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7BR boosts public law team with arrival of Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill

Barristers’ chambers 7BR has significantly strengthened its public law capabilities with the arrival of Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill.

Clayton undertakes a wide range of advisory and litigation work. He is regularly instructed in judicial review proceedings as well as in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council.

He advises on community care, local government and public sector issues, as well as undertaking a wide range of human rights, international and regulatory work. Clayton is also the joint author of the Law of Human Rights (which has been cited in over 45 House of Lords, Supreme Court and Privy Council cases) and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.  

Lee Parkhill meanwhile advises and represents both claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings. He is regularly instructed in challenges to the re-organisation of public services, disputes on the provision of care and contested decisions of ombudsmen and regulators.

Both Clayton and Parkhill have moved from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square.

7BR has also made a number of other additions:

  • Vincent Coughlin QC joins the Criminal Law Team from 4 Breams Buildings;
  • Nick Jack joins the Family Team from Fenners Chambers. He acts in public law as well as private law children cases; and
  • Liam Ryan joins the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team from Ely Place Chambers.

Additionally, Steven Wright, formerly of Three Raymond Buildings, has been appointed as Senior Clerk to the Criminal Law Team.

7BR said it was looking to attract further quality barristers in key practice areas over the next 12-18 months.

Rachel Holmes, Chief Executive of 7BR, said: “We are delighted to welcome five barristers of such high repute to 7BR and are particularly excited by the expansion of our Public Law Team. The capabilities of 7BR across practice areas, so many of which encounter public law issues, means that we can now advise clients on all aspects of those matters as well as establishing 7BR as one of the preeminent public law sets.”

Holmes added: “As one of the leading multi-disciplinary Sets, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a collection of specialists across a broad range of legal practice areas.  The barristers who have joined further strengthen and reinforce that standing in the market and are part of our wider future growth plans.”

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