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About Coal Lex

Coal Lex Chambers aims to be a friendlier, more approachable chambers. It is the creation of David Leathley and clerked by Mike Johnson.

A brief history of Coal Lex Chambers

Coal Lex Chambers was set up in 2012 as a specialist set in criminal law although it only acquired a name in 2014.

Over the years it has demonstrated considerable success in such diverse areas as Libel in The High Court of Justice, Landlord & Tenant, Family Law, Civil Litigation (including actions for harassment and malicious prosecution against the police); Regulatory Law including the successful representation of a barrister wrongly accused of fee-sharing with a solicitor (BSB v E) and military courts martial at the Bulford Court centre.

The chambers takes its name from its previous base in Cardiff Bay’s historic Coal & Shipping Exchange ( ‘Coal X’-now The Exchange Hotel). It provided assistance to the business tenants and legal advice for Coal X hence ‘Coal Lex’ was born.

Of that time one Director wrote:

‘The professional and legal advice you’ve provided and extensive work you’ve done in fighting our long, complex claims and cases has been invaluable and ridiculously generous…’

Assistance and representation is also provided for judicial review, stated cases in the Divisional Court and civil remedies in general.

Coal Lex Chambers offers access and specialists in defences to Trading Standards prosecutions, fraud, DWP as well as inquests, disciplinary and regulatory hearings.