David Heaton QC > Chambers of Winston Hunter QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Winston Hunter QC
Byrom Street Chambers
M3 4PP


Acts for both claimants and defendants in catastrophic, complex and high value brain and spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents and from clinical negligence, with particular expertise in birth injuries. Regularly deals with claims involving orders for variable periodical payments. Recent cases include Loughlin v Pama & Co [2013] EWHC 1641 (QB) in which the defendant successfully contended for a reduction in past care and case management costs, Grainger v Cooper [2015] EWHC 1132 (QB) in which an order for an interim payment to purchase a specific property was refused in the absence of reasonable need and Casson v Spotmix and others [2017] EWCA 1994 in which the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against a finding of contributory negligence in a factory accident.


Called to the Bar in July 1983. Pupil of Daniel Brennan and then Tenant at 18 St John Street Chambers until 2004. Since 2004 Member of Byrom Street Chambers.

Appointed QC in April 2008.

Recorder of the Crown Court from 2005 to 2017 and of the County Court since 2013.

Accredited Mediator.




Educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester, Corpus Christi College Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law, London.


Walking, reading, cooking, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Heaton QCByrom Street ChambersDavid is an absolute delight to work with. He is always meticulously well-prepared and his quick and agile mind means that he grasps the minutiae of a case with ease.

Byrom Street Chambers is a specialist set of chambers home to a large number of senior clinical negligence specialists, with a particular focus on claimant work. The set has an embarrassment of riches at the silk end, with the likes of Christopher Melton QC, David Heaton QC, Andrew Lewis QC, Sally Hatfield QCSimon Kilvington QC, and Rhiannon Jones QC all highly regarded by instructing solicitors and clients alike. Also at the silk end, head of chambers Winston Hunter QC was recently involved in a case involving very complex, high-value claims brought by a claimant with learning disability who suffered grave injuries in the course of giving birth to a child with severe learning and physical disabilities. The claim’s value was in excess of £7.5m. James Rowley QC is ‘an expert on birth injury and clinical negligence cases of the highest value’. At the junior end, Mary Ruck specialises in clinical negligence, serious personal injury, and fatal injury cases and is described by one client as having an ‘amazing attention detail and forensic approach to complex cases’. Recommended for his ‘tactical approach‘ to cases is Darrel Crilley, as is the ‘knowledgeable and practicalJason Wells.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Heaton QCByrom Street ChambersIncisive and compassionate.