Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

United Kingdom > Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Other

Clinical negligence

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
  2. 2

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2

18 St John Street Chambers is home to Christopher Limb and Gemma McGungle, both of whom specialise in claimant clinical negligence work. Among other work, Limb represented the claimant in Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, a sepsis case.

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.

Atlantic Chambers reports an increase in clinical negligence work over the past year, as well as a rise in the number of cases concluding via mediation. Claimant-focused practitioner Elizabeth Francis heads the set's medical negligence group, with a practice that spans birth issues, claims against ophthalmologists and opticians, as well as gynaecological claims. In a recent highlight, John Benson QC acted for the family in a case concerning the negligent treatment of numerous asbestos-related conditions .

Byrom Street Chambers is home to a large contingent of senior clinical negligence specialists, with a particular focus on claimant work, though its members also handle some defendant instructions. Birth injury cases are a key area of work for the set, with James Rowley QC acting in several cerebral palsy cases.

Deans Court Chambers' clinical negligence team are most notable for their expertise in defending  clinical negligence claims including delayed diagnoses and negligent prescription of drugs, as well as the 'good availability of counsel' dealing with such cases.

Members of Kings Chambers practice across the full spectrum of clinical negligence work, acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Members of the 'strong team' available at the set are often instructed on high-value matters, such as Nicholas Braslavsky QC conducting a complex birth injury case in which the claimant suffered serious hypoxic ischaemic damage.

Oriel Chambers is home to defendant clinical negligence specialist Yaqub Rahman, an 'excellent negotiator' who is recommended by clients for his performance in mediation. Recent cases deal with issues such as missed diagnoses, historic claims, and negligent treatment of injuries.

St John's Buildings' clinical negligence team is predominantly claimant-focused, with practitioners specialising in brain and spine injuries, delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence. Additionally, Henry Vanderpump is particularly notable for his work on complex procedural arguments, such as the attempted withdrawal of liability admissions by defendants, costs issues and the effects of recent court decisions concerning bereavement damages under the Fatal Accidents Act.


Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersAn impeccably prepared and highly effective advocate.
    • Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically excellent on insolvency matters.
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersA tenacious advocate.
    • David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersA silk who gets his hands dirty.
  2. 2

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

18 St John Street Chambers is home to a broad range of commercial and Chancery practitioners and is instructed on a correspondingly wide range of cases. Notable specialist areas include director disqualifications and insolvency. One recent case is Direct Accident Management v Greentree Legal and Legend Legal, in which David Hoffman defended two solicitor's firms against a confidential information claim brought by a claims management company.

23 Essex Street's Manchester offering is particularly active in company and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and insolvency work. The set also includes specialist Chancery practitioners such as Tom Gosling, who recently represented a claimant with complex learning disorders and care needs, who sought financial provision from the estate of a man who was thought to be have been his father, however paternity was disputed.

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.

Members of Atlantic Chambers act on a wide range of Chancery, commercial, and insolvency disputes, with Graham Sellers being a key figure within the set for the latter. David Green is the name to note in trusts and probate work.

Simon Myerson QC is the key name to note at Byrom Street Chambers for commercial work. He is instructed on a wide range of matters including tax disputes and professional negligence.

Home to one of the largest commercial teams in the region, Exchange Chambers is a noticeable presence in all areas of commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery work. The team features members with specialist practices in professional negligence, competition law, and credit hire litigation. In competition, David Went acts for a follow-on damages claimant in the truck cartel case.  Mark Cawson QC co-leads on behalf of the claimants in Municipio De Mariana and others v BHP Group, a multi-party claim arising from the collapse of the of a Brazilian dam in 2015 being brought against its British owners.

At Forum Chambers, Susanne Muth is the key name to note. She appears in a wide range of cases across the northern circuit, with a particular focus on banking and financial litigation, as well as a professional negligence practice. She represents the claimant in Feltham Group of Companies v Slater and Gordon, a large-scale claim against a law firm.

Kings Chambers' commercial barristers are instructed across a wide range of cases. Lesley Anderson QC recently acted on behalf of the claimant Gavin Edmondson Solicitors v Haven Insurance Company, a Supreme Court case an insurer's direct offer to settle with claimants, bypassing their solicitors and causing the personal injury claimants to terminate their conditional fee agreements.

Oriel Chambers is home to Richard Bradley and Paul Brant, experienced practitioners who specialise in contractual disputes and Chancery cases respectively.

St John's Buildings commercial team is particularly strong on contract disputes, including breach of share purchase and loan agreements as well as  professional negligence.  Pépin Aslett recently represented a solicitor in a significant professional negligence claim arising from divorce proceedings.


Construction, planning and environment

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
    • Giles Cannock QC - Kings ChambersExceptionally capable and personable.
    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersHas an excellent manner with lay clients.
    • Andrew Singer QC - Kings ChambersRecommended for cases requiring a novel approach to the law.
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersAlways provides very commercial advice.

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
    • John Barrett - Kings ChambersAlways sees the bigger picture of a case.
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery composed and articulate at trial.
    • Alan Evans - Kings ChambersHis attention to detail is second to none.
    • David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA tenacious advocate with strong industry experience.
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersGreat at understanding clients' needs and objectives.
    • James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersHis industry experience gives him a great understanding of construction disputes.
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and experienced.
  2. 2
    • Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersAn experienced environmental prosecutor.
    • Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersHis practice includes planning inquiries and judicial reviews of planning decisions.
    • Sarah Reid - Kings ChambersParticularly experienced in environmental matters.
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersHis industry experience gives him a great understanding of construction disputes.
    • Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for construction and business rate disputes.

At Deans Court ChambersJoseph Hart specialises in environmental crime, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He recently prosecuted in a case concerning an illegal waste site at a farm in Cheshire, securing a suspended sentence and costs order against the operator, with two other defendants receiving conditional discharges following guilty pleas.

Members of Exchange Chambers practice across the construction, planning and environment sectors, with several members having operated in industry roles before their time at the Bar. Former chartered surveyors David Fearon and Peter Dixon lead the construction and planning practice groups respectively and have helped cement the set's reputation for 'excellent technical knowledge' among clients. James Malam recently represented the purchasers in a £6m claim against the developers of a block of 51 flats for breach of contract and failure to install fire safety features.

Kings Chambers is perhaps most notable for planning law, with one of the largest regional teams, although it is also home to construction and environmental specialists. One particularly prominent recent instruction is Paul Tucker QC's work with Liverpool City Council on planning matters concerning the large-scale Liverpool Waters development. Anthony Crean QC and Stephen Sauvain QC recently departed the set, with the former departing the Bar to start a land promotion business, and the latter retiring.


Costs

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
    • Erica Bedford - Kings ChambersCan be relied upon to deliver excellent service in costs matters.
    • Paul Hughes - Kings ChambersA very able and experienced costs lawyer.
    • Kevin Latham - Kings ChambersHe has excellent client care skills
    • Craig Ralph - Kings ChambersAn excellent and persuasive advocate.
    • Matthew Smith - Kings ChambersHe has a great eye for detail.
    • Richard Wilcock - Exchange ChambersHis submissions are articulate and detailed.

Exchange Chambers is home to costs specialist Richard Wilcock, who is particularly notable for his work on behalf of the NHS in costs matters. One notable recent case is Nicolaou v Cass, in which Wilcock represented the paying party in a challenge to a two-stage after-the-event insurance premium.

Far and away the largest team of costs specialists in the region, Kings Chambers is instructed for all sides in costs matters, as well as acting as mediators, often in clinical negligence costs cases. Paul Hughes recently represented a petitioner in opposing a respondent's application to drastically increase its costs budget before a five-day High Court trial, in which the necessity of, and reasoning behind, such a change was heavily disputed.


Court of Protection and community care

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1

Leading Juniors

  1. 1

Ben McCormack is the key name to note as regards to Court of Protection work at Garden Court North Chambers. He represents protected parties in a diverse  range of cases including forced marriage, fluctuating capacity, sexual consent and deprivation of liberty.

Kings Chambers is home to a well-respected Court of Protection team, whose members are often instructed on complex or novel cases. Simon Burrows was instructed for the husband of the protected party in Manchester City Council Legal Services v MC and KR, a case which received mainstream media attention concerning an autistic young woman who was deemed to have capacity to consent to sexual relations but to lack capacity to choose partners; several failings were attributed to the local authority including that they failed to create a pathway to capacity or to prevent her from engaging in high-risk sexual activity.

St John's Buildings is described as a 'helpful and accommodating' set by clients, and is well respected for Court of Protection work within the region. 2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is often instructed for protected parties by the official solicitor or deputy, while rising star Eleanor Keehan has a more mixed practice, also receiving instructions from local authorities and family members.


Crime

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

The criminal barristers in 23 Essex Street's Manchester office primarily defend, with recent cases including allegations of fraud, serious violence and both recent and historical sexual offences. One particularly notable matter is Bob Sastry's defence of an individual said to be the leader of a gang which trafficked women from Romania into Luton, Preston and Manchester for purposes of forced prostitution.

7 Harrington Street is home to a wide range of criminal practitioners, with a spectrum of members including those who have fully prosecution and defence practices as well as some who operate more balanced workloads. Key areas of work include gang-related crime, drug conspiracies and serious violent crime. Notably, Nicholas Johnson QC prosecuted former Manchester City youth football coach Barry Bennell, who was convicted of multiple sexual offences against children.

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.

Cobden House Chambers is home to members with specialisms in serious sexual offending, fraud and drug cases, as well as violent crime. Other key areas of work include cases with vulnerable complainants and defendants, including children.

Deans Court Chambers is home to several strong criminal practitioners and is considered 'a first-class set' for criminal work by some clients. Notable areas of specialism include historic sexual abuse allegations, recent serious sexual offences, and large-scale drug conspiracies. Virginia Hayton recently prosecuted in a grooming case which arose out of the actions of "North West Predator Hunters", an anti-paedophile vigilante group which lured the defendant via an adult pretending to be a child online. Additionally, Joseph Hart is particularly notable for his criminal work in the British Overseas Territories, recently prosecuting an historic sexual abuse case in the Falkland Islands.

Amos Waldman at Doughty Street Chambers specialises in defendant work, including serious drug-related crime. Additionally, Waldman has expertise representing professionals facing criminal prosecution, as well as appearing in the International Criminal Court, recently representing former child soldier Dominic Ongwen.

Exchange Chambers is home to one of the strongest criminal teams in the region, with barristers regularly appearing in serious and complex cases. According to one client, the set 'has some real quality barristers and great strength in depth', a sentiment which was echoed by several others, who praised the sets 'great ability to provide alternative counsel' even at short notice. High-profile instructions include Gordon Cole QC's representation of England cricketer Ben Stokes, who was acquitted of charges of affray concerning what the defence argued was Stokes' and a team-mate's intervention in a homophobic attack. Among the juniors, Mark Ainsworth was instructed as the leading junior in a three month trial to prosecuted the Liverpool-based Fernhill Gang, who supplied class A drugs within the city. David Potter was appointed to the circuit bench.

Members of Garden Court North Chambers' criminal practices focus entirely on defendant work, with members involved in some of the most complex and high-profile cases both on circuit and nationally. One notable recent instruction is Brigid Baillie's defence of an individual charged with historic sex offences alleged to occur within a close-knit religious community in which the defendant was a leading figure. The set is also instructed on several leading appeal cases, such as Pete Weatherby QC's successful appearance for the appellant in the Supreme Court case R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice, which considered whether, when determining how much credit should be given for a part-paid confiscation order, if interest should be applied to the size of the order.

Kenworthy's Chambers includes several strong juniors, who are instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide range of criminal cases including drug-related offences, serious violence and sexual offending both recent and historic. David Morton recently represented an individual convicted of offences under the Explosive Substances Act in their appeal against sentence, securing a one year reduction.

Considered by many to have 'top-class practitioners from the bottom up', Lincoln House Chambers is a fixture in courts across the circuit and nationally. In addition to violent, sexual and drug-related offences, the set houses practitioners with more niche specialisms, such as Richard Dawson who handles some of the most serious and legally complex motoring cases. Recent notable cases include defence specialist Simon Csoka QC's defence of the first prison officer to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter, in which he secured an acquittal after a prisoner took his his own life in HMP Woodhill, a Category A prison near Milton Keynes.

With members both prosecuting and defending in a range of serious cases, St John's Buildings is a strong contender across the circuit for criminal work. Key areas include sexual offences cases, fraud and violent crime. Of recent note, Mark Connor prosecuted two separate individuals for multiple historical sexual offences, securing prison sentences of 22 and 25 years.


Employment

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
    • Simon Gorton QC - Atlantic ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, thorough and an excellent advocate.

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

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.

Simon Gorton QC at Atlantic Chambers is highly regarded in employment law, particularly for cases involving significant or novel legal argument, and is as such a regular fixture in appeal cases at all levels. He recently appeared on behalf of the employer before the Supreme Court in Royal Mail Group v Jhuti, which concerns the correct test to be applied in whistleblowing cases.

Doughty Street Chambers northern offering is home to Paras Gorasia, who primarily focuses on respondent work including discrimination, whistleblowing, and union disputes, as well as Paul Draycott, who acts primarily for claimants and is particularly prominent in cases which overlap with issues covered by the European Convention On Human Rights.

Kenworthy's Chambers is home to employment specialists who primarily act for claimants, but also for employers, in proceedings including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing. In a recent case, Sarah Johnson successfully defended large health and social care charity Alternative Futures Group in a discrimination and breach of contract claim brought by a yoga instructor.

Members of Kings Chambers are instructed on a wide range of employment matters, acting for both claimants and respondents, with a particular specialism in court litigation and the full complement of cases at tribunal level. Steven Flynn joined the set from St John's Buildings in January 2019 - he represented a number of former Leigh Centurions rugby league players in an unfair dismissal claim against the club.

Members of St John's Buildings' employment practice group is instructed by both employers and employees, with particular specialisms in discrimination, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal cases. Notable cases include Jason Searle's successful defence of disability discrimination case brought by a former director against a company providing accessibility solutions for the disabled. Steven Flynn departed the set for Kings Chambers in January.


Family and children law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

18 St John Street Chambers, praised by clients for its 'friendly, professional, and reliable' approach, fields a large team of specialist family practitioners, with a particular focus on care proceedings, though members do also practice in financial remedy and private children law cases. Financial remedy specialist Stephen Murray recently acted for the wife in an enforcement proceeding stemming from a previous financial order, which the husband sought to avoid by transferring English property assets to a Bahamian trust.

7 Harrington Street is home to specialist practitioners across the spectrum of family and children law, including financial remedy, care proceedings, and private children law. Finance specialist Tom Fazackerley is often instructed in agricultural cases involving partnership agreements, while Margaret Parr is particularly in demand for care and private children law matters. Parr recently represented a father in care proceedings concerning an autistic girl who was thought to have PTSD due to her experiences in Iraq before moving to the UK.

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.

Ashley Murray Chambers is home to specialist matrimonial finance and pre-nuptial sole practitioner Ashley Murray, who is praised by clients for his  'impeccable service'. Murray is particularly in demand for cases involving high net worth individuals.

Atlantic Chambers' family team is home to members with expertise across the full spectrum of family and children law work. Michael Sellars is recommended for complex care cases in North Wales, with a particular focus on representing local authorities, while the similarly cares-focused Christine Johnson is more notable for her work on behalf of parents and children, and Andrew Banks is one of the set's notable names for financial remedy work.

According to one client, Deans Court Chambers' family team is home to 'an impressive number of individuals across the full range of family work', but is particularly notable as the 'go-to set in Manchester for children cases'. The team is particularly prevalent in public law children work, though members are also instructed on private law and financial remedy matters.

Family practitioners at Exchange Chambers are predominantly instructed in high-value financial remedy cases, as well as private Children Act matters. Particular areas of expertise include the representation of public figures, variations to shared parenting arrangements, and jurisdictional issues.

St John's Buildings family team is home to several specialist family barristers at all levels of call, covering high-value financial remedy and both public and private children law matters. New silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC recently acted for a local authority in an FGM-related case concerning a mother attempting to return to Sudan with a child, while Sally Harrison QC is one of the key names on circuit for high net worth financial remedy matters.


Immigration

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2

Paul Draycott at Doughty Street Chambers has a strong asylum and immigration practice, with recent highlights including a successful judicial review against a Home Office decision to revoke indefinite leave, which was the third such case undertaken for the same claimant.

Garden Court North Chambers is home to one of the largest collections of immigration specialists in the region, with experience at all levels of the court system on asylum, deportation, citizenship and victims of trafficking cases. A particular strength of the team is its work on statutory appeals and novel cases, with Tom Royston having handled two Supreme Court cases concerning the welfare entitlements of non-UK EU nationals. Tasaddat Hussain  recently represented an individual in the Upper Tribunal who had been unlawfully detained as a result of evidence obtained via an illegal immigration raid.

Members of Kenworthy's Chambers are commonly instructed in immigration cases. Shazia Khan recently represented a victim of female genital mutilation who claimed asylum after she was urged to return to The Gambia in order to mutilate girls there.


Inquests and inquiries

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
    • Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis ability to digest complex expert evidence is exceptional.
    • Michael Rawlinson QC - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate who works well with clients.
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA highly intelligent lawyer who is totally committed to his clients’ causes.

Leading Juniors

  1. 1

David Sandiford at Cobden House Chambers is particularly strong in inquests involving the criminal justice system. He represented the National Probation Service at an inquest into the death of a man who was killed by an individual that was on license for another murder at the time of the attack.

Elizabeth Dudley-Jones at Deans Court Chambers is often instructed in inquests, with a particular focus on custody deaths, often for private providers such as Serco, which runs prisons, and GEOAmey, which transports prisoners.

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.

Members of Garden Court North Chambers are well-regarded for their expertise in inquests, covering both high-profile inquests involving many parties, as well as those dealing with individual deaths. Pete Weatherby QC represents the "G3 Group" of bereaved, survivors and relatives (which includes those represented by Howe + Co Solicitors and Oliver Fisher) in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and by bereaved families represented by Broudie Jackson Canter in the Manchester Arena inquests.

Kings Chambers is home to Michael Rawlinson QC, who is often instructed in inquests concerning deaths in the military - he represented two survivors of an explosion in a Challenger 2 tank during a live-fire training exercise, which killed two corporals.

Lincoln House Chambers is home to Austin Welch, who represents the families of three victims in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiries. Welch is particularly experienced with inquests that contain a health and safety element, in addition to frequently representing government departments in inquests.

Timothy Holloway at Oriel Chambers represents the prison service in death in custody cases and the probation service in inquests involving persons released on licence.

St John's Buildings is home to Laura Nash, who specialises in death in custody cases and care home deaths. Recent work includes representing a care home in  an inquest into the death of a resident with complex medical needs, and acting for the family in an inquest into the death of a Polish national suffering from paranoid schizophrenia while in custody, where mental health assessments were conducted without an interpreter. Nash also sits as an assistant coroner.


Leading Sets


Personal injury

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
  2. 2

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

The 'well-established' 18 St John Street Chambers is home to a 'very broad' range of specialist practitioners, who are instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Particular areas of expertise for the set include employer's liability, road traffic accidents and occupier's liability.

Members of 7 Harrington Street have mixed claimant and defendant practices and are instructed in a wide range of cases including employer's liability, public liability and road traffic accidents. The set is praised by clients for its 'good number of experienced counsel' and increasing presence in defendant work. Tim Grover recently represented a claimant who had suffered a severe shoulder injury resulting in elective amputation, in which the defendants disputed both liability and quantum, but for which a seven-figure sum was eventually agreed.

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.

Atlantic Chambers reports an increase in industrial disease work over the last year, with members, such as Andrew Pickering, maintaining a strong practice in cases involving Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, and Occupational Asthma. Of recent note, John Benson QC acted for a protected party, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury in a road accident, in a claim against the driver of the car primarily responsible for the accident.

Byrom Street Chambers is home to the largest range of senior personal injury counsel on the circuit, with many of its members primarily instructed on complex, high-value claims. In a recent case, Rhiannon Jones QC recently acted for one of five defendants in a tetraplegia claim in which all defendants denied liability.

The personal injury barristers at Cobden House Chambers are instructed in a wide range of personal injury matters, including group actions, catastrophic road traffic accidents, occupier's liability and industrial disease.

Deans Court Chambers is home to one of the region's largest personal injury teams, where solicitors 'can always rely upon any appointment being a properly experienced specialist'. Key niche areas for the set include historical abuse claims, where Nicholas Fewtrell is particularly prominent for the defence, as well as the defence of fraudulent claims.

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.

Kings Chambers' personal injury team is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants on a wide range of matters. Notable areas of expertise include chronic regional pain syndrome, where Fiona Ashworth is widely respected, and military claims, where  Michael Rawlinson QC and Charlotte Law are names to note.

Yaqub Rahman is the key practitioner at Oriel Chambers as regards to personal injury law. He is particularly experienced with defendant work, as well as cases involving complex medical causation arguments.

St John's Buildings is well-regarded within the region as a personal injury set, with a wide range of practitioners who are instructed across all aspects of personal injury work.  Particular areas of specialism include industrial disease, multi-defendant claims and catastrophic injury. Of recent note, Richard Norton recently acted for the claimant in a four-defendant case, where all four denied liability, after the claimant fell through a grate into a waste drain at a chemical plant undergoing construction work, settling the case at mediation.


Property

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1
    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersA top-quality silk.
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersA fantastic advocate and a real team player.

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
    • Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersProfessional, extremely knowledgeable and excellent on his feet.
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA very knowledgeable and able advocate.
    • Nigel Clayton - Kings ChambersA first-rate mind that has the ear of clients and the court.
    • Wilson Horne - Kings ChambersVery sound on the law and also tenacious in court.
    • Richard Lander - Kings ChambersCompletely reliable and always thoroughly prepared.
    • Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersAn assured voice in the court room and a lateral thinker on his feet.
    • Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the law.
  2. 2

23 Essex Street is home to Brad Pomfret, who is predominantly instructed on behalf of lenders in claims against securities. He recently obtained a summary judgment for £4.5 million for a bridging lender against a borrower, who claimed the original loan was entered into under duress.

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.

Doughty Street ChambersJohn Hobson specialises in homelessness and housing proceedings, acting for tenants in  possession claims, disrepair claims, unlawful eviction, and rent arrears.

Exchange Chambers is praised by clients for the wide range of 'very knowledgeable, experienced and capable' counsel within its property team, one of the largest in the region. Members are instructed on a wide range of matters including unlawful evictions, possession claims and boundary and easement disputes. In a recent highlight, Andrew Williams represented the claimant in a case concerning the interpretation of option agreements, throughout both the initial trial and appeals process.

Kings Chambers fields a large team of specialist property barristers, who are instructed on a wide range of matters with a particular focus on commercial property issues such as option agreements and restrictive covenants. Nigel Clayton acts for the claimant in Little Angels (Nantwich) v Elim Trust, an application for the specific performance of an option agreement, acting unled against a silk.


Public law

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2

Deans Court Chambers is home to Michael Jones, who is particularly experienced cases involving or conducted in the British Overseas Territories, often acting against substantially more senior practitioners including as a junior alone against a silk.

At Doughty Street ChambersPaul Draycott recently represented a claimant in challenging a court fee charged by Liverpool County Court during a low-value personal injury claim, which had been overcharged by almost 50% and which may affect large numbers of similar claims.

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.

Garden Court North Chambers' public law team is one of the key players within the region, instructed on a wide range of judicial review matters. Particular focal areas for the set include changes to social security and benefits, human rights law, housing, prison law and community care. Recent highlights include successful Supreme Court case Samuels v Birmingham City Council, in which the court found that a person could not be treated as intentionally homeless if their previous eviction was because the level of state benefits rendered the previous property unaffordable - James Stark and Tom Royston represented the claimant. Additionally, Royston recently appeared as a led junior in both the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, in Secretary of State for Work of Pensions v Gubeladze, and Prefeta v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions respectively- both cases concerned the welfare entitlements of EU citizens in the UK.

Members of Kings Chambers are instructed on a range of judicial review matters, as well as education and human rights law cases. Stephen Sauvain QC retired.

2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is the key figure for public law at St John's Buildings. She is particularly focused on judicial review and Human Rights Act claims brought on behalf of children and vulnerable adults.


Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Index of tables

  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

  1. 1

Leading Juniors

  1. 1
  2. 2

Deans Court Chambers is an 'excellent regional set' for regulatory work, with particular specialisms in health and safety, animal welfare and professional discipline. The set is perhaps best known for the latter, with Elizabeth Dudley-Jones recently acting for the General Medical Council in disciplinary casesin one she successfully prosecuted a GP for grooming and having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient; during the proceeding the defendant's representatives withdrew and the defendant refused to attend.

Members of the regulatory team at Exchange Chambers are instructed primarily on professional disciplinary and health and safety matters. The set's members accept both prosecution and defence instructions. John Jones QC recently defended an evangelical church in a health and safety prosecution following the death of a volunteer worker who fell through a suspended ceiling. Ian Whitehurst recently represented  a company in its appeal against a fine for the illegal dumping of waste, following the appellant's attempt to remove the waste and remediate the damage to the site.

Kings Chambers is particularly known for its licensing offering, where they are described by one client as 'a leading set in the North West', with a collection of highly-experienced licensing barristers available. Sarah Clover and Ben Williams represented Wakefield Council in an application by a taxi driver for judicial review of the council's taxi licensing fee changes.

Members of Lincoln House Chambers are particularly prominent in health and safety prosecutions, professional disciplinary cases and environmental criminal work, as well as more general regulatory matters. Notable recent cases include a health and safety prosecution after two employees fell from ladders and broke their backs at the company's warehouse in the space of a year, in which Austin Welch acts for the company, and Arunachalam v General Medical Council, an appeal against erasure in which Simon Gurney acted for the appellant.

At Oriel Chambers, Richard Bradley is particularly noted for his experience in environmental and other regulatory prosecutions, acting for clients including the Environment Agency and Drinking Water Inspectorate.


International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to