What the Directories say

Chambers & Partners 2019

  • 3 Hare Court is described as "leading civil and commercial set" and "truly market-leading".
  • Client service: "The clerking team is fantastic. They're very helpful, patient and nothing is ever too much trouble." "The clerks are superb and really make you feel like a valued client. James Donovan, the senior clerk, is one of the best in the business and in my experience he has never recommended a barrister who wasn't totally suited to the job in hand."
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  • We are ranked as a Band 1 set for Travel Law.
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  • We are recommended in the following areas:
  • Aviation
  • Chancery: Commercial
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Immigration
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Restructuring/ Insolvency
  • Travel: International Personal Injury

Legal 500 (2018)

  • 3 Hare Court is described as ‘a seemingly endless depth of well-trained, able juniors added every year’ that offers a ‘quality and depth of experience’ and places ‘an extremely important emphasis on delivering client service’. Members ‘routinely feature in notable and important cases, breaking new ground and setting precedents’, and ‘conduct complex and heavyweight litigation’.
  • Client Service: The ‘superb’ clerks’ room is headed up by the ‘delightful’ and ‘charming’ senior clerk James Donovan, who ‘knows his barristers - their strengths and weaknesses - inside out’ and ‘is interested in building lasting working relationships rather than short-term profits’. Chambers ‘really seems to be going places’ under Donovan’s guidance,
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  • We are ranked as a Tier 1 Leading Set in Travel Law.
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  • We are recommended in the following areas:
  • Administrative and public law (including local government)
  • Aviation
  • Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Fraud: civil
  • Immigration (including business immigration)
  • Insolvency
  • Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
  • Professional negligence
  • Set overviews: England and Wales
  • Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Chambers & Partners 2018

  • 3 Hare Court is endorsed as "a top-tier set that attracts some of the highest-profile work in the market."
  • Client service: James Donovan is "a top-notch senior clerk who is very approachable and helpful". Further sources confirm the "excellent service" provided, and say that "the turnaround is quick and the clerks are very accessible."
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  • We are ranked as a Band 1 set for Travel Law.
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  • We are recommended in the following areas:
  • Aviation
  • Chancery: Commercial
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Immigration
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Restructuring/ Insolvency
  • Travel: International Personal Injury

Legal 500 (2017)

  • At 3 Hare Court, the ‘strength in depth and intellectual calibre of barristers is very impressive’. Rated for providing ‘an extremely effective and efficient service’, the set is recommended for a range of civil law matters, such as commercial litigation, personal injury, public law and jurisdictional issues. Some say ‘there is no set with better clerks’; ‘they are extremely helpful, proactive and always able to provide quick and sensible cost budgets’. In particular, senior clerk James Donovan and first junior Toby Eales ‘do everything they can to help their instructing solicitors’. Furthermore, ‘they are very knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of their barristers and will not seek to persuade you to instruct someone who may not be right for the job’
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  • We are ranked as a Tier 1 Leading Set in Travel Law.
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  • We are recommended in the following areas:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Aviation
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Litigation
  • Travel Law

Legal 500 (2016)

  • In addition to being well known for personal injury, employment, public law and commercial matters, 3 Hare Court is also ‘a leading set on travel litigation, jurisdictional and applicable law issues, and cross-border claims’. The set’s breadth of knowledge ‘means you would not need to go elsewhere for advice’. ‘The barristers always satisfy their clients, whatever the results’, and are ‘well supported by very competent and efficient administrative staff’; ‘every single one of their clerks is professional, approachable, helpful and friendly’. ‘Charming’ senior clerk James Donovan and first junior Toby Eales are ‘outstanding at what they do’; ‘they know their barristers inside out and always know who will be best for a case’. 
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  • We are recommended in the following areas:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Aviation
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Litigation

Chambers and Partners 2017

  • Renowned for the long-standing experience of its silks and bench strength at junior level, the team at 3 Hare Court enjoys an exceptional reputation for complex travel cases. Members predominantly specialise in high-value package travel claims on behalf of tour operators, as well as catastrophic and fatal injury cases on both claimant and defendant side. Barristers are also in demand for jurisdictional and choice of law issues, having appeared in key cases including Panagaki v Minetta & Others. One impressed solicitor notes: "3 Hare Court is one of the foremost chambers in terms of travel law. I can't speak highly enough of its flexibility and customer-focused approach."
  • Client service: "The clerks are brilliant, from the seniors all the way down to the juniors. They know which barrister is suitable for which case." "It's a great set of clerks, and it shows because they're all consistent. I feel like I can tell them what I need and they will move heaven and earth to supply it." 
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  • We are ranked in Band 1 as a set for Travel: International Personal Injury and recommended in the following areas:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Aviation
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Fraud
  • Immigration
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Restructuring/ Insolvency
  • Sports Law
  • Travel

Legal 500 (2015)

  • At 3 Hare Court, ‘the barristers will always go out of their way to find time for solicitors or prepare advice, even at their busiest’. The set is strong across the civil law spectrum, with notable expertise in personal injury and travel law, and a growing civil fraud practice. It has ‘one of the best clerking teams in the business’, where ‘the clerks are very approachable and willing to go the extra mile’. ‘They could not be more helpful.’ Senior clerk James Donovan is ‘a delight to deal with’ and first junior clerk Toby Eales has ‘a can-do attitude which makes a solicitor’s job much easier’; ‘both make you feel as though you are part of the set’.'.
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  • Following the publication of the Legal 500, 2014, we are delighted to have been recognised as a Leading set in both the Human Rights and Civil Liberties and Personal Injury practice areas.
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  • Additionally we have received a record 24 individual rankings for our Barristers covering the following 12 practice areas.
  • Administrative & public law
  • Aviation
  • Civil fraud
  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Property litigation

Chambers UK Bar 2015

  • Travel - the Set
  • '3 Hare Court is a 'go-to' set for travel law, whose members act for claimants (including those involved in group actions) and defendants in personal injury abroad matters. They have notable expertise in handling matters concerning complex questions of applicable law and package travel regulations'.
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  • Client Service
  • 'The clerks, led by James Donovan, go the extra mile. They are friendly and accommodating and nothing is ever too much trouble.' 
  • Results
  • We are delighted to have received a record number of individual rankings this year (16) and to have been ranked in the following practice areas in the 2015 edition which now include Aviation and Civil Fraud :-
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  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Aviation
  • Civil LIberties and Human Rights
  • Civil Fraud
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Sports
  • Travel 

Legal 500 (2014)

  • We are recommended in the following areas by Legal 500 2014 (listed alphabetically):
  • Administrative & public law
  • Civil fraud
  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • International Arbitration - Counsel
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Property litigation

Chambers UK Bar 2014

  • We are recommended in the following areas by Chambers UK 2014 (listed alphabetically):
  • Admin & Public Law
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Sport
  • Travel

Legal 500 (2013)

  • We are recommended in the following areas by Chambers UK 2014 (listed alphabetically):
  • Civil Fraud
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency
  • International Arbitration
  • Media, Entertainment & Sport
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property litigation

Chambers UK Bar 2013

  • We were recommended in the following areas by Chambers UK 2013 (listed alphabetically):
  • Admin & Public Law
  • Admin & Public Law (Public Inquiries)
  • International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance)
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Discipline
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Sport
  • Travel