David Hannah

As a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser David is One of the most respected commentators in the UK on tax matters, often quoted by the financial and property press, and consulted by accountants and tax counsel alike. David’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the UK tax legislation is matched to a commercial brain that allows him to see practical solutions to any problem he is presented with.


Powered by almost a century of collective expertise in UK tax advice, Cornerstone’s capability to deliver focused, measured and efficient outcomes for a diverse range of clients is unmatched in the UK.

Across a decade of working in the UK and around the world, Cornerstone has gone from strength to strength, helping thousands of clients achieve their goals with clear, succinct advice that neither patronises nor assumes knowledge. Every one of our clients is a valued individual, and every piece of advice and planning that we undertake is done based on the very specific and particular circumstances of that individual.

With a wealth of experience in Middle Eastern markets, and our current expansion into the Asian markets as well, Cornerstone is a firm with a truly global vision and focus. We believe that borders are for countries, not for your ambitions.


Luke Meleagros BSc, MBBS, MD, FRCS

Specialist Field: General/Colorectal/Laparoscopic Surgery/Emergency General Surgery

I am a consultant surgeon in the NHS since 1994. I specialise in General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgery.

I have extensive experience as a medico-legal expert. On average, I prepare 2 to 3 expert reports per month in medical negligence cases. I am instructed by solicitors on behalf of NHS Trusts and the NHS Resolution, by solicitors on behalf of Claimants in medical negligence and in personal injury cases.  I am also instructed by solicitors acting on behalf of medical defence organisations representing their members.

I have appeared in Court as Expert Witness in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, including five appearances at the Royal Courts of Justice and twice at the Supreme Court of Bermuda.

I have been instructed to prepare expert reports in a wide range of cases of alleged negligence in general surgery including: laparoscopic colorectal, surgery complications, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and complications, laparoscopic and open inguinal hernia surgery, bowel injury at gynaecological laparoscopic procedures, incisional and strangulated hernia, appendicitis, acute abdomen, peritonitis, diverticulitis, intestinal fistula, colovaginal fistula, intestinal ischaemia, small bowel obstruction colonic pseudo-obstruction, colonoscopic bowel injuries, obstetric anal sphincter injuries, complications of colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer diagnosis, gastrointestinal perforation by ingested foreign bodies, postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus.

Secretary contact number: 02085270977

Secretary email: jawdobson@gmail.com


Richard Scott-Watson

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Expert Witness, Disability Analyst and APIL Expert.

Rooms in Central Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Swindon and Oxford.

Extensive experience in the provision of Medico-legal reports since 1990. Over 19,000 reports provided. Also Employment Tribunal reports and consideration of Equalities Act 2010.

Experience in the field of all musculo-skeletal injury with particular interest in whiplash and its consequences, and back pain.

Current workload 40% each Defendant & Claimant instruction: 20% joint reports.

Extensive training in court procedure, use of CPR. Regular attender at medico-legal training seminars.

Holder of LLB and Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificates. Winner Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Medico Legal Award 2014/15. Winner Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award receiver for Trauma & Orthopaedics.

Domicilary visits undertaken.


  • Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate 2014.
  • Fully trained in CPR and in LVI cases.


Ros Bever

I am a Partner in our Manchester office and national head of Irwin Mitchell’s Divorce & Family Law team.

I offer help and advice to people when their relationship comes to an end – or assist them in planning for the potential consequences of that happening. Pre-marital and post-marital agreements may not be the most romantic prospect, but they can be vital to map out next steps for couples and families in the event that things do break down in the future.

I have a particular specialism in financial provision for children, where the parents were never married. I’m a Resolution accredited specialist and in 2016 I was the only divorce lawyer outside London to make The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list. My team has been successfully nominated and short-listed for a number of national legal awards in the past two years, of which we have won several.

I am part of the Private Wealth team and have extensive experience acting in high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, frequently involving complex international issues, high value trust structures and pension arrangements. However, I do not exclusively represent these cases and am always passionate about fighting for a fair outcome for my clients, whatever their situation.

The benefits of working as part of a national family team are tremendous. I am part of one of the largest, if not the largest family team in the country. This facilitates knowledge sharing on a level which cannot be beaten by our competitors. As part of a full-service law firm, I have unrivalled support from the firm’s other teams, across all disciplines and I work particularly closely with our private wealth offering.

In recent years, I have been involved in a number of high profile cases, many of which have been reported. I represented Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil in their successful “landmark” appeals to the Supreme Court, where the seven Supreme Court judges unanimously determined that the orders which had been made in their cases should be set aside, each of the women successfully securing costs orders against their opponents. I also represented Helen Roocroft, in her successful appeal to the Court of Appeal last year, which was said to be another “landmark ruling”.

The law is not one size fits all. I will always work to get the result that is right for each client, whilst also making sure they have a clear understanding of the possible outcomes from the start.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

In 1993 I met two incredible women. They were family lawyers. They supported me in changing career paths and qualifying as a solicitor.

I love a challenge, and I thrive on it – though I always prefer to reach an agreement wherever possible. Although the family Court is a difficult place for everyone, I believe we have a fair system in this country and can influence decisions and change things for the better.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

People come to us at what is usually a distressing time in their lives. Helping them work through that and achieve a resolution in the face of adversity is very rewarding.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I absolutely love the Archers. I’m also a Kindle convert and make time to read every night. While I’d love to say I have many energetic pursuits, unfortunately it’s not true! I enjoy baking and periodically do go on a baking spree. I have three sons, so life outside work is a bit hectic as they take up most of my time when I’m not working.


“Her work is outstanding and she has a fabulous reputation for getting results.” – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Ros is “simply brilliant” and is “very caring with an impressive level of attention to detail” – Legal 500 2016

She is “very experienced, personable, down to earth and a fighter,” according to interviewees, with a “warm and engaging” approach. – Chambers & Partners 2016

“She oozes empathy and her advice was spot on.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

Highly regarded for her expertise in both complex financial matters and children’s issues. She is highly praised by her clients, with one noting: “Ros Bever was outstanding: intelligent, diligent, willing to go beyond the call of duty – and thoroughly nice with it.” – Chambers & Partners 2014

Ros Bever is “incredibly skilled and delivers excellent client care” – Legal 500 2014

Cases I’ve Been Involved In:

  • Sharland v Sharland: [2015] UKSC 60
  • Gohil v Gohil: [2015] UKSC 61
  • Roocroft v Ball: [2016] EWCA Civ 1009
  • M v F [2016] EWHC B12 (Fam) (25 July 2016)
  • DB v PB [2016] EWHC 3431 (Fam) (22 December 2016)


Clare Wiseman

Clare litigates at the very highest level. Such is her expertise Magic Circle Firms have sought Clare out to provide in house training on specialist matrimonial issues. She specialises in complex financial and children matters, particularly ultra-high net worth matters with business and/or international aspects.  Clare recently acted in the leading case of DB v PB which was the first time the English courts determined the effect of an international prorogation clause on a pre-nuptial agreement.

She is also a qualified collaborative lawyer and an experienced advocate.


“Friendly, engaging and always available” – Chambers & Partners, 2018

“She is always on top of the case, deals with clients well and is really impressive in the way she just gets on with things. She’s a pleasure to work with.” – Chambers & Partners 2017

Her “personal charm and work ethic permeates the whole department” – Legal 500, 2017

A “leading individual” in family law within the West Midlands area – Legal 500

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

As a young child I was fascinated by courts, barristers and TV programmes about the law in general. After studying law at university I considered joining the police but soon realised working night shifts was not for me!

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy being able to support people through challenging times. As a lawyer you have many opportunities to showcase all sides of your personality from the tough negotiator through to the sympathetic friend and confidante.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell enables me to offer a holistic service to all clients which is not just restricted to my subject area. The expertise within the firm also allows me to advise in greater detail on aspects of my cases involving businesses, trusts, complex property issues and so on.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a mother-of-three so understand the challenges of family life. I sit on the Board of Trustees of a local nursery and whenever possible, I try to find time to keep fit and enjoy time outdoors away from a desk. I enjoy travel and spending time at our little wooden chalet in the Austrian Alps.

Oliver Blunt QC

Oliver has been repeatedly listed for more than 10 years in the top category of leading silks in crime in both Chambers & Partners and in Legal 500. He was nominated in the Chambers Bar Awards 2010 as Crime Silk of the Year, and was recently named Serious Crime Barrister of the Year in England in the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards.

In the last two years Oliver has successfully represented News International’s Graham Dudman (Managing Editor) and Brandon Malinksky (Night Editor) in two separate Operation Elveden Trials working with the Sun Newspaper. Also instructed on behalf of three other editor/ journalists whose cases were discontinued by the prosecution prior to trial.

He has twice been instructed by the British Boxing Board of Control in successfully resisting two appeals (Couch and Chisora).

According to successive Chambers and Partners Directories he has been described as “a first class silk for heavyweight criminal trials, such as murder and drugs cases”. “Always very good, so experienced and laid back”. (2015).

“First-rate”. His judgement is excellent and he has a very disarming court room manner”. (2014)

“Universally acclaimed” Oliver Blunt QC is described as “one of the Longstanding Leaders of the Bar”(2013) “a master tactician with an absolute command of the courts” with “a sense of panache and drama”. (2012) “supremely bright with a very good way with the jury and enviable cross examination skills” (2011) and “one of the hardest hitting silks at the Bar.  He is a real street fighter and gives great jury speeches” (2010), “tremendously effective and a real heavyweight in the courtroom” (2009), “frighteningly clever, a magnetic presence in court” (2008), “at ease with any case of whatever complexity or seriousness” (2007), “a leading figure, famed for never missing a trick when it comes to the crunch” (2006), ” a wise and silky smooth advocate, he continues to harvest some of the best work at the criminal bar.  Blessed with both suavity and a talent for getting on with all levels of society” (2005).

Oliver’s track record more than justifies the plaudits. Focused on murder, terrorism, fraud and drugs cases, his experience in violent crime in unsurpassed. Examples range from the trials of Michael Sams (kidnapping, blackmail and murder) and John Taft (the “Beauty in the bath” murder) to such high profile cases as the Syd Owen (“Ricky” from Eastenders) wounding trial and R v William Cockram and others, the Millennium Dome robbery. Oliver was also instructed in the high profile cases of R v Peter Tobin (murder dating back to 1991 linked to the Vicky Hamilton murder tried in 2006 in Scotland) and R v Iain Davis (double murder re-trial following House of Lords ruling on anonymous witnesses). He is regularly instructed in gang related murders at the Central Criminal Court.

Terrorism trials have formed a significant part of Oliver’s practice recently, with his involvement in R v Sharif, arising out of the 21/7 bombings. However, his terrorism experience goes back over several decades and includes IRA trials and appearances on behalf of the Iranian embassy and its consular staff. He is currently instructed in Ul-Haq and Others, an ISIS related trial due at the Central Criminal Court (2016).

Oliver’s experience in fraud and white collar crime includes a number of large and complex cases. These range from a £200 million shipping fraud, a multi-million pound arson/insurance fraud, and money laundering cases, to an electoral fraud trial. Oliver also represented Devi Schahou in the much-publicised Goldman Sachs fraud trial. In 2009 Oliver secured the acquittal of the defendant Colwell in relation to the highly publicised Sayers conspiracies to commit large scale mortgage fraud in the North-East.

Oliver’s track record in the area of drugs crime is also extensive and impressive, and includes successfully defending the first defendant in an £150 million pound cocaine importation case. He represented the defendant Goren in a multi-million pound conspiracy to import heroin from Turkey.  He has appeared for the defendant Cornick in a case involving the importation of tonnes of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine into the UK. In 2014 he secured the acquittal of the principal defendant in Mohanjit Bhatia and Others at Kingston Crown Court.

His exclusively defence-based practice also includes high profile sexual offences for example, Richard Baker “the DJ rapist” and blackmail, for example the case of Amerdeep Johal, a serving police officer accused of blackmailing known sex offenders.

Oliver regularly appears in the list of highest earning criminal barristers.

Furnival Chambers:

Furnival Chambers was established in 1985 to deliver a comprehensive and specialist criminal law service for solicitors and lay clients. We are committed to ensuring that everything good in the traditional and independent bar thrives in a modern environment.


Samantha Essenhigh

Samantha Essenhigh is one of the founders of Essenhigh Farrington Law. Samantha is a Senior Litigation Executive, Practice Manager and designated COFA of the Firm.

With over 15-years working in the field of civil litigation, Samantha has extensive experience in Personal Injury, Clinical/Medical Negligence, Cosmetic Negligence, Professional Negligence, Sports Injury and complex Commercial Litigation including areas that encompass Breach of Contract, Asset Purchase and Shareholders Disputes.

Samantha has also been involved in claims against Government(s), HMRC, the FCA, international professional practices and is actively pursuing cases against major Financial Institutions in the wake of alleged negligence surrounding Interest Variable Rate Swap loans, Mis-sold Mortgages and Global Investment Funds.

Samantha’s approach to her clients, and indeed the Law, maybe considered “unconventional”. Unlike many law firms and lawyers, she has always been passionate about ensuring that clients do not enter into protracted litigation purely for the sake of it.

Samantha understands how difficult a case can be for clients, and is dedicated to providing an exceptional service. She will always endeavour to ensure that clients of Essenhigh Farrington Law are not only represented, but are also supported through the legal process, both professionally and personally:

“I understand that our clients’ worries do not simply subside outside of working hours. This is why I invite all our clients to contact me at any time if they feel it necessary. I am accessible via both my mobile and email”.

Samantha also understands the financial stress faced by many individuals in the UK as a result of changes in legislation, and the mechanisms of larger law firms and organizations that make gaining justice prohibitive. She continues to actively seek new methods of funding for clients so that they can seek the justice they rightfully deserve.

As the Managing Director and Practice Manager, Samantha leads a highly talented and experienced legal and support team. She is the allocated and SRA approved COFA (Compliance officer for Finance and Administration) ensuring that all areas of the business meet the high expectations both individual and corporate clients have come to expect from the firm.

Samantha has a keen business development and legal focus. She has created global contacts with a wide range of expertise making Essenhigh Farrington Law a well-connected and client ready firm.

Essenhigh Farrington Law:

Essenhigh Farrington Law is a modern and vibrant law firm with offices in Southport, London and Spain offering a full range of legal services to both individuals and commercial clients, specialising in all areas of litigation.

We provide straightforward advice to individuals on a range of matters, from Professional Negligence actions to Commercial Law, Sports Injury, Clinical Negligence and HMRC Investigations. Our personal injury lawyers also have expertise in industrial compensation claims, motorcycle accidents, Employers/Public Liability Claims and Cosmetic Negligence.

Commercial clients benefit from the Legal Concierge (www.legalconcierge.co.uk); packages tailored to meet the needs of business owners whether they are new, SMES or larger companies

We provide all our clients with a professional yet approachable service, offering expert advice and efficient solutions. Our aim is to keep things as straightforward as possible whilst ensuring the needs of our clients are put first. We believe it is our personable and customer-orientated approach that sets us apart from our competitors – and leads many of our clients to recommend Essenhigh Farrington Law Limited.


Ben Horn

Ben is a veteran shipping and insurance lawyer with 30 years’ experience of acting for various stakeholders in the shipping, energy and insurance industry. He was a partner in a major shipping law firm which he left more than 10 years ago to set up his own practice,

He specializes in all aspects of dry shipping, Insurance and international trade and has extensive experience in dealing with disputes under all the usual contract forms in use in the shipping, insurance and the offshore industry. His practice encompasses both litigation and arbitration and he regularly acts in relation to disputes under time and voyage charters, the defense of cargo claims, ship arrest, disputes arising out of the sale of ships, shipbuilding contracts and oil and product trading contracts. He acts in relation to the full range of potential disputes under policies of marine insurance including coverage, total loss investigations, claims arising out of equipment failure, engine breakdowns and general average.

Ben has been involved in literally hundreds of maritime arbitrations conducted under the LMAA rules as well as ICC and LCIA arbitrations, involving transportation, engineering and other contractual disputes. He was editor of the Arbitration Law Handbook and is widely regarded as one of the leading maritime arbitration specialists, He is often appointed as arbitrator and is generally willing to consider appointments as arbitrator.

He is a seasoned litigator and has wide experience of commercial court actions including interlocutory matters such as antisuit injunctions, freezing injunctions and Arbitration Act challenges to arbitration awards, Some of the more important reported shipping cases in which he has handled over the years include Houda (time charterers orders), Rialto (piercing corporate veil), Jay Bola (one year Hague Rules time limit), Atlantic Emperor (meaning of arbitration exception in Brussels Convention) and Baltic Navigator ( jurisdiction of arbitrators and identification of contract of carriage).

He is a consultant to the C Solutions group of companies where he is Head of Dry Shipping and Insurance and is often involved in maritime casualty work.  He is a Chartered arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the panel of Arbitrators maintained by the China Maritime Arbitration Commission and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; a Member of Baltic Exchange and a Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association and a Member of Indian Maritime Association.


David Hansom

Global law firm Clyde & Co has recently announced the appointment of David Hansom as a Partner in its Infrastructure group, where he will lead the firm’s public procurement offering.

David is a leading procurement lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. He specialises in public procurement law with sectoral expertise across transport, energy, education, health, technology and waste. He joins from Veale Wasbrough Vizards, where he was Partner and National Head of its public sector team. He was previously at Eversheds.

David has significant expertise in procurement structuring of real estate development projects as well as advising on public sector funding, trading and state aid issues in the context of procurement projects. He also has procurement litigation experience.

Clyde and Co’s infrastructure group comprises over 150 lawyers world-wide. It advises on the full project pipeline – from planning and investment to construction and post-delivery. The group works across all asset types: social, energy, transport and commercial development and is proud to have advised on iconic projects across the UK and worldwide.



Robert Rhodes QC

Robert Rhodes QC specialises in business crime (e.g. civil and criminal fraud, tax investigations, bribery and money laundering), mediation and arbitration (both as counsel and mediator/arbitrator), financial services, regulatory and disciplinary law. He is also registered for direct access with the public.

Robert is noted for his utter dedication to his clients. He has a commercial approach to his clients’ problems, and always gives clear, practical advice.

Robert sits on a number of Far Eastern panels of arbitrators / mediators, has rights of audience in the Dubai International Financial Centre, and is a member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He has been appointed a Senior International Mediation Expert at the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has also chaired numerous regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He has been a member of the Corporate Panel of the Dispute Board Federation. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple, a Recorder of the Crown Court in England and Wales, and a member of the Bar Council.

He has been recommended as a Leading Silk in Fraud, Banking and Finance by the Legal 500.

He has spoken in various continents on fraud, money laundering, bribery (most recently in Italy, where the audience included the Lord Chief Justice) mediation and arbitration. He has published extensively on those subjects, and has been interviewed by the media.

Robert is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council, and a member of the Advisory Council to the UK Sichuan Business Association.

Selection of Cases

Shah v Shah (Companies Court)

Company law dispute between brothers who were shareholders and directors of a plc.

BSAL v CHILUKIRI (Commercial Court)

Alleged advance fee fraud

R (Lee) v General Commissioners of Income Tax & HMRC (Administrative Court)

Successful application for judicial review in respect of Commissioners’ adverse decision to a taxpayer.

Connelly v Law Society (Administrative Court)

Significant case on various areas of law relating to solicitors’ practice, including conflicts of interest, obtaining written instructions from a client and solicitor’s lien.

Accountancy Investigation & Discipline Board v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP & Another

250 page judgment of tribunal (chaired by Robert Rhodes QC), relating to disciplinary proceedings arising from the collapse of Mayflower Plc. See www.frc.org.uk