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Deans Court Chambers

Chambers of Tim Horlock QC

101 WALKER STREET, PRESTON, PR1 2RR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01772 565600
Fax:
Fax 01772 565601
Manchester, Preston

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Quality Northern Circuit set’ Deans Court Chambers is well known for its strength in personal injury, crime and family law, and reports an uptick in regulatory and clinical negligence instructions. In 2018 Tim Horlock QC took over as head of chambers after Craig Sephton QC was appointed to the bench; Alison Woodward was also appointed to the circuit bench. Recent barrister moves include Ros Scott Bell join from Trinity Chambers and Iain Simkin join from St John's Buildings. Senior clerk Matthew Gibbons leads the β€˜always helpful and accommodating’ clerking team. Offices in: Manchester

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜Quality Northern Circuit set’ Deans Court Chambers is well known for its strength in personal injury, crime and family law, and reports an uptick in regulatory and clinical negligence instructions. In 2018 Tim Horlock QC took over as head of chambers after Craig Sephton QC was appointed to the bench; Alison Woodward was also appointed to the circuit bench. Recent barrister moves include Ros Scott Bell join from Trinity Chambers and Iain Simkin join from St John's Buildings. Senior clerk Matthew Gibbons leads the β€˜always helpful and accommodating’ clerking team. Offices in: Manchester

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Sebastian Clegg is a key name at Deans Court Chambers for commercial matters, including professional negligence cases against solicitors, partnership disputes and cases of company fraud.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Sebastian Clegg - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A sharp thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Deans Court Chambers has solid expertise across a spectrum of criminal matters, with advocates acting for the defence and prosecution in high-profile cases of murder, people trafficking, historic and recent sexual abuse allegations as well as multi-defendant drugs conspiracies. The set houses leader of the Northern Circuit Michael Hayton QC.

Crime – Leading silks

Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A redoubtable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Denney QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced across a range of serious criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She has a very engaging client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joseph Hart - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A dedicated barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lisa Judge - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A very effective communicator who quickly gets to grips with a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Horgan - Deans Court Chambers β€˜He maintains a calm demeanour in stressful situations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Emsley-Smith - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She has experience in serious violence, fraud and sexual offences cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Virginia Hayton - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She has a great bedside manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Deans Court Chambers’ employment practice has experience in whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, discrimination, and TUPE matters. Mary O’Rourke QC is acting for former Team Sky doctor Dr Richard Freeman in a constructive dismissal claim brought against British Cycling.

Employment – Leading silks

Mary O’Rourke QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A highly respected and stalwart silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Deans Court Chambers has β€˜a wealth of talent in all areas of family law’. The team has established expertise in cases involving domestic and international relocation, fabricated/induced illness and allegations of serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Financial remedy cases are also included in the group’s workload. Alison Woodward was appointed to the circuit bench in January 2018.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for public law children matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julia Cheetham QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases of serious injuries and sexual abuse involving children.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Grocott QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A tenacious advocate with a very astute legal brain.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Archna Dawar - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She is skilled in offering innovative solutions to complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Heather Hobson - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Her practice includes private law children cases involving international relocation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karen Brody - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in financial remedy cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for children law cases with international elements.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Rothery - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Eloquent, persuasive and analytical.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Gregg - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A confident advocate who maintains her poise throughout very difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sasha Watkinson - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Polished, calm and compelling in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Deas - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Noted for her expertise in financial remedy matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Northern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Deans Court Chambers (Manchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Deans Court Chambers is β€˜a very strong personal injury set’, which also has a β€˜wide experience of clinical negligence claims’. The set reports an uptick in clinical negligence matters, with recent instructions including failure to diagnose/treat brain and spinal cord injuries and malignant diseases. Members also handle serious/fatal road traffic accidents, industrial disease and catastrophic injury claims. In January 2018 Craig Sephton QC was appointed to the bench.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Stephen Grime QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Horlock QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A silk with great gravitas and a brilliant client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Alex Taylor - Deans Court Chambers β€˜An advocate with great clarity of thought.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Paul - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Well known for his great ability to empathise with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Boyle - Deans Court Chambers β€˜He has a wonderful ability to put clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Eccles - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Approachable and diligent.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Hogg - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A natural in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Grace - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases involving limb amputations and brain/spinal injuries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Grimshaw - Deans Court Chambers β€˜An excellent communicator both on paper and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Fewtrell - Deans Court Chambers β€˜He has excellent tactical awareness and a very meticulous eye.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Higgins - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Astonishing on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Whitehall - Deans Court Chambers β€˜His practice includes catastrophic injuries and fatal accident claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon McCann - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A keen negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Heyworth - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands for clinical negligence matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Zoe Earnshaw - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She has expertise in catastrophic injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Deans Court Chambers’ public law team is well versed in handling cases involving mental capacity and mental health.

Public law – Leading silks

Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Noted for her expertise in cases involving vulnerable adults.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public law – Leading juniors

Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A very amiable and practical barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Recent work for practitioners at Deans Court Chambers includes medical and police misconduct cases and fatalities at work. Iain Simkin joined from St John's Buildings and Ros Scott Bell joined from Trinity Chambers in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜He is a formidable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She has great communication skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Iain Simkin - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joseph Hart - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Experienced in cases involving breaches of fire safety regulations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Smith - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Highly astute, with fine attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robin Kitching - Deans Court Chambers β€˜An imperturbable barrister with razor-sharp advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ros Scott Bell - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Utterly fearless and brilliant with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sophie Cartwright - Deans Court Chambers β€˜She provides exceptional client care.’

Ranked: tier 1

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