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Chambers of Peter Birkett QC

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking and insolvency

18 St John Street Chambers has notable depth of expertise across a wide range of commercial and Chancery matters, including banking and financial services, insolvency, intellectual property and probate.

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors

David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersHe has a strong paperwork practice, and is known for his preparation and drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Fewtrell - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for his knowledge of insurance litigation and, in particular, limitation issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Chapman - 18 St John Street ChambersRegularly instructed in complex tax litigation by HMRC.’

Ranked: tier 1

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The majority of 18 St John Street Chambers’ work is conducted in the courts in the North West, although members do also regularly appear elsewhere. The group handles prosecution and defence instructions ranging from minor offences to high-profile and complex matters. Richard Vardon recently successfully prosecuted two male relatives of a Harry Potter actress after they threatened to murder her for entering into a relationship with a Hindu man.

Crime – Leading silks

Peter Birkett QC - 18 St John Street ChambersHis practice covers a wide range of offences including murder, gross negligence and serious fraud.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Wigglesworth QC - 18 St John Street ChambersSpecialises in prosecuting and defending fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Richard Vardon - 18 St John Street ChambersA persuasive and effective jury advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Within children law, 18 St John Street Chambers’ expertise spans areas such as public and private law Children Act proceedings, Adoption Act cases and child abduction. It also has a dedicated finance team experienced in disputes involving trusts, businesses and competing jurisdictions, as well as disputes arising from cohabitation and financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Sarah Kilvington - 18 St John Street ChambersIn addition to complex public law care work, she has a focus on mental health and capacity issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Northern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers (Manchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Industrial disease and clinical negligence are core strengths of 18 St John Street Chambers, and members regularly deal with high-value cases of the highest factual and legal complexity, including claims involving brain and spinal injuries and fatalities. The set’s niche expertise in road transport law adds a further dimension to its work.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Alastair Forrest - 18 St John Street ChambersRecommended for his expertise in high-value clinical negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersGood on technical issues, and a good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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