About Us

Our History

The precise date on which Chambers was founded has been lost in time, but can be traced at least to the end of the Second World War. David Maxwell Fyfe KC was Attorney-General at the end of the War and became the main UK prosecutor at Nuremburg. When he returned to the Bar he practised, together with his then junior John Barrington, from 1 Temple Gardens. David Maxwell Fyfe was appointed Lord Chancellor (as Lord Kilmuir) in 1954: John Barrington was appointed a County Court Judge. In the same year the depleted set was joined by a group led by John Thompson QC (later Mr Justice Thompson). He was the editor of Redgrave’s Factories Acts and was the doyen of the Personal Injury Bar. This was the start of Chambers’ recognition as experts in this class of work.

John Thompson was appointed a High Court Judge in 1961. Over the years he has been succeeded as Head of Chambers by George Bean QC (later Mr Justice Bean), Colin Fawcett QC, Hugh Carlisle QC, Guy Sankey QC, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Ian Burnett QC (now The Rt Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales), Nigel Wilkinson QC, Robin Tam QC and currently Keith Morton QC. Patrick Mayhew QC (later Lord Mayhew of Twysden)  followed in Maxwell Fyfe’s footsteps as Attorney-General (and later becoming Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), as did Dominic Grieve QC.

Chambers’ work has broadened with appointments to the Treasury Panels of civil practitioners.  Members of Chambers were instructed in the Railway Inquiries and subsequent litigation and became recognised as leading players in prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which cases began in the 1990s.  The Treasury work has widened to include all aspects of public law, including immigration and anti-terrorism.

Chambers’ size has increased from its initial handful and it has taken on extra accommodation. In 2010 the opportunity was taken to reposition the Clerks’ Room in Harcourt Buildings and this led to it being renamed as Temple Garden Chambers. The success and growth of Chambers will continue.

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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to clerks@tgchambers.com. We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

If you do not already pay us by BACS, going forward please make arrangements to do so. Please contact the clerks who can supply you with the relevant BACS details.

If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or dnorton@tgchambers.com.

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.