Christopher Melton QC > Chambers of Winston Hunter QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Winston Hunter QC
Byrom Street Chambers
M3 4PP


Personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, coroners, industrial disease. Recent trials include: Clark v MIB (2018) Yip J, Razumas v MOJ (2018) Cockerill J, NA v Nottinghamshire CC (SC 2017); Dunhill v Burgin (SC 2014) (settlements and mental capacity) Woodland v Essex (SC2013) (non-delegable duties owed by state bodies) Tate v Rider Holdings (2014) (QBD brain injury quantum) McCracken v Smith and MIB (QBD 2013)(ex turps causea, MIB and contributory negligence) (QBD Joyce v O’Brien (CA 2013) (ex turpi causa); Berry v Star Autos (CA 2012) (QBD and CA – minimally conscious state, EL and interim payments)); Beasley v Alexander (QBD) (liability trial: tetraplegia); Sienkiewicz v Greif (SC 2011)(mesothelioma causation); Russell v Partington (liability tetraplegic trial 2004, 2010 QBD); Cox v Rolls Royce (mesothelioma after short exposure) CA (2007) and Jade Galland £6m CICB award 2007; senior counsel to the Shipman Inquiry 2001-05; Kristian Adey v Leeds HA (2003) (clinical negligence/Downs Syndrome/heart surgery) Lawtel AC0100326; claimant’s counsel Nunnerley v Warrington HA (2001) (clinical negligence/wrongful birth) Lawtel AC8001337; trustee Turner & Newell Asbestos Trust 2005 to date; counsel to US DII Asbestos Trust 2011 to date.


Called 1982, Gray’s Inn; QC 2001; recorder.




Manchester Grammar School; Bristol University.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Melton QCByrom Street ChambersHe has an admirable lightness of touch – communicates easily with clients on complex matters and gives them great confidence.

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

Christopher Melton QCByrom Street ChambersVastly experienced and knowledgeable barrister, with client friendly approach, and a calm and measured manner; easy to work with.

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.