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Leading Silks

Michael Hayton QC - Deans Court ChambersConcise and clear.
Nigel Lawrence QC - 7 Harrington StreetNigel is absolutely determined and forceful in defending clients. He has a first rate grasp of the area and is unrivalled in knowledge from a technical perspective.

Leading Juniors

Rosalind Scott Bell - Deans Court ChambersVery approachable and meticulous to detail.
Tom Gent - Deans Court ChambersHe is thorough, technically superb and extremely clever. A silk without the badge.
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila is a fantastic addition to any team. Her attention to detail and knowledge of niche regulatory areas is worth its weight in gold. Leila is refreshingly hard working and gives masses of time and attention to any job.
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersUser-friendly, communicative, accessible, flexible, direct and pragmatic. 
Peter Smith - Deans Court ChambersPeter is very efficient and forms a realistic view from the outset. He is very organised and ensures a smooth ride through the regulatory landscape to clients who may not always want to hear his view on liability.
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersAustin’s written advice and submissions are to point and very persuasive. That to my mind shows a thorough assessment and review of the issues relevant for the court's purposes. His preparedness of matters for hearings and his oral advocacy is that of a highly-skilled advocate. He is thorough, straight-talking and his communication skills in getting often complex issues over to lay clients is excellent.
Michael LaveryExchange Chambers ‘Michael is extremely approachable with clients; he knows how to put them at ease and he has great empathy with them. His knowledge of the criminal law and procedure is second to none and he thoroughly prepares all cases. He is a force to be reckoned with in a court room.’
David Pojur - St John's BuildingsDavid’s knowledge is second-to-none, he is excellent at drafting legal arguments and written representations on behalf of clients.
Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers 'Ian is a very assured barrister. His down-to-earth manner puts clients at ease. He is an excellent tactician and his written work and advocacy are second to none.'

Rising Stars

Lee Hughes - Lincoln House ChambersLee is exceptionally adept at analysing the law and explaining it in a comprehensible way to clients, and at combining that analysis with good practical advice. Lee is extremely approachable and always willing to act as a sounding board, a trusted advisor.

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) in Regional Bar

Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers offers a broad range of expertise across the business crime space. Michael Hayton QC heads the chambers and handles serious crime and regulatory crime, in particular health and safety prosecutions. Joseph Hart has a broad crime and regulatory practice and regularly prosecutes for the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, as well as councils. Peter Smith defends in cases, including health and safety matters, prosecuted by the CPS and local authorities. In June 2021 Tom Gent joined from Park Square Barristers Ltd.



‘Very experienced and professional Chambers. Significant strength in depth. Advocates of the highest quality.’

‘Very strong in regulatory cases with a good set of seniors and juniors.’

‘Chambers has a strong offering providing great options in this area and in associated areas that I require counsel.’

‘This is a very strong set in relation to regulatory work and in particular health and safety law. A vastly experienced set as a whole, well organised, excellent strength in depth. This is a set that is instructed regularly in this area due to their expertise.’

‘Deans Court have a number of skilled regulatory barristers and are one of the main sets for this area of work.’

‘Deans Court has a fantastic offering in the regulatory, crime and coronial practice areas. They are a pleasure to work with, professional and efficient.’

‘I would describe Deans Court as my go-to Chambers in the North. They have the strength and depth to cover all hearings in this field.’


‘Very friendly and accommodating clerks.’

‘Friendly, approachable and professional. Will always do their best to assist.’

‘Found the clerks to be helpful, though most contact has been with the instructed counsel directly.’

‘The clerks are an integral part of my using chambers, providing a prompt and helpful service, always available to discuss advocate options and fees. Pete Kelly in particular is extremely collaborative in helping determine and arrange counsel for specific matters and provides immediate responses to and queries.’

‘The service from this chambers is first class. The clerks are proactive and of great assistance and always offer that vital support required in order to maintain an excellent standard of service. Personally, I have dealt with Pete Kelly and Steven McCormick both of whom are most helpful. From my experience, nothing is too much trouble, particularly emphasised in their willingness to arrange remote conferences and attendances in these precarious times.’

‘The clerks at this chambers are very good and try hard for their counsel and maintain great relationships with their instructing solicitors.’

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers‘ financial crime and fraud team act in cases involving issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, corporate and investment fraud. John Jones QC has a strong background in handling fraud cases concerning issues including money laundering, corporate fraud and insider dealing. Ian Whitehurst has expertise in areas including on health and safety, environmental, information and revenue law. Michael Lavery has a broad fraud and complex crime practice.



‘My favoured set in the North, Exchange are a prodigious stable of thoroughbreds. Whatever the course they have the horse for it, and it seems engrained across their tenants that what solicitors like is as much information as possible and timely reporting. I have never had to chase for results, or worry that work has not been done when it should have been done.’

‘Exchange Chambers offers a wealth of top quality, experienced counsel for all serious crime, fraud and regulatory matters.’

‘Excellent, strength in depth and availability of suitably qualified replacement Counsel, if necessary. My go-to set.’

‘Great depth to the personnel. If a brief has to be returned you know it will still be in good hands even if it is not your first choice.’

‘Chambers have been consistent throughout, being able to offer suitable alternative should our chosen Counsel not be available, dealing promptly with enquiries and being able to offer a wide range of Counsel with different skill sets. They offer a full service, such that we do not often use different chambers.’

‘Exchange Chambers are an excellent set for this area of work, with ample of experienced barristers in this field.’


‘The best clerked chambers in the country, and Nick Buckley is simply the best of the best. He is always available, always responsive, and nothing is ever too much of a trouble. He is also no push-over, and bats for his barristers, which does leave you in that extremely easy and straight-forward position that if he gives his word it will be done, and if he cannot do something there will be a very good reason why it cannot be done. Kate Heald at Leeds is also very impressive, and equally keen to help.’

‘The clerks are approachable and very proactive. the use of technology for conferences and prison conferences via CVP is a real time saver and clerks will often volunteer to set up the necessary links to facilitate these meetings’

‘Great communication from the clerking team. That is its main strength. They always keep you in the loop in a timely fashion. Nick Buckley is the standout clerk and never takes those that instruct chambers for granted.’

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime.’

‘Nick Buckley is a great clerk who provides an excellent service. He has a great knack for recommending the right barrister for each case.’

Lincoln House Chambers

Lincoln House Chambers has a sizeable regulatory team that handles prosecution and defence instructions in Environment Agency, Trading Standards and DEFRA, as well as high-profile health and safety cases for the HSE. Austin Welch represents construction waste and food companies charged with health and safety offences in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Simon Gurney has particular expertise defending clients in substantial fraud prosecutions. Leila Ghahhary focuses on local government, regulatory, health and safety, trading standards and licensing work. Lee Hughes is has a strong background handling cases involving fatal accidents.



‘Lincoln House is a top notch set with real quality from junior right up to senior QC.’

‘An excellent set overall offering some of the very best Counsel in this area.’

‘Lincoln House is a leading regional set who can offer a quality and standard of barrister and clerking service which rivals any leading set in the country.’

‘Lincoln House are a chambers we work closely with. We maintain an excellent relationship and are able to work very well together.’

‘The set is amazing, and I use them for most of my work (including public inquiries and financial regulatory). They have an enormous strength in depth that is rarely seen outside London.’

‘As a whole Counsel with Lincoln House Chambers are down to earth and always available to their instructing solicitors over the telephone and by email. The set offers a wide variety of specialisms within crime – such as professional discipline, regulatory including health and safety, financial and general crime. I know that I can find an extremely competent Barrister in any area of crime I require.’

‘Lincoln House has a number of barristers specialising in business and regulatory crime and therefore always has suitable counsel available on such cases. I would not hesitate in instructing any barrister at Lincoln House in respect of a business and regulatory crime matter due to their level of expertise and professionalism.’

‘As a set of Chambers, Lincoln House are a leading light in the north for regulatory crime. All of the silks and juniors I have used have been excellent, very client friendly and the service is top notch.’

‘Lincoln House is without doubt the number one set for Crime, Health & Safety, Regulatory and inquest work. They have a huge following from insurance backed firms and have presence in nearly every big Health & Safety and Environmental cases in the North.’

‘Lincoln House have a number of high quality regulatory barristers, who are regularly instructed in high profile cases.’


‘I deal with the Senior Clerk, David Wright, who is a superb leader of the clerking team with an unrivalled reputation for quality service.’

‘David Wright is a stellar clerk who instils faith and trust in all of those with whom he works.’

‘Excellent service from Ty Price. Extremely helpful and amiable.’

‘Andy McGuinness provides an excellent service, nothing is too much.’ ‘The clerking team provide an outstanding and first class service. Nothing is too much trouble and they have yet to let me down. They are responsive, efficient and overall superb. They know their Barristers extremely well and do an excellent job in matching the right case with the right barrister which leads to great results.’

‘David is finest senior clerk that I have dealt with in the years that I have been involved in Crime & Regulatory work. He runs the team impeccably and his client care second to none. David is one of the main reasons why I instruct LHC. He is a pleasure to work with. He can perfectly match a barrister to a particular case. I trust him implicitly and will often be led by him as to the most suitable barrister depending on the case.’

‘The service from the clerks room is the reason I rate this chambers so highly. They are hard working and constantly look to achieve the outcome you want. They can’t do enough to help their clients. They control diaries impressively to ensure that people aren’t let down and they are refreshingly honest about availability. David Wright, the Director of clerking, is a class act. Without David’s loyalty and hard work over many years this set of chambers would not be the impressive set it is today. Andy McGuinness deserves a special mention too as dedicated to client care.’