Barry Havenhand 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

A senior civil barrister (1976 call) and former solicitor, Barry Havenhand is a talented and committed advocate, advisor and mediator.

After studying law at Oxford, Barry qualified as a barrister, later became a solicitor, and returned to the bar in 2001. He has a wealth of diverse legal experience, including spells with the Government Legal Service and a City firm. He practised as a solicitor in the West Country for several years, becoming Head of Litigation, and dealt with cases ranging from the local Magistrates’ Court to Judicial Reviews in the High Court and also to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

A combination of diplomacy and dogged persistence has won him substantial success in even the most difficult cases. With 35 years experience of advocacy, Barry is particularly well known for tackling some of the difficult cases that sometimes cross boundaries and areas of law. He is senior, experienced, easy to work with and completely flexible when it comes to fees or travel. Described as a 'people person', Barry always tells it as it is in plain English, so clients know where they are. 

With wide-ranging experience, Barry has acted in cases from substantial commercial matters to neighbour disputes over a few inches of land. He has an excellent track record, with a high percentage of settlements, even in seemingly impossible cases. As a recognised expert, Barry has lectured, trained and published articles on many topics. He takes a flexible approach to this role, experienced in working solo, jointly with solicitors, advising and representing parties.

Whether it be a fast track, multi-track, tribunal, injunction, tricky application or you simply need a senior advocate to fight your small claim for you, Barry is always happy to help if available. He takes a long-term view of relationships when it comes to fees. If available, Barry would prefer to be in court fighting your case or advising you on how to get the best out of your case.

Barry is accredited to accept instructions on a Public Access basis. He lives in Somerset but is happy to travel across the UK.

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Personal Interests

Barry is married with two grown-up children and fills his spare time with travel (particularly in Italy), visits to the theatre and choral singing. He also chairs an independent panel on school admission and exclusion appeals.

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I just wanted to thank you (Barry Havenhand) for all your help with our recent hearing. Your professionalism was very much appreciated and just having you there with us was worth every penny!! Once again thank you and thanks also to Sam at Clerksroom Direct for assisting us so promptly and efficiently given the tight deadline that we were working towards. With kind regards, C & A S (19th Febraury 2016)

C & A S Working Law

Thank you very much to Clerksroom and Barry [Havenhand] in particular for his work on this case. Once again Barry's work was exemplary and I will of course be instructing Barry again at the very earliest opportunity.

Keith Jones, Director The Keith Jones Partnership

I have spoken with our client this morning who is over the moon with the outcome of yesterday's hearing. He said that you (Barry Havenhand) were great, you were on top of it all and well prepared! Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Michael Williamson Williamsons Solicitors

Earlier this week we passed brief to your Barry Havenhand -it was unwinnable - as judicial opinion was firmly against us. You know what? He won !

Andrew Twambley, Senior Partner Amelans

Please thank Barry [Havenhand] for his performance at our recent trial on the above matter which was successful. The clients were very impressed with Barry's professionalism and expertise.

Mo Afzal Director, HMA Law

Barry Havenhand

phone01823 247 247

Qualified in 1976