Over 500 distinguished guests attended the Chambers Bar Awards 2012 at the Park Lane Hilton on Thursday October 25th.These are the only awards to exclusively highlight the excellence of members of the Bar, recognising outstanding achievements through the previous year by chambers, silks, and juniors alike.
|Colin Wynter QC (centre) with colleagues. Colin is the brother of Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter.|
Set: Devereux Chambers
Devereux wins consistent praise for “talking the language of insurers.” The set’s growing depth of talent was displayed in the Supreme Court on both sides of the Employers’ Liability Policy Trigger Litigation, in which it fielded four counsel in three separate teams. The wealth of its high-profile instructions also included Teal Assurance v W.R. Berkley and RSA v Rolls Royce.
Silk: Colin Wynter QC, Devereux Chambers
Noted for being a “fine advocate” and for his “strong presence in court”, Colin Wynter QC succeeded on behalf of all his clients in the Supreme Court in the El Trigger litigation. He also succeeded in the case of Brown Quinn v Equity in establishing, for the first time, the right of those insured for legal expenses to choose their own lawyer.
Junior: Charles Dougherty, 2 Temple Gardens
"Charming, formidably bright and extremely pragmatic,” Charles Dougherty has a heavyweight insurance and reinsurance practice. He was recently instructed in Rolls-Royce v Ace, one of the most important cases of 2012 and a matter referred to as “possibly the largest insurance coverage dispute to come to the Commercial Court in several years.”
Winners were selected in more than 20 practice areas using the results of our exhaustive research into Chambers UK 2012. Blackstone Chambers, Brick Court, Thirty Nine Essex Street, Four New Square and South Square collected the most awards, winning three apiece, whilst 20 Essex Street won a special award for Client Service. Roger Henderson QC, Kenneth Rokison QC and Philip Monham, clerk of 11KBW, each took to the stage to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and much appreciation.
King's Chambers landed the accolade of Regional Set of the Year in recognition of their standing in the latest edition of our guide and the fact that they've expanded by opening new premises in Birmingham. The blue riband prize of the evening went to 4 Pump Court, who were named Set of the Year. This crowned a successful night for a chambers that boasted no fewer than seven nominations across a number of legal disciplines.
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