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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

Work 0151 236 7747
Fax 0151 236 3433
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

William Waldron QC

Work 0151 236 7747
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC)

Work Department

Personal Injury


  • Travels the country handling catastrophic injury claims of complexity and high value with particular expertise in brain, spine and amputee cases
  • Spent over a decade as Junior Counsel in catastrophic injury claims before taking Silk in 2006
  • A decade of handling very high value catastrophic injury claims as Queen’s Counsel
  • Chair of Northern Circuit Advocacy Training, Deputy Chairman of the Advocacy Training Council until its cessation in 2016 when he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the newly created and prestigious Inns of Court College of Advocacy.
  • Over 20 years’ experience of teaching advocacy skills to young barristers
  • Nationally recognised speaker on all aspects of catastrophic injury claims and regular contributor to legal journals
  • Qualified Mediator
  • Radio broadcaster
Recent Cases

  • SB – Tetraplegia claim: damages recovered £6.7m
  • FE – Brain injury: damages recovered £2.1m
  • LP – Catastrophic limb injury with brain injury component: damages recovered £2.35m


Called 1986 (Silk 2006)


  • Recorder of the Crown and County Courts - 2001
  • Judge of the Mental Health Panel Review Tribunal (Restricted Panel) - 2011
  • Bencher of Gray's Inn - 2012
  • Chair of Northern Circuit Advocacy Training - 2010
  • Deputy Chair ATC (Circuits) - 2014-2016
  • Vice Chair (Circuits) Inns of Court College of Advocacy - 2016


  • St  Edward’s College, Liverpool
  • University of Wales ( LLb Hons. 1976 – 1979)
  • Inns of Court School of Law (1985 – 1986)


Outside work, Will is a keen aviator, having obtained his Private Pilot’s Licence in 1991.  He has been playing acoustic guitar and singing since his teenage years, something he continues to enjoy.  He is a passionate supporter of, and season ticket holder at Everton and attended his first game at Goodison Park in 1962.  Before qualifying as a barrister, he spent 6 years working in commercial radio as a broadcaster and manager and, following his return to the law, continued to broadcast as the “anchor” on Radio City, Liverpool’s award winning Saturday afternoon sports show.  He has maintained his links with radio and is often invited to contribute to programmes as a newspaper reviewer and legal commentator.  He has also fronted a television documentary for Border TV – “The Last Two Men To Hang” and been a contributor to television legal debate.  He is an accomplished after dinner speaker.

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Personal injury

Within: Leading Silks

William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersEffortlessly cuts through cases to get to the real issues.

Within: Personal injury

Exchange Chambers houses a large number of specialist personal injury counsel, across both the senior and junior ranks. A notable niche at the firm is the defense of claims brought against  the military, an area in which William Waldron QC and Louis Browne QC have thriving practices. Christopher Barnes represented former heptathlete Serita Shone in a claim against British Bobsleigh concerning an injury suffered in her first training run as a bobsledder. David Knifton QC co-led the case for the claimant in the Supreme Court in Lewis v Tindale and MIB, which concerned the liability of the Motor Insurers' Bureau for incidents involving uninsured vehicles on private land; in this instance an elderly farmer ran over a man he believed to be scrap metal thief, causing the claimant to break his neck.

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