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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson KC – Kings Chambers ‘Lesley’s advice was clear and concise and she explained matters to the client in a manner they could comprehend and appreciate.’
Paul Chaisty KC – Kings Chambers ‘Paul is the best commercial silk in the north of England. He has a great analytical mind and is a ferocious advocate.’
Mark Harper KC – Kings ChambersMark is an exceptional advocate with first-class advocacy skills and a sharp mind. He is very quick to understand and assimilate a case and he is lightening fast in anticipating the opponent’s next move. He is always a step ahead as he is a master tactician.’
Richard Chapman KC - 18 St John Street Chambers  ‘Richard is approachable and provides reasoned, commercially-focussed advice for clients. He is particularly strong at advising in relation to complex matters.’
Andrew Grantham KC – Kings ChambersOne of the best counsel in Manchester. Technically brilliant and a skilled and tenacious advocate.’

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan – Kings Chambers ‘Neil 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 ChambersMartin is an excellent barrister. He is straight talking, knowledgeable and a very effective advocate. He is highly recommendable, particularly in complex matters where his wealth of experience is highly valuable.’
James Malam – Exchange Chambers ‘James is extremely diligent with personable manner, is good to work with and is a formidable advocate. He is not afraid of hard work and regularly hits time deadline. He's definitely a safe pair of hands.'
George Rowell – Exchange ChambersGeorge is very bright and knows how to work with his instructing solicitors. He has a tax specialism which is very useful in certain types of claim, such as professional negligence. He is confident for a junior and doesn't sit on the fence.'

Professional negligence in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

The professional negligence department at Kings Chambers advise on actions against accountants, barristers, insurance brokers, financial advisers and surveyors. Lesley Anderson KC heads the business and property group, which includes Paul Chaisty KC, who specialises in handling claims against solicitors and accountants, as well as cases regarding the promotion of and investment in film schemes and banks mis-selling financial products. Andrew Grantham KC is also recommended for his work in claims against accountants, construction professionals and financial practitioners.



‘The Chambers has a good selection of counsel across all ranges.’

‘By far the best commercial set in Manchester. The set offer a wide selection of seminars covering many aspects of commercial law and seminars are always well delivered and informative.’

‘Excellence across the range. One stop shop.’

‘Responsive set of chambers, always willing to assist and offer quality barristers to advise.’


‘The clerks are excellent. Avais Salim in particular has been a star.’

‘The clerks are very approachable.’

The clerks offer a friendly service and all the barristers are down to earth and approachable.’

‘The service provided is very good with all needs being met. The clerks at Kings Chambers are very accommodating and will go the extra mile.’

‘The clerking team is outstanding, especially Gary Young.’

Exchange Chambers

The ‘fantastic’ Exchange Chambers is praised as ‘a strong set and one of the go-to sets in Manchester.’ Professional negligence specialist George Rowell has a strong background in tax law, and he mostly acts in claims against accountants and tax advisors, in addition to disputes involving solicitors, IFAs and surveyors. James Malam has significant expertise acting across a range of disputes for both claimants and defendants, including claims against those in the legal and financial services, as well as in niche professions such as agronomists.



‘Exchange is a strong set and one of the go-to sets in Manchester.’

‘A fantastic set with a range of services, counsel are of exceptional quality and great to work with.’ 

‘Counsel have always done a good job. Exchange Chambers’ periodic construction seminars are good.’

‘Exchange is now viewed as one of the premier sets in Manchester with a great range of expertise and experience. A force to be reckoned with.’


‘They are efficient and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Nick Buckley is outstanding.’

‘The clerking is first rate. Nick Buckley runs the clerking service very well. All calls are returned very quickly and they are always available over email. It is a very trusted relationship.’

‘The clerks are accommodating, resourceful and commercial. Nick Buckley and Jonny I’Anson lead from the front and are great to work with.’

‘Jonathan I’Anson is well connected and a real driving force behind the set’s continued success. Nick Buckley is an unstoppable force who commands great respect from the Barristers in the Set. Never defeated, he can make anything work.’