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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

201 DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER, M3 3NW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0845 300 7747
Fax:
Fax 0161 833 2789
DX:
14207 LIVERPOOL
Email:
Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers has β€˜great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, the set provides a β€˜wealth of expertise’, particularly in its commercial, personal injury and crime practices. In a testament to chambers’ strength, three members – Simon Medland QC, Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells – were appointed to the bench in 2017. Additionally, David Knifton QC took silk and Ian Whitehurst joined from 7 Harrington Street in 2018. β€˜The clerks are exceptionally helpful and go the extra mile’; β€˜every task and challenge is met with enthusiasm and a smile’. Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley β€˜runs a very tight ship’ and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer β€˜goes out of his way to provide a Rolls Royce service’. Chambers director Tom Handley β€˜leads the team effectively and efficiently – he is a real mover and shaker with his finger on the pulse’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers has β€˜great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, the set provides a β€˜wealth of expertise’, particularly in its commercial, personal injury and crime practices. In a testament to chambers’ strength, three members – Simon Medland QC, Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells – were appointed to the bench in 2017. Additionally, David Knifton QC took silk and Ian Whitehurst joined from 7 Harrington Street in 2018. β€˜The clerks are exceptionally helpful and go the extra mile’; β€˜every task and challenge is met with enthusiasm and a smile’. Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley β€˜runs a very tight ship’ and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer β€˜goes out of his way to provide a Rolls Royce service’. Chambers director Tom Handley β€˜leads the team effectively and efficiently – he is a real mover and shaker with his finger on the pulse’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Exchange Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ in its commercial and Chancery practice, with members acting in high-value shareholder and insolvency disputes and professional negligence matters.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Alfred Weiss - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has an excellent bedside manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lisa Linklater - Exchange Chambers β€˜Imperturbable and impressive in court; a force to be reckoned with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Fennell - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a calm and measured court demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Exchange Chambers’ criminal team are well known for defending and prosecuting in high-profile serious sexual offences, multi-handed murder, people trafficking and large-scale drugs conspiracies cases. In 2017 Nick Johnson QC appeared in the high-profile murder case regarding the killing of seven-year old Katie Rough. In March 2018 Michael Rawlinson moved to 2 Hare Court.

Crime – Leading silks

Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Fearless, relentless, and dedicated to his clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Johnson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recent work includes high-profile murder trials.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Emma Bennett - Exchange Chambers β€˜She quickly masters a case and her clients love her.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Recent work for the team at Exchange Chambers includes discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims, in which members act for employers and employees. Case highlights include Ashley Serr appearing in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, a discrimination claim brought by a Jewish employee against an orthodox Jewish nursery.

Employment – Leading juniors

Alfred Weiss - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has amazing attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ashley Serr - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced across a broad range of employment matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ceri Widdett - Exchange Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for discrimination and whistleblowing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Knowles - Exchange Chambers β€˜Noted for her expertise in discrimination claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in representing clients before the Employment Appeal Tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Exchange Chambers (Leeds)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Exchange Chambers is home to Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley has expertise in catastrophic injury cases resulting from medical clinical negligence and road traffic accidents, while Madan is very well known for specialising in brain injury matters.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Pankaj Madan - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜An insightful, knowledgeable and meticulous barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

William Hanbury is a key contact at Exchange Chambers, who is very well known for handling conveyancing matters, landlord and tenant cases and boundary disputes.

Property – Leading juniors

William Hanbury - Exchange Chambers β€˜Self-assured before a judge.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Exchange Chambers’ regulatory practice spans professional discipline and health and safety matters. Paul Kirtley has particular experience representing the police, athletes and medical professionals in regulatory cases.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜Well known for acting for police forces in regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜He is very detail-focused.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

For one solicitor, Exchange Chambers is β€˜the strongest insolvency set in Manchester’, with members acting in cases of bankruptcy, directors’ disqualification proceedings and asset recovery.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A forceful advocate with a great client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A tremendously bright silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Andrew Vinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜He reads the court well.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced in contract and partnership disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Cook - Exchange Chambers β€˜His practice includes commercial and contractual disputes and insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Carly Sandbach - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very bright and tenacious; she bats well above her year of call.’

Ranked: tier 1

Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange Chambers β€˜A master tactician.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Vickers - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very conscientious barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Tucker - Exchange Chambers β€˜Incredibly intelligent and adept at putting forward difficult points on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Malam - Exchange Chambers β€˜Supportive and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very good orator who charms his audience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Connolly - Exchange Chambers β€˜A tough negotiator with a calm manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

Exchange Chambers houses three specialist teams for construction, planning and environmental law matters. Peter Dixon leads the planning group, which is well known for handling disputes relating to consent applications. Former solicitor and chartered surveyor David Fearon heads up the construction team, which has experience across a broad range of construction disputes. Head of the environment team John Wyn Williams has established expertise in cases involving air and water pollution, statutory nuisance, and waste disposal matters.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

David Fearon - Exchange Chambers β€˜Clients love his calm, smooth manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Malam - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a keen eye for the key issues of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Wyn Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in environmental cases of waste, water and air pollution.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Smith - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very personable and practical.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Dixon - Exchange Chambers β€˜He knows planning law like the back of his hand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Whitfield - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in construction and engineering disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Costs

Richard Wilcock is a key name at Exchange Chambers for costs and is known for representing the NHS in high-profile costs matters, including a case examining the relationship between costs budgeting and assessment.

Costs – Leading juniors

Richard Wilcock - Exchange Chambers β€˜Highly experienced across a broad range of costs matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Exchange Chambers’ crime practice has β€˜great strength in depth’, housing 40 grade 4 CPS prosecutors in the group. Members have extensive experience in acting for the defence and prosecution in high-profile cases of large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual abuse, multi-million-pound fraud, people trafficking and murder. In 2018 Ian Whitehurst joined from 7 Harrington Street; Simon Medland QC was appointed to the circuit bench; and Paul Taylor retired.

Crime – Leading silks

Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise across a range of serious criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Cole QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜His broad practice includes cases of homicide and drugs conspiracies.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Jones QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A specialist in criminal law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A brilliant jury advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Passionate, valiant and level headed.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Andrew Jebb - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has expertise in cases involving financial crime.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charlotte Kenny - Exchange Chambers β€˜A fierce advocate who commands the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Potter - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a commanding court presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Damian Nolan - Exchange Chambers β€˜An impressive barrister who fights tirelessly for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Temkin - Exchange Chambers β€˜A great advocate; judges respect him.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Toal - Exchange Chambers β€˜He can use his gentle approach to devastating effect in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Whitehurst - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very shrewd barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends in serious sexual offences, murder and fraud matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Lavery - Exchange Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate; clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicola Daley - Exchange Chambers β€˜She has an authoritative courtroom presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Jarvis - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for fatal road traffic offences.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜His advocacy captivates the jury.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

A key area of strength for Exchange Chambers’ family practice is private financial remedy matters; high-value divorce cases dominate the team’s workload. Private law children matters form another area of instruction.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Caroline Gee - Exchange Chambers β€˜Her practice includes private law children cases and matrimonial finance matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Fordham - Exchange Chambers β€˜She specialises in matrimonial finance cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karen Gregory - Exchange Chambers β€˜She is a dextrous cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sheren Guirguis - Exchange Chambers β€˜Pragmatic, solution-focused and will always fight for the client.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

Members of Exchange Chambers represent a range of parties in inquests and inquiries. In 2017, Louis Browne QC appeared in the high-profile High Court case concerning the funeral arrangements for convicted murderer Ian Brady, who had died in prison.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A fierce and equitable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Exchange Chambers (Liverpool, Manchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Exchange Chambers attracts praise for its β€˜huge breadth and depth of experience in claimant personal injury work’, particularly cases involving severe brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work, catastrophic injuries, and military and amputee claims, among other areas. On the clinical negligence side, Dr Kevin Naylor is acting for the claimant in a wrongful birth claim following the delivery of disabled twins. In 2018 David Knifton QC took silk and Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells were appointed to the bench.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has immense knowledge of brain and spinal cord injury matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Knifton QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He argues his points with a steely charm.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Martin QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very hardworking with the ability to demystify complex areas of law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A combination of great legal acumen, tenacity and pragmatism.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Waldron QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A hardworking silk who is charm personified.’

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

Andrew Ward - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in high-value catastrophic injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chris Gutteridge - Exchange Chambers β€˜A first-rate clinical negligence junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Barnes - Exchange Chambers β€˜He is excellent on both tactics and strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dr Kevin Naylor - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a very analytical approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura Gooding - Exchange Chambers β€˜She has niche expertise in military personal injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Pankaj Madan - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for his superb strategic approach to brain injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sara Sutherland - Exchange Chambers β€˜She has particular expertise in clinical negligence cases involving infants and children.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

At Exchange Chambers, practitioners are instructed in, among other areas, landlord and tenant disputes, proprietary estoppel, boundary disputes and property-related professional negligence. In 2017 Andrew Williams successfully defended the Liverpool Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church against an adverse possession claim regarding ownership of an area of land in Manchester.

Property – Leading juniors

Andrew Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Diligent and meticulous.’

Ranked: tier 1

Brynmor Adams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Incredibly knowledgeable, with a robust approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lawrence McDonald - Exchange Chambers β€˜His calm demeanour reassures clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced across the spectrum of property law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Burns - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very personable and excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Judicial review proceedings are a core strength for Exchange Chambers’ public law group, with immigration and asylum matters and cases involving the welfare of vulnerable adults included in the team’s recent workload.

Public law – Leading silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜His legal acumen is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Exchange Chambers frequently act for the HSE, as well as companies, local authorities and professionals, across a wide spectrum of health and safety matters. Recent instructions include fatal accidents at work.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

John Jones QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a range of health and safety cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Waldron QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in representing the police in health and safety matters.’

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

Adrian Farrow - Exchange Chambers β€˜Past work includes fatal accidents and breaches of health and safety regulations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Lavery - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide spectrum of regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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