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Leading sets

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)
    • Cobden House Chambers (Manchester)
    • Garden Court North Chambers (Manchester)
    • Oriel Chambers (Liverpool, Preston)
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    • 18 St John Street Chambers (Manchester)
    • 23 Essex Street (Manchester)
    • Atlantic Chambers (Liverpool)
    • Kenworthy’s Chambers (Manchester)

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 ChambersA tenacious advocate, who is thorough in her approach; every stone is turned over and fully analysed.
    • Edward Bartley Jones QC - Exchange ChambersA highly regarded commercial advocate.
    • David Berkley QC - St Johns BuildingsHighly experienced in banking and commercial litigation.
    • David Casement QC - Kings ChambersAn intellectual heavyweight lawyer with superb work stamina and attention to detail.
    • Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersOne of the best Manchester insolvency practitioners; he is technically excellent.
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersHe has an innate understanding of what and how much to say.
    • Mark Harper QC - Kings ChambersA team player throughout the litigation process.
    • David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersTactically excellent; he is liked and respected by clients.
    • Simon Myerson QC - Byrom Street ChambersRecommended for civil fraud matters.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

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    • Pépin Aslett - St Johns BuildingsRecommended for commercial and traditional Chancery matters.
    • Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersA hugely experienced advocate; there is nothing he has not seen.
    • Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersRecommended for Chancery disputes.
    • Paul Brant - Oriel ChambersA well-regarded financial services barrister.
    • Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersPragmatic and great on his feet.
    • Claire Bunbury - 23 Essex StreetRecommended for company and shareholder disputes.
    • Philip Byrne - St Johns BuildingsRecommended for contractual interpretation disputes.
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn extremely persuasive advocate, who is refreshingly non-flamboyant.
    • Richard Carter - St Johns BuildingsHe never lets you down.
    • Richard Chapman - 18 St John Street ChambersA well-known commercial and company barrister.
    • Andrew Clark - 9 St John StreetA very good advocate with an ability to go straight to the real issue in a case.
    • Sebastian Clegg - Deans Court ChambersAn extremely responsive, highly reliable junior, with an impressive, refined manner in court.
    • Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersAn excellent advocate, who is particularly effective in injunctions and interim relief applications.
    • Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersQuick-thinking, flexible and tenacious.
    • Laura D’Cruz - 9 St John StreetRecommended for Chancery matters.
    • Dr Mark Friston - Kings ChambersAn expert in costs litigation.
    • James Fryer-Spedding - 9 St John StreetKnowledgeable, responsive, commercial and genuinely able to provide good client care.
    • David Gilchrist - 9 St John StreetA very able barrister.
    • Wayne Goldstein - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for tax and international matters in the Mercantile Court.
    • Andrew Grantham - Kings ChambersAlways well prepared and conscientious with clients.
    • David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for a wide range of Chancery matters.
    • Charlotte Hughes-Deane - Atlantic ChambersExperienced in traditional Chancery matters.
    • Nicholas Jackson - Atlantic ChambersA calm, collected and intelligent practitioner.
    • James Malam - Exchange ChambersA strong advocate, who provides sensible and pragmatic advice.
    • Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange ChambersA fantastic advocate, who is commercially astute and easy to work with.
    • Susanne Muth - No5 ChambersTenacious, thorough, approachable and strong in court.
    • Kelly Pennifer - Kings ChambersAn analytical genius.
    • Brad Pomfret - 23 Essex StreetCommercial, hardworking and excellent with clients.
    • Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersAggressive in the pursuit of her client’s objectives.
    • Graham Sellers - Atlantic ChambersRecommended for insolvency cases.
    • Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetHe immediately gets to the issue and his pleadings are very concise.
    • Jonathan Smith - 23 Essex StreetDynamic and prepared, he is wonderfully measured in court.
    • Robert Sterling - Cobden House ChambersClever, personable and quick at turning around papers.
    • Jeffrey Terry - Kings ChambersHe has an authoritative advocacy style and is well liked by clients.
    • Joanna Vicary - 9 St John StreetA user-friendly, highly intelligent, tenacious and responsive advocate.
    • Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersHe is razor-sharp.
    • Lisa Walmisley - Kings ChambersA very assured and combative advocate.
    • Lucy Wilson-Barnes - Cobden House ChambersRecommended for company and insolvency matters.

David Gilchrist heads up the commercial, banking and Chancery team at 9 St John Street, containing ‘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 ‘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 ‘one of the best sets in the region’ with ‘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 ‘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 £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 ChambersA superb advocate – clear and concise.
    • Vincent Fraser QC - Kings ChambersHe has a brilliant legal mind and is one of the best cross-examiners around.
    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersA clear and strategic advocate.
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersWidely recognised as the leading authority on highway matters.
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersRevered as a highly accomplished advocate.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings ChambersA real professional.
    • Giles Cannock - Kings ChambersHe is very sharp and speaks the client’s language.
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersA very intelligent and analytical barrister.
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersHe has an excellent courtroom presence.
    • Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersExcellent at managing difficult issues and a strong team leader.
    • Andrew Singer - Kings ChambersHe has a superb intellect, tactical awareness and is an excellent advocate.
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersTotally switched on – he is able to get to the heart of the problem very quickly.
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersFantastic to work with, and she has excellent knowledge of planning and highway matters.
    • John Wyn Williams - Exchange ChambersAn 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 ‘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 ‘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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    • Kate Blackwell QC - Lincoln House ChambersPossibly the best crime silk on circuit; she has exceptional judgement and is an outstanding trial advocate.
    • Louise Blackwell QC - Cobden House ChambersExcellent with vulnerable witnesses, defendants and victims.
    • Roderick Carus QC - 9 St John StreetRecommended for fraud cases.
    • Nicholas Clarke QC - 9 St John StreetHighly reputable for a range of matters including fraud, and cases with difficult medical and psychiatric circumstances.
    • Gordon Cole QC - Exchange ChambersExperienced in heavyweight serious criminal cases.
    • Simon Csoka QC - Lincoln House ChambersA leader in his field with a national reputation; he is a formidable opponent.
    • Chris Daw QC - Lincoln House ChambersExcellent tactical analysis, good rapport with clients and extraordinary courtroom presence.
    • Stuart Denney QC - Deans Court ChambersRecommended for sensitive homicide and sexual offences cases.
    • David Fish QC - Deans Court ChambersKnowledgeable in all areas of criminal law.
    • Mark George QC - Garden Court North ChambersExperienced in defence trials.
    • Guy Gozem QC - Lincoln House ChambersA smooth operator, who embraces a modern approach.
    • Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersRecommended for defending serious sexual offence cases.
    • Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersHighly experienced in defence instructions.
    • Nicholas Johnson QC - 7 Harrington StreetHe has an excellent ability to deal with different types of witnesses.
    • John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHis advocacy is calm and precise, and his gravitas with the judge makes him very persuasive.
    • Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange ChambersRecommended for his expertise in public order cases.
    • Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange ChambersAn exceptionally gifted lawyer – a fearsome advocate, incredibly conscientious and hardworking.
    • Andrew O’Byrne QC - St Johns BuildingsCalm under pressure, he instils complete confidence in clients.
    • James Pickup QC - Lincoln House ChambersRecommended for fraud and corporate crime.
    • Nigel Power QC - 7 Harrington StreetImpressive technical ability.
    • Richard Pratt QC - 7 Harrington StreetRecommended for heavyweight criminal cases.
    • Ian Unsworth QC - 7 Harrington StreetA professional and hardworking barrister.
    • Alistair Webster QC - Lincoln House ChambersAn exceptional jury advocate, who is able to very quickly break down complex cases for juries.
    • Raymond Wigglesworth QC - 18 St John Street ChambersHighly regarded for his complex fraud work.
    • Peter Wright QC - Lincoln House ChambersA well-regarded criminal prosecutor.

Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Brigid Baillie - Garden Court North ChambersVast experience in large-scale historical abuse trials and inquiries.
    • Simon Berkson - Exchange ChambersExperienced in large-scale fraud cases.
    • Martin Callery - Cobden House ChambersHighly experienced in heavyweight criminal cases.
    • Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy’s ChambersAn experienced advocate with a recent track record in homicide, firearms and sexual offences trials.
    • Mark Connor - St Johns BuildingsHe is a charming and charismatic advocate, and nothing ruffles his feathers.’
    • Kevin Donnelly - Lincoln House ChambersRecommended for business crime.
    • Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersReliable, extremely approachable, and excellent at communicating with clients and solicitors.
    • Jonathan Duffy - 7 Harrington StreetA highly experienced defence counsel in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
    • Rosalind Emsley-Smith - Deans Court ChambersA versatile and able advocate.
    • Nicola Gatto - 9 St John StreetShe has recent experience in drugs conspiracy cases.
    • Nina Grahame - Garden Court North ChambersConsiderable experience defending in Court of Appeal cases.
    • Jane Greenhalgh - 23 Essex StreetShe fights her clients’ cases with skill and charm.
    • Barry Grennan - Kenworthy’s ChambersRecommended for criminal defence and fraud cases.
    • Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersHe shows excellent analysis of the evidence, and delivers relevant, well-presented closing speeches.
    • Jaime Hamilton - 9 St John StreetSubstantial experience in sexual offence cases.
    • Keith Harrison - St Johns BuildingsA determined and fierce advocate, whom juries warm to.
    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersHe is exceptional in court – likeable and believable from a jury’s perspective.
    • Virginia Hayton - Deans Court ChambersThorough in preparation, forthright in her advice and an excellent jury advocate.
    • Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersA first port of call in a storm.
    • Oliver Jarvis - Exchange ChambersHe provides a top-notch service to clients and solicitors.
    • Lisa Judge - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in defending sexual offences allegations.
    • Ben Lawrence - St Johns BuildingsWell regarded for fraud cases.
    • Hugh McKee - 23 Essex StreetA highly experienced criminal practitioner.
    • Mary McKeone - Garden Court North ChambersA highly experienced defence barrister, particularly for serious violent and sexual offences.
    • Mark Monaghan - 9 St John StreetHe has considerable experience in serious violence and sexual offences cases.
    • David Morton - Kenworthy’s ChambersRecommended for serious, violent crime.
    • Philip Parry - Exchange ChambersA great tactician and a superb advocate.
    • Katherine Pierpoint - Lincoln House ChambersExperienced in gang crime cases.
    • David Potter - Exchange ChambersRecommended for criminal prosecutions.
    • Darren Preston - 9 St John StreetParticular specialism in serious fraud, drugs importations and money laundering matters.
    • Bob Sastry - 23 Essex StreetExperienced in prosecuting violent homicide and serious sexual offence cases.
    • Richard Simons - Lincoln House ChambersHighly recommended as defence counsel.
    • Rachel Smith - Lincoln House ChambersA well-regarded prosecution advocate.
    • Tim Storrie - Lincoln House ChambersHe has a considerable intellect, which he deploys with energy, charm and good humour.
    • Paul Taylor - Exchange ChambersAn expert in fraud cases.
    • Daniel Thomas - Lincoln House ChambersA hardworking and keen junior; one to watch.
    • Patrick Thompson - 23 Essex StreetAn experienced criminal practitioner.
    • Vanessa Thomson - 9 St John StreetRecommended for sexual offences, gang crime and fraud cases.
    • Peter Warne - Lincoln House ChambersRecommended for defending serious fraud and crime cases.
    • Ian Whitehurst - 7 Harrington StreetHighly experienced in serious organised crime cases.
    • Gary Woodhall - 9 St John StreetExperienced in multi-defendant cases.

7 Harrington Street is home to some of the ‘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 £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 ‘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 £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 ‘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 ‘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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    • Paul Gilroy QC - 9 St John StreetA nationally recognised employment advocate with expertise in football cases.
    • Simon Gorton QC - Atlantic ChambersHe provides excellent advocacy and technical knowledge.
    • Mary O’Rourke QC - Deans Court ChambersThere are only two words needed – simply phenomenal.

Employment – Leading juniors

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    • Lena Amartey - 9 St John StreetA real star; she is technically very competent and exceptionally good with clients.
    • Kirsten Barry - 9 St John StreetRecommended for redundancy, constructive dismissal, discrimination and sexual harassment claims.
    • Colin Bourne - Kings ChambersA persuasive advocate, who has a very good manner with clients.
    • James Boyd - Kings ChambersExtremely effective in complex multi-day cases.
    • Carlo Breen - 9 St John StreetA very experienced, excellent team player and devastating in cross-examination.
    • Stefan Brochwicz-Lewinski - 9 St John StreetHighly recommended for restrictive covenants cases.
    • Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersA very bright and innovative thinker, who has the ability to be a real street fighter when required.
    • David Campion - Atlantic ChambersAn experienced claimant practitioner.
    • Joanne Connolly - 9 St John StreetHighly experienced in disability discrimination cases.
    • Assunta Del Priore - 9 St John StreetShe has a very empathetic client manner.
    • Paul Draycott - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and very knowledgeable about employment and human rights law.
    • Rebecca Eeley - 9 St John StreetDown to earth and practical.
    • Tom Gilbart - 9 St John StreetA very skilful counsel, who handles cases with insight and intelligence.
    • Paras Gorasia - Kings ChambersAn extremely user-friendly barrister, who has an ability to put witnesses under the necessary amount of pressure on the stand.
    • Nigel Grundy - 9 St John StreetExperienced in healthcare-related employment cases.
    • Annette Gumbs - St Johns BuildingsHighly experienced in restrictive covenants cases.
    • Barry Harwood - Kenworthy’s ChambersRecommended for discrimination cases.
    • James Hurd - 9 St John StreetAn assertive cross-examiner with excellent judgement.
    • Rachael Levene - 9 St John StreetExperienced in discrimination cases.
    • Ghazan Mahmood - St Johns BuildingsA mixed claimant and respondent employment practitioner.
    • Kevin McNerney - St Johns BuildingsExperienced in working with healthcare professionals.
    • Edward Morgan - 9 St John StreetExperienced in representing the NHS.
    • Anisa Niaz-Dickinson - Kenworthy’s ChambersA pure employment practitioner.
    • Daniel Northall - Littleton ChambersExperienced in working for the respondent employer.
    • Louise Quigley - 9 St John StreetShe is very perceptive and applies an analytical yet practical approach.
    • Tina Ranales-Cotos - Kings ChambersA pugnacious advocate with an excellent reputation for complex High Court injunction matters.
    • Jason Searle - St Johns BuildingsVery approachable, thorough in his preparation and an excellent advocate.
    • Alex Taylor - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in representing local authorities.
    • Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetExperienced in TUPE, discrimination and equal pay cases.
    • Helen Trotter - Kings ChambersAn impressive advocate with expertise in Equality Act cases.
    • Rachel Wedderspoon - 9 St John StreetShe has a client-friendly approach, and is always well prepared and dedicated.
    • Joanne Woodward - 9 St John StreetTechnically excellent and able to explain complex issues to clients.

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 ‘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.

There is a strong team of employment barristers’ at Kings Chambers, who are ‘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

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 ChambersHighly experienced in complex children law proceedings.
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in cases involving serious abuse.
    • Susan Grocott QC - Deans Court ChambersAn impressive advocate.
    • Sally Harrison QC - St Johns BuildingsThe leading light in financial cases; she is in a league of her own.
    • Frances Heaton QC - St Johns BuildingsAn expert in children law cases.
    • Karl Rowley QC - St Johns BuildingsHe displays exceptional attention to detail.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

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    • Graham Bailey - 9 St John StreetRecommended for serious public law children proceedings.
    • Andrew Banks - Atlantic ChambersRecommended for financial remedy and pension-related matters.
    • Rachael Banks - St Johns BuildingsExperienced in a wide range of children and financial remedy matters.
    • Joanne Barnett - 9 St John StreetRecommended for childcare cases, including international matters.
    • Abigail Bennett - St Johns BuildingsOne of the best family juniors in Manchester.
    • Christine Bispham - 7 Harrington StreetExperienced in public and private law children cases.
    • Karen Brody - Deans Court ChambersShe can see the bigger picture and is a forceful advocate.
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St Johns BuildingsA tour de force, whose energy and commitment to every case is admirable.
    • Archna Dawar - Deans Court ChambersShe shows impressive ability in getting to the crux of the matter and is a delight to work with.
    • Susan Deas - Deans Court ChambersA pragmatic, good negotiator, who is liked by clients.
    • Charles Eastwood - St Johns BuildingsHe has an excellent ability to deal with complex financial structures with ease.
    • Judith Fordham - Exchange ChambersExcellent with clients, and she receives well-deserved respect from her opponents and judges.
    • Caroline Gee - Exchange ChambersCalming but equally feisty when required.
    • Rebecca Gregg - Deans Court ChambersHighly recommended for children’s cases.
    • Karen Gregory - Exchange ChambersShe has an eye for detail and exceptional advocacy skills.’
    • Sheren Guirguis - Exchange ChambersShe has a great manner and authority with clients that immediately puts them at ease.
    • Rachael Heppenstall - 9 St John StreetA specialist in care and adoption proceedings.
    • Samantha Hillas - St Johns BuildingsA ferocious advocate, who is always willing to fight a client’s corner.
    • Heather Hobson - Deans Court ChambersExcellent in cross-jurisdictional relocation cases.
    • Christine Johnson - Atlantic ChambersRecommended for cases involving medically complex facts.
    • Michael Kennedy - St Johns BuildingsExperienced in sensitive public law children cases.
    • Sarah Kilvington - 18 St John Street ChambersEasy to work with, reliable, conscientious and forthright.
    • Alexander Kloss - St Johns BuildingsAlways thoroughly prepared and a formidable advocate.
    • Sara Lewis - 9 St John StreetAn expert in childcare matters.
    • Joanna Mallon - 7 Harrington StreetRecommended for children law cases.
    • Neil Montaldo - St Johns BuildingsAn excellent junior.
    • Ashley Murray - Ashley Murray ChambersA persuasive negotiator and an eloquent advocate.
    • Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersAn excellent advocate; he is tenacious, articulate and has an excellent rapport with judges.
    • Kevin Reade - 7 Harrington StreetRecommended for financial remedy matters.
    • Christine Riley - 9 St John StreetRecommended for all areas of children and family law.
    • Peter Rothery - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in representing local authorities.
    • Michael Sellars - Atlantic ChambersHe shows a detailed knowledge and experience of public law children proceedings.
    • Dawn Thomas - 9 St John StreetExperienced in private and public law proceedings.’
    • Alison Woodward - Deans Court ChambersHighly recommended for public law children cases.

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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘experienced and helpful counsel’, who are active in the areas of childcare and financial remedy. Michael Sellars is a key name.

A go-to family law set on the Northern Circuit’, Deans Court Chambers houses ‘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 ‘very able and approachable’, and recommended for ‘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.

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

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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    • Darryl Allen QC - Byrom Street ChambersA top-notch barrister, who is great with clients, astute and technically brilliant.
    • John Benson QC - Atlantic ChambersExtremely approachable and very thorough.
    • Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersAn honest, genuine and creative practitioner, who always secures the best outcome.
    • Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC - Kings ChambersHe has brilliant analytical skills and is great at handling sensitive issues.
    • Stephen Grime QC - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in high-value claims.
    • Richard Hartley QC - Cobden House ChambersRecommended for high-value claims including sports injury matters.
    • Sally Hatfield QC - Byrom Street ChambersHer ability to explore legal issues in a straightforward manner denotes her underlying fierce intelligence.
    • David Heaton QC - Byrom Street ChambersTenacious and very approachable.
    • Nicholas Hinchliffe QC - 9 St John StreetHighly experienced in insurance fraud claims.
    • Winston Hunter QC - Byrom Street ChambersHis knowledge of the law and relevant issues is second to none.
    • Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetRecommended for cases involving psychogenic issues.
    • Simon Kilvington QC - Byrom Street ChambersA leading barrister on claimant asbestos litigation.
    • Andrew Lewis QC - Byrom Street ChambersExcellent with clients and a skilled negotiator.
    • Raymond Machell QC - Byrom Street ChambersA brilliant advocate, who is a joy to watch in court.
    • Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersHe demonstrates great client care and excellent advocacy.
    • Gerard McDermott QC - 9 St John StreetA commercial thinker, full of new ideas.
    • Christopher Melton QC - Byrom Street ChambersAn expert in catastrophic injury cases.
    • Nigel Poole QC - Kings ChambersPassionate about his cases and willing to push boundaries.
    • Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings ChambersOne of the leading authorities on asbestos litigation, who is tenacious and committed.
    • Michael Redfern QC - St Johns BuildingsHighly experienced in catastrophic injury cases.
    • James Rowley QC - Byrom Street ChambersAn impressive and polished advocate.
    • Craig Sephton QC - Deans Court ChambersHighly experienced in catastrophic injury and disease cases.
    • Geoffrey Tattersall QC - Byrom Street ChambersAn expert in catastrophic injury claims.
    • William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersAn excellent silk with a wealth of experience.
    • Marc Willems QC - Cobden House ChambersHe has expertise in brain and spinal injury claims.
    • Amanda Yip QC - Exchange ChambersA professional even in the most testing situations.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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    • Michael Armstrong - Atlantic ChambersUser-friendly, realistic, flexible and robust, with great attention to detail.
    • Fiona Ashworth - Kings ChambersShe is robust yet fair and quickly gets to the heart of the issue.
    • Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersExtremely professional and impressive.
    • Ivan Bowley - Lincoln House ChambersExperienced in industrial disease cases.
    • David Boyle - Deans Court ChambersAn expert in fatal accident claims.
    • Andrew Bridgman - St Johns BuildingsA skilled practitioner.
    • Louis Browne - Exchange ChambersA strong negotiator with an excellent analytical ability.
    • Peter Burns - Byrom Street ChambersHe never loses his cool, even in the most difficult situations.
    • Peter Cowan - Oriel ChambersHe brings a personable approach, which puts clients at ease, even in the most emotive cases.’
    • Darrel Crilley - Byrom Street ChambersHe has an ability to see the real issues and concerns in a case.
    • Ian Denham - 9 St John StreetA knowledgeable practitioner in the field of international cross-border claims.
    • David Eccles - Deans Court ChambersA highly experienced clinical negligence practitioner.
    • Alastair Forrest - 18 St John Street ChambersHe has expertise in the clinical negligence arena.
    • Jonathan Grace - Deans Court ChambersRecommended for spinal and brain injury cases.
    • Tim Grover - 7 Harrington StreetExperienced in high-value personal injury claims.
    • Philip Grundy - St Johns BuildingsA tenacious advocate, whose advice carries significant authority.
    • Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersHis outstanding people skills, commercial sense and compassion make him a first-rate practitioner.
    • Matthew Haisley - 9 St John StreetHe is a skilful cross-examiner, particularly with vulnerable witnesses.
    • Peter Harrison - St Johns BuildingsHe has an excellent technical ability coupled with consistent professionalism.
    • Paul Higgins - Deans Court ChambersAn expert in fraud claims, who is brilliant on his feet.
    • Peter Hodson - Garden Court North ChambersHe specialises in occupational disease and injury.
    • Abigail Holt - Lincoln House ChambersHer judgement is sound, and she has a wealth of medical knowledge and an excellent manner with clients.
    • James Hurd - 9 St John StreetAn assertive cross-examiner with strong analytical skills.
    • Michael Jones - Cobden House ChambersRecommended for traumatic brain injury cases.
    • David Kenny - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in road traffic accident cases.
    • William Kerr Rankin - Oriel ChambersA technical expert, whose procedural knowledge is second to none.
    • David Knifton - Exchange ChambersHe has a fantastic eye for detail, and is always calm and rational under pressure.
    • Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersHe is adept at handling all serious personal injury matters.
    • Charlotte Law - Kings ChambersHer approach to the client is second to none
    • Michael Lemmy - 9 St John StreetA skilled, thorough and analytical advocate.
    • Richard Livingston - Kings ChambersHe commands respect by virtue of his knowledge, diligent preparation and always being prepared to listen.
    • Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersRecognised for his expertise in brain injury cases.
    • Stephen Maguire - Kings ChambersA very clever, strong advocate with a passionate approach.
    • Anthony Mazzag - Cobden House ChambersDown to earth, practical and straightforward.
    • Simon McCann - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in catastrophic injury cases.
    • Brian McCluggage - 9 St John StreetHe shows good attention to detail.
    • Margaret McDonald - Kenworthy’s ChambersShe specialises in road traffic accidents, industrial accidents and disease.
    • James McKeon - 7 Harrington StreetExperienced in industrial disease, fatal accident claims and employers’ liability, among other areas.
    • Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetShe has excellent communication skills and is able to uncover the truth
    • Helen Mulholland - Kings ChambersShe goes the extra mile and stands out as an excellent practitioner.
    • Richard Norton - St Johns BuildingsRecommended for claimant personal injury and clinical negligence matters.
    • Daniel Paul - Deans Court ChambersA clear and pragmatic communicator.
    • Andrew Pickering - Atlantic ChambersA great advocate.
    • Simon Plaut - Kings ChambersA safe pair of hands.
    • Yaqub Rahman - Oriel ChambersHighly practical with a great bedside manner.
    • Jeremy Roussak - Kings ChambersOrganised and responsive, he is comfortable with the medical expert evidence.
    • Mary Ruck - Byrom Street ChambersShe has an exceptional ability to deal with difficult clients.
    • Timothy Ryder - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in clinical negligence matters.
    • Christopher Scorah - 9 St John StreetRecommended for high-value personal injury claims.
    • Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetExperienced in catastrophic injury claims.
    • Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersAn astute and persuasive lawyer.
    • Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetRecommended for insurance fraud cases.
    • Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersHe has a great ability to deal with problems in a no-nonsense way.
    • Richard Whitehall - Deans Court ChambersExperienced in multi-track cases.
    • Ivan Woolfenden - Atlantic ChambersHighly experienced in employers’ liability and occupational disease cases.
    • Alistair Wright - St Johns BuildingsRecommended for claimant clinical negligence representation.

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 ‘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 ‘strength and reputation is almost unsurpassed in Manchester’. Accordingly, it houses a ‘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 £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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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.


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

Property – Leading silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersShe is very commercially minded and provides a realistic view of a case’s merit.
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersHe has an excellent ability to bring round a judge.

Property – Leading juniors

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    • Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersAn outstanding court performer and all-round practitioner.
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn extremely persuasive advocate, whom judges respond to.
    • Nigel Clayton - Kings ChambersA mortgage law specialist.
    • Wilson Horne - Kings ChambersA strategic thinker, who is client-friendly and enthusiastic.
    • Richard Lander - Kings ChambersHe gains the total confidence and respect of the client.
    • Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersA calm, collected and intelligent advocate.
    • Sarah O’Brien - Exchange ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and approachable.
    • Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetHe immediately “gets” the issue at hand.
    • Paul Whatley - Cobden House ChambersAn expert in housing law.
    • Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and proactive.

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’ ‘top’ property practice has ‘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 ‘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 ChambersExperienced in cases concerning mental capacity.
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersA clear, concise and highly reputable expert in judicial reviews.
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersAn 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 ChambersHe has a wealth of experience in deportation appeals.
    • Louis Browne - Exchange ChambersHighly experienced in judicial reviews.
    • Simon Burrows - Kings ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and approachable.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St Johns BuildingsHighly experienced in Court of Protection and human rights matters.
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersA results-focused barrister with a real courtroom presence.
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersAn expert in cases against the state.
    • Sam Karim - Kings ChambersA thorough and approachable barrister.
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy’s ChambersHighly experienced in immigration cases.
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North ChambersWell known for his human rights expertise.
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North ChambersHighly experienced in immigration judicial reviews.
    • Mark Schwenk - Kenworthy’s ChambersExperienced in Court of Appeal immigration cases.
    • Eliza Sharron - Deans Court ChambersA very approachable, calm and thorough advocate.
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersAn 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

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

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

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    • Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersHe has the ear of the court.
    • Tim Horlock QC - Deans Court ChambersRecommended for health and safety cases.
    • John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHe adopts an utterly fearless and robust approach.
    • Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetRecommended for health and safety prosecutions.
    • Nigel Lawrence QC - 7 Harrington StreetAn expert in regulatory crime and manslaughter.
    • Lisa Roberts QC - Lincoln House ChambersAn experienced health and safety prosecutor.
    • William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersRecommended for police regulatory cases.
    • Anne Whyte QC - Atlantic ChambersExperienced in inquests and health and safety prosecutions.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

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    • Bernadette Baxter - Lincoln House ChambersA highly experienced professional disciplinary advocate.
    • Sophie Cartwright - Deans Court ChambersShe has an ability to put clients at ease in very stressful situations.
    • Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy’s ChambersAn experienced inquests practitioner.
    • Sarah Clover - Kings ChambersShe has a phenomenal reputation and will fight to the end for a client.
    • Peter Cowan - Oriel ChambersA first-class advocate with immense knowledge.
    • Kevin Donnelly - Lincoln House ChambersHe defends and prosecutes in health and safety, and environmental cases.
    • Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersA confident advocate and excellent client-facing barrister.
    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersHe has an astonishing intellect but also a very human touch.
    • Timothy Holloway - Oriel ChambersRecommended for inquests.
    • Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersAt the forefront of regulatory/health and safety work on the Northern Circuit.
    • Andrew Nuttall - Lincoln House ChambersExperienced in inquests.
    • Iain Simkin - St Johns BuildingsA fantastic advocate, who is a true fighter and great with clients.
    • Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersAn impressive courtroom tactician, who obtains results.
    • Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetProsecutes and defends in health and safety cases.
    • Graham Wells - Oriel ChambersHe has a formidable intellectual ability and a selfless commitment to client service.
    • Ben Williams - Kings ChambersHe presents very well and is user-friendly.

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 ‘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 ‘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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