Civil Law

Civil Law

The members of our Civil Team offer expertise over a broad spectrum of civil law. We have a particular emphasis on Personal Injury, Contract and Commercial, Land and Property, Professional Negligence, Landlord & Tenant, Planning and Housing.

Other work undertaken by individual Barristers includes Employment, Libel & Malicious Falsehood, Wills & Probate, Trusts and Insolvency.

Our Civil Law Barristers have extensive experience of selecting experts and dealing with expert evidence.

The Team has developed expertise in the increasingly important area of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Members of the Civil Team

Jonathan Barnes
Mark Treneer
Andrew Eaton Hart
Hugh Cornford
Lara Spencer*
Helen Bray
Barry White
Emma Smith
Joss Ticehurst
Louise Asprey
Brian FitzHerbert
Felicity Payne
Laura Searle
Emmi Wilson


*Head of Civil Team
Please see our Barristers Page for full profiles.


Personal Injury

Our Civil Barristers regularly act in high value personal injury actions for both Claimants and Defendants. We offer a consistent and high quality service during all stages of litigation.

We deal with injuries and accidents, including fatal accidents, ranging from accidents at work to road traffic accidents and holiday accidents. We have a particular interest in sporting accidents and accidents abroad. The Team has a respected expertise in personal injury claims involving negligence by the prison service, local authorities, hospital trusts and the armed forces.

From our experience comes an understanding of the needs of our clients, many of whom have significant disability. In appropriate cases we are happy to meet clients with disabilities at their homes.

We regularly accept instructions on a conditional fee basis and will provide a realistic and accurate assessment of the merits of the claim at all the key stages of the litigation.

A number of our barristers are Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA) and Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA) members and regular training ensures continued professionalism.

Members of the Civil Law team have been involved in a number of leading cases and have appeared at all levels from District Judge up to the House of Lords (now Supreme Court).


Contract and Commercial

The Civil Team can advise on all aspects of contractual disputes and commercial litigation, including building disputes, sale of goods, consumer credit, partnership disputes, commercial agency and insurance.


Land and Property

Our barristers are regularly instructed in land and property disputes, covering areas such as boundary disputes, co-ownership and trusts of land, mortgages and charges, restrictive covenants & easements, nuisance, trespass and adverse possession.


Landlord & Tenant and Housing

We can advise on all aspects of housing law and act in landlord & tenant disputes both residential and commercial. Members of the team have particular experience in the area of anti-social behaviour.


Professional Negligence including Clinical Negligence

We act in professional negligence actions for both Claimant and Defendant, and our barristers cover all professional services including those of Doctors and other medical professionals, accountants, surveyors and those who provide financial advice.



Our barristers can provide advisory, drafting and advocacy services to both the private and public sectors covering the full range of planning law issues at all levels and for all sizes of development.