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Leading sets

Northern Circuit – Leading sets

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Index of tables

  1. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks
  2. Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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The commercial, banking and Chancery team at 9 St John Street has β€˜a wide and deep range of expertise’, and the Chancery group, in particular, β€˜punches above its weight’. Members are experienced in contentious probate and trusts matters, administration of wills, and partnership disputes, among other issues.

18 St John Street Chambers has a β€˜good commercial and Chancery team’, where members are instructed in partnership cases, estate administration, contractual disputes and inheritance tax matters.

Members of 23 Essex Street are well versed in commercial Chancery matters such as insolvency, professional negligence, and company and partnership cases.

Atlantic Chambers’ team has expertise in wills and probate matters, among other areas. Graham Sellers, for example, is noted for his insolvency practice. In January 2017, Charlotte Hughes-Deane was appointed to the circuit bench.

At Byrom Street Chambers, Simon Myerson QC is a key name for commercial matters, particularly civil fraud cases.

Names to note for commercial work at Cobden House Chambers are Lucy Wilson-Barnes and Robert Sterling; both are instructed in a variety of cases including company, insolvency and professional negligence matters.

Sebastian Clegg heads up the commercial and Chancery team at Deans Court Chambers, where expertise includes insolvency litigation and professional negligence cases against solicitors.

Exchange Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’, particularly in matters involving asset recovery, directors’ disqualification proceedings and bankruptcy.

Kings Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’ for commercial litigation as well as personal and corporate insolvency cases. Recent highlights saw Ben Harding defending Manchester City Football Club in a ticket refund claim; the club suspects the claimant to be a ticket tout.

Although No5 Barristers Chambers does not have an office on the Northern Circuit, the set houses Susanne Muth, who has her main base in Manchester and is well known for her expertise in commercial and financial litigation.

Richard Bradley and Paul Brant are key contacts at Oriel Chambers. Bradley is known for commercial disputes, while Brant’s main area of expertise is financial litigation.

Banking litigation is a growing practice area for St John’s Buildings, with David Berkley QC recently acting in a high-profile mis-selling case and Steven McGarry known for his practice in consumer banking. The set is also known for contractual disputes, intellectual property and Chancery law.


Construction, planning and environment

Index of tables

  1. Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks
  2. Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

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    • Anthony Crean QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He is decisive, focused and cuts through the unnecessary parts of cases.’
    • Vincent Fraser QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable and experienced with a great courtroom presence.’
    • David Manley QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A specialist in planning and environmental law.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Clients appreciate his style of calm, collected authority.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Brilliant with clients and skilled at straightening out complicated legal matters.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings Chambers β€˜Known for representing developers and housebuilders.’
    • Giles Cannock - Kings Chambers β€˜A very astute advocate.’
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in handling complex planning proposals.’
    • David Fearon - Exchange Chambers β€˜A great strategist with a good client manner.’
    • John Hunter - Kings Chambers β€˜A highly intelligent barrister.’
    • Ian Ponter - Kings Chambers β€˜A very polished and accomplished advocate.’
    • Sarah Reid - Kings Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate.’
    • Andrew Singer - Kings Chambers β€˜He has a superb intellect and precise analytical abilities.’
    • Mark Smith - Exchange Chambers β€˜Assured, authoritative and a good problem solver.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings Chambers β€˜Her legal knowledge and client care skills are excellent.’
    • Simon Whitfield - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a sharp analytical mind.’
    • John Wyn Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for environmental cases of waste and water pollution.’

Exchange Chambers is β€˜strong’ in construction, planning and environment law. Peter Dixon heads up the planning group, where experience includes public inquiries and consent applications. David Fearon leads the construction team; although junior in call he has extensive experience in construction matters due to his background as a solicitor and a chartered surveyor. John Wyn Williams leads the environment team and brings extensive experience in environmental negligence cases, particularly waste, water pollution and statutory nuisance matters.

Planning law is a key area of expertise at Kings Chambers, where members are instructed in public inquiries, judicial reviews and planning applications (especially in relation to village greens), and represent house builders, national retailers and major developers. The set has seen an increase in housing work and green belt inquiries. Anthony Crean QC successfully acted for the local authority in the Court of Appeal case of Save Britain’s Heritage v Liverpool City Council.


Costs

Costs – Leading juniors

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    • Dr Mark Friston - Kings Chambers β€˜He has expertise in costs law and litigation funding.’
    • Paul Hughes - Kings Chambers β€˜Fiercely intelligent and a very robust advocate.’
    • Kevin Latham - Kings Chambers β€˜His knowledge of costs is laudable.’
    • Matthew Smith - Kings Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with an eye for detail.’

The costs group at Kings Chambers is β€˜the strongest in the North’ with β€˜an excellent set of barristers’, who are instructed in costs appeals, solicitor own client disputes, wasted or non-party costs orders, and fixed costs disputes.


Court of Protection

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  1. Court of Protection – Leading silks
  2. Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Court of Protection – Leading silks

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    • Sam Karim QC - Kings Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate.’

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

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Members of the Court of Protection group at Kings Chambers have expertise in cases involving mental health and capacity, deprivation of liberty, and welfare orders concerning residence, among other areas. The team acts for all parties in disputes, including medical practitioners, NHS Trusts and local authorities. New silk Sam Karim QC specialises in cases involving medical treatment matters.

St John’s Buildings’ Court of Protection team specialises in deprivation of liberty matters, health and welfare cases, medical treatment (including treatment termination) and alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults. Lorraine Cavanagh is the key name.


Crime

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  1. Crime – Leading silks
  2. Crime – Leading juniors

Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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7 Harrington Street houses β€˜impressive barristers’, who have extensive experience in acting for the defence and prosecution in high-profile cases of murder, sexual offences, fraud and large-scale drugs conspiracies. Among the recent case highlights, Richard Pratt QC successfully prosecuted Anthony Showers, who murdered his ex-girlfriend, her mother and the pet dog with a hammer.

Nicholas Clarke QC leads the criminal team at 9 St John Street, where barristers prosecute and defend cases involving homicide, large-scale fraud, drugs conspiracies and serious sexual offences. Roderick Carus QC retired in 2016.

18 St John Street Chambers houses members who defend and prosecute in high-profile murder and fraud cases.

23 Essex Street’s criminal team has β€˜strength in depth’, with members appearing in high-profile cases of serious sexual offences, including historic abuse, and large-scale drugs conspiracies. In 2016, Jane Greenhalgh left for Exchange Chambers and Patrick Thompson was appointed to the bench.

Cobden House Chambers’ criminal team prosecutes and defends in heavyweight murder, sexual offences and drugs cases. Headline work included involvement in the Rochdale grooming case.

Deans Court Chambers has β€˜an excellent reputation in the criminal field’ and houses leader of the Northern Circuit Michael Hayton QC. Members appear in high-profile cases of murder and historic sexual abuse allegations, and the recent caseload also includes people-trafficking matters. David Fish QC retired in 2016.

Exchange Chambers’ crime practice has β€˜strength in depth’ and β€˜heavyweight counsel’, including 38 grade 4 CPS prosecutors. The team prosecutes and defends in high-profile cases involving murder, sexual abuse, people trafficking, large-scale drugs conspiracies and multimillion-pound frauds. Recent highlights include the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In 2016, Jane Greenhalgh joined from 23 Essex Street, and Simon Berkson and Philip Parry were appointed to the circuit bench.

Garden Court North Chambers is β€˜strong in criminal defence work’ with recent cases including murder trials, large-scale drugs conspiracies and historic sexual abuse. In 2016, team leader Mark George QC successfully represented Qasim Hussain, one of seven defendants in a high-profile sex-grooming case in Oxford.

Barry Grennan is head of the criminal team at Kenworthy’s Chambers, where members are instructed in cases of money laundering, homicide, drugs conspiracies and child abuse, among other areas.

Lincoln House Chambers has β€˜a strong reputation for criminal law’ with β€˜well-regarded’ barristers prosecuting and defending in high-profile cases of fraud, money laundering, homicide and sexual offences, among other areas. Members recently acted for the prosecution in the high-profile Rochdale sex abuse trials. Rachel Smith was appointed to the bench in 2016.

The criminal group at St John’s Buildings is well versed in cases of serious sexual offences, homicide, large-scale drugs conspiracies and fraud.


Employment

Index of tables

  1. Employment – Leading silks
  2. Employment – Leading juniors

Employment – Leading silks

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Employment – Leading juniors

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9 St John Street has β€˜strength in depth’ in employment law, where members act for claimants and respondents in cases involving issues such as discrimination, whistleblowing and sports matters. Recent highlights include Martin Hynes v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, a whistleblowing case, and Julie Pertolla v Ministry of Justice, a dispute concerning allegations of racial discrimination.

Atlantic Chambers has a β€˜strong employment offering’ with β€˜experienced counsel’ such as head of chambers Simon Gorton QC, who is very well known for his expertise in employment and restrictive covenants work. David Campion’s broad practice extends to cases regarding professional negligence of employment lawyers.

The employment team at Deans Court Chambers handles a broad spectrum of cases including TUPE, discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal matters. Mary O’Rourke QC successfully acted for a leading renal and pancreatic transplant surgeon in an unfair dismissal claim brought against the Imperial College NHS Trust; the surgeon was reinstated.

Doughty Street Chambers houses Paul Draycott, who is well known for his practice on the Northern Circuit. The set predominantly acts for individuals in employment matters and is well known for discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases, among others.

Kenworthy’s Chambers’ recent instructions include disability discrimination, TUPE and unfair dismissal cases; with regards to the latter, Anisa Niaz-Dickinson successfully represented the respondent in Stephen Creighton v Together Housing Association; the employee was dismissed after tweeting derogatory remarks about the company. In another matter, Sarah Johnson successfully represented the claimant in unfair dismissal and disability discrimination case Felix v Transport for London.

Kings Chambers’ employment team has experience in whistleblowing, discrimination and TUPE cases, among others. Martin Budworth recently represented footballer JonΓ‘s GutiΓ©rrez in a high-profile discrimination case against Newcastle United FC.

Although based in London, Littleton Chambers has active members on the Northern Circuit. Daniel Northall, for example, is noted for his expertise in discrimination and whistleblowing cases.

St John’s Buildings’ recent instructions include cases of discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and bullying. In a major highlight for the set, Steven Flynn acted for Garry Abrams Ltd in a landmark discrimination case; the company was the party bringing the discrimination claim, making it the first ever to do so.


Family and children law

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  1. Family and children law – Leading silks
  2. Family and children law – Leading juniors

Family and children law – Leading silks

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Family and children law – Leading juniors

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7 Harrington Street’s family practice is adept at handling financial remedy, public and private children law, adoption, and international child abduction proceedings.

9 St John Street handles care and adoption proceedings, domestic violence, serious non-accidental injuries matters, sexual abuse claims and cases with international elements.

18 St John Street Chambers handles public and private law children cases as well as financial remedy matters; with regards to the latter, Stephen Murray represented the wife in the high-profile Yvonne Taylor v Philip Taylor divorce case. Sarah Kilvington has particular expertise in serious cases of abuse.

Ashley Murray at Ashley Murray Chambers has β€˜considerable experience in high-net worth financial remedy claims’. He is well known for divorce cases and his knowledge of pre-nuptial agreements.

Members of the family team at Atlantic Chambers have expertise in a range of children law and financial matters.

Deans Court Chambers has β€˜great strength in this area with a very experienced range of family barristers’. The set receives instructions across the spectrum of children law, as well as in financial remedy matters. Practitioners also have specialist experience in serious cases of abuse, fabricated/induced illness, and domestic and international relocation.

The family group at Exchange Chambers specialises in private financial remedy matters, especially high-value divorce cases. Members are also instructed in cases involving children at risk.

Viewed as β€˜a go-to family chambers in Manchester’, St John’s Buildings is particularly noted for its β€˜strong matrimonial finance team’. However, children law is another key area, including adoption, surrogacy and abduction matters. Sally Harrison QC recently acted for a lesbian civil partner in the Court of Appeal after her application to set aside a consent order was struck out, and Frances Heaton QC successfully represented an English woman seeking to adopt an Egyptian orphan.


Inquests and inquiries

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  1. Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks
  2. Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

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    • Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A commanding advocate.’
    • Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has encyclopaedic legal knowledge and excellent client rapport.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜An exceptional lawyer with a brilliant mind.’

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

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Cobden House Chambers is known for police work; David Sandiford was recently instructed on behalf of Operation Resolve regarding the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.

The team at Exchange Chambers acts for bereaved families, clinicians, police forces and medical organisations in inquests.

Garden Court North Chambers is β€˜an excellent set’ for inquests, with particular expertise in acting for bereaved families. A major highlight was its involvement in the Hillsborough inquests; Pete Weatherby QC led Kate Stone as part of a team of four advocates representing 22 of the bereaved families.

Kenworthy’s Chambers houses Patrick Cassidy, whose practice includes Article 2 inquests.

Members of Kings Chambers represent a range of parties in inquests. In 2016, Michael Rawlinson QC acted for the aircraft commander’s family in the inquest into the Lynx ZF540 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Lincoln House Chambers is known for representing families and large public bodies in inquests. The set was recently involved in the high-profile Hillsborough inquests, with members acting for the police.

The inquests and inquiries group at St John’s Buildings act for bereaved families, emergency services, healthcare professionals and the armed services in inquests. Simon Murray has particular expertise in Article 2 inquests arising from deaths in prison or psychiatric detention.


Personal injury and clinical negligence

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  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks
  2. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

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Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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7 Harrington Street’s personal injury/clinical negligence group has four distinct specialisms, covering employers’ liability, industrial disease, clinical negligence and catastrophic injury matters.

9 St John Street has β€˜strength in depth’ across its personal injury practice, which handles catastrophic injuries, road traffic accidents and industrial disease matters. Negligent surgery and medical misdiagnosis are additional areas of instruction.

18 St John Street Chambers is well known for acting in serious personal injury and clinical negligence cases. For example, Mark Laprell has expertise in catastrophic injury cases resulting from road traffic accidents, and Kane Simons predominantly represents claimants in cases involving motorcycles.

Recent instructions for Atlantic Chambers have included industrial disease, medical negligence, employers’ liability and road traffic accident cases. Andrew Pickering has a niche practice in dental negligence claims, and Elizabeth Francis is well versed in gynaecological, midwifery and nursing clinical negligence matters.

Byrom Street Chambers has β€˜great strength in depth in catastrophic injury and clinical negligence’, where members handle cases involving industrial disease, fatal accidents, medical negligence and misdiagnoses, locked-in syndrome, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations, among other matters. The set is involved in the ongoing Mau Mau case involving allegations of torture and maltreatment of 20,000 Kenyans by the British government during the 1950’s state of emergency; Simon Myerson QC and Mary Ruck are members of a team acting for the claimants.

Members of the personal injury and clinical negligence group at Cobden House Chambers represent claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury, fatal accident and birth-related injury (including cerebral palsy) cases, among other matters. Abigail Holt joined from Lincoln House Chambers in May 2017.

Deans Court Chambers is β€˜excellent for personal injury’ cases and has a solid clinical negligence practice to boot. Areas of expertise include birth injuries, road traffic accidents, failure to diagnose/treat brain and spinal cord injuries, and catastrophic injury claims. Members also handle claims involving allegations of dishonesty.

Exchange Chambers has β€˜excellent counsel at all levels’, who predominantly act for claimants across a range of personal injury and clinical negligence matters involving catastrophic injuries, industrial disease, and severe brain and spinal injuries. Other areas of expertise include military and amputee claims. Dr Kevin Naylor formerly practised as a doctor before coming to the Bar and has particular expertise in clinical negligence matters. Louis Browne QC took silk in 2017.

Peter Hodson is a key contact at Garden Court North Chambers for claimant work in occupational injury and disease cases. Hodson also handles claims arising from asbestos exposure.

The personal injury team at Kenworthy’s Chambers represent claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury cases.

Kings Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ in its personal injury and clinical negligence team, and the practice is well known for handling catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases, as well as industrial disease claims, with experience in mesothelioma matters.

Lincoln House Chambers houses Ivan Bowley, whose practice focuses on industrial disease claims. In May 2017, Abigail Holt left for Cobden House Chambers.

At Oriel Chambers, practice group leader Yaqub Rahman acts mainly for defendants in clinical negligence cases, while Peter Cowan is well known for his practice in industrial disease claims. Fraudulent road traffic accident matters are a key area of expertise for William Kerr Rankin.

St John’s Buildings has β€˜very experienced and knowledgeable’ barristers in the personal injury and clinical negligence space, where members’ experience includes fatal accident cases (including road traffic accidents), serious head and spinal injury matters and industrial disease claims. Clinical negligence expertise includes medical misdiagnosis and birth injury matters. Former dental surgeon Andrew Bridgman brings expertise in dental negligence to the set.


Property

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  1. Property – Leading silks
  2. Property – Leading juniors

Property – Leading silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Very experienced in commercial landlord and tenant cases.’
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A fiery advocate.’

Property – Leading juniors

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9 St John Street houses Richard Selwyn Sharpe, who is experienced in a variety of property matters, including restrictive covenants, landlord and tenant disputes, and countryside public access.

23 Essex Street’s members act for landlords, tenants and property developers. Brad Pomfret, however, has particular experience in acting for mortgagees and other lenders.

Paul Whatley at Cobden House Chambers has expertise in housing law.

Members of Exchange Chambers handle a range of matters, including property-related professional negligence and landlord and tenant disputes. Paul Burns is a key name for social housing cases. In March 2017, Sarah O’Brien was appointed to be a district judge.

At Kings Chambers, members’ expertise includes disputes involving entitlement to registered/un-registered land, estate administration, restrictive covenants, and trust-related matters.


Public law

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  1. Public law – Leading silks
  2. Public law – Leading juniors

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced across the spectrum of public law matters.’
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Very well known for her practice in mental health and capacity matters.’
    • Sam Karim QC - Kings Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate, who makes lay clients feel completely at ease.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has expertise in judicial reviews.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He has a fierce work ethic.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • George Brown - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜He knows his way around the law and quickly identifies a case’s key issues.’
    • Simon Burrows - Kings Chambers β€˜Very quick-witted and fantastic with clients.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St John’s Buildings β€˜She approaches daunting cases with palpable enthusiasm.’
    • John Hunter - Kings Chambers β€˜He is great at tailoring his advice to meet client needs.’
    • Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜A specialist in immigration, human rights and asylum cases.’
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜A good advocate with very broad knowledge of immigration law.’
    • Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Hardworking, conscientious and very bright.’
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜Her practice includes asylum and nationality law cases.’
    • Ben McCormack - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He brings calmness and clarity to his cases.’
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He has a quick and innovative legal brain.’
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister, whose clients are in very safe hands.’
    • Mark Schwenk - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜He has a solid understanding of immigration law.’
    • Eliza Sharron - Kings Chambers β€˜Recommended for adult welfare cases.’
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜A strategic thinker with excellent court delivery.’
    • Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He is unafraid to argue novel points of law.’
    • James Stark - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜A resourceful thinker, who finds creative solutions to problems.’
    • Camille Warren - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Very experienced in asylum and immigration claims.’

A key area of instruction for members of Deans Court Chambers’ public law group is in cases involving mental health and mental capacity. In 2016 Eliza Sharron left for Kings Chambers.

Exchange Chambers’ public law expertise includes cases involving the welfare and finances of those lacking capacity, judicial review proceedings, and mental health matters. New silk Louis Browne QC recently acted for the Ministry of Justice in a successful judicial review regarding whether the Article 2 duty extended to non-suspicious deaths in custody.

With vast experience in the higher courts, Garden Court North Chambers’ public law group, led by Pete Weatherby QC, is viewed as β€˜the best in the North’ for immigration, asylum and nationality cases; other areas of expertise include prison law and human trafficking matters. In May 2017, Tasaddat Hussain joined from Broadway House Chambers.

Kenworthy’s Chambers’ key area of expertise is in immigration and asylum matters, and members have appeared before the higher courts in such cases.

Kings Chambers’ public law team acts for claimants and defendants in judicial reviews, which is a key area of expertise for the set. Local government, immigration and healthcare are core fields of experience. Eliza Sharron joined from Deans Court Chambers in 2016 and Sam Karim QC took silk in 2017.

St John’s Buildings houses Lorraine Cavanagh, who is known for acting in cases regarding disabled children’s community care rights.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

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  1. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks
  2. Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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Members of the regulatory group at 7 Harrington Street prosecute and defend a range of cases. For example, Ian Unsworth QC acts for individuals and companies involved in professional sport, and is currently representing cyclist Dan Stevens in a whistleblowing matter. Nigel Lawrence QC prosecuted in the HSE v South Lakes Wild Animal Park case regarding health and safety breaches after a tiger mauled a keeper to death.

9 St John Street prosecutes and defends in health and safety cases, including corporate manslaughter trials. The group is also known for prosecuting in healthcare disciplinary proceedings and receives instructions in this area from the General Medical Council.

Atlantic Chambers houses Anne Whyte QC, who is experienced in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution work.

Deans Court Chambers regulatory practice includes health and safety matters and medical misconduct cases. Regulatory criminal matters form another key area of instruction, while Joseph Hart has a niche practice in environmental prosecutions.

Exchange Chambers is β€˜strong’ in health and safety matters. Members often represent the HSE as well as companies and individuals. Recent cases include prosecuting in a fatal trench collapse case, resulting in a Β£2.6m fine.

Kings Chambers is known for being β€˜strong in licensing’, including alcohol and premises licensing, sexual entertainment venue issues, and firearms matters. The set has been involved in a rising number of taxi licensing matters of late; for example, Ben Williams recently acted in a case where a local council was considering introducing Individual Vehicle Approvals (IVAs) for specially converted taxi vehicles.

Lincoln House Chambers is a β€˜pre-eminent regulatory set’, with a reputation in this area that continues to grow. Members have expertise in health and safety matters, as well as professional disciplinary work involving the police and medical professions, to name a few. Bernadette Baxter was appointed to the bench in 2016.

Oriel Chambers’ regulatory practice takes instructions involving professional discipline and police law. Graham Wells has recently acted for the police in cases involving the use of tasers.

St John’s Buildings houses Iain Simkin, who has expertise across a range of regulatory cases, particularly health and safety matters.


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