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Leading Silks

Darryl Allen QC - Byrom Street ChambersDarryl is excellent. He is sharp and experienced.
Sally Hatfield QC - Byrom Street ChambersSally has a complete command of recent case law and its application to my cases and the relevance to the experts instructed. She is excellent at getting the best out of experts in all situations. She is empathic and refreshingly clear with clients. Sally is ferociously intelligent but tempers this with practicality and approachability, so that cases run smoothly and effectively to achieve excellent solutions.
David Heaton QC - Byrom Street ChambersHighly intelligent with a wealth of experience. He is both pragmatic and meticulous. In dealing with a highly complex case, he was a reassuringly safe pair of hands. He is also highly personable and a pleasure to work with.
Winston Hunter QC - Byrom Street ChambersWinston is exceptionally intelligent, well-organised and meticulous in his preparation. I have never worked with anyone who can recall so many relevant precedents at the drop of a hat. He is very approachable and clients like him.
Christopher Melton QC - Byrom Street ChambersChristopher combines his depth of knowledge and experience in the field with detailed preparation, with the result that he approaches cases with a sage-like calm and a laser focus on the evidence which he is able to deploy with impressive effect in negotiations.
Sarah Pritchard QC - Kings ChambersThorough and knowledgeable. Gets to grips with extremely complex liability issues with ease. A fearless advocate, wonderful with clients. Down to earth and approachable.
James Rowley QC - Byrom Street ChambersI have found James' particular strength is his eagerness to progress cases with the minimum of delay. He is very easy to communicate with directly. He identifies the core issues quickly and combines commendable attention to detail with sensible and practical advice. His breadth of experience is very reassuring in high-value claims and his management of expert witnesses is exemplary.
Bill Braithwaite QCExchange ChambersBill is a fearless litigator who leaves no detail unconsidered. At the heart of it all is his obvious desire to achieve the best outcomes for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Rhiannon Jones QC - Byrom Street ChambersRhiannon has excellent attention to detail and outstanding advocacy skills, as well as having a personable and approachable nature.
Simon Kilvington QC - Byrom Street ChambersSimon has the ability to tackle multi-faceted and complex cases and carve a way through with sound judgement and clear, considered advice. Always immaculately prepared, Simon is a pleasure to work with, fostering a collaborative team approach whilst at the same time leading from the front.
David Knifton QCExchange ChambersDavid is highly impressive and effective with clients and experts alike. All good Silks can refine cases down to a few key issues, but David goes further providing a certain clarity to difficult issues. He is forensic in his approach and delivers his advice in a clear, effective manner leaving noting to be misunderstood. Excellent with clients and experts. A problem solver and a thinker.
Andrew Lewis QC - Byrom Street ChambersHighly respected by opponents and judges alike, never flustered and always talks straight. Andrew's attention to detail is first-class.

Leading Juniors

Darrel Crilley - Byrom Street ChambersDarrel is very experienced in dealing with fatal claims. His knowledge of this area of law is second to none.
Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersChris has skills well beyond his call and manages to build meaningful and valued relationships with those who instruct him as well as his lay clients. He is uber-efficient and distils even the most complex cases to the crucial, case deciding core issues.
Victoria Heyworth - Deans Court ChambersGreat attention to detail, doesn't miss a thing - complete mastery of the papers. Robust drafting style and a strong advocate. Always well prepared. Won a trial for me with great attention to the papers and a robust yet sensible advocacy style.
Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street Chambers'I have used Christopher for two complex cerebral palsy claims and they have produced very effective and life-changing settlement for our clients.
Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John Street
Helen Mulholland - Kings ChambersHelen is an excellent senior junior. Great with clients and adept in her handling of experts.
Richard Norton - St John's BuildingsRichard is highly experienced and is able to put clients at ease, including vulnerable and distressed clients. Clear and methodical, Richard is able to get to the heart of a case and advice is forensic and incisive.
Mary Ruck - Byrom Street ChambersMary is formidable as an individual. She commands the respect of the client and defendant, but is still down to earth and able to be sympathetic and relatable to the lay client and family.
Claire Steward - Kings ChambersVery prepared and approachable.
Elizabeth Francis - Atlantic ChambersElizabeth has a great eye for detail, an excellent understanding of the law around clinical negligence claims and a fabulous work ethic - always happy to help.
Charlotte Law - Kings ChambersCharlotte is phenomenally bright and an expert in military claims.
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street Chambers'Gemma is very good with clients, reassuring but clear when there are risks in a case. Gemma is particularly strong in mediation and has assisted a number of clients to a mediated settlement avoiding the risk and additional stress of trial.
Kevin NaylorExchange Chambers 'Kevin is an excellent analyst and gets to the crucial details of a case, using his background in medicine to bring added value. He is a strong tactician, and a composed advocate.'
Sufiyan Rana - St John's BuildingsMeticulous and attention to detail. Willing to go above and beyond and makes you feel confident that you have a barrister on your side.
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersMatthew is a fantastic legal mind but approachable with clients and lawyers alike. He is a superb tactician and is prepared to explore all avenues to drive a case to success. He will remain a go-to barrister for clinical negligence work.
Henry Vanderpump - St John's BuildingsHenry is a good advocate with a detailed forensic mind and displays practical application of the law.
Alastair Wright - St John's BuildingsAlastair is very understated, eminently likeable, a skilled negotiator and good on his feet.

Clinical negligence in Regional Bar

Byrom Street Chambers

Byrom Street Chambers is an ‘excellent set‘ with ‘high quality barristers who are also friendly and approachable‘. The set has a sizeable team with Winston Hunter QC as head of chambers, who is ‘technically excellent‘ and handles clinical negligence and insurance policy disputes. Christopher Melton QC specialises in cases involving catastrophic and serious injury, disease and death. James Rowley QC acts in high value clinical negligence cases and displays expertise in cases involving birth injury. Mary Ruck is also noted and focuses on cases involving clinical negligence, serious personal injury, and fatal injury. Raymond Machell QC retired in April 2020.

Testimonials

Set

‘Bryom Street is an impressive set particularly in the field of medical negligence with numerous silks in this area. They provide excellent and frequent training for solicitors.’

‘Excellent chambers, very high quality work.’

‘They are great QC set of chambers. They hold very informative and useful seminars.’

‘Byrom Street are an excellent quality chambers with quality barristers at all levels but mostly able to do senior complex work in clinical negligence and serious personal injury.’

‘Byrom Street are second to none for serious injury cases both PI and Clinical Negligence – not just on the Northern Circuit but nationally.’

‘There are several silks and senior juniors who I would not hesitate to instruct due to their experience and intellect, particularly in the most complex cases.’

‘They are by far the leading clinical negligence set in the North West for catastrophic claims due to the number of specialist silks. They also provide excellent, free, training to solicitors who instruct them regularly.’

‘A very impressive set with a large number of silks. Regrettably not many senior juniors which limits the number of instructions.’

‘They are the leading set for Catastrophic injury work in the north. They have a multiplicity of leading barristers and this ensures quality and availability of service. I have particularly enjoyed their online seminars over recent months.’

‘Byrom Street contains the greatest concentration of QCs skilled at catastrophic injury cases of any set I know, either in the Northwest or in London. It also offers excellent regular symposiums from the team, which I always attend. The Leaders are understandably busy, but make serious commitment to meet the needs of cases I instruct them on.’

Clerking

‘The clerks at Byrom Street are fantastic and very responsive. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Very good team of clerks under Steve Price, always willing to help and friendly in their approach.’

‘Clerks are fantastic. They know their barristers well and get to know you well so that they can tailor the service to you and your clients. They will always bend over backwards to make sure you get your booking sorted out and I cannot remember a time when there has been an issue with a con or papers.’

‘Clerking is always efficient. Matt Tudor is exceptional helpful.’

‘The clerks are the best on the circuit in my opinion. Steve Price stands out in particular. He is always willing to go the extra mile and is well connected and able to facilitate joint meetings/court listings etc.Very approachable, personable and responsive team. Well organised and know their stuff inside out.’

‘Steve Price is a great problem solver and will always find a way to make things work. The clerks are friendly and approachable and keen to help. They are willing to go the extra mile and they support a paperless approach to instructions and bundles.’

‘The clerks at Bryom Street are second to none in the service they provide. Steve Price, in particular, is an excellent leader. The ratio of clerks to counsel is small and this enables them to provide a very personal service to the instructing solicitors. Steve Price has a close working relationship with the courts and is able to arrange hearing dates and times which are suitable to all. He is happy to liaise with the clerks of the opposition so that dates for JSMs and hearings are facilitated to the satisfaction of all parties without any fuss. In this way the clerks can usually ensure that the instructed barrister will always be available for your case.’

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers has a sizeable clinical negligence department with specialists that handle the full spectrum of work. Nicholas Braslavsky QC has a well-established presence in the field of clinical negligence and handles high-value claims. Sarah Pritchard QC's practice covers all aspects of medical malpractice but has particular expertise in birth damage claims, cauda equina cases and surgical negligence. Other key names include Stephen McNamara, who has expertise handling cases of alleged failures to diagnose and treat cauda equina compression.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers is ‘excellent in clinical negligence‘ and has a team of ‘highly intelligent‘ and ‘knowledgeable counsel‘. Matthew Stockwell focuses on brain and spinal injury cases, as well as ones concluding in amputations, and is praised for his ‘tactical approach‘. Bill Braithwaite QC is ‘go-to counsel for high value brain injury cases‘.

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers is excellent for clinical negligence with some rising stars.’

‘My only experience is in clinical negligence and Personal injury. The team is very innovative and offer many topical courses. There are two very good juniors I have instructed, Chris Allen and Chris Gutteridge.’

‘A very supportive set of chambers who accommodate the firm regularly with regards to the availability of counsel and bespoke training, all to a high degree of expertise and experience.’

‘Exchange Chambers has a great selection of highly intelligent, measured, knowledgeable counsel to advise on any clinical negligence matter put before them.’

‘Exchange Chambers has never failed to deliver for me! I find that the Clerks work with the barristers to find solutions whether it be finding time for something urgent that comes up or marrying a particular barrister to a particular case to suit their sub-specialties. The problem is choosing which barrister to instruct from a pool of very talented clinical negligence barristers.’

‘Exchange Chambers is an excellent set of chambers. Exchange are a well-established leading chambers that rivals any other in the North West. They are a leading chambers for Claimant clinical negligence / personal injury and have extensive strength in depth with great Barristers, senior management and clerks. They are a Northern heavyweight. They offer regular updates on legal positions and the Barristers are very prompt in their availability and turnaround times.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are excellent, particularly Leigh Daniels who will always go the extra mile.’

‘Service in the clerks room is good.’

‘Excellent clerking. Chantal Core is worthy of mention. If I were a Silk I would wish to have her as my clerk.’

‘Very helpful, always respond to queries quickly.’

‘The Clerks service is fantastic. Leigh Daniels and Josh Finn work together seamlessly to provide an efficient well oiled service sympathetic to the pressures of the times.’ ‘The Clerking team is phenomenally efficient and go out of their way to accommodate. Leigh Daniels and Josh Finn stand out. Easy to deal with, straight to the point whilst still having time to go that extra mile to develop the relationship between solicitor and chambers.’

‘Exchange Chambers is an excellent set of chambers with a very good clerking service. The clerks are great at accommodating their clients, always going the extra mile. Rachel Williams is superb. Josh Finn is very helpful. The clerks are great at accommodating their clients, always going the extra mile. Rachel Williams is superb. Josh Finn is great. They make clients feel comfortable and welcomed.’

St John's Buildings

St John’s Buildings is ‘one of the leading sets‘ in the Northern circuit and possesses a ‘huge array of top quality clinical negligence barristers‘. Areas of expertise include handling cases involving cerebral palsy, birth injury, pregnancy and gynaecology claims, and more. Richard Norton is a ‘magnificent and experienced barrister‘. Other key individuals include Henry Vanderpump and Alastair Wright, who provides ‘an excellent service‘ as an advocate. Vanderpump mainly advises claimants but has a growing defendant practice and has joined the panel for Welsh Health Authorities and NHS Resolution. Philip Grundy, Daniel Frieze and Michael Redfern QC are also recommended, as well as Sufiyan Rana who is praised for being ‘well organised‘. Rana has a particular focus on cases involving subtle or traumatic brain injuries, complex spinal fractures, cerebral palsy and fatal accident claims.

Testimonials

Set

‘St John’s Buildings are very easy to deal with. If a barrister is unable to meet a deadline, there is always a very capable alternative.’

‘St John’s Buildings Chambers Manchester are highly computer literate and specialists in the development of AI in the legal profession. They have won national awards in this regard. They have a number of highly ranked counsel at all levels in clinical negligence.’

‘Good chambers. I use them in relation to clients in the Manchester area and wouldn’t approach any other set if I needed Manchester chambers.’

‘A great set and one of the leading sets in the Northern Circuit. A huge array of top quality clinical negligence barristers. Real strength in numbers. Availability to cover at short notice.’

Clerking

‘Friendly and very helpful. Always happy to assist.’

‘The clerks room is well organised and is introducing career development and training courses to equip the staff with new skills with which to address fast moving changes in legal practice. The role of clerks is changing inexorably.Very efficient and, again, a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Particularly helpful clerking service. Martin Craggs and Michael Johnson are a pleasure to work with and do everything possible to make things easier. Friendly and always willing to assist promptly. Quick to respond to enquiries.’

‘Martin Craggs is a masterful plate-spinner. He’s on the ball and always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘I mainly work with Martin Craggs who is very efficient.’

‘Clerks are very supportive and only get involved where absolutely necessary. The clerks do not try to eclipse the barrister in question.’

18 St John Street Chambers

18 St John Street Chambers' members cover a broad range of cases including cerebral palsy cases, as well as spinal, orthopaedic, gynaecological, wrongful birth and claims relating to vascular surgery. Gemma McGungle is a 'great trial advocate' and goes 'the extra mile' for clients and solicitors. Christopher Limb is a key name in the clinical negligence space.

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers have always tried to ensure that preferred Counsel is available where possible. Easy to contact and always immediately responsive.’

‘Have managed lockdown very well and very comfortable working on digital platforms.’

Clerking

‘Very competently clerked by Katie Brown.’

‘Katie Brown is an excellent clerk. Approachable and extremely organised.’

‘I have found the clerking team to be very efficient and helpful.’

Atlantic Chambers

Atlantic Chambers 'provide a wealth of knowledge' in a broad range of practice areas in the field of clinical negligence. Elizabeth Francis is 'extremely knowledgeable' and is 'approachable and friendly'. John Benson QC is also noted and has extensive experience in high-value, complex cases that involve gynaecological matters, obstetric, midwifery and neonatal issues, dental negligence.

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers are very organised and reliable and always able to assist. They have a good set of experienced counsel and also offer training inhouse in the office. Yhe clerks are very friendly and will do their best to assist when organising conferences or trying to contact counsel.’

‘Excellent chambers, lots of diversity, lots of exceptional talent, seminars and training offered, very approachable on an informal basis, very willing to help.’

‘Chambers always prompt in returning with counsel availability and will try accommodate where they can on urgent matters. This chambers do offer training days occassionally which are always good to attend.’

‘Atlantic Chambers have an excellent set up. Counsel are easily available and accessible as individuals with clerks on hand to assist as necessary.’

‘Atlantic Chambers are our ‘go-to’ chambers for clinical negligence claims and related litigation. We enjoy a very good working relationship with them.’

Clerking

‘Very friendly, professional crowd who know their team of barristers well and try to accommodate the requests of their clients.’

‘The clerks are very approachable and know exactly what we need and will bend over backwards to help. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘The Clerks are always helpful and accommodating particularly throughout the pandemic ensuring that counsel has all the papers sent through despite the location in which they were working.’

‘Lee Cadwallader has been consistently helpful and prompt in corresponding, particularly when arranging a conference with Counsel.’

‘Clerks are very helpful in accommodating tight dates and offering alternative counsel.’

‘Lee Cadwallader is always a pleasure to work with. ‘

‘Clerks are always approachable, prompt at responding and willing to assist.’

Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers' Victoria Heyworth has a broad clinical negligence practice and represents both claimants and defendants. Michael Smith mainly represents defendants in clinical negligence cases, covering complex causation cases, including cauda equina and ophthalmology cases as well as ones involving delayed cancer diagnoses.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very competent and strong in the area of clin neg.’

‘The set are very accessible and user friendly, willing to go above and beyond for clients. They are probably the best set of chambers in the north west for defendant clinical negligence.’

‘They are my go to set for PI and Clinical Negligence work. I am of the view they are the outstanding set on Circuit offering excellence at all levels. The Clerks are committed to finding solutions for Clients and are highly accommodating. During the last 12 months they have excelled with their client focussed and proactive approach to Client care and meeting my work and training needs. A first class set of Chambers who are efficiently managed.’

‘This chambers have a number of good practitioners right the way from senior to very junior level.’

Clerking

‘Bend over backwards to assist. No problem too difficult to deal with. Very accessible and helpful.’

‘All the clerks are super, call you back when they say they will and really give the feeling that we are working as a team.’

‘The Clerks are exceptional. They are extremely friendly and helpful with a can do attitude. It is clear in the last 12 months their Senior Clerk Matthew Gibbons has excelled both in their commitment to Client care but also ensuring the team has stayed safe whilst not allowing service standards to drop. He is the best clerk I have dealt with and a credit to the profession.’

‘My favourite set of clerks. Matt Gibbons as Senior Clerk is always ready to help and make things happen. The junior clerks are more reliable at getting back to me and keeping things moving than any other Chambers.’

‘Pete Conwell is a fantastic clerk. Quick, responsive and helpful with a nice calm, measured manner, which makes him a pleasure to deal with. The absolute embodiment of what a clerk should be in 2021.’