Magdalen Chambers results from the merger of Southernhay and Rougemont Chambers in 2013.
The merged set of chambers creates the largest set of chambers south west of Bristol with nearly 50 members offering expertise in a wide range of areas of civil and family work; together with a highly experienced clerking team.
Nigel Moore - Head of Chambers
Nigel came to the Bar in September 2011 after having practiced for over 20 years as a solicitor [Read More]
specialising in employment law in one of Devon and Cornwall’s largest firms of solicitors. Before moving to the South West, he had re-qualified as a solicitor while at Simmons & Simmons in the City of London and before that had worked as the Assistant Editor of the IDS Brief on Employment Law.
He is Head of the Magdalen Employment team. Nigel is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2019 for Employment Law. Described at “He’s a very experienced in employment and he’s a good technical lawyer.” [Read Less]
Rupert Chapman - Head of Chambers
Rupert specialises in family law, focussing on financial remedy claims between divorcing couples and cohabitees, claims in relation [Read More]
to financial provision for children, and in private children matters, particularly those involving allegations of significant harm and international issues.
Rupert has been recognised as a leading junior in the field of Family and Children Law by the Legal 500 since 2014 as well as UK Chambers & Partners, being described as;
Acknowledged for his handling of cases involving matrimonial finance disputes and private law children matters. Many of his cases straddle multiple jurisdictions around the world. [Read Less]
Susan Campbell QC
Susan practices in all areas of family law; both public and private proceedings. Her practice takes her to [Read More] courts throughout England and Wales with a base in London. She has spent a large part of her professional life practising in the South West where she still lives, and she practices in this area through Magdalen Chambers (formerly Southernhay Chambers).She has particular expertise in cases involving injury to children, having conducted many cases relating to brain injured babies. A large part of her practice concerns the serious fact finding hearings relating to emotional harm, sexual abuse and neglect. [Read Less]
Natasha is an experienced civil practitioner who accepts instructions in commercial, contract, housing, environmental, and property matters. Natasha [Read More]
has a particular interest and specialisation in matters relating to the field of environmental and regulatory law having spent a period with the Environment Agency on secondment as a senior lawyer. During this time Natasha not only enhanced her expertise in this area but was involved with general civil litigation, nuisance actions, human rights issues, negligence and contractual claims.
Natasha regularly advises businesses and individuals on contractual matters including business to business and consumer disputes, as well as insolvency and bankruptcy issues. Most recently, Natasha has appeared in the High Court on an insolvency dispute concerning an injunction to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition. [Read Less]
Anne Bell OBE
Anne moved to the West Country from London in 2001. She continues to specialise in public and private [Read More]
children law cases and financial remedy matters.
A significant proportion of her practice has involved representing clients with learning disabilities. Willing to travel, Anne maintains a London and South East practice as well as practising throughout the West Country. [Read Less]
Christopher has a broad practice, acting for guardians, parents and local authorities on private and public children law [Read More]
matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases.
He has practised in Exeter since 1981 – first at Southernhay Chambers (where he was Head of Chambers from 2005) and now at Magdalen Chambers. He undertakes a full range of family work relating to children and money, and family-related civil work including trusts of land and professional negligence.
Christopher regularly represents local authorities, parents and other family members and guardians in public law cases including non-accidental injuries with contested medical evidence and a range of other care work with disputed expert evidence. [Read Less]
Nick Berry, called in 1988, is an experienced specialist in all aspects of Business, Commercial and Property law. [Read More] His clients have included large corporations, SMEs, and individuals through instruction by solicitors and via Direct Access. [Read Less]
Following a successful career as a legal adviser in the magistrates’ courts, Richard returned to the Bar in [Read More]
2001. Since then he has established himself as a highly regarded child care specialist with extensive experience in child abuse cases, acting for local authorities and all other parties in care proceedings across the south-west.
Richard accepts instructions in both public and private law proceedings. He acts regularly for local authorities, guardians and parents in all levels of court. [Read Less]
Jeremy is an experienced practitioner with a busy general common law practice covering a broad range of disciplines [Read More]
with specialisms in the following areas:
• Personal injury and clinical negligence
• General commercial litigation
• Contentious probate
• Commercial and Residential Property including landlord and Tenant
Jeremy accepts a broad range of other general civil litigation instructions, including General Chancery, Insolvency, Commercial work and Building disputes, and regularly accepts instructions in a wide range of disputes and non-contentious matters under the public access scheme, from members of the public and professionals. [Read Less]
Helen covers all aspects of Family Law, including in relation to children and financial provision. She primarily practises [Read More] in the field of public law care proceedings, representing parents, children, local authorities and interveners. [Read Less]
Geoffrey has 25 years experience in personal injury law but is far more approachable than that would suggest. [Read More]
Having caught the surfing bug while still in London, he gradually moved as far west as he could to be close to the waves.
Based in Truro, he prefers to stay west of Bristol for CFA fast track matters but is willing to go further afield for multi track matters. He is also happy to accept instructions on DPA and CFA bases. [Read Less]
David returned to the Independent Bar having removed to Devon and worked as a legal adviser to the [Read More]
Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police then as in-house Counsel for a leading firm of solicitors. He has developed a niche practice providing general legal advice to a number of SMEs’ that dovetails with a traditional practice.
Initially he practiced at the Criminal Bar and as such is able to distil salient points quickly and when necessary back up advice with his experience of advocacy at a high level. [Read Less]
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Gavin Charles Collett
After service in HM Forces, Gavin began his legal career in a prestigious planning law set in London. [Read More]
He moved to Devon in 1995 where has established himself as the pre-eminent specialist in matters of planning law and highways law. He also holds an honorary teaching fellowship from Exeter University since 2011.
The mainstay of his practice is planning, highways and rights of way. Gavin heads the Magdalen Administrative & Regulatory team and has become extremely sought after for his presentation skills and his detailed cross examination of professional witnesses in planning matters. He is described as approachable and understandable by his clients; and as, “A man that can get results.” [Read Less]
Carmel specialises in all aspects of family law including public and private law relating to children and all [Read More]
matters relating to financial provision.
Private law cases include removal from jurisdiction and internal relocation. Public law cases include those where non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and neglect are alleged. She regularly represents parents with learning difficulties.
Carmel’s financial remedies expertise includes complex cases of company owned assets and section 37 orders. [Read Less]
James appears regularly in all types of family cases, including acting on behalf of applicants and respondents in [Read More]
public and private law cases. James is regularly instructed in cases involving removal from the jurisdiction. He also undertakes all aspects of matrimonial finance, including Tolata claims.
"Despite the extremely short time in which to review past files and history of the overly complicated saga, and following you into the Court room prepared for the worst, I watched a virtuoso performance unfold of effective representation which in addition to winning on all three key points resulted in the remarkable accomplishment of having my ex actually thanking you at the conclusion of the hearing, such was the whirlwind of your command of the Hearing. Brilliant job for which I am hugely grateful. This is the first time I many months I’ve felt a real burden lifted. My admiration for Chambers continues to increase in leaps and bounds. " [Read Less]
Steven has expertise and extensive experience in most areas of contract and property litigation representing corporate and individual [Read More]
clients. He also brings considerable background knowledge to cases involving technical subject matter such as construction and electrical or mechanical engineering.
Before studying law, Steven spent approximately 9 years working in aspects of electrical/electronic systems design and sales, industrial contracting, property development and construction project management.
Steven is qualified to accept Instructions directly from members of the public and from other professionals. [Read Less]
Daya completed her pupillage in London, where she covered chancery and common law. She then became a member [Read More]
in a common law chambers where she practised in complimentary areas of family law, immigration and crime.
Daya married in 1997 and moved to chambers in Plymouth, where she practised until she took a career break for a year in order to spend time with her two young sons. She joined Southernhay Chambers in 2006 and undertakes work in all areas of finance and TOLATA proceedings and regularly undertakes care work representing local authorities, parents and other family members. She also has a wide and varied private law practice. [Read Less]
Paul is regarded as a skilled advocate and negotiator. He has a background in both criminal and family [Read More] law. His commitment to social justice has motivated his decision to specialize in family law. His pragmatic and realistic approach combines forensic rigour with sound judgement. He is highly recommended for his skill in challenging and difficult cases, His management, and empathy with vulnerable lay clients and children is exemplary. His focused and succinct style in and out of court inspires confidence. [Read Less]
Juliet specialises in all areas of family law involving children, with a particular interest in domestic violence and [Read More]
the impact on children and families. Her practice incorporates both private and public law Children Act matters in which she is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, Guardians and family members.
Since specialising in family law, Juliet has built a reputation for expertly managing both vulnerable and demanding clients, being particularly skilful in presenting often unattractive cases to the Court in a clear, sensitive and concise manner. She also has a reputation for being a fair but firm negotiator.
Juliet has developed a particular expertise in domestic violence cases and those which involve sensitive and painful issues for the lay client, having the skill to explain matters in a sensitive and compassionate manner, whilst retaining firm boundaries and ensuring the full understanding and comprehension of her clients. [Read Less]
Carol is a specialist family barrister representing clients at all levels of court, in all matters of family [Read More]
finance including ToLATA & Schedule 1 applications, and private law children. She has experience of cases involving same sex families and is fast becoming recognised as one of the Western Circuit’s specialists in this area.
‘Public Access’ trained, Carol is also qualified to accept instructions, in appropriate cases, directly from clients to provide legal advice, representation and advocacy. [Read Less]
William is one of the Western Circuit’s leading barristers in commercial work, combining technical expertise with business sense.
As [Read More] well as conducting contentious work, William advises in relation to company and commercial arrangements, often as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
He is recommended in the ‘Legal 500’ at Tier 1 as a leading individual in respect of commercial, banking and insolvency.
William is an active member of Combar, including recently returning from an investigative tour of India. [Read Less]
William is a family law barrister specialising in all matters concerning family finance including financial remedies on divorce, [Read More]
cohabitation disputes (TOLATA), schedule one applications, inheritance act and associated property disputes.
In addition he is also frequently instructed in related matters under the Children Act 1989, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
William also accepts instructions on a public access basis.
He is a member of the FLBA and CoPPA [Read Less]
Russell is a civil practitioner who specialises in Housing and Homelessness Law, Property and Chancery Litigation, and Personal [Read More]
Injury. Russell has consistently been recognised in the Legal 500 in the field of property law with testimonials including: “He has excellent technical skills and is knowledgeable about housing law.”
Russell has appeared in a wide range of courts and tribunals throughout the South and South West of England from the First Tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court, and regularly appears in the County Court and High Court in applications, trials and appeals.
Russell’s approach to litigation is pragmatic and robust – he is approachable and focused on achieving the best outcome for his client by the most appropriate and cost effective route of dispute resolution possible.
In appropriate cases Russell takes public access instructions. [Read Less]
Simon C. Lane
Simon’s practice is predominantly in the field of property law, with an emphasis on, traditional chancery matters especially [Read More]
landlord and tenant, wills, probate, family provision (Inheritance Act claims) and TOLATA, public and private rights of way and boundary disputes/ adverse possession together with a significant amount of Social Housing work.
Simon’s Commercial work is principally in areas which complement his property practice and he is experienced in dealing with interim applications such as injunctions and freezing orders.
Simon has appeared in the Court of Appeal and is regularly instructed to appear in the County Court, High Court and before specialist tribunals such as the former HM Land Registry Adjudicator and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal - which now come under the umbrella of the newly established First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Simon has been a qualified mediator since 2006 (ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd) and is happy to accept instructions to act as mediator or Counsel on behalf of parties in mediations in all of the areas in which he practices. [Read Less]
Sarah has been a family law specialist for over 20 years and has practised as a Barrister on [Read More]
the Western Circuit since 2004. She specialises in cases involving what were formerly known as contact and residence issues, and removals from the jurisdiction. She represented the appellant fathers in Re W (Children) (2012) EWCA Civ 999 and Re H-B (Contact) (2015) EWCA Civ 389, the fathers in Re A & B (Contact) (No 4) 2015 EWHC 2839 (Fam) and the appellant grandmother in Re T (A Child) (2010) EWCA Civ 1527. She has built a strong practice representing parents and wider family members in complex and intractable disputes over children. Her practice also encompasses divorce and financial remedies.
Prior to being called to the Bar in 2004, Sarah practised as an attorney in New York for seven years, where she worked for one of the leading family law firms. She was the only British attorney at the New York Family Bar at the time, and her practice there included many high profile divorce and custody disputes. She appeared regularly in the New York State Supreme Court and the US District (Federal) Court and in several notable & reported cases. During 2012 she spent time in London as a member of 1 Garden Court, Temple before returning to the West Country and Magdalen (formerly Southernhay) Chambers. [Read Less]
Andrew Worthley has been a member of Magdalen Chambers since its inception in July 2013, having practised at [Read More]
both founding sets Rougemont and Southernhay between 2004 and 2013. He has a broad common law practice area which is now principally focused on employment work.
Andrew is an experienced and friendly barrister whose advocacy has received judicial commendation from Ward LJ, who stated in the Court of Appeal, "I wish to pay my tribute to Mr Worthley not only for his erudition but for the careful, sensible and charming way in which he has argued this application." Ward LJ, (2009) EWCA Civ 860.
Andrew accepts public access work and work through the Bar Pro Bono unit. He is also a visiting senior lecturer at City University London and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Andrew is co-author of Advocacy (OUP, Oxford. 2018). He has previously been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords, external examiner at Queen’s University Belfast and a Professor in Residence at City University New York. [Read Less]
Elizabeth undertakes instructions in Civil and Family law. Elizabeth has been based in the South West throughout her [Read More] career, and has become well known on the Western Circuit for her skillful written and oral advocacy in both civil and family Law. [Read Less]
Christian’s principle interest is in the full range of cases concerning family finance, he advises and acts in [Read More]
all areas of ancillary relief, including disputes over jurisdiction and cases involving pre and post nuptial agreements.
In claims brought under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, including claims involving constructive trusts and proprietary estoppels and related enforcement proceedings
Christian regularly represents parties in proceedings involving the Child Support Agency, both in Tribunal proceedings and in enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts, and charging order proceedings in the County Courts. [Read Less]
David has a wide and varied children practice and has a particular interest in cases involving domestic violence [Read More]
and removal from the jurisdiction. David regularly represents Local Authorities, parents, guardians, competent children and parties represented by the official solicitor and welcomes publicly funded instructions. He provides training for local authorities on public law procedure and practice.
David undertakes work in all areas of financial relief, including Financial Remedies, Child Maintenance, Schedule 1 CA 1989 and proceedings under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).
David is accredited under the Public Access procedure and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions direct from members of the public.
David sits as a member of the RFU Discipline Panel and the Devon RFU Discipline Panel. [Read Less]
Dan has a broad commercial practice acting for individuals, owner managed enterprises and larger businesses in relation to [Read More] most types of dispute. He provides advocacy and advisory services appearing regularly in the County Court and High Court in applications, injunctions, trials and appeals. He focuses on providing clear and practical advice. [Read Less]
Tom is primarily a family practitioner and his practice encompasses all aspects of family law. He has appeared [Read More]
at all levels of the Family Court and at the Court of Appeal. His practice includes care, financial remedies, private law children, applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction and cases concerning the CSA.
In addition to his family practice, Tom regularly undertakes personal injury work for both Claimants and Defendants.
Tom joined Chambers in October 2015 having previously practised at Fenners Chambers in Cambridge. [Read Less]
Charles has a specialist practice which draws on his Medical background and previous practice as a Solicitor, in [Read More]
the fields of Tax & Trusts, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence & Inquests.
Judicial compliments include "persuasively reasonable" and "forensic in his analysis", and clients praise him for his "efficiency, courtesy and helpfulness" and his "good bedside manner".
He is willing to accept instructions on the basis of CFAs and other funding arrangements.
Judicial shadowing: Coroner, 2009; District Judge, 2011. [Read Less]
Prior to joining Magdalen Chambers, Pakeeza worked as a legal adviser for 6 years in the Family Courts [Read More]
and dealt with all aspects of the law relating to children. This involved advising magistrates and district judges on law and procedure in private and public law proceedings and adoption. Through this role Pakeeza became highly skilled at dealing sensitively with the growing number of litigants in person – a skill she brings to her work at the Bar when representing vulnerable clients.
She represents local authorities, guardians and parents at all stages of proceedings and has considerable experience of case management. Most recently Pakeeza has undertaken a 7-day final care and placement order hearing representing the guardian and children.
Owing to her extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, Pakeeza is also instructed in cases where there are linked care and criminal proceedings. [Read Less]
Kate specialises in Chancery and Commercial work. She was awarded a Lord Denning Major Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn [Read More]
and completed pupillage at St Johns Chambers, Bristol. Kate joined Magdalen Chambers as a tenant in November 2016.
Kate’s practice is predominantly in the field of property law, with an emphasis on traditional chancery matters especially landlord and tenant, trusts, probate, Inheritance Act claims and TOLATA. She has a particular interest in problems relating to land registration, public and private rights of way, boundary disputes and adverse possession as well as riparian rights and land drainage issues. She is also experienced in cases involving commercial matters such as contractual disputes, business rate liability and insolvency.
Kate has appeared in the Court of Appeal in the case of Shaw v. Grouby (2017) ECWA Civ 233, an appeal over a boundary and right of access dispute which has subsequently attracted interest on the issue of excessive judicial intervention. Although the appeal was not successful, the Court specifically reserved its decision on the part that Kate argued regarding remedies for trespass to land (on the interaction between Harrow v. Donohue and Lawrence v. Fen Tigers). [Read Less]
Jennifer commenced a specialist family pupillage in October 2017 and has now accepted Chambers offer of tenancy
Jennifer achieved [Read More] a First Class in her LLB Law studies at Plymouth University and was awarded the prize for the ‘Most Enterprising Law Graduate the Year’ by Foot Anstey LLP. Jennifer was called to the Bar in 2016 having achieved an ‘Outstanding’ on the BPTC at the University of the West of England and the award for the highest overall mark in her cohort. She was also awarded an Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award by Inner Temple and she qualified as an ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator in 2016.
Prior to pupillage, Jennifer practised as a Solicitor’s Agent on the Western Circuit and attended court for a wide variety of cases including insolvency, Consumer Credit Act disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, mortgage disputes, general applications under the CPR, case management and infant settlements.
Jennifer has been a keen horse rider from the age of 6 and particularly enjoys attending showjumping competitions and hacking across Dartmoor. She can also be found walking her family dog, at the driving range hitting some golf balls, reading a gripping crime thriller and going to the theatre. [Read Less]
Charles is a member of the civil team in Chambers and is developing a busy practice in all [Read More]
of Chambers’ civil areas of work.
Charles joined Chambers as a pupil in 2017 and successfully completed his pupillage under the supervision of Gavin Collett in 2018.
Before joining, Charles worked as a Researcher in London for organisations including Google, Goldman Sachs and Munch Re. He has also worked with a number of charities in a legal capacity including: Citizens Advice, the Free Representation Unit, the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.
Charles has contributed to seminars for the Judicial College concerning: developments in public law, modern challenges in treaty-based commercial arbitration and counter-terrorism legislation. He also edited a major legal textbook on international environmental law for its 7th edition.
Originally from Devon, Charles studied law at the University of Exeter at undergraduate and postgraduate levels before training in London and thereafter returning to the South West. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running around the Devon countryside and surfing. [Read Less]
James started clerking in London in 2000 working at chambers in the Temple and in Gray’s Inn becoming [Read More] 1st junior at 2 Temple Gardens. He moved to Devon in 2008 working in chambers in Plymouth before becoming the dedicated civil clerk at Southernhay Chambers in 2011 and our Senior Clerk in 2014. [Read Less]
Marketing and Administration Clerk
Lisa began her clerking career at Castle Chambers in Exeter in the early 1990s. After a period working [Read More]
at St John’s Chambers in Bristol, she moved to Rougemont Chambers in 2004 becoming joint senior clerk in 2009.
After the merger in 2013 Lisa became Marketing and Administration Clerk to chambers.
Senior Civil Clerk
Harry began clerking at Rougemont Chambers in 2006. Over the last 12 years he has grown in experience [Read More] to become an invaluable member of the clerking team whilst working up the ranks to become our Senior Civil Clerk. [Read Less]
Grainne McGovern Senior Family Clerk
Since joining chambers in March 2015, Gráinne has grown in experience and knowledge.
She is a dedicated and enthusiastic [Read More] part of our team, and is now our Senior Family Clerk responsible for the smooth running of the Family Team. [Read Less]
Junior Civil Clerk
Kadie joined Southernhay Chambers in Oct 2012 and has since developed into an important member of the team. [Read More] In her role as Junior Civil Clerk, she assists the clerking team with the smooth running of the civil team. [Read Less]
Nick joined the clerking team in June 2018 after finishing his A-Levels and relocating from Surrey to Devon [Read More] in 2017. In his role as a valued Junior Clerk he assists the clerking team with the smooth running of chambers. [Read Less]
Senior Fees Clerk
Lindsey originally joined the clerking team at Southernhay Chambers in 2009. Since our merger in 2013 she has [Read More] headed up our fees team using her wealth of experience, particularly in Family Legal Aid matters and is the first port of call for billing queries. [Read Less]
Fees Clerk & Receptionist
Jan, having moved from the Court Service to Clerk of Castle Chambers, under the headship of Christina Gorna [Read More] has a wealth of experience. Jan is our front of house receptionist and fees clerk. [Read Less]