injuries, spinal injury and brain injury.
Vanessa is ranked for clinical negligence in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. She is known for her warmth and sensitivity and her extensive medical knowledge.
She also has considerable experience in personal injury, inquests and costs.View full profile
Rachit specialises in personal injury, industrial disease, international and travel law and clinical negligence work. He has an interest in employment law claims, particularly in cases involving psychiatric harm.
His industrial disease practice focuses on mesothelioma claims and other asbestos-related diseases.
Rachit has experience in cases involving a public law aspect, recently being instructed in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, as well as an established inquest practice.
He acts for claimants and defendants/respondents.
Having studied Human Genetics before studying for the Bar, Rachit applies his knowledge of scientific and medical issues to the law.View full profile
Farhana accepts instructions in most areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular interest in personal injury, fraud and costs. She has a varied practice representing both Claimants and Defendants across many of 12KBW’s areas of expertise.
Farhana has a growing reputation as a fraud specialist and is often instructed to advise insurers on high value claims involving exaggerated injury and loss to staged accidents.
Her unparalleled knowledge of fundamental dishonesty law makes her a go-to junior in this area. She is regularly instructed at early stages of litigation to shape the case and lead it to a successful resolution.
Farhana’s expertise in dishonesty cases overlaps with her interest in costs law. Her knowledge in this area allows her to robustly pursue a finding of fundamental dishonesty at trial and seamlessly transition to costs law by disapplying QOCS, obtaining a costs order against the Claimant, and assessing those costs in a Detailed Assessment.
Farhana regularly delivers talks on both fraud and costs.View full profile
David is a leading personal injury junior. “The quality of David’s advice is second to none” (Legal 500 2022).
In personal injury he specialises in occupational and environmental disease claims, including all aspects of asbestos disease, and noise-induced hearing loss.
He maintains a particular interest and specialism in military cases, and is instructed in the ongoing military deafness litigation (led by Harry Steinberg KC).
David is also ranked as a rising star in employment law. “David is an excellent advocate and is able to think very well on his feet. He has very good technical knowledge of both the law and procedure” (Legal 500 2022).
Abbott v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 1807 (QB): represented nearly 3,500 claimants for noise-induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus brought against the MOD (led by Harry Steinberg KC).
Wokingham Borough Council v Arshad  EWHC 2419 (KB): successful appeal on behalf of a local authority against claim for psychiatric damage, brought by a taxi driver after a mistake in the taxi licensing process.
David also appeared for the successful Respondent in Greene v Davies  EWCA Civ 414, an appeal concerning an important point of law on abuse of process in regulatory disciplinary proceedings.View full profile
Spencer’s practice encompasses the full range of Chambers’ expertise. He specialises in sports disputes, personal injury, industrial disease, international and travel and clinical negligence claims. He is ranked in all of these practice areas in the legal directories where he is described as “great” with “impressive advocacy”, “already having developed a practice that exceeds his seniority”, “absolutely superb”, and “thorough, professional and well-liked by clients”.
Spencer has developed extensive trial experience and his practice combines advisory work, drafting and advocacy in both the High Court and the County Courts. He appears at CCMCs, interlocutory hearings, multi and fast track trials on an almost daily basis. Spencer acts in high value personal injury litigation, both as sole counsel and junior counsel to silks. His practice includes acting unled in several fatal accident cases. He has particular experience in a range of claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal and Athens conventions and his international and travel work often involves complex questions of jurisdiction and foreign law. In the context of industrial disease litigation, Spencer has experience of acting for claimants in claims arising from exposure to asbestos as both sole and junior counsel. Spencer’s sports law practice encompasses personal injury claims suffered during sporting activities, anti-doping and athlete selection disputes. He is a contributor to several publications in his specialist areas.
Prior to joining Chambers Spencer worked in the personal injury department of an international law firm. He read law at the University of Bristol and was an Exhibition and Benefactors Scholar of the Inner Temple. During his pupillage he received the Jarman Award for Advocacy and he has recently been awarded an outgoing Pegasus Scholarship to the USA. He is also a member of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee. Spencer is committed to widening access to the Bar; he is part of the outreach team within Chambers and is regularly invited to speak on panels on the topic of social mobility.View full profile
Charley specialises in clinical negligence, abuse, and injury claims with an international element.
Her broader personal injury practice encompasses interests in sports law, motor insurance and military claims. She is also keen to grow her practise in inquests and inquiries.
Charley has been led by William Audland KC, Harry Steinberg KC, Patrick Vincent KC and Andrew Roy KC of 12KBW and regularly does work for other members of chambers in high value cases.
In addition to a busy paperwork practice, Charley is regularly in court for trials, PTRs, CCMCs, interim applications and approval hearings.
As a member of Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), Charley is willing to act in a pro bono capacity, where appropriate.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Charley studied English Literature at Merton College, Oxford, and was awarded a Blue for football.
When she is not in chambers Charley plays for Camden Town Football Club and is a loyal participant in the annual Blenheim Palace Triathlon.View full profile
Christopher accepts instructions in all of 12 KBW’s core areas, with a particular focus on matters relating to clinical negligence, cross-border disputes and industrial disease.
Christopher regularly appears in court and has an excellent track record representing both Claimants and Defendants in trials, applications and case management hearings.
Christopher also has a busy paper-based practice, drafting pleadings, witness statements and questions to experts. He is able to provide clear and methodical advice on liability, quantum, evidential issues and settlement. Christopher has a sound understanding of the civil procedural rules and is able to advise on a range of procedural issues.View full profile
Henry specialises predominantly in costs litigation arising from all manner of actions.
He also maintains a substantial practice in personal injury, property damage, professional indemnity and cases involving suspicions of fraud.
Henry’s practice is managed by:
- Lily Baker – Practice Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org); and
- George Gosling – Assistant Practice Manager (email@example.com)
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Jessica specialises in personal injury, disease, and employment.
Jessica writes robust pleadings, offers realistic advice on liability and settlement and is a confident advocate. In employment, she is particularly experienced in whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. In personal injury, she is experienced in a range of areas including complex vicarious liability and military disputes.
Jessica has experience in appellate work. She was recently junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. In April she will be junior counsel in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Jessica is a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She achieved a Distinction in the GDL and the BVS. She was awarded academic scholarships by the City Law School and the Inner Temple to undertake her legal studies. She is an able advocate: she won the Inner Temple’s Lawson Moot, the City GDL Moot and the Cecilia Moot.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Jessica had a career in advertising and marketing. She worked in Beijing for a year and has a great interest in Chinese culture, language and food.View full profile
Peter is an experienced courtroom advocate, appearing on a daily basis in trials, interim hearings and applications on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He is also known for his robust and thorough pleadings and provides detailed and tailored advice in writing or in conference on all aspects of claims which fall within his various areas of specialism.
Peter accepts instructions in all of chambers’ practice areas but has developed particular expertise in claims arising from road traffic accidents, credit hire, public liability and highways claims, employers’ liability and workplace accidents, international and cross-border litigation, military claims and industrial disease.
Peter is regularly instructed to act on behalf of claimants and defendants and is prepared to consider accepting instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate. Peter is happy to attend court in London and further afield, in person or remotely.
Before coming to the Bar, Peter worked in the International Injury department of a well-known specialist injury firm, dealing with catastrophic injuries sustained abroad or involving international elements. This has given Peter additional insight into cross-border litigation and catastrophic injury claims as well as the demands of running a busy caseload within a firm of solicitors, which enables Peter to give meaningful and practical advice on complex claims.
Peter has a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Rennes, France and has professional working proficiency in French as well as basic proficiency in German.
Away from Chambers, Peter enjoys classical singing, having previously worked as a cathedral musician, and currently directs an amateur chamber choir. His sporting career, which has included competing at various levels in hockey, mixed netball, shooting and chess, is more noted for its variety than its finesse.View full profile