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Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC

MANCHESTER, M3 4DN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 955 9000
Fax:
Fax 0161 955 9001
DX:
14326 MANCHESTER-3
Email:
Web:
www.9sjs.com

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Clinical negligence

Kirsty McKinlay is the key barrister for clinical negligence matters at 9 St John Street. She is particularly in demand for claimant work concerning brain injuries or psychiatric treatment. In one case, she acted for the family of an individual whose brain aneurysm was allegedly negligently treated in a Fatal Accidents Act case.

Leading Juniors

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetProvides very thorough and sound advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

9 St John Street is particularly notable in Chancery matters, though members do operate a broader commercial litigation practice. The set is recommended by clients for the 'availability and strength' of counsel available. James Fryer-Spedding recently acted for a further education college seeking payment from central government in connection with a government training scheme.

Leading Juniors

James Fryer-Spedding - 9 St John StreetAn excellent all-rounder.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Price - 9 St John StreetRobust, knowledgeable and experienced.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Clark - 9 St John StreetHas good commercial judgment and can deal with twists in a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetConfident and decisive.

Ranked: tier 2

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Crime

Members of 9 St John Street are instructed on behalf of both prosecution and defence in a wide range of cases, covering all areas of serious crime including appellate work. Vanessa Thomson is a key figure within the practice, having recently defended an octogenarian man charged with the murder of his wife, who was suffering from severe dementia, in a "mercy killing"; the prosecution accepted a guilty plea to manslaughter and a suspended sentence was imposed. Jaime Hamilton QC  took silk in 2019.

Leading Silks

Jaime Hamilton QC - 9 St John StreetExperienced in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Alex Langhorn - 9 St John StreetHe has an incredibly sharp mind and handles complex matters with considerable guile.

Ranked: tier 1

Vanessa Thomson - 9 St John StreetParticularly sought-after for cases involving young or vulnerable witnesses.

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment

9 St John Street has an 'outstanding calibre of counsel', with members acting for both claimants and respondents, including direct access instructions for some members. In a recent highlight, Assunta Del Priore acted for the employer in Frudds v Partington Group, a complex case concerning when a worker on call is working for the purposes of the national minimum wage exploring similar issues to the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in February 2020 - the matter was heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal twice. David Campion joined the set from Atlantic Chambers in February 2019.

Leading Juniors

Amy Smith - 9 St John StreetPragmatic and commercial in her advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Assunta Del Priore - 9 St John StreetA force of nature.

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Morgan - 9 St John StreetA brilliant advocate who excels with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Grundy - 9 St John StreetAn extremely thorough and technical advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Wedderspoon - 9 St John StreetCan be both tenacious and subtle in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 1

Carlo Breen - 9 St John StreetGives pragmatic and commercial advice.

Ranked: tier 2

David Campion - 9 St John StreetDeals with clients sensitively.

Ranked: tier 2

James Hurd - 9 St John StreetRecent work includes defending against disability discrimination and stress at work claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Lena Amartey - 9 St John StreetRobust in cross-examination and always well-prepared.

Ranked: tier 2

Louise Quigley - 9 St John StreetExtremely knowledgeable in all areas of employment law.

Ranked: tier 2

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Family and children law

9 St John Street's strong contingent of family law juniors continue to represent a range of parties in complex cases across the region, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'go-to', for family work. Particular areas of specialism include serious non-accidental injury or sexual abuse, handled by the set's 'excellent care team', as well as allegations of domestic or sexual abuse in private law proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Joanne Barnett - 9 St John StreetPrepares well and goes above and beyond for her clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Kilvington - 9 St John StreetCouples a first-class legal mind with unparalleled knowledge in her areas of specialism.

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Greenhalgh - 9 St John StreetA thoughtful and empathetic advocate who always stands up for her clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachael Heppenstall - 9 St John StreetProvides clear advice to clients and presents a robust case in court.

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury

The personal injury team at 9 St John Street is particularly notable for its defendant work, especially regarding fraudulent insurance claims, although several members also have strong claimant practices. The set is praised by clients for its 'good strength in depth', particularly at the senior junior level. In a recent highlight, Matthew Snarr acted alone for a defendant employer in a traumatic brain injury case in which the balance of liability with a co-defendant was heavily disputed, and all other parties instructed a silk. Christopher Kennedy QC represented a defendant insurer in a paraplegia claim arising from an injury incurred in a gym, during which the claimant was using a programme not designed by gym staff.

Leading Silks

Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetTechnically excellent, approachable and user-friendly

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetAn excellent trial advocate with a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Mike Lemmy - 9 St John StreetExcellent with clients and has a great grasp of the detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Brian McCluggage - 9 St John StreetHas a very good manner with clients and quickly gets to the nub of the claim.

Ranked: tier 2

James Hurd - 9 St John StreetAlways identifies the key issues and potential weakness in a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Julie-Anne Luck - 9 St John StreetGives cogent advice and is excellent on the technical issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetAstute, practical, and thorough when providing advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael O'Neill - 9 St John StreetVery approachable and has a good relationship with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Little - 9 St John StreetA skilled and persuasive advocate who adds value to a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Joseph Mulderig - 9 St John StreetA diligent, thorough, and down-to-earth junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip De Berry - 9 St John StreetA strong negotiator who takes a forensic approach to quantum disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetAn excellent tactician who is very god with both witnesses and experts.

Ranked: tier 3

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Property

9 St John Street is home to Richard Price, who is particularly prevalent in right of way disputes and landlord and tenant claims and appears for different stakeholders in these cases.

Leading Juniors

Richard Price - 9 St John StreetVery calm, reassuring and personable with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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