9 Gough Square consistently attracts praise from the major legal directories across a broad range of its practice areas.
9 Gough Square is a band 1 set for personal injury in Chambers & Partners 2015, with 4 silks and 9 juniors ranked. Chambers & Partners writes "This top-tier personal injury set attracts predominantly claimant instructions and regularly tackles catastrophic injury claims, including brain, spinal and amputation cases. It also has members who are recognised for their ability to manage industrial disease claims effectively."
Legal 500 ranks 9 Gough Square for Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Children Law, Crime, Fraud, Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law. They write "9 Gough Square is a common law set, with noteworthy expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence, fraud and serious crime."
In 2014, 9 Gough Square won two awards at the Legal 500 Awards 2014. Andrew Ritchie QC was named "Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence: Silk of the year" and our staff were named "Clerking/Practice Management (UK-wide): Team of the year".
Our staff receives praise from both directories. Chambers UK say: "No call ever goes unanswered and requests for costs budgeting data are invariably dealt with in full, within an hour." Legal 500 note that "'the clerking is the best in the business, as is Michael Goodridge' (director of business development: civil and crime), who has 'a fantastic understanding of the commercial matrix that laws firms are working to nowadays'."
9 Gough Square remains the only APIL Accredited Chambers in the country and we work closely with APIL with 5 members of the team being elected co-ordinators or secretaries of various APIL special interest groups covering brain injury, procedure, industrial disease and damages.
“I would like to thank all at 9 Gough Square for the service I have received over the last 20+ years. Everyone within chambers, from the juniors (most recently Jake Richards), through to Jacob Levy QC and Andrew Ritchie QC, have over the years provided an excellent service and have never let me down.
A special mention for Michael Goodridge (Director of Clerking) who has been nothing short of superb. He has always found the right person for the right job, as well as late cover for last-minute hearings, and made sure I felt the fee was fair, and that value was always added. His cool, calm telephone manner made nothing seem too much to ask, and that no hurdle could not be overcome. He is truly a credit to Chambers”. Solicitor (Partner)
"9 Gough Square fields a solid police law team known for covering the full range of police law matters. It handles challenges to police protocols and practices, inquests and public inquiries, amongst other matters." Chambers UK 2015
"Barristers from this set are frequently instructed by both claimants and defendants on high-value cases including those relating to spinal, birth and dental injuries. Sources highlight the "professional but humane ethos" adopted by the set." Chambers UK 2015
Setting a very high standard, 9 Gough Square is especially highly rated for its claimant work, and for its efforts in industrial disease cases. However, members also have formidable defendant-based practices and tackle the full spectrum of personal injury litigation. Sources say the set "recruits very well and has people with a good attitude, who are down to earth, pleasant and very professional. They're solid from top to bottom." Chambers UK 2014
"9 Gough Square is 'an extremely proficient set', where the barristers are 'second to none'. 'The clerks can always recommend an alternative, should the preferred barrister be unavailable'." Legal 500 2014
"9 Gough Square's barristers have 'cutting-edge knowledge of the latest medical and legal developments to secure the highest awards'. Claimant work lies at the heart of the practice, which has particular expertise in brain, spinal and amputation cases." Legal 500 2014