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Deans Court Chambers

Chambers of Michael Hayton QC

24 ST JOHN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4DF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 214 6000
Fax:
Fax 0161 214 6001
DX:
718155 MANCHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.deanscourt.co.uk
Manchester, Preston

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Clinical negligence

Deans Court Chambers' clinical negligence team are most notable for their expertise in defending  clinical negligence claims including delayed diagnoses and negligent prescription of drugs, as well as the 'good availability of counsel' dealing with such cases.

Leading Juniors

Michael Smith - Deans Court ChambersGreat with individual medical practitioners and quickly gets to the heart of the issue.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Heyworth - Deans Court ChambersThorough in review and compassionate with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

David Eccles - Deans Court ChambersGreat with clients, approachable and thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction, planning and environment

At Deans Court ChambersJoseph Hart specialises in environmental crime, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He recently prosecuted in a case concerning an illegal waste site at a farm in Cheshire, securing a suspended sentence and costs order against the operator, with two other defendants receiving conditional discharges following guilty pleas.

Leading Juniors

Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersAn experienced environmental prosecutor.

Ranked: tier 2

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Crime

Deans Court Chambers is home to several strong criminal practitioners and is considered 'a first-class set' for criminal work by some clients. Notable areas of specialism include historic sexual abuse allegations, recent serious sexual offences, and large-scale drug conspiracies. Virginia Hayton recently prosecuted in a grooming case which arose out of the actions of "North West Predator Hunters", an anti-paedophile vigilante group which lured the defendant via an adult pretending to be a child online. Additionally, Joseph Hart is particularly notable for his criminal work in the British Overseas Territories, recently prosecuting an historic sexual abuse case in the Falkland Islands.

Leading Silks

Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersExcels before a jury.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersHe easily distills complex issues of fact and law into focused and concise argument.

Ranked: tier 1

Virginia Hayton - Deans Court ChambersConfident, knowledgeable and hard-working, plus a very good jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Horgan - Deans Court ChambersHe delivers arguments and submissions before the courts with clarity and panache.

Ranked: tier 2

Rosalind Emsley-Smith - Deans Court ChambersShe has a very likeable manner in front of juries.

Ranked: tier 2

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Family and children law

According to one client, Deans Court Chambers' family team is home to 'an impressive number of individuals across the full range of family work', but is particularly notable as the 'go-to set in Manchester for children cases'. The team is particularly prevalent in public law children work, though members are also instructed on private law and financial remedy matters.

Leading Silks

Julia Cheetham QC - Deans Court ChambersDogged in her pursuance of her client’s case.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Archna Dawar - Deans Court ChambersOffers innovative solutions in the most complex of cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Jones - Deans Court ChambersAn exceptionally intelligent lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law.

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Gregg - Deans Court ChambersAn outstanding children practitioner.

Ranked: tier 2

Sasha Watkinson - Deans Court ChambersA skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones at Deans Court Chambers is often instructed in inquests, with a particular focus on custody deaths, often for private providers such as Serco, which runs prisons, and GEOAmey, which transports prisoners.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersA quietly persuasive advocate who seems to be well-regarded by the judiciary.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Deans Court Chambers

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Personal injury

Deans Court Chambers is home to one of the region's largest personal injury teams, where solicitors 'can always rely upon any appointment being a properly experienced specialist'. Key niche areas for the set include historical abuse claims, where Nicholas Fewtrell is particularly prominent for the defence, as well as the defence of fraudulent claims.

Leading Juniors

Alex Taylor - Deans Court ChambersImpressive in conference and provides meticulous written advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Smith - Deans Court ChambersHas a good handle on cases from the beginning.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Fewtrell - Deans Court ChambersA true team player who works tirelessly and productively in the client’s interests.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Mccann - Deans Court ChambersBuilds an excellent rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

David Boyle - Deans Court ChambersA strong advocate who cuts straight to the issues.

Ranked: tier 2

James Hogg - Deans Court ChambersExtremely thorough, knowledgeable and talented.

Ranked: tier 2

David Eccles - Deans Court ChambersThorough in preparation and gets to the nub of the case.

Ranked: tier 3

Zoe Earnshaw - Deans Court ChambersParticularly experienced in road traffic accident matters.

Ranked: tier 3

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Public law

Deans Court Chambers is home to Michael Jones, who is particularly experienced cases involving or conducted in the British Overseas Territories, often acting against substantially more senior practitioners including as a junior alone against a silk.

Leading Juniors

Michael Jones - Deans Court ChambersAn exceptionally intelligent lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law.

Ranked: tier 2

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Deans Court Chambers is an 'excellent regional set' for regulatory work, with particular specialisms in health and safety, animal welfare and professional discipline. The set is perhaps best known for the latter, with Elizabeth Dudley-Jones recently acting for the General Medical Council in disciplinary casesin one she successfully prosecuted a GP for grooming and having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient; during the proceeding the defendant's representatives withdrew and the defendant refused to attend.

Leading Juniors

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersFantastic with clients and witnesses.

Ranked: tier 1

Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersDoes not shy away from difficult issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersTenacious and fights his clients' corner.

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Scott Bell - Deans Court ChambersVery thorough and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Sophie Cartwright - Deans Court ChambersHer practice includes health and safety and professional disciplinary cases.

Ranked: tier 2

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