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Sarah Venn
Hardwicke
Sarah is a member of the Hardwicke insurance and commercial divisions and has particular interest in claims containing a personal injury element. She is panel-approved by a number of UK insurers for personal injury, professional risk, disease, fraud, emergency services and policy-dispute work.

Sarah also has a general property law practice and advises in property-related professional negligence claims. She has particular experience of defending such claims - having spent a period of time in-house with a professional indemnity insurer helping with a range of claims arising out of the sale and purchase of properties.

Sarah is an effective trial advocate and offers a pleadings service in all her practice areas - including high-value multi-track claims. She also provides advice on liability, quantum and tactics. And she's happy to draft schedules, questions to experts, witness statements and applications.
Jimmy Vestbirk
Legal Geek

Jimmy Vestbirk is the founder of Legal Geek, a community of 1000+ legal technologists, investors and lawyers interested in the emerging LawTech space. Legal Geek run monthly LawTech events including hackathons, founders drinks, Women in LawTech and the world's first LawTech Conference.

Jimmy is also the co-founder of F-LEX, a tech platform which provide law firms and general counsel with a cost effective and flexible on-demand paralegal workforce. The F-LEX platform allows legal professionals to request paralegals in real time. The paralegals are pre-validated law students with flexible timetables.

Gabriel Voisin
Bird & Bird

Gabriel Voisin is a senior associate in Bird & Bird's international privacy and data protection practice, based in London.

A French qualified lawyer, he advises on a range of French and international data compliance projects, including the implementation of global data management strategies, international data transfers and local data compliance.

Additionally, Gabriel has robust experience of advising clients on guarding against and mitigating potential cyber intrusions and computer breach events for a broad range of major multinationals.

Adam Wagner
One Crown Office Row

Adam is ranked as a 'leader in his field' for his civil liberties and human rights work in Chambers and Partners 2013 and as a 'leading junior' for healthcare law in The Legal 500.

He has been appointed to the Attorney General's 'C' panel of counsel to the Crown and is a founding editor of the UK Human Rights Blog, for which he was longlisted for the 2011 Orwell Prize.

Before joining One Crown Office Row, Adam graduated from St Anne's College, Oxford with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and received an MA in International Relations from Columbia University. He also worked as the chair of a national youth organisation.

Tom Wainwright
Garden Court Chambers

Based at Garden Court Chambers, Tom is a devoted criminal defence barrister who is dedicated to upholding the rights of those against whom the State brings charges. He has a formidable reputation as a passionate defender and a strong advocate. He is regularly instructed as leading junior counsel in high-profile cases of significant complexity, legal importance and serious violence.

Notably, Tom acted in R. v Bassett at the Court of Appeal - the leading case on the offence of voyeurism that redefined terms for the purposes of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. He has appeared in large-scale complex frauds and has defended in prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Trading Standards and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also conducted a significant number of confiscation proceedings and his mastery of this area has led to a great deal of success.

Tom is co-author of Sweet and Maxwell's book The Confiscation Manual.

Peter Wallqvist
RAVN Systems

Peter Wallqvist started his career in the information retrieval industry as a research engineer at BT Research at the turn of the millennium. From there he went to being part of delivering some of the largest and most high profile search and unstructured data processing systems in the world - both at organisations like Autonomy (now HP) and as an independent consultant.

Peter co-founded RAVN Systems in 2010, together with equally experienced scientists and engineers, to build and deliver the next generations of advanced search-based cognitive computing systems; taking on the role of CEO.

In the past few years he has overseen a tectonic shift in perceptions regarding cognitive computing systems and the level of trust clients and other stakeholders are starting to put into the technology. This shift is likely to have dramatic consequences within the legal space and seldom has the word 'disruptive' been more apt to use when speculating the implications for the industry.

Jane Walshe
Compass Compliance

Jane Walshe is a fellow of the CISI and a barrister, with many years experience in financial services regulation. She has worked in the FSA's enforcement division, as a compliance consultant, and in-house at BP and JPMorgan Chase, where she was head of KYC for the EMEA region. At the FSA, Jane worked on matters such as the implementation of MiFID the first time around, changes to theApproved Persons Regime and on enforcement cases.

As a compliance consultant Jane hasprovided advice and training to firms on senior management responsibility, guided firms through ARROW visits (as was)and conducted a Section 166 as a skilled person.More recently, Jane has been leading a MiFID II project for Simmons & Simmons, and performing consultancy work through her own firm, Compass Compliance.

Gavin Ward
Moore Legal Technology

Operations Director at Moore Legal Technology, Gavin specialises in helping law firms, lawyers and businesses generate more business online. He helps optimise and manage law firm and business websites, social media strategies and digital marketing strategies in general in order to get law firms, solicitors and businesses found more online for their key specialisms, generate more relevant traffic to their website, help them to engage with their main audiences and ultimately generate much more, relevant business.

A former commercial solicitor, Gavin also established a guest legal blogging service, YouBlawg, to help lawyers and legal professionals to publish and share their legal knowledge and news within law blogs ('blawgs') more effectively.

Mark Warwick QC
Selborne Chambers

Mark Warwick's practice at Selborne Chambers embraces all aspects of contentious property work, including professional negligence.

He also has extensive experience in interlocutory proceedings having featured in leading cases on injunctions and 'stays' and in contentious Chancery work (he has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in two cases dealing with wills).

Elizabeth Weaver
XXIV Old Buildings
Elizabeth Weaver has a broad commercial Chancery practice at XXIV Old Buildings, where she focuses mainly on contentious work in the areas of business disputes; company law and insolvency; trusts and estates; and wills and property. When analysing the problems which arise in complex legal disputes (often involving several areas of law), she has both the technical knowledge and the experience required to give sound, commercial advice and to present her clients' cases effectively.

Elizabeth has considerable experience of working on large-scale commercial claims (both High Court litigation and LCIA and ICC arbitrations) and trust disputes - often with an international element and raising issues of foreign law and conflicts of law. For example, Danone v Wahaha Group (a high profile joint venture dispute in the British Virgin Islands and Samoa concerning the operation of the largest drinks producer in China).

Her expertise is recognised by the directories - being recommended for commercial litigation, company law and private client work. Elizabeth also has a well recognised specialism in professional negligence claims involving her key areas of expertise.
Victoria Webb
Old Square Chambers

Based at Old Square Chambers, Victoria Webb has a busy personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and discrimination practice, with a growing profile in regulatory work, and an additional interest in public and administrative law and inquests. Victoria acts for both claimants and defendants in personal injury cases at all levels. And she has solid experience in employer's liability, public liability, product liability and road traffic accident matters.

Victoria successfully appeared at the Court of Appeal in a dispute concerning civil procedure (service of a claim form and particulars of claim). She has also appeared frequently at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Tribunal and has appeared in the Coroner's Court on behalf of different interested persons.

Victoria has a growing professional disciplinary practice - having appeared at the Nursing and Midwifery Council on behalf of registrants at both interim and final hearing stage, and having advised a registrant on evidence and procedure at the General Medical Council.

Kate Wellington
Which?

Kate is the lead lawyer for Policy & Communications at Which?, supporting the organisation's policy, advocacy, campaigning and enforcement initiatives. She led Which?'s policy and lobbying work on the private actions aspects of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Kate is a qualified solicitor in the UK and Australia and practised as a commercial litigator at Linklaters before joining Which?. Kate holds an LLB (UWA), BEc (UWA) and BCL (Oxon). She also holds a public appointment as the consumer representative on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee.

Which? is an independent, a-political enterprise with a number of statutory powers that works to achieve positive change for consumers. Its charitable activities are funded by its various commercial ventures.

Matthew Whalley
EY

Matt Whalley is a thought leader in legal risk management, and an award winning legal technologist. He created and led the UK's first legal risk consultancy, where he worked with legal teams to help them identify, quantify and report their exposure to legal risks. And he has worked with general counsel to help them articulate their new responsibilities as legal risk managers, and how to define legal risk and legal risk appetite for their organisation.

He has worked in the Group Management Office Legal Operations team at HSBC (2005-2011), UK City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (2011-2015) and joined EY to build out their legal risk solutions in January 2016.

Matt has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the legal market. He commissioned the UK's first contract robot in 2015, which won 'best use of technology' at the 2015 British Legal Awards. He continues to work closely with leading technologists to develop useful and useable solutions to client problems.

Steven Whitaker

Steven practised as a barrister in civil law for almost 30 years before being appointed as Master of the Queen's Bench Division in 2002. He held that post for five years before being promoted to Senior Master of the Senior Courts - a position he held for another seven years, until 2014.

During that time, Steven managed countless complex and multiparty cases - many of which involved enormous amounts of electronic disclosure. As a result of his work, Steven is highly regarded as an expert on the eDisclosure process.

Helena White
Hardwicke

Helena White has a successful insurance and commercial practice at Hardwicke, with a particular focus on construction and engineering disputes, professional negligence and property damage. Her experience includes public procurement and utilities work.

Helena is conversant with the JCT, NEC3 and FIDIC standard forms, the RIBA terms of appointment as well as bespoke contracts. She is regularly instructed in a range of matters including payment disputes, final accounts disputes, termination, delay and disruption, defective work or design claims, extension of time claims, claims for loss and expense, and liquidated damages.

Robin White
Old Square Chambers

Robin White's practice at Old Square Chambers encompasses all aspects of employment law. Originally trained as a scientist, and a former manager in the transport sector before coming to the Bar, Robin brings a practical eye to employment matters.

Robin has particular expertise in matters with a technical or scientific content, complex factual and legal issues, or containing difficult issues of remedy - including pension rights. He appears in courts and tribunals across the whole UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland, and acts for employees and employers.

Chambers and Partners recognises Robin as a leading junior and is described as "always at hand to give excellent and detailed advice at short notice".

James Whymark
Baker & McKenzie

James advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious of IP law, with a particular focus on sports law.

As part of his contentious practice, James has been involved in trade mark, design right, patent infringement and passing off litigation in the High Court. He also manages global enforcement and customs programs which cover the implementation and co-ordination of enforcement actions in the UK, throughout Europe and worldwide. James also co-ordinates Baker & McKenzie's domain name enforcement practice and has been involved in a number of recent high-profile domain name disputes.

On the non-contentious side, James has been involved in IP assignments, as well as licensing and IP-driven acquisitions and disposals.

Ellen Wiles
Thirty Nine Essex Street

Ellen's practice at Thirty Nine Essex Street is focused upon public and human rights, planning and environmental law. She has been identified as a leading junior in her field by Chambers and Partners, 2012. Her practice extends across the range of chambers' specialisms, to personal injury law, commercial law and costs. She appears regularly in courts, tribunals and inquiries and undertakes pleading and advisory work.

Ellen also gives seminars to solicitors, local authorities and other client groups on a range of topics, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. She publishes articles on legal issues ranging from human rights to planning policy developments. Cases of note include acting as a junior in the Dale Farm traveller proceedings.

Patrick Wilkins
TalklawMedia

Patrick Wilkins is the Editorial Director at TalklawMedia. He is a journalist who began his career with a British national newspaper. In 1994 he began to specialize in reporting on law and legal issues.

In 1999 he became the executive editor of Commercial Lawyer. From 2000 until 2009 he was the founder, editor and publisher of The European Lawyer magazine, which was the first legal publication to win the prestigious Queen's Award for Export in Great Britain in 2006.

In 2009 he launched European GC, a legal intelligence newsletter which was the predecessor to the knowledge portal European GC.

Owen Willcox
Practical Law

Before joining Practical Law, Owen Willcox held positions as Public Services Partner with Geldards LLP, Senior Solicitor with Lawrence Graham LLP, Interim Head of Legal Services at EEDA, and Head of Legal and Democratic Services at Harlow District Council.

As Monitoring Officer at Harlow DC, Owen advised the council on vires, procurement and governance issues in relation to all its key functions and major projects. He has also advised a number of local authorities on procurement, governance and vires issues in relation to town centre, regeneration and other service transformation projects.

Owen joined Practical Law in 2016 and is a non-practising solicitor.

Sarah Williams
Keating Chambers

Sarah's practice at Keating Chambers has developed to encompass a diverse range of cases. These include engineering and technical disputes, surveyor's professional negligence claims, standard form contract disputes (including NEC, JCT, ICE, Federation of Master Builders contracts and RIBA), onshore drilling and energy work, adjudication and adjudication enforcements, ICC international arbitrations, CIMAR arbitrations, right to light disputes, mediation, utilities disputes, shipbuilding cases, pure construction cases in the TCC, and pro bono work.

Sarah appears regularly in the county courts and the High Court, as well as in front of other dispute resolution tribunals, both in the regions and in London. Her clients have included national and international companies, local authorities, sole traders, partnerships and homeowners.

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Peter Williams
Falco Legal Training

Peter Williams runs Falco Legal Training, providing high quality, practical training on commercial property issues for lawyers at all levels. He was a partner at Norton Rose before heading up the PSL service in the property departments at Simmons & Simmons and then Eversheds until 2013.

Peter writes and lectures for various organisations, including Estates Gazette and the CPD Foundation, and is a member of the Practical Law Property consultation board.

Adrian Williamson QC
Keating Chambers

Adrian Williamson was called to the Bar in 1983 and has been a practising barrister in Keating Chambers since 1989. Adrian specialises in construction, engineering and technology disputes and he is also highly regarded for his expertise in professional negligence and insurance actions within these specialist areas. He took silk in 2002.

Adrian's practice covers all aspects of law within his specialist fields, including advisory work relating to standard form and bespoke contracts; contractors', sub-contractors' and employers' claims; and professional negligence claims (architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers). This work includes advisory work, drafting and of course advocacy - for which he is widely regarded as a formidable opponent.

He regularly appears in the Technology and Construction Court in London and on arbitrations in many parts of the UK and abroad. Adrian has also appeared in the Court of Appeal on many occasions and in the Privy Council. He has represented clients in adjudication and mediation and is himself an adjudicator and arbitrator.

Will Winch
Mishcon de Reya

Will Winch is a managing associate in Mishcon de Reya's employment department, dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters. He acts for employers and employees, and many of his clients come from media, advertising and the finance industry.

Will is a member of the firm's recruitment group, advising recruitment agencies in relation to all types of employment issues, and a member of the firm's technology group.

Naomi Winston
Ten Old Square

Naomi Winston is a barrister based at Ten Old Square. Her busy practice covers litigation, drafting and advisory work across the full range of chancery and commercial chancery matters, with particular focus on partnership, probate and trust, and property.

Chambers UK describes Naomi as "extremely bright, with a deep and detailed knowledge of all things partnership and LLP", bringing "huge enthusiasm and energy to all her cases".

Andy Wishart
Thomson Reuters

Andy Wishart is Global Head of Contract Express at Thomson Reuters where he has overall responsibility for the Contract Express document assembly product.

Andy was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Business Integrity from 2001 until it was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2015. Prior to this he was a researcher and lecturer in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

Gemma Witherington
Hardwicke
Gemma has a very busy practice at Hardwicke where she advises and represents litigants in all courts including the High Court, County Court, inquests, the employment tribunal and the EAT. She travels nationwide and accepts instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate. Her core specialisms include insurance, commercial cases, banking work and professional negligence.

Gemma is approachable and client-focused, whilst delivering robust and clear advice. She prides herself in delivering high quality work and taking a commercial view to achieve the best results for clients.
Liz Wood
Gowling WLG

Liz Wood helps clients to manage employment and pensions law issues, and the difficult crossover areas between the two. She is one of the lawyers in Gowling WLG's unique Combined Human Resources Solutions team; specialist lawyers who can simultaneously give employment and pensions law advice.

Liz is also an adviser to a number of trustee clients in relation to their occupational pension schemes, including the management of scheme liabilities, scheme governance and general assistance for trustees in finding their way through the veritable minefield of pensions law that affects trustees.

Charles Woollam
SIAM LLP

Charles has nearly 30 years' experience as a chartered surveyor, as an asset manager and as a corporate real estate adviser. Charles has concentrated exclusively on issues of sustainability in property investment portfolios since February 2007.

Charles is a partner of Sustainable Investment and Asset Management LLP (SIAM) - a specialist adviser to investors in commercial properties on the potential impact of sustainability-related issues on the performance of property assets as an investment class. Established in May 2009, SIAM has analysed assets across all sectors of the commercial property market - with an aggregate capital value of around 3.6 billion.

Charles was co-author of 'Mapping the Impacts of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Real Estate' - a research report commissioned by the Green Construction Board. He was also a member of the working group established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to assist with the development of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

Jeremy Wright
2 KBW

Jeremy's practice at 2KBW encompasses serious crime, general common law and family work. He has been a Recorder since 1994 and has a reputation for his calm handling of cases and measured advocacy

Jeremy's criminal work covers all areas of crime - including serious sexual offences, drugs, violence, homicide and dishonesty. In civil jurisdictions, he has been involved in personal injury, industrial accidents and civil liberty cases - particularly in civil actions involving the police. In family work, his particular interest is in private childcare cases and the spin-off from criminal cases involving child abuse.

Andrew Yuille
Thomson Reuters

Andrew Yuille has more than 25 years of business development experience in high growth organisations across technology, research and financial services. He currently serves as the Global Head of Proposition Marketing for Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). In this role he oversees the product marketing of the GRC products and services across enterprise risk management, supply chain risk, third party risk, operational risk, global regulatory intelligence, financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption, and board of director services.

Andrew's previous roles include Global Head of Marketing for global risk intelligence provider World-Check, Vice-President Marketing for ERP vendor Tetra Plc, Head of Marketing for supply-chain software vendor Strategix and Head of Marketing for legal knowledge management vendor Solcara.

Louis Zvesper
Hardwicke

Louis Zvesper accepts instructions across all of Hardwicke's practice areas, with a particular interest in construction disputes. He is regularly instructed in his own right and as junior counsel in the High Court, County Courts, and in construction adjudications.

As well as litigation, Louis has also worked extensively in alternative dispute resolution, in particular adjudication, mediation and arbitration.