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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

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

Louis Browne QC

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

Work Department

Commercial; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence


Louis is an experienced and well known civil practitioner, who has wide-ranging experience in commercial, employment, personal injury and public law.

In the personal injury field he acts predominately for defendants, including several local authorities and registered social landlords in very high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has represented the Home Office at trials brought by Prisoners claiming damages for psychiatric injury allegedly caused by Prison Officers contending that the Home Office were vicariously liable and alleging misfeasance in public office. Louis has also acted for and against government bodies including the Ministry of Defence in high value personal injury actions. These include bullying and historic sexual abuse claims.

Louis has extensive experience in all areas of public law/judicial review. He frequently acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in the administrative court. His particular areas of specialism are human rights based challenges in the context of community care, immigration, education and mental health.

Louis has a particular interest in professional negligence actions against construction professional’s e.g. architects and surveyors.


Called 1988; Silk 2017; Recorder


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


  • First Class Honours Degree, Law
  • Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College, Oxford

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Inquests and inquiries

Within: Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis ability to digest complex expert evidence is exceptional.

Within: Inquests and inquiries

Exchange Chambers' members are instructed in a wide range of inquests and inquires, from extremely high-profile work such as Louis Browne QC's involvement in the Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower inquiries (for Salford University and number of firefighters respectively), to the clinical negligence and personal injury-adjacent work undertaken by Sara Sutherland.

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Personal injury

Within: Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersA strong advocate with good client care skills.

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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Public law

Within: Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersA fearsome opponent.

Within: Public law

Exchange Chambers' public law team is best known for its work on behalf of local authorities and other government bodies in challenges brought against their decisions. Of recent note, Louis Browne QC acted for the senior coroner in R (Hughes) v HM Coroner for Sefton, an application for judicial review of an inquest touching upon the death of a woman in a care home, which was brought by the family on grounds of irrationality and insufficient inquiry into the deceased's clinical care and the cause of death, with permission eventually being refused.

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