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Civil law

Park Square Barristers offers exceptionally high-quality civil work thanks to a very large team of civil barristers, many of whom have national reputations.

We offer specialisms in civil fraud, personal injury, industrial disease, professional negligence, property, trusts, commercial law, chancery matters (including company, wills and land disputes), public law, and employment law. We work principally in Leeds and Bradford, with a strong presence in Hull, Grimsby and York and some work in Sheffield, Teesside, and Newcastle, and we increasingly work off-circuit.

Our civil law team, led by Darren Finlay, prides itself on its commercial awareness, providing effective and pragmatic solutions for instructing solicitors as well as commercial or lay clients. Our barristers are held in high regard by leading solicitors in each area of law, as evidenced by the high number of repeat instructions from clients (including major insurers and other professionals).

Size of the team

Our civil law team offers strength in numbers:

  • 40 barristers
  • 1 very well-respected silk practising solely in civil law
  • 1 sitting civil recorder
  • 3 sitting deputy district judges
  • 4 mediators
  • 2 pupils in their second sixth at any given time

Thanks to the size and quality of our team, we hold contracts with insurer clients and major firms of solicitors, although we will work for all (including directly with professionals and chancery/commercial clients). Our size also means we can offer advocacy and drafting expertise in a wide variety of areas.

Our open-plan offices ensure that our team shares best practice, knowledge and experience for the benefit of our clients. We can cover any hearing at short notice, and you won’t need to go elsewhere with cases which cross into other specialisms, substitutions, or return of work. And we can make life easier with streamlined bookings and billing.

“They are passionate about cases as much as we are…local, knowledgeable, I have confidence in them” – Instructing solicitor


We have a strong team of mediators, offering significant experience and expertise in alternative dispute resolution. Read about our mediation services.

Flexibility in meeting

Our civil barristers are flexible about travelling to solicitors’ offices and clients’ premises, and will arrange out-of-hours conferences. We can accommodate large round-table meetings, and we offer connected conference rooms for use in mediation or arbitration hearings.

Lecturing & training

We offer bespoke training to solicitors’ firms in all areas of civil litigation. If you are interested / need training please contact Francine Kirk, senior civil clerk, on 0113 202 8605 or

Public Access

Please contact us if you would like to instruct a barrister directly, without a solicitor as an intermediary.

Contact our civil clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Civil fraud

We have an outstanding national reputation for defence work within the insurance sector.

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Commercial & chancery

We have a team of barristers specialising in property, trusts & commercial aspects of civil law.

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Our specialists appear before tribunals and in courts across England & Wales.

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Personal Injury & clinical negligence

We have a team of barristers specialising in injury, industrial disease & professional negligence.

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Park Square Barristers possess the leading regional disease team on the North Eastern Circuit, with an enviable depth and breadth of talent that accepts both defendant and claimant instructions. We take particular pride in having a national presence, combined with a familiar local approach. Our barristers have appeared in a number of the leading authorities […]

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