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Chambers of Winston Hunter QC
Byrom Street Chambers
M3 4PP


Practice Areas: General common law with particular expertise in insurance, contractual disputes, professional negligence and catastrophic injuries. In respect of the latter, particular expertise in advising and handling claims of particular complexity where issues of insurer liability, public authority funding and third party indemnities is concerned. Regular appearances in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in cases spanning all areas of speciality. Specialist areas: personal injury, employment, insurance, commercial disputes. Recent notable cases: Personal injury litigation: recent cases: Sowden v Lodge [2004] Court of Appeal, Crookdale v Drury [2004] Court of Appeal, Hartman v South Essex Mental Health & Community Care NHS Trust [2005] Court of Appeal, Tinsley v Sarker (2005) 18th January, Smith v Wright and Beyer [2001] Court of Appeal. Commercial Litigation: Huktra NV v Huktra UK [2003] Court of Appeal, Tameside MBC v Barlow Securities [2001] Court of Appeal. Employment: Eastwood and Williams v Magnox plc [2004] House of Lords, Consignia v Burkett [2003] Court of Appeal. Insurance: Whitlam v Hazel (for Lloyds Syndicate 260) [2004] Court of Appeal. Churchill Insurance Co Ltd v Benjamin Wilkinson,Tracey Evans v Equity Claims Ltd [2010] + [2012] Court of Appeal and [2011]Courts of Justice of the European Justice. [2011] Murphy v MPS in the Courts of Justice of the European Union.


Called 1985, Lincoln’s Inn: Hardwicke Scholar, Megarry Scholar and Denning Scholar; Assistant Recorder 1999; Recorder in Crown and County Court 2000; QC 2000; Deputy High Court Judge 2008.




Leeds University (1984 LLB Hons first class).


Cricket, wine, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Winston Hunter QCByrom Street ChambersOutstanding intellect, ability to understand issues of greatest complexity and communicate those issues with clarity, brilliant at discussing, debating and challenging experts in their fields of expertise.

Byrom Street Chambers‘ personal injury team is home to a number of well-regarded barristers, especially at the silk end where they have been further strengthened relatively recently following the elevation of Peter Burns QC in 2019. Head of chambers Winston Hunter QC is instructed in significant cases arising out of claims for personal injuries, and is described by one client as having ‘outstanding intellect’. Rhiannon Jones QC acts for both claimants and defendants in all types of personal injury claims but with particular expertise regarding quantum in spinal and brain injury claims. In one example of his work, Christopher Melton QC acted for a 19-year-old boy whose arm was caught in machinery at a waste recycling plant resulting in the arm having to be amputated in situ by a local surgeon. A five-day trial found the claimant to be 10% at fault, a decision which was later overturned on appeal for the client. At the junior end, Darrel Crilley ‘is a highly-skilled, technical barrister’ who works across the entire spectrum of claims ranging from serious brain injury through functional neurological disorders to life-changing polytrauma.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Winston Hunter QCByrom Street ChambersWinston is not only technically brilliant but he is also calm and patient which is a real strength in dealing with families whose lives have been turned upside down by their loved ones severe brain injury.

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.