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About Us

The 36 Group

The 36 Group is ranked as a "Leading Set" of barristers' chambers in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the leading lawyers' directories in the United Kingdom.

Recently, the 36 Group changed its name from "36 Bedford Row". Any references to 36 Bedford Row found on the Internet or elsewhere, is a reference to "the 36 Group".

The 36 Group is a multi-specialist set of barristers' Chambers (offices) located in a handsome listed building at 36 Bedford Row, London. It is situated close to the Royal Courts of Justice (Queen's Bench Division and Court of Appeal), the Rolls Building (Chancery Division and the Commercial Court), the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court) and the historic four Inns of Court (the Honourable Societies of Gray's Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln's Inn and Middle Temple).

With over 100 barristers, mediators and arbitrators, including 11 Queen's Counsel (Silks) the 36 Group is one of the largest London based sets, and is the preferred choice for a great many firms of solicitors, public bodies, businesses and members of the public.

Within the 36 Group, dedicated practice groups provide specialist legal services that include advice, the drafting of agreements and other documents, and courtroom or tribunal advocacy.

The 36 Group's barristers specialise principally in the following areas of law: business and commercial, consumer, crime, employment, family, immigration and property. Each practice group is readily recognisable by the prefix "36" followed by the relevant subject area of law, as in "36 Family", or "36 Property" or "36 Crime" etc.

The Group's barristers combine legal expertise and trial advocacy skills to a high level whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of the client, whether the client is a person, a partnership or a corporate entity or public body. Some members are also able to offer services as mediators and arbitrators.

Richard Wilson QC and William Harbage QC lead the 36 Group as Joint Heads of Chambers and co-Chairs of its Executive Board.

Aims

The 36 Group's barristers are entirely client-focused. They aim to:

Scope of Legal Services

Barrister members of the 36 Group:

Quality of Work

36 Group barristers have a proven track record of producing quality work for their clients at the highest levels, and also in the lower courts and tribunals across a broad spectrum.

Members regularly appear in high profile cases in the High Court, the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal (both Civil and Criminal Divisions), and in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

In the past few years, members have appeared in the Supreme Court in cases involving commercial law, consumer law, criminal law, employment law, European Union law, extradition law, family law, human rights, immigration law, property law and public and administrative law.

The two most viewed cases in the history of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom have been cases involving 36 Group barristers. See report by The Independent newspaper.

The services of 36 Family barristers are sought from overseas jurisdictions, including the Channel Islands and Hong Kong.

A number of foreign languages are spoken by some of our barristers: including French, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, German, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Whether it is advice, advocacy or ADR (alternative dispute resolution) services, the 36 Group provides professional, yet friendly and approachable assistance.

Contributions to Domestic and International Law

With a history extending over 140 years, members of Chambers have figured prominently as barristers throughout the evolution of the modern system of justice from the Judicature Acts in the nineteenth century right up to the most recent UK and European Union legislation.

More recently, some members have made contributions to the development of international criminal and human rights law before international tribunals.

Some examples of the broad contribution to the law made by the set's barristers include:

There is also an increasing contribution by members of 36 Bedford Row, across practice fields, as authors of books for the legal profession and business community. To see our members' publications, click here.

The 36 Group has an outstanding record of its members being appointed to the judiciary. Amongst the most prominent are:

A great many former members of Chambers have been appointed to the Circuit Bench over the last 25 years.

Some current members are part-time members of the judiciary holding appointments ranging from Deputy High Court judge and Recorders, to quasi-judicial appointments such as Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal and Charging Adjudicator of the Parking and Appeals Tribunal.