Set Profile > Chambers of Winston Hunter QC > Manchester, England

Chambers of Winston Hunter QC
Byrom Street Chambers
M3 4PP

Clinical negligence

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.

Leading Juniors

Darrel Crilley - Byrom Street ChambersGood with clients and gives well-considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mary Ruck - Byrom Street ChambersA talented and tenacious cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Darryl Allen QC - Byrom Street ChambersThorough, approachable and excellent in negotiations.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sally Hatfield QC - Byrom Street ChambersExcellent with expert witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Winston Hunter QC - Byrom Street ChambersUnderstands every facet of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Raymond Machell QC - Byrom Street ChambersHe has a brain the size of a planet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Melton QC - Byrom Street ChambersExcels when dealing with expert witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Rowley QC - Byrom Street ChambersHis forensic analysis of cases is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Heaton QC - Byrom Street ChambersFabulous with clients and puts them at their ease immediately.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Kilvington QC - Byrom Street ChambersProvides astute and well-considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Lewis QC - Byrom Street ChambersVery approachable and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

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.

Leading Silks

Simon Myerson QC - Byrom Street ChambersExperienced in a wide range of commercial cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

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.

Leading Juniors

Darrel Crilley - Byrom Street ChambersGood with clients and gives well-considered advice
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Silks

Peter Burns QC - Byrom Street ChambersAlways on top of the details.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Heaton QC - Byrom Street ChambersVastly experienced, considered and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rhiannon Jones QC - Byrom Street ChambersExcellent, thorough and impressive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Kilvington QC - Byrom Street ChambersSupportive and patient with a wide range of difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Lewis QC - Byrom Street ChambersVery approachable and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Darryl Allen QC - Byrom Street ChambersProvides excellent advice and pleadings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Winston Hunter QC - Byrom Street ChambersParticularly recommended for the defence of high value claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Raymond Machell QC - Byrom Street ChambersA powerful advocate who expertly picks out the key issues in cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Melton QC - Byrom Street ChambersFearless in challenging the law to obtain the right result.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Rowley QC - Byrom Street ChambersAnticipates likely pitfalls and deals with them proactively.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Byrom Street Chambers is ‘the place to go for silks in clinical negligence and serious personal injury’. The set is composed of silks and senior-juniors (Peter Burns making the transition from the latter category in 2019) who are ‘all extremely helpful and approachable’, making it, according to some observers ‘the best clinical negligence set in the UK’. The ‘excellent team of clerks always go above and beyond’ including the ‘excellent – very efficient and helpful’ Steve Price and Matt Tudor, who is ‘always available to address any queries’. Offices in: Manchester


Byrom Street Chambers is a unique and specialist set practising within the heart of Manchester’€™s recently developed business and legal centre at Spinningfields. Chambers is situated in close proximity to the 47-court Civil Justice Centre and the Crown Court. Members also practise from Crown Office Chambers in London. According to The Legal 500, ‘€˜Byrom Street Chambers is the go-to set for personal injury and clinical negligence offering an “excellent service”. ” The clerking team are excellent, well committed, discreet and effective”.

The set: Byrom Street Chambers is a forward-thinking set with traditional values, exclusively dedicated to the work of leading and senior junior counsel, who have extensive expertise in high-value and complex cases. Chambers provides a highly individual and personalised service, focusing on clients’€™ needs, combined with a friendly and open approach to clerking.

Chambers’€™ premises are modern, purpose-built, DDA-compliant and architecturally designed with particular attention to the needs of both professional and lay clients. Facilities include large comfortable conference rooms, a video-conferencing suite, the latest information technology with wireless connection and an extensive library.

Three members of chambers currently sit as Deputy Judges of the High Court, seven members sit as Recorders, one member sits on the Mental Health Review Tribunal, one member sits on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and two members sit as Deputy Coroners.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers has a reputation for quality and service. Members offer advice and advocacy in a range of specialisations and can provide the depth of cover necessary to conduct litigation in the most complex of cases. They practise regularly in the fields of personal injury (with an emphasis on catastrophic cases, group and class actions, clinical negligence and disease litigation), health and safety, professional negligence, financial services, commercial, human rights and civil fraud.

Sample cases:

Supreme Court: Armes v Nottingham County Council; International Energy Group Ltd v Zurich Insurance Plc UK Branch; Dunhill v Burgin; Woodland v Essex CC; Sienkiewicz and Willmore.

House of Lords: Fairchild v Glenhaven; Tomlinson v Congleton.

Court of Appeal: McDonald v Dept for Communities; Huscroft v P&O Ferries; Thompstone v Tameside;  Sowden v Lodge; Heneghan v Manchester Dry Dock Ltd.

European Court of Human Rights: RK & AK v Oldham NHS Trust.

QBD: Kenyan Group Litigation; Kimathi v Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Shipman Inquiry.

Former members of chambers include Sir Brian Leveson, Dame Janet Smith, Sir David Clarke, Dame Caroline Swift, Sir Timothy King, Sir Stephen Stewart and HHJ Richard Pearce.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Steve Price
Deputy senior clerk Matt Tudor
Head of Chambers HUNTER QC, Winston (1985)
Members of Chambers MACHELL QC, Raymond (1973)
Members of Chambers MELTON QC, Christopher (1982)
Members of Chambers MYERSON QC, Simon (1986)
Members of Chambers ROWLEY QC, James (1987)
Members of Chambers HEATON QC, David (1983)
Members of Chambers LEWIS QC, Andrew (1985)
Members of Chambers HATFIELD QC, Sally (1988)
Members of Chambers ALLEN QC, Darryl (1995)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Rhiannon (1993)
Members of Chambers KILVINGTON QC, Simon (1995)
Members of Chambers BURNS QC, Peter (1993)
Members of Chambers RUCK, Mary (1993)
Members of Chambers CRILLEY, Darrel (1996)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Jason (2007)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Darryl Allen QC photo Darryl Allen QC
 Peter Burns QC photo Peter Burns QC
 Darrel Crilley  photo Darrel Crilley
 Sally Hatfield QC photo Sally Hatfield QC
 David Heaton QC photo David Heaton QC
 Winston Hunter QC photo Winston Hunter QC
 Rhiannon Jones QC photo Rhiannon Jones QC
 Simon Kilvington QC photo Simon Kilvington QC
 Andrew Lewis QC photo Andrew Lewis QC
 Raymond Machell QC photo Raymond Machell QC
 Christopher Melton QC photo Christopher Melton QC
 Simon Myerson QC photo Simon Myerson QC
 James Rowley QC photo James Rowley QC
 Mary Ruck  photo Mary Ruck
 Jason Wells  photo Jason Wells

Chambers is committed to the Equality Guidelines as per the Bar Standards Board Handbook.

Chambers is committed to promoting a culture where the individual is fairly treated and respected.

We also promote a culture where diversity is appreciated.

Chambers is committed to ensuring, both individually and collectively, that it does not practise or permit any form of discrimination, whether direct, indirect, or by way of victimisation, against any person, or any harassment of any person.

Chambers will make reasonable adjustments where a practice, policy or procedure, or physical feature of premises, make it impossible or unreasonably difficult for a disabled person to make use of a service.