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Founded by legendary defamation silk Ronald Thwaites QC and now headed by William McCormick QC – the "complete street fighter" – Ely Place Chambers has always housed “some fantastic advocates” (Chambers & Partners 2010 and 2014). Fearless and focused, its four silks and 27 juniors are natural litigators committed to achieving the best possible results for their clients through a proper understanding of their needs.

Ely Place has traditionally been strong in those areas of law where advocacy has always been at a premium, such as defamation/media, health and safety and inquests/enquiries. In more recent years, Ely Place has established strong teams in commercial, property and employment law as more and more solicitors have come to recognise the value of its advocates’ skills in these particular fields.

However, its members have long understood that the role of a barrister does not only mean going to court to argue a case, and they pride themselves on the high standard of their written advocacy and advice; skills which can often lead to a favourable settlement without the need for a trial, or even the issuing of proceedings. More recently, Chambers has embraced the values and skills required for effective ADR and its premises include an excellent set of mediation rooms in the heart of legal London.

Chambers’ diverse client-base includes individuals, businesses, professionals, media organisations and central and local government bodies, all of whom appreciate the high quality and personalised service it provides. Understanding that clients often have concerns about whether they can afford to engage a barrister, Ely Place Chambers offers various funding models and many of its barristers are qualified to accept “direct” instructions from the public.

Ely Place approaches everything it does with the professionalism that it believes should be the hallmark of the Bar. Its members are open and honest, as are its clerks, who together have more than 90 years of clerking experience. The Clerks’ Room works in conjunction with Chambers’ clients and barristers to ensure that its services are delivered in the most efficient and helpful way possible.

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