Foregate Chambers (Barrister Clerking) is a leading provider of Counsel for Courts and Tribunals countrywide. We offer a friendly, reliable, efficient and cost-effective service in advocacy, negotiation and client care for both our professional and lay clients. You can view our Barristers’ Profiles with the types of work in which they specialize by visiting our Profile Page.

All our Barristers are Authorised and Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (‘the BSB’).

Our Barristers’ fees are on a fixed fee basis for Hearings and Conferences and either fixed fee or hourly rate for reading and drafting work, depending upon the complexities of the case, time required for preparation and travel and will be clearly set out in writing before instructions are accepted. The timescale for your case will depend upon the complexities, time required to review all paperwork and information, availability of Counsel and parties involved, hearing dates, court deadlines and the approach by the parties generally.

Please note that Foregate Chambers no longer undertakes CFA or Legal Aid work.

Some members are qualified to take instructions direct from the public under the Public Access Scheme. A Directory of participating barristers together with an explanation of how the Public Access Scheme works can be found on the Bar Council website Here

The BSB’s Barristers’ Register shows (1) who has a current practising certificate and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Barristers’ Register in accordance with their policy. The link to the Barristers’ Register page Here

Should you feel dissatisfied with our services, please see our Complaints Page explaining how this can be addressed.

We cover many aspects of law including:-




Company & Partner Disputes

Consumer Credit





Holiday & Travel



Judicial Review

Landlord & Tenant

Local Government

Mediation/Mediation Advocacy


Personal Insolvency

Personal Injury

Professional & Medical Negligence



Property Disputes

Public Law

Road Traffic


VAT Tribunals

Foregate Chambers (Barrister Clerking) provides Counsel for Courts and Tribunals countrywide. Our Barristers are based in the following areas of the UK and will travel wherever required:  




East Anglia

East Midlands







North East



West Midlands


Julia Vaughan


Sheila Aly (2002)

Public Access: Civil, Employment, Family, Immigration, Mediation (Commercial & Family)
Neeta Amin

Neeta Amin (1990)

Public Access, Civil (including Road Traffic Accidents and Credit Hire, Crime (inc Road Traffic), Employment ,Family, Immigration

Nicholas Baker (1980)

Public Access, Family, Divorce, Matrimonial Finance, Children and Child Care, Contested divorce, Nullity and foreign jurisdictional issues

Milena Bennett (2012)

Public Access, Higher Rights Advocate since 2008: Legal Aid, Civil, crime (including motoring law), family, prison, immigration

Jayashree Bezzam (1997)

Public Access, Asylum and Immigration, Civil Litigation, Family, Human Rights, Judicial Reviews, Landlord & Tenant

Dravin Bheemah (2010)

Public Access, Civil Law, Disciplinary Tribunals, Employment Law

Rossano Cifonelli (1998)

Public Access: Chancery, Civil, Crime (Defence), Fraud, Employment, Immigration, L & T

Simon Collingham (2011)

Public Access: Civil, Crime (Defence), Road Traffic

Michael Conlon (1984)

Legal Aid, Public Access: Civil, crime, employment, human rights, immigration, road traffic, family

Ann Crighton (2015)

Public Access, Crime, Road Traffic, Higher Rights Advocate since 2000.

David Daniels (1995)

Legal Aid, Public Access: Ancillary relief, contact law, defamation, employment, family, landlord & tenant, personal injury, professional negligence

Kay Driver (2016)

Public Access, Higher Rights Advocate since 2008: Crime, Family (finding of fact), Prison Law

Mr Robert Haggis

Public Access; Civil, Commercial, Corporate, Crime, Family, RTOs.

Julian Hunt (2005)

Public Access, Legal Aid: Civil, crime
Philip Jones

Philip Jones (2005)

Civil, Family (Public & Private Law), Immigration, Personal Injury (including Credit Hire)

Annie Ives (1994)

Public Access: Family Law

Maura Logan (1971)

Public Access: Crime, Family, Immigration, Personal Injury

Robert Mackenzie (1996)

Public Access; Chancery (inc Insolvency, Probate, Trusts), Tax (esp Direct Taxes, Trusts), Commercial, PI (inc Credit Hire), Landlord & Tenant”

Sam Mahmud (1996)

Family, Human Rights, Immigration and Asylum

John Mannion (1987)

CPS1, Legal Aid, Public Access: Crime, immigration

Becky Agates (2007)

Public Access, Crime, Children Law

Karen Parker (2001)

Public Access, Chancery, Civil, Crime, Employment, Family (Finances) , Land and Property, PI, Professional Negligence,

Soraya Pascoe (1999)

Public Access: Civil, Commercial/Finance, Crime, Employment, Family, Human Rights, Immigration, Regulatory Work and Tribunals, Sports Law

Gavin Purves (1979)

Mediator, Public Access: Chancery, civil, planning

Zia Rahman (2006)

Public Access, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Road Traffic

Thomas Restell (1976)

Public Access: Crime, Road Traffic

Suman Sharma (1994)

Public Access: Benefit Fraud, Education Tribunal, Immigration, Social Security Tribunal

Dr Iqbal Sram (1996)

Public Access, Employment, immigration, landlord and tenant, personal injury, clinical neglegence

Angus Stewart (2002)

Public Access, Civil – RTAs / Infant Settlements, Crime

Neil Treharne (2001)

CPS1, Legal Aid, Public Access: Civil, chancery, crime, drafting, employment, immigration

Philip Worrall (2001)

CPS1, Legal Aid, Public Access: Civil, common, crime, family, personal injury, road traffic, Immigration

Testimonials ... What are our clients are saying about us?

"I have instructed Foregate Chambers now on a number of occasions and have found the service I have received to be consistently excellent. There is always someone available to help, even at short notice and Julia Vaughan who clerks Foregate goes the extra mile to help put my mind and therefore my client's mind at rest. I look forward to continuing to work with Foregate in the future."

Neil Coombes

Director, Neil Coombes Solicitor Ltd and Consultant Solicitor at Waring and Co Solicitors

"For a few, there are times in your life when, unfortunately, you need to turn to legal counsel for assistance.  Foregate Chambers advised us through the legal process via Direct Access, and we felt confident and safe in their hands. We view Gwynn Price-Rowlands as a valued and trusted advisor and have no hesitation in recommending the team at Foregate as our legal counsel of choice!"

Anne & David Hawkins

Public Access clients

“I have found Foregate to be extremely professional and have been very happy with the service provided by the company.”

Catherine Johnston

Claims Handler at Bromley Holcroft Ltd

I attended mediation where Gavin Purves of Foregate Chambers (Barrister Clerking) acted on behalf of the potential Claimant. I was truly impressed with his professionalism, knowledge of the law and his composure throughout.  He achieved a better than predicted result for our client in very stressful and highly emotional circumstances.

Sophie Jones

Trainee Solicitor of The Legal Practice, Middlesex ​

As a leading motoring defence firm, it is paramount that we provide the highest quality legal advice and representation, inline with our clients' expectations. It is for this reason that we instruct barristers from Foregate Chambers (Barrister Clerking).We have worked closely with Foregate for the past five years, instructing their barristers on a daily basis. Foregate has given us the opportunity to satisfy the demand for our service, without compromising the quality of the representation we provide.Foregate's barristers will often win cases on complex points of law or procedure. They remain in touch with current legal developments and relevant case law and are always happy to provide a second opinion.Some clients instruct us last minute, often the day before a hearing:  Foregate will always make a conscious effort to assist with representation at short notice. Foregate provides a professional, personal and reliable service that sets them apart from others.We have witnessed the development of a first-class, 'forward-thinking chambers' and would have no hesitation in recommending their services to fellow practitioners.

M.A.J. Law Ltd

We cannot speak highly enough of the quality of service provided by Foregate chambers. We instruct them on a regular basis throughout the country.Foregate chambers offers a friendly and flexible service, which is crucial in the modern Criminal Justice System. Julia will always be in a position to offer the right Barrister for each case, even at short notice. The dedication of Foregate chambers towards client care sets them apart from others in their field.We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Forster Dean Solicitors

"Foregate Chambers saves the day...again! That’s three times I’ve used you and three times you got the right and just result. You always have the right people for the right job  👍.Alistair Mitchell was A1 - now there’s an Order which I never thought we would get.  Can’t thank you and Alistair enough.

Neil H

"I would just like to thank you for the hard work Mr Simon Collingham has done in representing me at court, after months of anxiety over my charge of failing to produce a specimen for analysis, Mr Collingham was, to say the very least, a true professional and a pleasure to meet even under such stressful circumstances, and his attention to every detail made the difference in having the trial dropped or me getting charged with something I felt strongly I should never have been.  Again, I thank you for your efforts and good luck with all your future cases.

Jamie J

My appreciation and gratitude to Counsel, Mr Michael Conlon:  his professionalism, patience and ability to deal with such a case that gave him nothing to work with, was absolutely amazing and excellent in every way.  Although the CPS displayed inefficiencies and some incompetence, I don't believe the result would have been achieved without Mr Conlon's persistence and great attention to detail.  I can't thank him enough!”

KJ at MAJ Law

"At the court hearing, MAJ Law provided an amazing barrister.  His professionalism, advice, patience and ability to deal with such a case, was excellent in every way.  There is no way I could have argued with the prosecutor and police witness, who seemed to be surprisingly getting support from the court!  To them, I was guilty.  My barrister's persistence, great attention to detail, and unwillingness to allow any unfairness, is what won the case.  I cannot stress how grateful I am and that this was his win.” 

Client JAA

I wanted to thank you for your help and support with my case. I have been really impressed with your service, very organized!  Counsel, Mr David Daniels, got me the result I needed after a very long day in court (we left at 8pm!) and I just wanted to thank you both.

Anna T

“Maura Logan represented me at Crown Court recently and was magnificent!  A very formidable and engaging character! Many thanks.


After being reported for a speeding offence by a police officer using a handheld radar device In January 2019, my solicitors contacted Foregate Chambers who assigned Simon Collingham (an expert barrister in motoring law) to represent me.  I cannot rate Simon highly enough, his depth of knowledge and analysis of the fine detail in his cross examination of the police officer highlighted the major undisclosed faults in evidence and procedure. It really was a brilliantly constructed cross examination. After submissions the Magistrates ruled no case to answer and defence costs were also awarded. I had been facing a disqualification for an offence I had not committed. I would like to thank Simon for his outstanding representation at Bromley Magistrates in August 2019 in relation to this speeding matter.  Without the help of Julia Vaughan at Foregate Chambers, followed up by the outstanding abilities of Mr Collingham, I have no doubt I would have been convicted.  I cannot thank you all enough. I would not hesitate to recommend your services.

A Moore

Having been dragged into legal procedures relating to my children for more than 10 years and having to relocate often, I met many barristers and solicitors. I counted myself as very lucky to have found Foregate Chambers and Counsel Mr Nicholas Baker when dealing with procedures in the high court. The first thing that became apparent to me was Mr. Baker's enormous amount of knowledge and skill regarding family matters (my case was non-standard and included international law) combined with high mindfulness about what is the best for children. I was truly surprised by his high ethical norms and extreme helpfulness. I also found the Foregate Chambers' Clerk, Ms Julia L Vaughan, to be extremely helpful and polite. Additionally, I appreciated the truly straight, exact and fully accurate information from this Chambers relating to key points of the procedure, possible outcomes and the costs. In my experience, these are extremely rare characteristics of solicitors and barristers, hence this review; I hope it will help people find this excellent Barristers' Chambers quickly when assistance is needed.



I want to thank Ms Julia Vaughan, the Clerk at Foregate Chambers, and Barrister Mr Nicholas Baker for the counsel I have received to date, though my case is still yet to be concluded and I am optimistic of a positive outcome, Mr Nicholas Baker has been nothing short of superb thus far. His relaxed, calm telephone manner made nothing seem too much to ask, and that no hurdle could not be overcome. He is truly a credit to Foregate Chambers and his wealth of experience dealing with all cases under Family law, in particular Children and Finances, is second to none. He always diligently followed up on action points with the court and gave sound advice on upcoming hearings. On a personal level he is respectful and affable to his clients and the Court and is sensitive to the impact of child Act proceedings on each situation, regardless of whether or not it is their first time experience in the family law system. Overall, he has been an absolute pleasure to work with and an asset to Foregate Chambers. GD

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TELEPHONE:  07760 766152


Foregate Chambers (BC)
2 Bronte Drive,
DY10 3YU

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