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Broadway House Chambers

Chambers of Rodney Ferm

Work 0113 246 2600
Fax 0113 246 2609
Bradford, Leeds


Broadway House Chambers is one of the leading barristers€™ chambers outside London and has been at the forefront of the legal profession in the North of England for over 90 years. Such has been the success of and demand for Broadway House, in 2012 the set upgraded its Leeds base into the state-of-the-art premises at 1 City Square in the heart of the city, and it continues to be the only barristers€™ chambers in Bradford. Led by Rodney Ferm, Broadway House Chambers has over 50 juniors and six silks, offering depth and breadth of expertise and experience.

The set: In the last decade, Broadway House Chambers has been repeatedly recognised in the national legal directories, including The Legal 500 which has placed chambers in the top tier since 2010. Such is the reputation of Broadway House Chambers, a number of high-profile barristers have joined in recent years from both the North-Eastern Circuit and London. Broadway House Chambers takes pride in being a modern and progressive set which challenges outdated stereotypes at the Bar. In recent years, the set has invested a great deal in state-of-the-art technology and facilities to ensure the highest quality service is provided and it remains at the forefront of the legal sector.

Types of work undertaken: Broadway House Chambers consists of five bespoke practice teams: criminal; family; employment; civil; and immigration law. The highly praised members of chambers are instructed to appear in cases throughout the UK and in some of the most significant appeals in recent years. The teams comprise experts in their fields who not only offer exceptional representation but also high-quality training.

Criminal law team: the criminal law team consists of prosecution and defence counsel of all levels of experience, including three silks. They regularly advise and appear in high-profile cases in the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal. Recent examples of cases in which Broadway House barristers have appeared include prosecuting and defending in the Rotherham and Calderdale Child Sex Exploitation Cases, the Zubair double murder case (in which the murderer fled to Pakistan after killing his wife and her friend) and Carey, which remains the leading authority on the meaning of ‘unlawful and dangerous act’ in manslaughter cases.

Family law team: the family law team comprises leading matrimonial finance specialists and counsel experienced in domestic violence, public and private law, and Children Act litigation. Members have recently appeared in high-value and complex ancillary relief applications and significant Children Act cases featuring non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. Members have also appeared in complex cases concerning adoptive parents such as A and B v Rotherham MBC and more recently in Re W. Other significant cases members of the family team have appeared in include B v B, Archer v Archer and Walkden v Walkden.

Employment law: in employment law, members of Broadway House Chambers have appeared in cases at every level of seniority, some of which have gone on to set precedents and help shape the law in this field. Those cases include Vento, Khan and Homer. The team regularly appears in the EAT and Court of Appeal, as well as employment tribunals across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Clients range from individuals and businesses of all sizes to charities and local authorities. In recent years members have been in demand from clients in various sporting industries too, including Premier League football clubs and Rugby Super League teams. Another developing strength of the team is in respect of equal pay litigation in which members are routinely instructed in lengthy proceedings.

Civil law: the civil team has developed an enviable reputation for its breadth of knowledge, expertise and experience. Members are instructed to act in cases across the spectrum of civil law issues ranging from personal injury and clinical negligence to professional negligence, contract disputes and insolvency. In addition, members routinely appear in cases with a commercial and chancery focus, including partnership and land disputes. Repeat clients range from individuals through to businesses of varying sizes, public sector organisations and City banks.

Immigration law: immigration law is one of chambers’ unique strengths, and the team includes barristers with a deep understanding of human rights and the international political climate. They are instructed in cases across the country and regularly appear in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.


Above material supplied by Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm).

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