James Rowley QC > Chambers of Winston Hunter QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Winston Hunter QC
Byrom Street Chambers
M3 4PP


Personal injuries: Faisal and Fasial v Younis and Active Brands [2018] EWHC 1111 (QB); Dunhill v Burgin [2014] UKSC 18 affirming [2012] EWCA Civ 397 and [2012] EWHC 3163 (QB); Scott and Evans v Griffiths QBD Lawtel 29/01/14; Dixie v. British Polythene Industries PLC [2010] EWCA Civ 1170; Threlfall v. Hull City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1147; Stanley v Bryn Close t/a Armthorpe Moto Parc [2009] EWHC 2849 (QB); The Kajaki Dam Disaster v MoD (2008); Samantha Roberts v MoD (2006); In the PTSD Group Actions – Multiple Claimants v MOD (In the PTSD Group Actions) [2003] EWHC/1134 (QB); Craven v John Riches et al and Knockhill Racing Circuit [2001] EWCA CIV 375; Jebson v MOD [2000] 1 W.L.R. 2055, I.C.R. 1220 CA). Clinical Negligence: Beech v Timney [2013] EWHC 2345 (QB); Spencer v NHS North West [2012] EWHC 2142 (QB); Parkes v Mann [2011] EWHC 1724 (QB). Inquiries: Report of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Inquiry – HMSO (2001) – Counsel to the Alder Hey Inquiry.


Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn 1986; Regional Treasury Counsel 2000; Recorder: of the Crown Court 2003-2015, County Court 2007-2015; QC 2006; PIcARBS Arbitrator 2015.


PIBA (Chairman 2010-12); PNBA; Bar Council – CFA Panel (1997-2004).


Stonyhurst and Emmanuel College Cambridge (BA (1985); MA (1990) Classics); Diploma in Law (1986).


High Legh Cricket Club, oenophile, armchair sportsman, gardener, cook.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Rowley QCByrom Street ChambersAn expert on birth injury and clinical negligence cases of the highest value.

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 2

James Rowley QCByrom Street ChambersAn absolutely pin sharp intellect, never missing a trick and strategically looking far ahead of the opposition.