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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersI have instructed Lesley when dealing with a number ofLesley has the ability to cut through complex issues and to swiftly deliver strategic advice in a straightforward, down to earth manner. She is very approachable and a joy to work with because of this.
Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersPaul is obviously very bright, but cross-examination and court skills are his forte.
Mark Harper QC - Kings ChambersProvides early robust and concise advice. Never waivers from that advice and does not sit on the fence. Sets the legal team on a course and sticks with it which gives tremendous confidence to solicitors and clients alike.

2020 Silks

Andrew Grantham QC - Kings ChambersVery thorough and tenacious; technically brilliant and a great advocate. Very approachable and great with clients.

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersNeil is keen, sharp and perceptive. He is a thorough advocate and assiduous in the preparation of paperwork and meeting deadlines. He is able to integrate within a litigation team and has excellent client handling skills.
Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersGood on his feet. Willing to get stuck in to the heart of a case. Unflappable.
James MalamExchange Chambers 'Strong technical advice, clear and robust drafting of pleadings, incisive and effective advocacy. Also very easy and pleasant to work with, and prepared to give an off-the-cuff view if asked and to work through the wider strategy of a claim with us. Understands the requirements and priorities of insurer clients.'
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersGeorge is a very experienced professional negligence counsel who also has a tax specialism which is a useful addition to his skill set. He is very approachable and is swift at turning instructions around. George also has a good manner with clients and can explain often complex issues in language that lay clients can easily understand.

Professional negligence in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers is 'a first class set with strength in depth'. Members of the professional negligence team advise on actions against tax advisors, IFAs, accountants and surveyors. Cases relating to tax mitigation claims have been a particular area of growth for the set. Lesley Anderson QC heads the business and property group, which includes Paul Chaisty QC, who specialises in handling claims against solicitors and accountants for individual and corporate clients and commercial lenders. Andrew Grantham acted as junior counsel in Halsall and others v Champion, a dispute over allegedly negligent tax advice.



‘Best commercial set in Manchester.’

‘Kings Chambers are a first class set with strength in depth from inexperienced juniors up to well respected leading counsel. My firm has instructed Kings for in excess of twenty years and, as an individual solicitor, I have always referred to Kings a variety of commercial work.’


‘Great clerking service – Gary Young and Harry Young in particular – both always on hand when needed.’

‘The clerks are very personable and prompt in dealing with any queries. Gary Young is instrumental on the commercial side of the set in ensuring that commercial work is carried out by members efficiently and cost effectively. He is in that respect, ably assisted by Harry Young.’

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers is praised for being 'modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market'. The team displays expertise across a wide range of professional liability work. George Rowell is a professional negligence specialist with a strong background in tax law; he is praised for being 'meticulous in his attention to detail' and 'unrivalled' legal knowledge. James Malam has substantial experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes for a range of professionals including those in the legal and financial services industries. Mark Cawson QC, as was, was appointed as civil circuit judge in November 2020.



‘Modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market. A pleasure to work with. Top management and clerks.’


‘Nick Buckley manages the commercial clerking and is very responsive and supportive to his instructing solicitors.’