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​Chambers & Partners 2019 announced – Zenith has 14 ranked Barristers.

6 November 2018

​Chambers & Partners 2019 announced – Zenith has 14 ranked Barristers.

The 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners has been announced and Zenith Chambers has 14 recommended barristers in 4 practice areas.

Family/Matrimonial - Band 1

Zenith has more ranked Family barristers than any other chambers on the North Eastern circuit. Large family team that stands out for its deep bench of specialist practitioners. Members provide coverage of the full body of family law, including matrimonial finance and children cases, and excel at pursuing litigation as well as ADR options. They are routinely involved in sensitive public and private children law cases and are skilled at dealing with serious allegations, such as of non-accidental injury, sexual abuse or neglect. They also act in financial remedy applications involving the division of equity, farming assets, businesses, pensions, property and other resources. Disputes relating to surrogacy and same-sex relationships are a further source of instruction. The team is valued for its international capabilities.

"They go the extra mile to assist and have the most experienced barristers. They also put on excellent training sessions for solicitors." "The clerking is efficient and always very helpful. They are a pleasure to deal with." Rebecca Hartley is the senior family clerk.

Anthony Hajimitsis

"Very detailed and exceptionally thorough. A skilled advocate with an eye for detail. His preparation of a case is second to none. He is pleasant and approachable." "Extremely bright and always extremely well prepared."

Roger Bickerdike

"He is confident and calm. He has great clarity of thought and an ability to see the bigger picture in order to achieve an effective outcome." "An effective and strong advocate. He is excellent in cross-examination and has the ear of the court. He is always thoroughly well prepared."

Marisa Allman

"Very bright." "She is exceptional. She has a good grasp of the legal issues and is easy to work with." "Calm and unflappable. She has an approach which is collaborative whilst being strategic. Her paperwork is thorough and well represented."

Clare Garnham

"Very strong knowledge of the law and excellent advocacy." "She is approachable and has exemplary client care skills. In terms of advocacy she commands the court's attention. She is highly intelligent and well liked by clients and professionals alike."

Louise McCallum

"Superb preparation. Her attention to detail is second to none. Her manner and support to clients are fantastic." "Approachable and client-friendly."

John Myers

"He commands respect from peers, solicitors and the local judiciary." "A go-to counsel for children cases."

Guy Swiffen

"He has significant gravitas and authority." "Very personable and very approachable."

Lewis Donnelly

"He has excellent advocacy skills and fights hard for his client. He has a strong moral compass and very good client care." "Confident presentation in court."

Dornier Whittaker

"An excellent and charming advocate. She is hard-working and has a lovely manner with clients." "Always very well prepared."

Crime - Band 2

Recognised for its experienced barristers who have expertise in a broad range of criminal matters. The team handle complex criminal cases involving charges such as murder, sexual offences and people trafficking.

Tom Storey

"Exceptional." "Regarded as a safe pair of hands by the CPS."

Simon Kealey QC

"He will be a top player in silk - he is the complete package." "A very thorough, calm and persuasive advocate."

Personal Injury

Justin Crossley

"As well as having experience and a good knowledge of personal injury law, he is extremely good with clients and explains complicated matters very well." "Very helpful, professional, resourceful and not afraid to be honest."

Gordon Exall 

"He is very hard-working and is excellent at the paperwork."


Tom Tyson 

"Very helpful and approachable." "Very experienced and an effective cross-examiner." "An excellent advocate."


"Represents both prosecution and defence in serious allegations."

Legal 500 (2011)

"An able and approachable advocate."

Legal 500 (2008, 2007, 2006)