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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

Exchange Chambers has offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, giving the set β€˜great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, chambers β€˜has excellent counsel at all levels’, who are most reputable for their crime, commercial and personal injury practices. The crime team has over 30 CPS grade 4 prosecutors and a major recent highlight was the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In a testament to the set’s reputation, three members – Simon Berkson, Philip Parry and Sarah O’Brien – were appointed to the circuit bench in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Louis Browne QC took silk in 2017. β€˜The clerks are amazing and run a very tight ship’. For example, Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley and Liverpool practice manager Jonathan I’Anson are β€˜particularly knowledgeable and easy to deal with’, and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer is β€˜approachable and always willing to go the extra mile’. Chambers director Tom Handley is β€˜extremely client-oriented and a definite β€œmover and shaker”, who knows the market well’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Exchange Chambers has offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, giving the set β€˜great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, chambers β€˜has excellent counsel at all levels’, who are most reputable for their crime, commercial and personal injury practices. The crime team has over 30 CPS grade 4 prosecutors and a major recent highlight was the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In a testament to the set’s reputation, three members – Simon Berkson, Philip Parry and Sarah O’Brien – were appointed to the circuit bench in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Louis Browne QC took silk in 2017. β€˜The clerks are amazing and run a very tight ship’. For example, Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley and Liverpool practice manager Jonathan I’Anson are β€˜particularly knowledgeable and easy to deal with’, and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer is β€˜approachable and always willing to go the extra mile’. Chambers director Tom Handley is β€˜extremely client-oriented and a definite β€œmover and shaker”, who knows the market well’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Lisa Linklater is a key contact for commercial Chancery matters at Exchange Chambers; her practice includes high-value shareholder and insolvency disputes, and she recently acted for the administrators in a precedent-setting case regarding the scope of the court’s powers when ending administration.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Lisa Linklater - Exchange Chambers β€˜She puts clients at ease and gains their confidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Fennell - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a wealth of technical insolvency knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Recent cases for the criminal team at Exchange Chambers have included high-profile people trafficking, multi-handed murder and serious sexual offences matters.

Crime – Leading silks

Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very bright silk, who is excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Johnson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has an excellent courtroom manner and affinity with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Emma Bennett - Exchange Chambers β€˜Her organisational skills and attention to detail are admirable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Rawlinson - 2 Hare Court β€˜Fearless, tenacious and very personable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced in complex criminal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Exchange Chambers has β€˜a good employment team’ which acts for employers and employees in a wide range of matters, including whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE and unfair dismissal cases. Recent highlights for the set include Ashley Serr acting in the high-profile whistleblowing case Frost v Ministry of Defence.

Employment – Leading juniors

Alfred Weiss - Exchange Chambers β€˜A highly knowledgeable barrister with a strong courtroom presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ashley Serr - Exchange Chambers β€˜A direct and smooth-spoken advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ceri Widdett - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Knowles - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for discrimination matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has an insightful eye for the heart of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Michael Rawlinson - 2 Hare Court β€˜He has the human touch with lay clients.’

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 houses Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley is well known for handing catastrophic injury matters following road traffic accidents and medical negligence, while Madan has expertise in brain injury cases.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Pankaj Madan - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in high-value catastrophic injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜A superb analyst.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

Exchange Chambers houses William Hanbury, whose practice includes boundary disputes, landlord and tenant matters and conveyancing cases. Bruce Walker left for Enterprise Chambers in March 2017.

Property – Leading juniors

William Hanbury - Exchange Chambers β€˜He commands respect from judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

The regulatory practice at Exchange Chambers covers health and safety, and professional discipline matters.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers β€˜He builds good rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜Experienced in prosecuting serious health and safety matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Exchange Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’, particularly in matters involving asset recovery, directors’ disqualification proceedings and bankruptcy.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A star performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Calm and discerning; judges warm to him.’

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

Andrew Vinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜An excellent and forceful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Carly Sandbach - Exchange Chambers β€˜She is an excellent and committed advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Cook - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of commercial matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very good on his feet and with clients alike.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Vickers - Exchange Chambers β€˜Tenacious yet impressively calm and composed in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Malam - Exchange Chambers β€˜Knowledgeable and meticulous.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough, intensely bright and superbly prepared.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Connolly - Exchange Chambers β€˜A first-rate legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction, planning and environment

Exchange Chambers is β€˜strong’ in construction, planning and environment law. Peter Dixon heads up the planning group, where experience includes public inquiries and consent applications. David Fearon leads the construction team; although junior in call he has extensive experience in construction matters due to his background as a solicitor and a chartered surveyor. John Wyn Williams leads the environment team and brings extensive experience in environmental negligence cases, particularly waste, water pollution and statutory nuisance matters.

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

David Fearon - Exchange Chambers β€˜A great strategist with a good client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Wyn Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for environmental cases of waste and water pollution.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Smith - Exchange Chambers β€˜Assured, authoritative and a good problem solver.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Dixon - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in handling complex planning proposals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Whitfield - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a sharp analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Exchange Chambers’ crime practice has β€˜strength in depth’ and β€˜heavyweight counsel’, including 38 grade 4 CPS prosecutors. The team prosecutes and defends in high-profile cases involving murder, sexual abuse, people trafficking, large-scale drugs conspiracies and multimillion-pound frauds. Recent highlights include the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In 2016, Jane Greenhalgh joined from 23 Essex Street, and Simon Berkson and Philip Parry were appointed to the circuit bench.

Crime – Leading silks

Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A brilliant silk; clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Cole QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A specialist in serious criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Jones QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜An iron fist in a velvet glove.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He combines outstanding legal skills with great client rapport.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Medland QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in heavyweight murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A straight-shooter with acute tactical nous.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Andrew Jebb - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has great instincts and is level-headed in a tight spot.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Potter - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has expertise in high-value confiscation matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Damian Nolan - Exchange Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and a great communicator.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Temkin - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very hardworking and a great lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Toal - Exchange Chambers β€˜A persuasive and very eloquent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange Chambers β€˜A personable and effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Lavery - Exchange Chambers β€˜An impeccable courtroom performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Jarvis - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has expertise in defending fatal road traffic offences.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange Chambers β€˜Conscientious with a great client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Taylor - Exchange Chambers β€˜An expert in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

The family group at Exchange Chambers specialises in private financial remedy matters, especially high-value divorce cases. Members are also instructed in cases involving children at risk.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Caroline Gee - Exchange Chambers β€˜Known for financial remedy and private law children work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Judith Fordham - Exchange Chambers β€˜She combines strength with empathy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karen Gregory - Exchange Chambers β€˜A highly talented family finance barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sheren Guirguis - Exchange Chambers β€˜A family law specialist.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

The team at Exchange Chambers acts for bereaved families, clinicians, police forces and medical organisations in inquests.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A commanding 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 has β€˜excellent counsel at all levels’, who predominantly act for claimants across a range of personal injury and clinical negligence matters involving catastrophic injuries, industrial disease, and severe brain and spinal injuries. Other areas of expertise include military and amputee claims. Dr Kevin Naylor formerly practised as a doctor before coming to the Bar and has particular expertise in clinical negligence matters. Louis Browne QC took silk in 2017.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Serene and charming, and his presence adds considerable weight to a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Martin QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He is brilliant on difficult cases involving medical negligence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in personal injury matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Waldron QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜His approachable manner belies his tenacity and determination.’

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

Andrew Ward - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has excellent client-care skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Howells - Exchange Chambers β€˜A ferocious litigator, who is great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Barnes - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very hardworking and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chris Gutteridge - Exchange Chambers β€˜His experience of catastrophic injury litigation is well beyond his years of call.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dr Kevin Naylor - Exchange Chambers β€˜His medical expertise gives him the edge when examining medical evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Knifton - Exchange Chambers β€˜Thorough, quick and tactically astute.’

Ranked: tier 1

Pankaj Madan - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has the ability to challenge the unusual in cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sara Sutherland - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced in clinical negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property

Members of Exchange Chambers handle a range of matters, including property-related professional negligence and landlord and tenant disputes. Paul Burns is a key name for social housing cases. In March 2017, Sarah O’Brien was appointed to be a district judge.

Property – Leading juniors

Andrew Williams - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for a broad range of property matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lawrence McDonald - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recommended for a panoply of property disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange Chambers β€˜An expert in property law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Burns - Exchange Chambers β€˜He has a first-class grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

Exchange Chambers’ public law expertise includes cases involving the welfare and finances of those lacking capacity, judicial review proceedings, and mental health matters. New silk Louis Browne QC recently acted for the Ministry of Justice in a successful judicial review regarding whether the Article 2 duty extended to non-suspicious deaths in custody.

Public law – Leading silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Very experienced across the spectrum of public law matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Exchange Chambers is β€˜strong’ in health and safety matters. Members often represent the HSE as well as companies and individuals. Recent cases include prosecuting in a fatal trench collapse case, resulting in a Β£2.6m fine.

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading silks

John Jones QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜A formidable lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Waldron QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜He combines keen insight with a fantastic human touch.’

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

Adrian Farrow - Exchange Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends in a range of health and safety matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Lavery - Exchange Chambers β€˜He puts the client before everything.’

Ranked: tier 1

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