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Leading sets

Index of tables

  1. Northern Circuit – Leading sets
  2. Annexes

Northern Circuit – Leading sets

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    • 9 St John Street (Manchester)
    • Byrom Street Chambers (Manchester)
    • Deans Court Chambers (Manchester)
    • Exchange Chambers (Liverpool, Manchester)
    • Kings Chambers (Manchester)
    • Lincoln House Chambers (Manchester)
    • St Johns Buildings (Manchester, Liverpool, Chester)
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    • 7 Harrington Street (Liverpool)
    • Oriel Chambers (Liverpool, Preston)
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    • 18 St John Street Chambers (Manchester)
    • 23 Essex Street (Manchester)
    • Atlantic Chambers (Liverpool)
    • Cobden House Chambers (Manchester)
    • Garden Court North Chambers (Manchester)
    • Kenworthy’s Chambers (Manchester)


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    • Doughty Street Chambers (Manchester)

Commercial, banking and insolvency

Index of tables

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

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersA tenacious, combative yet measured advocate who always impresses clients.’
    • Edward Bartley Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHighly experienced in all aspects of commercial and Chancery law.’
    • David Berkley QC - St Johns BuildingsAn experienced mediator and commercial all-rounder.’
    • David Casement QC - Kings ChambersHis presence alone ensures an upper hand in negotiations.’
    • Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersVast experience, sensible and commercial.’
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersPossesses a wonderful balance between assertive advice and client sensitivities.’
    • Simon Myerson QC - Byrom Street ChambersHis commercial and Chancery expertise includes tax tribunal matters.’

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors

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    • Pépin Aslett - St Johns BuildingsIn conference, he has an excellent manner with clients.’
    • Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersFits well into any team.’
    • Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersExtremely approachable, accessible and well prepared.’
    • Paul Brant - Oriel ChambersVery competent, approachable and technically very able.’
    • Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner.’
    • Claire Bunbury - 23 Essex StreetShe has a cost-effective and commercial approach.’
    • Philip Byrne - St Johns BuildingsPolite, diligent and down to earth.’
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersVery hardworking, and will leave no stone unturned.’
    • Richard Carter - St Johns BuildingsVery down to earth and knowledgeable.’
    • Richard Chapman - 18 St John Street ChambersRegularly instructed in complex tax litigation by HMRC.’
    • Andrew Clark - 9 St John StreetHe has an incisive intellect, and gets to the bottom of any problem at an impressive speed.’
    • Sebastian Clegg - Deans Court ChambersAdvises with clarity and without wasting time.’
    • Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersHis practice includes shareholder and company disputes, partnership conflicts and professional negligence.’
    • Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersUser-friendly, client-friendly and great on detail.’
    • Laura D’Cruz - 9 St John StreetExperienced in consumer credit, partnership disputes and breaches of contract.’
    • Nicholas Fewtrell - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for his knowledge of insurance litigation and, in particular, limitation issues.’
    • Dr Mark Friston - Kings ChambersKnows his subject inside out, and is easy to work with.’
    • James Fryer-Spedding - 9 St John StreetHe could give lessons in clarity, his advice is so pared down.’
    • David Gilchrist - 9 St John StreetHis practice includes wills, trusts and estates, as well as insolvency, sale of goods and company disputes.’
    • Andrew Grantham - Kings ChambersHe always ensures he has considered every angle.’
    • Mark Harper - Kings ChambersExtremely user-friendly and pragmatic, and gets straight to the heart of the matter.’
    • David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersHe has a strong paperwork practice, and is known for his preparation and drafting skills.’
    • Charlotte Hughes-Deane - Atlantic ChambersExperienced in disputes arising from the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.’
    • Nicholas Jackson - Atlantic ChambersHis practice covers partnership disputes, wills and probate, as well as copyright and patent matters.’
    • James Malam - St Johns BuildingsHis courteous and helpful manner enables him to readily deal with even the most difficult of clients.’
    • Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange ChambersIn addition to his obvious technical ability, he has great commercial awareness.’
    • David Mohyuddin - Exchange ChambersAn extremely capable and forceful advocate.’
    • Susanne Muth - No5 ChambersVery thorough with papers, and drafts excellent statements of case.’
    • Kelly Pennifer - Kings ChambersShe has a fantastic grasp of papers and a very impressive ability to read the court.’
    • Brad Pomfret - 23 Essex StreetCalm, confident and persuasive in court.’
    • Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersHer preparation for hearings and conferences is outstanding.’
    • Graham Sellers - Atlantic ChambersVery good both on paper and with difficult legal issues.’
    • Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetCuts through the detail and sees the main issues very quickly.’
    • Jonathan Smith - 23 Essex StreetHis varied practice includes company law, partnership, insolvency and professional negligence.’
    • Robert Sterling - Cobden House ChambersCan run rings around opponents of much longer call.’
    • Jeffrey Terry - Kings ChambersAn experienced mediator and arbitrator whose expertise spans areas such as banking, insurance and company law.’
    • Joanna Vicary - 9 St John StreetHer opinions are extremely detailed, and she considers all possible avenues.’
    • Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersHe is extremely intelligent and commercial, and knows where the sweet spot is in any case.’
    • Lisa Walmisley - Kings ChambersReally bullish and aggressive, in the right measure.’
    • Lucy Wilson-Barnes - Cobden House ChambersAdvises on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning partnerships, bankruptcy and trusts.’

9 St John Street has ‘good-quality barristers at all levels’, and covers a broad spectrum of matters including professional negligence, wills and trusts, partnership disputes and all aspects of company law. In 2014, Andrew Clark, represented a widow in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

18 St John Street Chambers has notable depth of expertise across a wide range of commercial and Chancery matters, including banking and financial services, insolvency, intellectual property and probate.

Established in 2015, 23 Essex Street Chambers’ chancery and commercial offering has benefited from a number of recent arrivals from St James’s Chambers, including Claire Bunbury, Brad Pomfret and Jonathan Smith. Areas of expertise include sale of goods, professional negligence, company law, and contentious wills and trusts.

Atlantic Chambers’ workload spans corporate and personal insolvency, tax, probate, company and partnership law, banking disputes, debt claims and sale of goods cases. The set ‘has always had a very good Chancery offering’.

Within the commercial sphere, Byrom Street Chambers handles share sale, breach of contract, partnership and sale of goods disputes, among others. Simon Myerson QC is a name to note for civil fraud cases.

Members of Cobden House Chambers are experienced in cases involving professional negligence, contractual disputes, contentious wills and probate, and insolvency, among other areas. Robert Sterling and Lucy Wilson-Barnes have joined from St James’s Chambers.

Deans Court Chambers deals with a gamut of commercial disputes, including general contractual matters, insurance indemnity issues and shareholder conflicts. Its practice has further expanded recently to include banking and insolvency, and professional indemnity work is a notable growth area. In a recent highlight, Sebastian Clegg, who leads the team, recently handled a case involving the fraudulent procurement of investments in unbuilt holiday homes on Cayman Brac.

Commercial and Chancery litigation is a mainstay for Exchange Chambers. Members of the heavyweight group shine in a wide range of disputes, including insolvency and partnership cases. In a recent highlight, Mark Cawson QC handled a multimillion-pound breach of contract and restitution claim brought by the proprietor of a nursing home against the estate of a deceased resident.

The ‘approachable and down-to-earth’ group at Kings Chambers has a leading reputation nationally in commercial litigation, with particular expertise in large-scale disputes. Members appear in matters nationwide and, increasingly, internationally. Banking and insolvency are strong suits for the set, which is among the few outside of London with a specialist costs team. Chambers has ‘a wide selection of barristers of many levels of experience, and many specialisms’.

Although No5 Chambers does not have an office in the Northern circuit, its commercial, banking and insolvency practices operate nationally. Susanne Muth, who is based in Manchester, is representing the claimant in a professional negligence claim against a bank.

Oriel Chambers’ ten-strong group is well regarded for its expertise in banking, consumer credit, intellectual property and asset finance, among other areas. Paul Brant recently handled a partnership dispute arising from its dissolution and the alleged retention and use of partnership assets.

St Johns Buildings has banking, finance and insolvency experts who undertake cases involving credit and securities, mis-selling and asset recovery. Elsewhere, the company and commercial group has expertise in shareholder disputes, the sale and carriage of goods, sports law and intellectual property, among other areas. Pépin Aslett is handling a claim brought by a liquidator against a company’s former directors for alleged misfeasance.

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 ChambersHe cuts through the red herrings of a case and deals with the core issues.’
    • Vincent Fraser QC - Kings ChambersA town and country planning expert.’
    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersHe has a great presence in the inquiry forum, both as an advocate and as an inspector.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersA very cerebral thinker.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersHe doesn’t have a shred of ego, but always leads the case and the team with great panache.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings ChambersHe has a good grasp of strategic issues.’
    • Giles Cannock - Kings ChambersTakes care to understand the fine detail of the issues.’
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersHe has practised in planning and development for more than 25 years.’
    • Jonathan Easton - Kings ChambersConsiders all documentation in detail.’
    • Roger Lancaster - Kings ChambersHe advises on various schemes, and appears at inquiries for housebuilders, developers and planning authorities.’
    • James Malam - St Johns BuildingsHas a sound grasp of the technicalities of a legal problem.’
    • Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersKnowledgeable and user-friendly.’
    • Andrew Singer - Kings ChambersExtremely reliable in terms of turnaround times.’
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersA “weapon of choice” for complex drafting and advice on construction disputes.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersHer expertise includes town and country planning, highways and rights of way, and compulsory purchase.’
    • John Wyn Williams - Exchange ChambersSought after for his expertise in cases involving breaches of environmental regulations.’

Within construction, Exchange Chambers acts for employers, funders and specialist subcontractors in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters, and members are knowledgeable about the entire lifecycle of projects. The set’s expertise in planning covers a wide range of complex planning proposals at application and appeal stages, as well as court proceedings. The set is also strong in environmental matters; members prosecute and defend in Environment Agency investigations, and have expertise in areas such as waste disposal, air and water pollution, and statutory nuisance claims.

Leading and well-established setKings Chambers has excelled in planning for more than 50 years. Its heavy-hitting team appears at appeals, inquiries and hearings, and advises on the entire planning process for developers, housebuilders and individual homeowners, among other parties. Anthony Crean QC recently handled a planning appeal for Cheshire East Council. Within construction, chambers has seen an increase in international arbitration work in the Middle East. Members also shine in Technology and Construction Court litigation and, on the environment side, represent parties such as utility companies and local authorities across sectors such as water, oil and gas, electricity, and renewable energy.

St Johns Buildings deals with all types of construction disputes. James Malam is currently handling a claim against a surveyor arising from the renovation of a Grade II listed building following fire damage.


Index of tables

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

Crime – Leading silks

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    • Peter Birkett QC - 18 St John Street ChambersHis practice covers a wide range of offences including murder, gross negligence and serious fraud.’
    • Kate Blackwell QC - Lincoln House ChambersA robust advocate who has a strong track record in serious crime cases.’
    • Louise Blackwell QC - Cobden House ChambersShe has a wide range of specialisms, including drugs importation, murder, and gangland cases.’
    • Roderick Carus QC - 9 St John StreetRecommended for his expertise in financial crime, including fraudulent trading.’
    • Nicholas Clarke QC - 9 St John StreetRecommended for cases with complex medical and psychiatric issues.’
    • Gordon Cole QC - Exchange ChambersHe has specialised in crime for over 30 years, and his practice covers a wide range of serious offences.’
    • Simon Csoka QC - Lincoln House ChambersAn exceptional advocate in the most complex of cases.’
    • Brian Cummings QC - Exchange ChambersA particular focus on murder and organised crime.’
    • Chris Daw QC - Lincoln House ChambersExclusively represents private clients, including high-net-worth individuals, professionals and police officers.’
    • Stuart Denney QC - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in all areas of crime, including murder and serious fraud.’
    • David Fish QC - Deans Court ChambersAble to reduce legal concepts to easily understood bullet points without being patronising.’
    • Mark George QC - Garden Court North ChambersA highly experienced advocate who defends serious offences.’
    • Guy Gozem QC - Lincoln House ChambersSought after to handle serious offences such as murder, manslaughter and fraud.’
    • Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersKnown for dealing with cases involving malicious and false allegations of sexual abuse.’
    • Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersAlways willing to go the extra mile.’
    • Nicholas Johnson QC - 7 Harrington StreetHis expertise includes multi-handed drugs conspiracies, fraud, and money laundering.’
    • John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong reputation for fraud work.’
    • Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange ChambersProsecutes and defends a wide range of serious offences.’
    • Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange ChambersHighly regarded for his expertise in a wide range of serious crimes and is experienced in appellate matters.’
    • Andrew O’Byrne QC - St Johns BuildingsA natural in the courtroom, and always well prepared.’
    • James Pickup QC - Lincoln House ChambersRecommended for his expertise in VAT-related cases.’
    • Nigel Power QC - 7 Harrington StreetAlways brings a new dimension to any conversation about strategy in a complex case.’
    • Richard Pratt QC - 7 Harrington StreetEqually adept in the prosecution and defence of serious crimes such as fraud and murder.’
    • Ian Unsworth QC - 7 Harrington StreetA strong track record in prosecuting and defending serious crime and fraud.’
    • Alistair Webster QC - Lincoln House ChambersHis written work is of the very highest standard.’
    • Raymond Wigglesworth QC - 18 St John Street ChambersSpecialises in prosecuting and defending fraud cases.’
    • Peter Wright QC - Lincoln House ChambersA heavyweight practitioner who regularly features in nationally reported matters.’

Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Farrhat Arshad - Doughty Street ChambersA criminal defence specialist who handles serious criminal cases such as drugs, fraud and murder.’
    • Simon Berkson - Exchange ChambersHe covers a broad spectrum of crimes, including firearms cases, robbery and sexual offences.’
    • Lee Bonner - Atlantic ChambersProsecutes and defends at Crown Court and appellate level, and is on the CPS panel of approved prosecutors.’
    • Peter Cadwallader - 9 St John StreetHis practice includes drugs cases, money laundering and all types of sexual offences.’
    • Martin Callery - Cobden House ChambersA vastly experienced advocate who shines in cases involving kidnappings, drugs and arson, among others.’
    • Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy’s ChambersA heavyweight practitioner with a strong track record in serious and complex cases.’
    • Kevin Donnelly - Lincoln House ChambersHandles all major offences, and has particular expertise in sexual offences cases and fraud work.’
    • Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersHardworking and committed.’
    • Jonathan Duffy - 7 Harrington StreetVery personable, calm and reassuring.’
    • Rosalind Emsley-Smith - Deans Court ChambersEffective in court, from routine mentions through to complicated trials.’
    • Nicola Gatto - 9 St John StreetPrimarily undertakes defence work, with expertise in multi-handed gang violence and people trafficking, among other areas.’
    • Nina Grahame - Garden Court North ChambersUtilises pre-trial protocols on disclosure effectively to the benefit of clients.’
    • Jane Greenhalgh - 23 Essex StreetHer white-collar crime and fraud practice is gaining momentum.’
    • Barry Grennan - Kenworthy’s ChambersSought after to defend in complex and high-profile matters, including sexual offences, fraud and gangland cases.’
    • Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersHe is confident on his feet and a strong cross-examiner.’
    • Jaime Hamilton - 9 St John StreetExperienced in representing defendants in sexual offences cases, and dealing with vulnerable witnesses.’
    • Keith Harrison - St Johns BuildingsHandles a full gamut of general offences, including homicide, robbery and fraud.’
    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersHis advice is always sensible and well delivered.’
    • Virginia Hayton - Deans Court ChambersThorough in her preparation, and robust with clients; a formidable advocate.’
    • Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersGets straight to the nub of the issues in a case.’
    • Oliver Jarvis - Exchange ChambersAble to handle voluminous amounts of material.’
    • Lisa Judge - Deans Court ChambersShe has a strong track record in representing defendants in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • Ben Lawrence - St Johns BuildingsFraud is a particular strong suit, both prosecution and defence.’
    • Hugh McKee - 23 Essex StreetUnfazed by any set of circumstances.’
    • Mary McKeone - Garden Court North ChambersProvides detailed regular updates on case progression from her perspective.’
    • Mark Monaghan - 9 St John StreetHis practice includes money laundering, drugs importation, fraud and sexual offences cases.’
    • David Morton - Kenworthy’s ChambersPrimarily defence-focused, with an emphasis on complex cases such as murder, arson and fraud.’
    • Mohammed Nawaz - Lincoln House ChambersMeticulous in his preparation.’
    • Philip Parry - Exchange ChambersSpecialises in prosecuting and defending in complex fraud, violent crime and sexual offences cases.’
    • Katherine Pierpoint - Lincoln House ChambersWell regarded for her ability to deal with sensitive clients in sexual offences cases.’
    • David Potter - Exchange ChambersThorough in his preparation of cases, and his courtroom presence is excellent.’
    • Darren Preston - 9 St John StreetParticularly strong in cases involving fraud, drugs importation and money laundering.’
    • Bob Sastry - 23 Essex StreetRegularly appears in nationally reported cases involving large-scale conspiracies, serious violence and sexual offences.’
    • Richard Simons - Lincoln House ChambersMainly undertakes defence work, with particular knowledge of all types of fraud and general crime.’
    • Rachel Smith - Lincoln House ChambersShe has a particularly strong reputation with the CPS, which frequently instructs her on high-profile matters.’
    • Paul Taylor - Exchange ChambersHighly sought after, primarily to prosecute in fraud cases.’
    • Daniel Thomas - Lincoln House ChambersGood technical knowledge.’
    • Patrick Thompson - 23 Essex StreetTenacious, and an able advocate and cross-examiner.’
    • Vanessa Thomson - 9 St John StreetHighly regarded for her sensitivity to clients who have mental health difficulties or are otherwise vulnerable.’
    • Richard Vardon - 18 St John Street ChambersA persuasive and effective jury advocate.’
    • Amos Waldman - Doughty Street ChambersDefends in a broad spectrum of complex, weighty matters.’
    • Peter Warne - Lincoln House ChambersParticularly well regarded in cases involving financial crimes.’
    • Ian Whitehurst - 7 Harrington StreetHe is not afraid to get his hands dirty.’
    • Gary Woodhall - 9 St John StreetHe has particular experience in serious and complex crimes involving multiple defendants.’

7 Harrington Street has an 80-strong team undertaking both prosecution and defence work across a wide range of offences, with particular strength in fraud. In a recent highlight, Jonathan Duffy successfully defended a former politician charged in relation to alleged pensions fraud.

9 St John Street’s members prosecute and defend at first instance and appellate level in legally and factually complex cases, covering murder, fraud and large-scale drugs conspiracy among other areas.

The majority of 18 St John Street Chambers’ work is conducted in the courts in the North West, although members do also regularly appear elsewhere. The group handles prosecution and defence instructions ranging from minor offences to high-profile and complex matters. Richard Vardon recently successfully prosecuted two male relatives of a Harry Potter actress after they threatened to murder her for entering into a relationship with a Hindu man.

23 Essex Street provides ‘an excellent service’ and has ‘very good barristers at all levels’. The Manchester office has gone from strength to strength since its inception in December 2013, and members have handled a number of the most serious cases in the North West and beyond. In 2014, Patrick Thompson was a leading junior in a murder case in which the deceased was beaten and stamped to death.

Atlantic Chambers’ members prosecute and defend at courts across England and Wales, in areas such as serious sexual offences, fraud and money laundering.

Well regarded at the senior and junior ends, Cobden House Chambers handles the gamut of criminal cases, including rape and other serious sexual offences, armed robbery, and arson.

Deans Court Chambers is among the leading names on circuit for criminal work, with members appearing in cases of the utmost legal and factual complexity nationwide. In 2014, Elizabeth Dudley-Jones was led by Stuart Denney QC in a case involving the attempted murder of a mother-in-law by a defendant who had sustained a brain injury months before the attack. Chambers has ‘a good range of counsel from the junior rank through to silks, with an exceptional skill-set and range of knowledge’.

Doughty Street Chambers focuses on criminal defence work, and its members have expertise in a wide range of areas including homicide and fraud.

Exchange Chambers has a market-leading reputation in crime and notable strength in depth, with a team of over 70 barristers including seven heavy-hitting silks. Equally adept in prosecution and defence work, the group handles a wide range of cases including fraud, murder, sexual offences, drugs and money laundering. In a recent highlight, Gordon Cole QC represented the main defendant in a drugs importation case.

Well known for its ethos of protecting civil liberties and defending human rights, ‘helpful setGarden Court North Chambers has a focus on defence work within the crime arena. The core of the practice is in the Crown Court, dealing with crimes such as assault, firearms offences and murder. Members also undertake a significant amount of appeal work, handling cases in the divisional, appeal and Supreme courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights. The set is expanding into niche areas such as the defence of anti-fracking protestors and environmental demonstrators.

Crime is one of the main practices at Kenworthy’s Chambers, which has a 45-year history prosecuting and defending a broad spectrum of serious offences. Reflecting its leading reputation, it attracts work from a wide range of instructing parties across the country. It has two CPS Grade 4 members who are eligible to handle work from the complex crime unit, as well as a dedicated team dealing with appeals against convictions and sentences. In 2014, defence practitioner Barry Grennan, who is experienced in nationally reported matters, secured an acquittal for William Harper in a historical sex abuse case.

Leading set Lincoln House Chambers has a number of heavyweight practitioners who are regularly instructed in high-profile and complex matters locally and nationally. The set is well regarded across the spectrum of offences, with members having handled various cases involving sexual offences and grooming recently, and it has a particularly strong reputation for business crime cases, including fraud and money laundering issues. Kate Blackwell QC is instructed to prosecute Adam Johnson in a nationally reported child sex abuse case.

St Johns Buildingsprovides an excellent service, is well managed and has good counsel’, and is experienced in serious offences. In addition to handling prosecution work for bodies such as the CPS and HMRC, it is equally well regarded by instructing parties on the defence side. Andrew O’Byrne QC was recently successful in prosecuting a man charged with murdering his neighbour.


Index of tables

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

Employment – Leading silks

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    • Paul Gilroy QC - 9 St John StreetAn expert in sports-related employment cases.’
    • Simon Gorton QC - Atlantic ChambersHe writes fantastically punchy submissions, and has most judges eating out of his hand.’
    • Mary O’Rourke QC - Deans Court ChambersVastly experienced in advising healthcare professionals on employment issues.’

Employment – Leading juniors

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    • Lena Amartey - 9 St John StreetMore than able to hold her own against senior counsel; a rising star.’
    • Kirsten Barry - 9 St John StreetHer expertise spans redundancy, disability discrimination and constructive dismissal, among other areas.’
    • Colin Bourne - Kings ChambersHas more than 30 years’ experience in employment and industrial relations, and represents public and private sector clients.’
    • James Boyd - Kings ChambersA skilled and very solid advocate, with specialist NHS knowledge.’
    • Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersTechnically very able, and readily contactable.’
    • Carlo Breen - 9 St John StreetOffers straightforward advice in what can be complex and lengthy litigation.’
    • Stefan Brochwicz-Lewinski - 9 St John StreetHe has excellent fact management skills, and is well prepared.’
    • Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner.’
    • David Campion - Garden Court North ChambersHe is unflappable, and very good with vulnerable clients.’ *now at Atlantic Chambers
    • Joanne Connolly - 9 St John StreetExperienced in complex disability discrimination cases.’
    • Assunta Del Priore - 9 St John StreetA very safe pair of hands, and very proactive in her case preparation.’
    • Paul Draycott - Doughty Street ChambersDeals with a range of employment cases, including discrimination matters for individual claimants.’
    • Rebecca Eeley - 9 St John StreetVastly experienced in all areas of employment law, with a focus on discrimination.’
    • Tom Gilbart - 9 St John StreetVery approachable, technically capable, and prepared to go the extra mile.’
    • Paras Gorasia - Kings ChambersExtremely responsive, efficient and good on his feet.’
    • Nigel Grundy - 9 St John StreetA skilful and highly regarded advocate.’
    • Annette Gumbs - St Johns BuildingsTechnically very able, both in terms of the quality of her written papers and her advocacy skills.’
    • Barry Harwood-Gray - Kenworthy’s ChambersHe has particular expertise in high-profile and complex discrimination cases.’
    • James Hurd - 9 St John StreetHe does not give up easily, and demonstrates unflagging enthusiasm throughout the case.’
    • Rachael Levene - 9 St John StreetShe is tenacious, with extensive legal knowledge and a good client manner.’
    • Ghazan Mahmood - St Johns BuildingsThoroughly prepared, whether in conference or at a hearing.’
    • Kevin McNerney - St Johns BuildingsHe responds promptly to correspondence, and provides papers in good time when deadlines are approaching.’
    • Edward Morgan - 9 St John StreetHis exceptional intellect and commercial awareness set him leagues apart from the majority of the Bar.’
    • Daniel Northall - Littleton ChambersCan be relied on to give a first-class performance in every case.’
    • Katie Nowell - 9 St John StreetA very effective advocate.’
    • Louise Quigley - 9 St John StreetShe is always thoroughly well prepared.’
    • Tina Ranales-Cotos - Kings ChambersExceptionally professional and client-focused.’
    • Jason Searle - St Johns BuildingsHe works hard for clients, invests in their battles, delivers clear advice, and fights their corner.’
    • Christopher Taft - 9 St John StreetVery user-friendly and easy to work with.’
    • Alex Taylor - Deans Court ChambersHe has an excellent rapport with lay clients, and is a persuasive advocate.’
    • Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetFriendly, professional and helpful.’
    • David Tinkler - Atlantic ChambersSought after to deal with complex multi-day matters.’
    • Rachel Wedderspoon - 9 St John StreetHer discrimination law knowledge is second to none.’
    • Joanne Woodward - 9 St John StreetAppears both for and against public bodies in discrimination and TUPE matters.’

9 St John Street attracts praise as ‘the premier employment set in the North West, both in terms of strength in depth and quality of counsel’. Its ‘responsive’ team has expertise in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, restraint of trade, transfer of undertakings and whistleblowing cases. In 2014, Stefan Brochwicz-Lewinski successfully defended a college in an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing case.

Atlantic Chambers handles instructions from NHS trusts, public authorities and unions, among other parties, in areas such as equal pay, working time and breach of contract claims.

Deans Court Chambers’ employment team provides specialist advice and undertakes advocacy for both claimants and respondents, covering areas such as whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal, and discrimination.

Doughty Street Chambers, which acts primarily for individuals, undertakes work across the employment spectrum, and is notable for its strength in discrimination/whistleblowing claims, disciplinary work (particularly in the healthcare sector), claims involving trade union rights, and cases with a public law or human rights element. Paul Draycott recently handled a whistleblowing case in which the claimant had been dismissed from a grammar school for making a series of protected disclosures about exam malpractice.

Headed by David Campion, Garden Court North Chambers’ practice exclusively represents claimants, both employees and workers. Campion has represented hundreds of claimants in mass equal pay and TUPE litigation.

Kenworthy’s Chambers’ employment group, led by Barry Harwood-Gray, attracts instructions from employers’ organisations and statutory bodies, and is active in both the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Kings Chambers’ ‘first-rate’ employment team, which has ‘a great reputation’, handles work for NHS trusts, large companies, individual claimants and unions, among others. A number of its members are appointed to the Treasury panel. In 2014, Martin Budworth handled a test case concerning exceptions to the National Minimum Wage legislation.

Although Littleton Chambers is a London-based set and does not have an office on the Northern circuit, it added Manchester-based Daniel Northall to its team in 2014. Northall, who joined from 9 St John Street, practises mainly in the north of England and primarily acts for respondents, including medium to large businesses, public sector bodies and government departments. He recently represented the Department for Work and Pensions in claims brought by 15 claimants alleging breaches of contractual terms.

Oriel Chambers’ eight-member group primarily represents employers, from both the public and private sectors, on matters such as TUPE, unfair dismissal and breaches of contract. Richard Bradley has experience in acting for local authorities, while a number of other members are on the Attorney General’s panel of counsel and advise government departments on employment matters.

St Johns Buildings’ employment team covers a broad spectrum of areas including individual and collective redundancy, equal pay, restrictive covenants, discrimination and occupational stress. In a recent highlight, Annette Gumbs acted for a costs lawyer in a ten-day whistleblowing and unfair dismissal case.

Family and children law

Index of tables

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

Family and children law – Leading silks

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    • Julia Cheetham QC - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in cases involving neglect and serious injuries to children, as well as medical treatment matters.’
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court ChambersSupremely articulate in her advocacy.’
    • Susan Grocott QC - Deans Court ChambersDistils large quantities of complex information to the essential arguments.’
    • Sally Harrison QC - St Johns BuildingsA true class act; she is in a league of her own.’
    • Frances Heaton QC - St Johns BuildingsShe has good judgement and all-round good knowledge of the law.’
    • Karl Rowley QC - St Johns BuildingsA wonderful silk on complex children matters.’

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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    • Graham Bailey - 9 St John StreetRecommended for his particular expertise in cases involving non-accidental injuries to children.’
    • Andrew Banks - Atlantic ChambersInstructed in financial remedy cases involving business and tax issues.’
    • Rachael Banks - St Johns BuildingsPractises in both children and financial matters, and also undertakes Court of Protection work.’
    • Joanne Barnett - 9 St John StreetUndertakes complex care proceedings, international relocation cases and financial matters.’
    • Abigail Bennett - St Johns BuildingsShe understands complex business issues, and explains difficult matters to clients well.’
    • Martyn Bennett - Oriel ChambersPrimarily known for financial remedy, but also undertakes public law children, TOLATA and Inheritance Act cases.’
    • Christine Bispham - 7 Harrington StreetParticularly knowledgeable on family-related criminal injuries.’
    • Karen Brody - Deans Court ChambersShe is quick-thinking, clear and concise.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St Johns BuildingsA silk in the making; she is tenacious and committed to every case.’
    • Susan Deas - Deans Court ChambersAs an advocate, she is formidable, fearless and unflappable.’
    • Charles Eastwood - St Johns BuildingsA relentless advocate who takes no prisoners.’
    • Judith Fordham - Exchange ChambersShe is impressive, and fights her corner when proceedings are contested.’
    • Francesca Fothergill - Deans Court ChambersShe is good at dealing with complex cases, and particularly good with difficult clients/opponents.’
    • Caroline Gee - Exchange ChambersExperienced in high-value financial remedy cases involving business, property and farming issues.’
    • Rebecca Gregg - Deans Court ChambersAlways impeccably prepared, reassuring to clients, and a superb advocate.’
    • Karen Gregory - Exchange ChambersVery experienced, approachable and unflappable.’
    • Sheren Guirguis - Exchange ChambersA well-regarded all-rounder.’
    • Leona Harrison - St Johns BuildingsHer accountancy background complements her ability to deal with complex financial remedy disputes.’
    • Rachael Heppenstall - 9 St John StreetEqually adept in both the public and private law children spheres.’
    • Samantha Hillas - St Johns BuildingsWorks like a Trojan and magics a case out of very little.’
    • Heather Hobson - Deans Court ChambersHer practice covers non-accidental injuries to children, historical sexual abuse and international relocation matters.’
    • Christine Johnson - Atlantic ChambersAdvises local authorities, guardians and parents in children cases.’
    • Michael Kennedy - St Johns BuildingsPrimarily known for his strength in public law children cases.’
    • Sarah Kilvington - 18 St John Street ChambersIn addition to complex public law care work, she has a focus on mental health and capacity issues.’
    • Alexander Kloss - St Johns BuildingsA tremendously effective money barrister; you want to ensure he is on your team immediately.’
    • Sara Lewis - 9 St John StreetShe has expertise in non-accidental injuries to children, and cases involving psychiatric/medical evidence.’
    • Joanna Mallon - 7 Harrington StreetHer specialist children law practice covers sexual abuse, factitious illnesses and infant deaths, among other areas.’
    • Neil Montaldo - St Johns BuildingsHe has an excellent rapport with clients and soon puts them at ease.’
    • Ashley Murray - Ashley Murray ChambersHighly experienced with excellent client care skills, and always undertakes detailed preparatory work.’
    • Kevin Reade - 7 Harrington StreetPrimarily known for his financial remedy work, but also advises on care proceedings and private law children cases.’
    • Christine Riley - 9 St John StreetA vastly experienced practitioner whose practice spans public and private children law and financial remedies.’
    • Peter Rothery - Deans Court ChambersA very accomplished barrister; direct and forthright, but with an excellent manner with clients.’
    • Michael Sellars - Atlantic ChambersHe has particular strength in care cases involving medical issues, and child abduction cases.’
    • Dawn Thomas - 9 St John StreetKnowledgeable on all aspects of public and private children law.’

Although care work represents a sizeable proportion of the work handled by 7 Harrington Street, members also have expertise in residence and contact disputes and removals from jurisdiction, as well as financial remedy matters.

9 St John Street’s team is known for representing parties such as local authorities, parents, children and interveners in complex care cases. In a recent highlight, Rachael Heppenstall represented a father in a factitious illness case.

Within children law, 18 St John Street Chambers’ expertise spans areas such as public and private law Children Act proceedings, Adoption Act cases and child abduction. It also has a dedicated finance team experienced in disputes involving trusts, businesses and competing jurisdictions, as well as disputes arising from cohabitation and financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and very professional’ Ashley Murray established independent practice Ashley Murray Chambers following his departure from Oriel Chambers in 2014. He focuses on financial remedy cases, and is regularly instructed to represent high-net-worth individuals.

Atlantic Chambers’ group is well regarded for children work, including public law Children Act care cases involving factitious illnesses and non-accidental injuries, and parent/child fatalities. The finance team deals with complex issues arising from divorce and cohabitation, including in relation to assets held overseas, and has seen an uptick in family-related trust matters.

Regarded as ‘a first port of call’, Deans Court Chambers attracts particular praise for its ‘exceptional experience in public law children work’, ‘high-quality legal knowledge’ and ‘excellent service’. Within the public law space, members act for parents, local authorities and children in proceedings at the High Court and County Court. The group has notable experience in complex cases involving serious injuries to children, as well as fatalities. Peter Rothery recently handled a fact-finding hearing in relation to a child who died following a brain haemorrhage and had also sustained other injuries. Members of the care team have also appeared in proceedings in St Helena and the Falkland Islands.

Known for their particularly strong financial remedy expertise, Exchange Chambers’ members are experienced in high-value divorce cases and cohabitation claims involving complex financial arrangements. Judith Fordham has handled a number of cases involving dental practices, and also recently acted for a surgeon with assets in both the UK and Iran. The set ‘delivers what it promises in a user- friendly way’.

Oriel Chambers’ family team has been particularly active dealing with public law children cases involving complex medical issues, as well as sophisticated financial remedy cases where partnership, trust and company law issues arise. Members also have expertise in cohabitation claims.

St Johns Buildings, which has a particularly strong reputation in family law, handles a balanced mix of public and private law children work, as well as financial remedy cases. In an indication of the set’s first-rate reputation in complex and sensitive matters, Lorraine Cavanagh recently represented a local authority in a case dealing with the withdrawal of life-supporting medical treatment for a terminally ill baby. Family-related Court of Protection cases are another area of strength.

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Index of tables

  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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    • David Allan QC - Byrom Street ChambersVery good at explaining complex legal concepts in very clear terms.’
    • Darryl Allen QC - Byrom Street ChambersAlways willing to go the extra mile for the client.’
    • John Benson QC - Atlantic ChambersVery user-friendly, clear-thinking and thorough.’
    • Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersHis cross-examination skills are second to none.’
    • Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC - Kings ChambersExcellent with clients, analytical, yet still practical in his approach.’
    • Stephen Grime QC - Deans Court ChambersHis knowledge is second to none.’
    • Richard Hartley QC - Cobden House ChambersHis interest in sports injuries is a niche area of his practice.’
    • Sally Hatfield QC - Byrom Street ChambersShe is very empathetic, knowledgeable and intelligent, and has very sound judgement.’
    • David Heaton QC - Byrom Street ChambersPersonal and caring with clients, and will fight their corner.’
    • Nicholas Hinchliffe QC - 9 St John StreetRepresents both claimants and insurers, and has a particular interest in civil fraud.’
    • Winston Hunter QC - Byrom Street ChambersHe has outstanding knowledge of the law and its application.’
    • Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and practice surrounding high-value personal injury cases.’
    • Andrew Lewis QC - Byrom Street ChambersExcellent grasp of papers, adaptable in negotiations, and judges client meetings perfectly.’
    • Raymond Machell QC - Byrom Street ChambersHis gravitas is immense; he strikes fear into his opponents.’
    • Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersHe handles complex brain injury cases arising from accidents and medical negligence.’
    • Gerard McDermott QC - 9 St John StreetOne of the most respected and able leading counsel representing claimants in high-value and complex cases.’
    • Christopher Melton QC - Byrom Street ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, very talented on his feet, approachable, and highly recommended.’
    • Nigel Poole QC - Kings ChambersHe provides clear, jargon-free, robust advice.’
    • Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings ChambersA leading light in the world of disease litigation.’
    • Michael Redfern QC - St Johns BuildingsHe has particular expertise in brain injury cases where neuropsychological defects are not immediately obvious.’
    • James Rowley QC - Byrom Street ChambersHis legal knowledge in catastrophic personal injury cases is unparalleled.’
    • Craig Sephton QC - Deans Court ChambersHe represents both claimants and defendants in disease and catastrophic injury cases.’
    • Geoffrey Tattersall QC - Byrom Street ChambersExperienced in high-value catastrophic injury and medical negligence cases.’
    • William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersHe has particular expertise in brain, spine and amputation cases.’
    • Marc Willems QC - Cobden House ChambersHis practice spans fatal accidents, brain and spinal injuries, and clinical negligence.’
    • Amanda Yip QC - Exchange ChambersScrupulously prepared, knowledgeable and fearless, and tackles the most complex issues head on.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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    • Michael Armstrong - Atlantic ChambersHandles high-value multi-track matters ranging from road traffic collisions to workplace accidents.’
    • Fiona Ashworth - Kings ChambersEfficient, succinct and, most of all, approachable.’
    • Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersHe has a particular interest in military injuries, including combat-related deafness and non-freezing cold injuries.’
    • Ivan Bowley - Lincoln House ChambersAn expert in occupational diseases, including asbestos-related and other respiratory conditions.’
    • David Boyle - Deans Court ChambersProvides tactically astute, detailed advice and is able to convey this simply.’
    • Andrew Bridgman - St Johns BuildingsRecommended for his expertise in dental negligence cases.’
    • Peter Burns - Byrom Street ChambersThe most reliable and forensic junior on the Northern circuit.’
    • Peter Cowan - Oriel ChambersHe has an excellent sense of the mood of a case that goes beyond the legal issues and preparation.’
    • Darrel Crilley - St Johns BuildingsHandles disease and clinical negligence litigation, and has expertise in a wide range of catastrophic injuries.’
    • David Eccles - Deans Court ChambersWorks really hard for clients, and frequently finds solutions which are not obvious.’
    • Alastair Forrest - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for his expertise in high-value clinical negligence cases.’
    • Jonathan Grace - Deans Court ChambersVery effective in stress claims.’
    • Tim Grover - 7 Harrington StreetRepresents claimants and defendants in matters such as road traffic collisions, public liability and medical negligence cases.’
    • Philip Grundy - St Johns BuildingsA safe pair of hands in maximum-severity personal injury claims and high-value medical negligence cases.’
    • Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong track record in settling multimillion-pound schedules of loss.’
    • Matthew Haisley - 9 St John StreetA joy to work with – accessible, incredibly well prepared, and technically quite brilliant.’
    • Peter Harrison - St Johns BuildingsHe has 25 years’ experience handling both claimant and defendant personal injury and disease litigation.’
    • Peter Hodson - Garden Court North ChambersKnowledgeable on occupational diseases.’
    • Abigail Holt - Lincoln House ChambersShe has an excellent manner with clients, and is always thoroughly prepared.’
    • James Hurd - 9 St John StreetAlways turns work around in a very reasonable time and is punctual in returning instructions.’
    • Michael Jones - Cobden House ChambersHe has a sound and commercial approach to complex issues.’
    • David Kenny - Deans Court ChambersHis practice spans all types of catastrophic injuries, low-velocity impact cases and criminal injury compensation appeals.’
    • William Rankin - Oriel ChambersPrimarily known for representing insurance companies in civil fraud litigation, including fraudulent road traffic accidents.’
    • Simon Kilvington - Byrom Street ChambersHe has considerable experience in the field of asbestos litigation.’
    • David Knifton - Exchange ChambersTakes a thorough and forensic approach to quantum.’
    • Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersGood on technical issues, and a good advocate.’
    • Charlotte Law - Kings ChambersExperienced in medically and legally complex clinical negligence cases.’
    • Michael Lemmy - 9 St John StreetVery capable in dealing with personal injury claims involving injuries of maximum severity.’
    • Richard Livingston - Kings ChambersHe has a practice beyond his call.’
    • Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersExperienced in fatal accident cases, and understands the medical issues in high-value catastrophic injury claims.’
    • Stephen Maguire - Kings ChambersVery good with difficult clients.’
    • Anthony Mazzag - Cobden House ChambersHe adopts a forensic analysis of the issues in a case.’
    • Simon McCann - Deans Court ChambersKnowledgeable and approachable, and deals with papers speedily.’
    • Brian McCluggage - 9 St John StreetA very good and feisty junior.’
    • Margaret McDonald - Kenworthy’s ChambersHer expertise includes road traffic accidents, industrial accidents and occupational disease, and costs litigation.’
    • James McKeon - 7 Harrington StreetHis practice covers civil insurance fraud, employers’ liability and industrial diseases, among other areas.’
    • Helen Mulholland - Kings ChambersVery approachable and knowledgeable, particularly in cases involving delayed cancer diagnosis.’
    • Richard Norton - St Johns BuildingsApproachable and accessible.’
    • Daniel Paul - Deans Court ChambersHe has a solid understanding of the pressures that local authorities face.’
    • Richard Pearce - Byrom Street ChambersHe has good tactical nous and an excellent rapport with clients.’
    • Simon Plaut - Kings ChambersExperienced in representing both claimants and defendants in multi-track litigation.’
    • Yaqub Rahman - Oriel ChambersParticularly skilled at cross-examination, and has an eye for the detail of a case.’
    • Jeremy Roussak - Kings ChambersHis paperwork is lean and shows that he really understands the issues in a case.’
    • Mary Ruck - Byrom Street ChambersA clever and effective tactician.’
    • Timothy Ryder - Deans Court ChambersHe has expertise in medically and scientifically complex matters.’
    • Christopher Scorah - 9 St John StreetHis practice spans travel-related litigation, occupiers’ liability and workplace accidents, among other areas.’
    • Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetHe is approachable and accessible.’
    • Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersShe is honest and tenacious, and genuinely cares for clients; she goes the extra mile.’
    • Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetWell prepared, focused and aware of the broader aims of the trial.’
    • Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersHe focuses on high-value multi-track litigation, including amputee claims, fatal accidents and brain injuries.’
    • Richard Whitehall - Deans Court ChambersHe focuses on multi-track personal injury cases mainly for defendants, with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries.’
    • Ivan Woolfenden - Atlantic ChambersParticularly known for his experience in occupational disease and employers’ liability cases.’
    • Alastair Wright - St Johns BuildingsHis strengths lie in litigation arising from brain/spinal injuries, as well as conditions arising from medical negligence.’

While 7 Harrington Street handles both claimant and defendant cases, a number of its members have a particular emphasis on the latter. The set is known for its volume work, notably in multi-track claims, but it has a core of practitioners who focus on high-value and complex cases. Tim Grover, who acts in high-value multi-track claims, is a name to note.

9 St John Street, which is ‘full of talent’, is ‘excellent at covering all areas of personal injury’ and wins particular praise for its ‘short-notice advocacy availability’. Members undertake all types of complex and high-value cases, including claims involving occupational disease, brain and spinal injuries, and amputations and chronic pain, while other areas of strength are insurance fraud and cases involving accidents abroad. Christopher Kennedy QC recently handled a case relating to a learning-disabled child who sustained a brain injury after being hit by a car as he crossed the road.

Industrial disease and clinical negligence are core strengths of 18 St John Street Chambers, and members regularly deal with high-value cases of the highest factual and legal complexity, including claims involving brain and spinal injuries and fatalities. The set’s niche expertise in road transport law adds a further dimension to its work.

Atlantic Chambers is noted for its expertise in clinical negligence, occupational illness and industrial disease.

Byrom Street Chambers is ‘a first-class set all round’. Its ‘first-rate team’ attracts praise as ‘the best in the local area, if not the UK, in terms of ability’ in relation to personal injury and clinical negligence, which are the cornerstones of chambers’ practice. Members handle a broad spectrum of high-end cases including group and class actions, and catastrophic injury and disease litigation. In a recent highlight, Darryl Allen QC achieved a substantial settlement for a claimant who sustained serious leg injuries while at an organised motorcycle track race day.

With strength in depth at the junior and senior ends, Cobden House Chambers is well placed to handle a wide range of cases, including clinical misdiagnosis, road traffic accidents (RTA), occupiers’ liability and holiday claims.

Deans Court Chambers is ‘one of the best around’ for personal injury and clinical negligence, with particular strength in high-end catastrophic cases. It provides an ‘excellent service’, and members ‘turn around work within agreed time limits’. As well as representing individual claimants and defendants, the group attracts instructions from health authorities, trade unions and insurance companies, among other parties.

Personal injury and clinical negligence are core areas for Exchange Chambers. With over 45 members practising in the fields, it has a strong track record achieving favourable outcomes for claimants and defendants in a wide range of high-value catastrophic cases. Chambers’ expertise includes industrial disease, fatal accident, brain and spinal injury, and workplace bullying/stress claims. David Knifton recently achieved a substantial settlement for a woman who sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a hit-and-run accident.

Garden Court North Chambers represents claimants in a wide range of areas, including occupational illnesses and disease, industrial disease (notably asbestos and deafness natters), and RTAs. In 2014, practice head Peter Hodson acted in Frith v DECC & others, a respiratory disease case brought against contractor companies to British Coal and its statutory successor.

Kenworthy’s Chambers’ members are experienced in representing claimants and defendants in cases ranging from minor slips and RTAs to industrial disease and catastrophic workplace injuries.

Kings Chambers’ ‘professional team’ is ‘friendly and effective’, and provides a ‘very quick turnaround’. It attracts particular praise for the breadth of its practice, and has an emphasis on high-value and complex matters such as catastrophic brain/spinal injury and asbestos claims, and medically challenging negligence cases.

Lincoln House Chambers has a dedicated team specialising in matters which are factually, legally and medically complex. Its disease work covers British Coal respiratory disease, miner’s knee, and surface dust cases, while catastrophic injury and clinical negligence are other core areas of the practice.

While Oriel Chambers has particular strength in defendant personal injury work for insurers, it also has members with substantial claimant practices The set can call on a dedicated team undertaking civil fraud cases associated with personal injury, involving fraud rings and staged accidents, and also covers clinical negligence.

St Johns Buildings, which has ‘broad coverage and expertise’, represents claimants and defendants in fatal accident, employers’ liability, RTA and work-related stress cases, as well as handling a full range of industrial disease and civil fraud work. The set’s dedicated clinical negligence team is well regarded at both the junior and senior ends. In a recent highlight, Richard Norton handled a case regarding a failure to administer medication which allegedly led to an individual sustaining a fatal pulmonary embolism.


Index of tables

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

Property – Leading silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersShe always provides commercial and pragmatic advice.’
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersClients are always supremely confident in his advice, which is clear and precise.’

Property – Leading juniors

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    • Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersParticularly strong in social housing, including cases with mental health and human rights issues.’
    • Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersWell regarded for housing and homelessness matters.’
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn extremely effective courtroom presence.’
    • Ben Chataway - Doughty Street ChambersHis practice spans areas such as homelessness and possession proceedings.’
    • Nigel Clayton - Kings ChambersGoes the extra mile for clients.’
    • David Green - Atlantic ChambersExperienced in commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, as well as all aspects of real property.’
    • Wilson Horne - Kings ChambersTough in cross-examination, and sharp on his feet.’
    • Lawrence McDonald - Atlantic ChambersHe has excellent all-round knowledge, and is a great lateral thinker.’ *now at Exchange Chambers.
    • Sarah O’Brien - Exchange ChambersShe has vast experience in all aspects of social housing and homelessness law.’
    • Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetInspires confidence because of his significant experience and ability.’
    • Paul Whatley - Cobden House ChambersHis practice covers boundary disputes, disrepair and commercial tenancies, among other areas.’

9 St John Street’s property practice spans commercial landlord and tenant, restrictive covenants, mortgages, land options, and boundaries and easements, among other areas.

In the landlord and tenant arena, Atlantic Chambers’ wide-ranging expertise covers everything from possession and disrepair cases to homelessness and business tenancies. Elsewhere, the team undertakes disputes relating to boundaries, easements, restrictive covenants and conveyancing.

Cobden House Chambers’ Chancery and commercial team is experienced in commercial and residential landlord and tenant, as well as housing and mortgage matters.

Doughty Street Chambers focuses on heavyweight housing-related issues. Known for its work in the areas of civil liberties and human rights, the set has an active practice representing tenants, occupiers and the homeless, and also undertakes some work for local authorities and registered social landlords.

Exchange Chambers leverages its cross-practice strength in depth to advise on all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property, including matters involving banking, insolvency, company law and professional liability issues. Chambers is recommended in particular for social housing and landlord and tenant cases.

Noted for its ‘strong reputation in real estate disputes’, Kings Chambers attracts work from public authorities, insolvency practitioners and charities. Its wide-ranging expertise spans areas such as title disputes, landlord and tenant, riparian rights, professional negligence and insolvency. Nigel Clayton recently handled a residential mortgage recovery claim involving allegations of fraud and complex issues of overriding interests of third parties. The set has ‘quality barristers at every level’.

Public law

Index of tables

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

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersDeals with opponents’ expert witnesses in a polite but firm and forceful manner, without being overbearing.’
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court ChambersShe has a focus on mental capacity and mental health issues concerning vulnerable individuals.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersHe identifies issues early on.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersHe provides extremely good guidance throughout cases.’
    • Anne Whyte QC - Atlantic ChambersGives clear advice as to the law.’
    • Amanda Yip QC - Exchange ChambersShe relates to clients well, quickly gains their confidence, and provides timely advice.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • George Brown - Kenworthy’s ChambersHe has vast expertise in human rights cases.’
    • Simon Burrows - Kings ChambersHis communication with clients is very good, giving them confidence and reassurance.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St Johns BuildingsNot afraid to ask difficult questions or deal with difficult people.’
    • Paul Draycott - Doughty Street ChambersExperienced in judicial review applications relating to immigration and asylum.’
    • Adam Fullwood - Kings ChambersA leading light on the Northern circuit when it comes to mental capacity work.’
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersAcademically and practically effective.’
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersClear, logical, passionate, and excellent with clients.’
    • Sam Karim - Kings ChambersWhen he is on his feet in a courtroom, he is simply captivating.’
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy’s ChambersHighly experienced, thorough and astute.’
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North ChambersPresents legal arguments persuasively.’
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North ChambersHe particularly excels where a technical legal argument is involved.’
    • Eliza Sharron - Deans Court ChambersShe is sensible and calm, and her advice is always sound.’
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersExtremely capable of getting to grips with any case.’

Atlantic Chambers represents claimants and various public bodies, including NHS trusts, local authorities and police authorities, in judicial review cases.

Deans Court Chambers has notable strength in Court of Protection, mental health and community care matters. Eliza Sharron represents parties such as local authorities, community care groups and NHS trusts in Court of Protection cases, and also specialises in judicial reviews involving local authority duties towards young people.

Doughty Street Chambers primarily acts for claimants, but also undertakes work for local authorities and regulatory bodies. Areas of expertise include community care, asylum and mental health.

Exchange Chambers represents claimants and defendants in judicial reviews spanning areas such as community care, housing, human rights, immigration and local government. In addition, the set has a specialist team dealing with Court of Protection matters. Members of chambers draw on their expertise in other disciplines, such as personal injury, to deal with issues concerning the welfare and finances of those lacking capacity.

Garden Court North Chambers is at the forefront of this area. The set has ‘an array of counsel who are incredibly competent’, and ‘they quickly get engaged with a case to provide helpful feedback on preparation and tactics’. Members have expertise in areas including immigration and asylum, community care, mental health and welfare benefits. In 2014, Vijay Jagadesham appeared in the landmark case of R (Haney, Kaiyam, Massey and Robinson) v Secretary of State for Justice, in which the Supreme Court held that all indeterminate prisoners must be given a reasonable opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and demonstrate their suitability for release.

Within the public law sphere, Kenworthy’s Chambers has a particularly strong reputation in asylum and immigration (including all aspects of business immigration), and is also recommended for broader human rights cases.

Kings Chambers is seen as ‘a first port of call’ by many instructing claimants and defendants in judicial reviews, with expertise spanning areas such as immigration, social welfare, community care and equality law. In 2014, Adam Fullwood appeared in IM v LM, AB & Liverpool City Council, in which the Court of Appeal considered the test to determine capacity to engage in sexual relations.

St Johns Buildings has particular strength in Court of Protection matters. In 2014, Lorraine Cavanagh appeared in the high-profile case of Derbyshire County Council v Danby, in relation to a grandmother who was imprisoned after breaching an injunction not to contact her granddaughter.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Index of tables

  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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    • Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersHe is an exceptional jury advocate, and judges warm to him.’
    • Tim Horlock QC - Deans Court ChambersA master tactician.’
    • John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHis expertise includes breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as associated regulations.’
    • Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetNever fails to make a very positive impression upon clients meeting him for the first time.’
    • Nigel Lawrence QC - 7 Harrington StreetRegularly instructed in health and safety prosecutions, including ones concerning fatal accidents.’
    • Lisa Roberts QC - Lincoln House ChambersA professional, calm, bright and approachable team player.’
    • William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong police force following, and he is also regularly instructed in inquests.’
    • Anne Whyte QC - Atlantic ChambersExtremely articulate and knowledgeable.’

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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    • Bernadette Baxter - Lincoln House ChambersExperienced in police and medical-related professional disciplinary cases.’
    • Sophie Cartwright - Deans Court ChambersAble to explain the key aspects of the case succinctly.’
    • Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy’s ChambersHis practice spans health and safety, hospital and custody deaths, and gross negligence manslaughter.’
    • Sarah Clover - Kings ChambersA real fighter.’
    • Peter Cowan - Oriel ChambersHe is as sharp as a tack.’
    • Kevin Donnelly - Lincoln House ChambersStrong in health and safety matters, and particularly well regarded by the HSE.’
    • Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersA professional and persuasive advocate.’
    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersFastidious in his preparation and prompt in his responses.’
    • Timothy Holloway - Oriel ChambersVery attentive and thorough.’
    • Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersHis no-nonsense attitude makes him a firm favourite with clients.’
    • Steven McGarry - St Johns BuildingsHis experience includes appearances at fitness-to-practise hearings before the GMC and GDC.’
    • Andrew Nuttall - Lincoln House ChambersRegularly sought after to handle inquests.’
    • Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersHe has sound judgement and excellent interpersonal skills.’
    • Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetHis practice includes inquests, deaths in custody, as well as prosecuting and defending alleged health and safety breaches.’
    • Graham Wells - Oriel ChambersA good advocate who gives no-nonsense advice, even if it’s not what the client wants to hear.’
    • Ben Williams - Kings ChambersExceptionally client-focused.’

7 Harrington Street leverages its cross-disciplinary expertise in civil and criminal law to prosecute and defend a range of criminal regulatory and health and safety matters. The set also has barristers who deal with police disciplinary cases.

9 St John Street provides instructing parties with ‘a choice of quality advocates’ who handle a balanced mix of prosecution and defence work in the health and safety arena, and have experience in corporate manslaughter trials. Inquests arising from health and safety investigations are another strong suit. On the non-contentious side, members of chambers advise on compliance with both existing and new legislation.

Atlantic Chambers is recommended for its expertise in civil claims against the police, as well as its experience in HSE proceedings.

Deans Court Chambers is ‘a strong set’ and ‘its work is done to the highest quality’; ‘all counsel have good technical knowledge and are very approachable’. It has strength at the senior and junior ends, and is well placed to handle a broad spectrum of health and safety matters in areas such as construction, rail, agriculture and retail. Elsewhere, the set has a strong track record prosecuting cases before professional regulatory panels and tribunals, particularly on behalf of the General Medical Council (GMC). In 2014, Elizabeth Dudley-Jones successfully prosecuted a junior doctor who dishonestly took sick leave to commentate at equestrian events abroad yet still claimed sick pay.

Reflecting its first-rate reputation in health and safety, a number of Exchange Chambers’ members are on the national list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for health and safety matters. Members act both for and against the HSE, and areas of expertise include work-related fatalities and serious injuries, as well as corporate and gross negligence manslaughter. Elsewhere, members have experience in inquests and investigations into deaths in custody. The ‘down-to-earth team’ has ‘sound knowledge’.

In 2014, Kenworthy’s Chambers’ Patrick Cassidy handled an inquest arising from the death of a prisoner at Pentonville Prison.

Kings Chambers’ members deal with licensing committee hearings (applications, variations and reviews), as well as Magistrates and Crown Court appeals, and judicial reviews. Members are knowledgeable on licensing issues relating to taxis, sexual entertainment venues, gambling and firearms, among other areas. In 2014, Ben Williams acted for a respondent local authority in an appeal against the revocation of a nightclub’s licence.

Lincoln House Chambers has a first-rate reputation in health and safety and regulatory work. Its members prosecute and defend in cases brought by bodies such as the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, and DEFRA; and are also experienced in areas such as gross negligence manslaughter and deaths in custody. Elsewhere, the set has a strong track record in professional discipline, with practitioners prosecuting and defending in cases involving the GMC and the Police Federation.

Oriel Chambers’ Graham Wells has represented police forces throughout the North West since 1985 in relation to civil claims, professional disciplinary matters and inquests.

St Johns Buildings has a particularly strong track record defending medical-related professional disciplinary matters brought by the GMC, and is equally well regarded in General Dental Council (GDC) cases. Elsewhere, members prosecute in matters involving the RSPCA and HSE, among other bodies.

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