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The Client

Hardwicke specialises in commercial, construction, insurance and property work. It is one of the most innovative and modern sets at the Bar. Known for its friendly atmosphere and progressive outlook, it is run as a commercial business with a strong focus on excellent client service. Its business culture is reinforced by an active CSR and equality and diversity programme.

Hardwicke is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers with 86 barristers, nine of whom are silks. Its members are recommended across the breadth of its practice areas and its practice team is renowned for the quality of its client service. Its clients range from solicitors and in-house counsel to utilities and insurers.

Hardwicke has a strong general commercial litigation and arbitration team and offers specialist expertise in: banking and finance, civil fraud, costs, employment, franchising, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, IT and telecommunications.

Hardwicke is a leading construction set whose members deal with arbitration, adjudications, mediations and court litigation both domestically and internationally. Paul Reed QC produces the leading text Construction All Risks insurance with other members of the team.

Hardwicke covers all types of actions involving insurers and insurance cover, ranging from death and personal injury, property damage, public liability, employers’ liability and health and safety, to professional liability, professional discipline and construction.

Hardwicke has a niche and specialist team that deals with all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence work, from both a claimant and defendant perspective. Many cases covered are ground-breaking. Hardwicke also deals with medical malpractice and inquests.

Hardwicke has specialist expertise in dealing with disputes involving construction/engineering and medical professionals as well as a wide range of other professionals including solicitors and other legal professionals, accountants and finance professionals, insurance professionals, brokers, construction/engineering professionals, valuers, directors and company officers.

Hardwicke has a leading property team dealing with commercial and residential landlord and tenant, real property and social housing, including allocations and homelessness. It also has a niche team dealing with probate and trust matters and has particular expertise in trusts of land and social welfare and benefits.

What we did

We designed, developed and delivered a fresh visual identity that used the crossbar of the letter 'H' to act as a mechanism to reflect and represent different forms of relationships. This could be internal, external or perceived. The crossbar represents the set as being the cohesive glue that is key to the success of the relationships.

By developing the visual identity in this manner we were able to create a value system to it. The H stands for Hardwicke but Hardwicke as a contemporary set can stand for many things to many people. The audience perception can be as broad as the depth of practice and personalities who are tenants at and also work to build client relationships at the set.

Applying the identity

We were careful to ensure that the new identity when it appeared did so in a coherent, clear manner. Many a beautiful identity has failed to adapt to the modern day stresses and strains of various platforms and applications. We were determined to avoid this.

In addition to the marque we developed a sensitive colour palette that both progressed the previous and accentuated the contemporary.


As part of the project we were tasked with redesigning Chambers website. Again we applied the new identity in a sensitive yet confident manner.

By using clear navigation and putting the end user at the heart of the design we were able to design a site that worked flawlessly on desktop, phone and tablet.