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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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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A tenacious advocate, who is thorough in her approach; every stone is turned over and fully analysed.’
    • Edward Bartley Jones QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A highly regarded commercial advocate.’
    • David Berkley QC - St Johns Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in banking and commercial litigation.’
    • David Casement QC - Kings Chambers β€˜An intellectual heavyweight lawyer with superb work stamina and attention to detail.’
    • Mark Cawson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜One of the best Manchester insolvency practitioners; he is technically excellent.’
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has an innate understanding of what and how much to say.’
    • Mark Harper QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A team player throughout the litigation process.’
    • David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Tactically excellent; he is liked and respected by clients.’
    • Simon Myerson QC - Byrom Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for civil fraud matters.’

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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David Gilchrist heads up the commercial, banking and Chancery team at 9 St John Street, containing β€˜high-calibre barristers with a real can-do attitude’. Chancery work, including trusts, contentious probate and administration of wills in an important area for chambers; Andrew Clark and James Fryer-Spedding represented the respondent and defendant, respectively, in a recent Court of Appeal case concerning testamentary capacity for the creation of a valid will.

18 St John Street Chambers is home to β€˜experienced commercial and Chancery practitioners’. The set has expertise in cases concerning partnership, probate, wills and trusts issues. David Hoffman also handles professional negligence matters, while Wayne Goldstein has particular experience in international banking disputes.

Following the dissolution of St James’s Chambers, a number of practitioners joined 23 Essex Street, giving the set a new commercial offering. The members are well known for Chancery litigation but also act for lenders in insolvency proceedings.

Atlantic Chambers contains experts in Chancery matters, who represent individuals in contentious probate matters, for example. Graham Sellers is particularly well known for his insolvency practice and is acting for the trustee in a High Court bankruptcy case concerning the Victoria Pier at Colwyn Bay.

Although Byrom Street Chambers is predominantly a personal injury and clinical negligence set, Simon Myerson QC specialises in professional discipline matters, mainly for solicitors, and civil fraud.

Lucy Wilson-Barnes and Robert Sterling joined Cobden House Chambers from the now-defunct St James Chambers in 2015. They are both commercial practitioners and bring expertise in company and insolvency work, Chancery matters and professional negligence.

Deans Court Chambers is experienced in a range of commercial disputes, including partnership, civil fraud and insolvency litigation, as well as Chancery work. Sebastian Clegg is the key name and has recently been acting for a solicitor in a recovery of debt Court of Appeal case.

Exchange Chambers is β€˜one of the best sets in the region’ with β€˜great depth of experience and expertise at all levels’. Insolvency is a particular strong suit for chambers, where members are well known for their track record in asset recovery, realisation claims and director’s qualification proceedings. Work highlights saw Mark Cawson QC and new silk David Mohyuddin QC defend Leeds City Council against a developer claim concerning Leeds Arena, while Edward Bartley Jones QC recent experience includes Court of Appeal cases. James Malam joined from St Johns Buildings.

Commercial litigation is a cornerstone of Kings Chambers, which is also β€˜one of the leading Chancery sets outside London’. Particular areas of expertise include banking and finance, insolvency, company, and partnership disputes. The set is also unique in the regions for the depth of its costs practice, which headed up by Dr Mark Friston. In a recent notable case, Lesley Anderson QC successfully appealed a case brought by solicitors, against insurers, concerning conditional fee agreements in relation to personal injury claims. Mark Harper QC took silk in 2016.

No5 Chambers does not have an office on the Northern Circuit but Susanne Muth has been based in Manchester for over 15 years and has particular experience in banking and finance disputes.

Oriel Chambers is home to Richard Bradley and Paul Brant, who are both well-known commercial barristers. Areas of expertise include financial litigation including consumer credit claims and guarantee disputes, and Chancery matters.

St Johns Buildings is active in general commercial matters, partnership disputes and professional negligence, as well as Chancery, intellectual property and media law. High-value financial services litigation is a key area for the set, which saw David Berkley QC handling a Β£60m claim against a bank. James Malam left to join Exchange Chambers

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€˜A superb advocate – clear and concise.’
    • Vincent Fraser QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant legal mind and is one of the best cross-examiners around.’
    • David Manley QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A clear and strategic advocate.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Widely recognised as the leading authority on highway matters.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Revered as a highly accomplished advocate.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings Chambers β€˜A real professional.’
    • Giles Cannock - Kings Chambers β€˜He is very sharp and speaks the client’s language.’
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very intelligent and analytical barrister.’
    • John Hunter - Kings Chambers β€˜He has an excellent courtroom presence.’
    • Ian Ponter - Kings Chambers β€˜Excellent at managing difficult issues and a strong team leader.’
    • Andrew Singer - Kings Chambers β€˜He has a superb intellect, tactical awareness and is an excellent advocate.’
    • Mark Smith - Exchange Chambers β€˜Totally switched on – he is able to get to the heart of the problem very quickly.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings Chambers β€˜Fantastic to work with, and she has excellent knowledge of planning and highway matters.’
    • John Wyn Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜An environmental expert.’

Exchange Chambers has a strong construction, planning and environment practice. Although junior in call, Peter Dixon leads the planning group as his former experience as a planning consultant β€˜gives him that unique insight’. The team handles planning applications, Highways Act claims and public inquiries; Dixon recently represented a third party in the public inquiry into the extension of the Darras Hall garden suburb. John Wyn Williams is highly experienced in environmental negligence cases and also handles related criminal proceedings. In the context of construction law, chambers frequently appears in arbitrations.

Kings Chambers is β€˜the first port of call for planning, construction and environmental matters’, with the entire group constituting a quarter of the set. Chambers is best known for its planning expertise, which has long been an area of specialism for the set. The extensive experience spans planning applications and judicial reviews, planning inquiries (particularly involving village greens), and representing developers, national retailers and local authorities. Roger Lancaster retired in 2016.


Index of tables

  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 is home to some of the β€˜most senior crime practitioners’. Members are well regarded for both the defence and prosecution of high-profile cases, including a range of homicide and violent sexual offence trials; robbery and fraud are also active areas. Recent cases include numerous prominent and violent murders in the North West; both Nicholas Johnson QC and Richard Pratt QC successfully represented two defendants in their joint enterprise murder trial at Court of Appeal, which saw the convictions quashed.

Nicholas Clarke QC heads up the criminal team at 9 St John Street, which houses prosecution and defence barristers. Homicide, sexual offences and robbery cases feature on the workload as do fraud and money laundering matters. In January 2016, Clarke successfully prosecuted a drug dealer for mortgage fraud.

Appearing on the defence and prosecution side of criminal cases, members of 18 St John Street Chambers handle high-profile murders and serious organised crime cases.

23 Essex Street’s crime team has been involved in high-profile and complex cases in the past year, including defending the lead organiser in a drugs conspiracy worth Β£6m, and defending in a gangland murder. Jane Greenhalgh and Patrick Thompson are often instructed as lead counsel, which is testament to their capabilities.

Cobden House Chambers’ criminal team prosecutes and defends. Louise Blackwell QC was recently successful in securing an acquittal for the defendant in a high-profile historical sexual abuse trial, and has since acted for the defence on further sexual abuse cases, including the trial of Harold Burnett. The team also deals with heavyweight murder and drugs cases, as well as inquests.

Deans Court Chambers has appeared in some of the biggest trials of the decade: Harold Shipman, Jamie Bulger and – more recently – defending Raymond Teret, a friend of Jimmy Saville, against historic sexual abuse allegations. Stuart Denney QC and Joseph Hart have particular expertise in fraud, and on the regulatory front, Rosalind Emsley-Smith is well regarded for her work relating to the General Medical Council.

Exchange Chambers’ crime practice is β€˜one of the top on the Northern Circuit’. Tenants are active in the cases involving murder, financial crime, sexual abuse, gang crime and drug offences. The set prosecutes and defends in equal measure and has a sizeable group of grade 4 CPS prosecutors. Fraud is also a strength of many members, and recent work includes a nine-week conspiracy trial in Newcastle. Other highlights include a successful people trafficking prosecution, terrorist trials and high-profile murder prosecutions. Brian Cummings QC was appointed to the bench in the summer of 2015.

With a focus on human rights and civil liberties, Garden Court North Chambers is primarily instructed in criminal defence cases. Mark George QC heads up the team, which is active in murder cases, gang crime, serious fraud, drugs, public order and sexual offences trials. A notable case was the successful defence of Michael Curran against allegations of involvement in a paedophile ring. Inquests is another large area for the set.

Barry Grennan leads the criminal team at Kenworthy’s Chambers. The set is experienced in fraud and serious crime, with notable instructions including a Β£2m mortgage fraud dispute and a 12-handed organised crime case. Some members also have expertise in sexual offences cases including historic sex abuse allegations.

Lincoln House Chambers is the β€˜most highly regarded criminal set on the Northern Circuit, with strength in depth, top-quality silks and the best juniors’. Kate Blackwell QC’s prosecution of footballer Adam Johnson in his sexual offences trial is testament to the capabilities of the set. Simon Csoka QC acted for Dale Cregan in his trial for murdering two police officers. The group is well versed in a wide range of other areas such as terrorism, drugs, fraud and business crime cases. The group has a number of strong prosecutors but also handles defence work.

St Johns Buildings’ criminal team is β€˜reliable and approachable’. Experience includes gang crime, homicide, drugs offences and sexual offences cases. Andrew O’Byrne QC is leader of the Northern Circuit


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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β€˜The premier employment set in the North’, 9 St John Street has a national reputation for its employment expertise. The practice handles a good spread of claimant and respondent work, with some counsel well known for representing the NHS, the General Medical Council, the Police Federation and local authorities. Case highlights included Chawla v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, a dispute concerning alleged misconduct by a consultant psychiatrist and unfair dismissal; Edward Morgan successfully represented the NHS in its appeal. In 2015, Louise Quigley and James Hurd joined from St Johns Buildings and the dissolved St James’s Chambers, respectively.

Atlantic Chambers is home to Simon Gorton QC who is a well-regarded employment practitioner, and head of chambers. He is highly experienced in discrimination and TUPE cases and is also well versed in restrictive covenants work. David Campion joined from Garden Court North Chambers in August 2015 and brings a broad employment practice with an emphasis on acting for claimant employees with mental or physical impairments.

Deans Court Chambers’ employment group deals with the full range of cases including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The β€˜nationally well-regarded’ Mary O’Rourke QC is frequently instructed in high-profile cases, particularly by medical professionals; she recently represented a Chelsea FC doctor in a constructive dismissal and discrimination case, which attracted considerable media attention.

Paul Draycott of Doughty Street Chambers has a strong reputation on the Northern Circuit. The set has a claimant-focused practice and is well known for working on whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal cases.

Kenworthy’s Chambers has a mixed employer/employee practice and expertise in a range of areas. Recent cases include unfair dismissal, race discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing issues. Anisa Niaz-Dickinson represented a police officer in whistleblowing case Jessica Davies v Chief Constable of West Midlands.

β€˜There is a strong team of employment barristers’ at Kings Chambers, who are β€˜very gifted advocates’. They act for both employers and employees, and have handled some complex and unique cases in the past year; notably, representing the first Anglican vicar to marry under the Same Sex Marriage Act in a discrimination case against the Church.

Littleton Chambers is a London-based set with active members on the Northern Circuit. Daniel Northall, for example, has a respondent practice and particular experience in TUPE, unfair and constructive dismissal cases, and breach of contract disputes. Paul Gilroy QC now has joint tenancy at this set (as well as 9 St John Street).

Jason Searle heads up the employment group at St Johns Buildings. The group acts for both claimants and respondents in a range of cases involving aspects of discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment, the Equality Act and unfair dismissal.

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 group covers a range of areas such as childcare, adoption, TOLATA, and divorce and financial proceedings.

9 St John Street handles childcare, adoption, matrimonial finance, and other forms of financial remedies. Recent cases include children serious injury cases.

18 St John Street Chambers is home to β€˜hardworking and easy-to-deal-with family barristers’. The set has expertise in children law, particularly public law cases. Sarah Kilvington has been involved in family proceedings arising out of a high-profile child grooming case. Stephen Murray specialises in financial remedy.

Ashley Murray at Ashley Murray Chambers specialises in divorce and financial remedy cases, where he is β€˜diligent in his preparation and has excellent attention to detail’. In 2014, Murray left Oriel Chambers to set up his own practice. He continues to act for high-net worth and high-profile individuals.

Atlantic Chambers is home to β€˜experienced and helpful counsel’, who are active in the areas of childcare and financial remedy. Michael Sellars is a key name.

β€˜A go-to family law set on the Northern Circuit’, Deans Court Chambers houses β€˜heavyweight family counsel’, who primarily handle children law matters but also have some expertise in financial remedy. Clients include local authorities, parents and guardians. Recent cases include disputes surrounding parents intending to take children to war zones, including Syria.

Exchange Chambers’ family group specialises in financial remedy. Led by Judith Fordham, the team is β€˜very able and approachable’, and recommended for β€˜the more difficult and higher-value cases’. Many instructions are multimillion-pound matters, often with international elements, trusts and children to be considered. Members also have experience in unique farming cases concerning promissory estoppel.

β€˜A leading set in the North for family work’, St Johns Buildings has a strong reputation for divorce disputes, including TOLATA cases. Evidence of this is seen in Sally Harrison QC’s recent Supreme Court appearance in Gohil v Gohil, where she successfully represented a wife in complex financial remedy proceedings. The group is also well versed in children law; for example, Frances Heaton QC has acted in exceptionally sensitive childcare cases. International children law cases is another major area for chambers.

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 has distinct specialisms in the personal injury/clinical negligence area: catastrophic injury, employers’ liability, industrial disease and clinical negligence. Tim Grover leads the group which acts for claimants and defendant insurers and corporates.

9 St John Street is a β€˜reputable set’ with expertise in fatal accidents, brain and spinal injuries, psychiatric harm, and misdiagnosis in the clinical negligence area. Road traffic accidents are a major area of instruction.

18 St John Street Chambers handles serious personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Mark Laprell is well known for taking on catastrophic injury cases resulting from road traffic accidents.

Atlantic Chambers focuses on representing claimants, particularly in the context of fatal accidents, brain injuries and noise-induced hearing loss cases. Members also have specialisms in dental negligence and employers’ liability.

Personal injury and clinical negligence is the bedrock of Byrom Street Chambers and an area in which its β€˜strength and reputation is almost unsurpassed in Manchester’. Accordingly, it houses a β€˜highly expert’ team that takes on cases involving industrial disease, fatal accidents (including brain and spinal cord injuries), psychiatric injury, cerebral palsy and misdiagnosis, among other issues. Members act for a number of key insurers as well as claimants. Recent developments saw Simon Kilvington QC take silk, David Allen QC retire, Darrel Crilley join from St Johns Buildings and Richard Pearce appointed to the bench.

Personal injury and clinical negligence is a key area for Cobden House Chambers, where members represent claimants and defendants in equal measure. Catastrophic injury – including brain and spinal injuries – have been a major area of instruction, and Richard Hartley QC recently secured a favourable Β£10m settlement for a motorcyclist injured in a road traffic accident. Other specialisms include birth traumas and cerebral palsy.

Deans Court Chambers has a solid personal injury and clinical negligence practice, where members primarily act for defendants. Areas of expertise include employers’ liability, occupational disease, road traffic accidents and catastrophic injury claims. Members also handle fraudulent claims relating to road traffic accidents, and as such, successfully prosecuted a Miss England contestant in a fraudulent whiplash claim.

With β€˜numerous excellent barristers, who can always be relied upon’, Exchange Chambers focuses on claimant work in the personal injury and clinical negligence arena. Members handle fatal accidents, industrial disease, brain and spinal injuries, and various matters involving clinical negligence. Recent highlights include John Billett v Ministry of Defence, a Court of Appeal case, and Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne, which clarified whether relatives of patients can claim for shock, as a result of clinical negligence.

Garden Court North Chambers houses Peter Hodson, who is well known for representing claimants in occupational injury and disease cases. Hodson also represents prisoners who have suffered while in custody.

Kenworthy’s Chambers represents claimants and defendants in personal injury cases, with a focus on high-value and catastrophic injury claims, mostly arising out of road traffic accidents. Practice head Margaret McDonald has niche expertise in costs litigation.

Kings Chambers has a β€˜broad range of barristers with a firm grounding in personal injury and clinical negligence’. Members represent claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence cases, with an emphasis on insurer defendants. The practice is well known for catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases, as well as asbestos claims and serious road traffic incidents.

Although primarily known as a crime set, Lincoln House Chambers is home to β€˜real talent’ in this area. Abigail Holt is well known for her experience handling complex medical issues and Ivan Bowley is a specialist in industrial disease claims.

Oriel Chambers represents defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Yaqub Rahman leads the group and has niche expertise in veterinary negligence, while Peter Cowan specialises in industrial disease claims. Other active areas include fraudulent road traffic accident claims, which William Kerr Rankin is particularly well known for.

St Johns Buildings is seen as β€˜a leading set in the personal injury arena’ and has members who are well versed in fatal accident cases, including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, industrial disease and post-traumatic stress. Chambers is also recommended for clinical negligence disputes, with Andrew Bridgeman, a former dental surgeon, bringing niche expertise in dental negligence. Darrel Crilley left for Byrom Street Chambers in 2015.


Index of tables

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

Property – Leading silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings Chambers β€˜She is very commercially minded and provides a realistic view of a case’s merit.’
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings Chambers β€˜He has an excellent ability to bring round a judge.’

Property – Leading juniors

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9 St John Street is home to Richard Selwyn Sharpe, who is recommended for wills, trusts and insolvency disputes often involving property issues.

Paul Whatley at Cobden House Chambers specialises in housing matters and commercial property disputes. Clients include commercial landlords, local authorities and individuals.

Exchange Chambers’ β€˜top’ property practice has β€˜great depth of experience and expertise’. Members handle commercial landlord and tenant disputes, boundary and easement cases, and trust-related matters. Paul Burns is a key name, who has also dealt with social housing matters recently. Sarah O’Brien has a niche practice in homelessness cases. In 2016, the team was bolstered by the addition of Lawrence McDonald and Andrew Williams, who were previously at Atlantic Chambers.

At Kings Chambers, the property practice is β€˜right at the top of the Northern Circuit’. Members are experienced in commercial, agricultural and residential property matters, involving issues such as village greens, landlord and tenant disputes, restrictive covenants, and inheritance. Lesley Anderson QC was in the Supreme Court in 2014, representing an intervening mortgage business, in an important case which clarified the position on leaseback arrangements in relation to overriding interests (Rosemary Scott v Southern Pacific Mortgages).

Public law

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

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Experienced in cases concerning mental capacity.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A clear, concise and highly reputable expert in judicial reviews.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜An expert in a range of areas including human rights, prison law and international law.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • George Brown - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜He has a wealth of experience in deportation appeals.’
    • Louis Browne - Exchange Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in judicial reviews.’
    • Simon Burrows - Kings Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable and approachable.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St Johns Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in Court of Protection and human rights matters.’
    • John Hunter - Kings Chambers β€˜A results-focused barrister with a real courtroom presence.’
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜An expert in cases against the state.’
    • Sam Karim - Kings Chambers β€˜A thorough and approachable barrister.’
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in immigration cases.’
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Well known for his human rights expertise.’
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in immigration judicial reviews.’
    • Mark Schwenk - Kenworthy’s Chambers β€˜Experienced in Court of Appeal immigration cases.’
    • Eliza Sharron - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A very approachable, calm and thorough advocate.’
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜An experienced immigration practitioner.’

Deans Court Chambers public law practice is predominantly in the field of adult welfare and mental capacity cases. Eliza Sharron specialises in work of this sort and has been handling a case concerning a vulnerable adult being released from medical care.

Exchange Chambers’ public law expertise encompasses judicial review proceedings, human rights cases and housing matters. Louis Browne has particular expertise in representing public bodies in judicial reviews; clients include healthcare providers and police forces.

Garden Court North Chambers is a leader in public law on the Northern Circuit, with members who are well versed in a range of areas such as judicial reviews, social housing, immigration, prison law, mental health and welfare. Pete Weatherby QC heads up the team and has appeared in major Supreme Court human rights cases, including the pivotal Vinter, and – more recently – R (Haney, Kaiyam, Massey and Robinson) v Secretary of State for Justice, leading Vijay Jagadesham in representing the prisoners in a case that considered indeterminate prison sentences.

Kenworthy’s Chambers is well known for its immigration and asylum practice, where the highly experienced members represent individuals in their appeals against the Secretary of State.

Kings Chambers’ public law practice has two distinct areas: judicial reviews and Court of Protection work. On the judicial review side, Sam Karim successfully defended a review against the Secretary of State for Business and Innovation and Skills relating to its decision to investigate a company without stating the reasons for doing so. On the welfare side, Simon Burrows has acted in numerous deprivation of liberty cases concerning care plans.

St Johns Buildings is home to Lorraine Cavanagh, who handles Court of Protection cases concerning children’s welfare and human rights.

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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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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7 Harrington Street’s crime expertise provides a strong foundation for its regulatory practice. Nigel Lawrence QC recently prosecuted Huntleys Food Stores in a case concerning an E. coli outbreak following an animal petting event.

9 St John Street prosecutes and defends in health and safety matters. Members also have expertise in medical professional discipline and are instructed by the General Medical Council in this context.

Atlantic Chambers is home to Anne Whyte QC, who is strong in health and safety criminal proceedings.

Deans Court Chambers is β€˜reputable in the field of regulatory law’. The practice encompasses corporate manslaughter, professional discipline, and criminal regulatory matters, including health and safety prosecutions. Joseph Hart also brings expertise in environmental prosecutions. Headline cases include Peter Smith’s defence of the National Grid in a dispute involving the death of an 11-year-old boy who fell off a pipeline.

Exchange Chambers is β€˜excellent for health and safety matters’. Recent cases include a dispute relating to the failure of a shredding machine, which resulted in multiple deaths. Members often represent the Health and Safety Executive, police officers and healthcare professionals.

At Kenworthy’s Chambers, Patrick Cassidy is well known for his inquests practice, particularly concerning deaths in prison.

Kings Chambers specialises in licensing cases relating to alcohol and premises licensing, taxis, sexual entertainment venues, street trading and firearms. Clients include local authorities, the police and licensees.

Lincoln House Chambers is active in regulatory cases involving medical, accountancy and police matters. The set was recently involved in the high- profile Hillsborough Inquests, acting for the police. Health and safety is another key area, where Lisa Roberts QC often represents the Health and Safety Executive.

Oriel Chambers has a broad regulatory practice, where members are active in inquests, professional discipline cases and actions involving the police. Graham Wells recently acted for the chief constable of Cheshire in a series of judicial reviews relating to warrants.

St Johns Buildings handles health and safety and financial regulation cases. Iain Simkin has a solid reputation for inquests and health and safety work, and recently defended a large industrial cleaning company in a case concerning a serious head injury to a subcontractor employee.

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