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Atlantic Chambers
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Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

The members of the clinical negligence team at Atlantic Chambers act solely on behalf of claimants and they handle a wide range of cases, including complex obstetric, orthopaedic, surgical and neurological cases, matters regarding general practice, psychiatry and dentistry-related cases. Elizabeth Francis almost exclusively works on clinical negligence cases, and is highly skilled in mandates concerning delayed diagnosis. John Benson KC, who is another notable name in the clinical negligence space, leads the team.

Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 4

Atlantic Chambers is active in a range of personal injury cases. Andrew Pickering is deputy head of chambers, which is also home to Michael Armstrong, who divides his practice between personal injury and clinical negligence work, including some work in police-related matters.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Pickering – Atlantic Chambers ‘Andrew is hard-working and diligent, tactically astute, and well-prepared for conference work and he provides a high standard of written work when instructed to prepare papers such as pleadings and advice notes.’
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Excellent all-round clerking team. Lee Cadwallader is the head clerk and he is very friendly and approachable.’

‘The clerks are helpful and will ensure the barrister is updated should any message be provided in a timely manner.’

‘Very approachable clerks and all are helpful.’

‘The clerks are always helpful and enquires are dealt with promptly.’

‘The clerks are very good. Atlantic Chambers is one of the best at responding promptly and will go the extra mile to move other commitments if something urgent needs to be accommodated.’

‘Atlantic Chambers is a strong set.’

‘Atlantic Chambers has a lot of experience in handling claims.’

Northern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

Northern Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

David GreenAtlantic Chambers ‘David is an excellent barrister with great people skills. He is very technical and has a keen attention to detail, he is very good with clients, and he a go-to Chancery barrister.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Atlantic Chambers is a large multidisciplinary set of barristers, regulated by the Bar Standards Board. With members at all levels of experience and seniority covering a broad spectrum of areas of law, including Chancery & Commercial, Civil Litigation, Clinical Negligence Criminal, Employment, Family, Industrial Disease, Insolvency, Inquests, Mediation, Police Law, Proceeds of Crime and Public Law.  We also have Government Legal panel Counsel.  Our clerking and administrative teams give superlative quality support and are flexible and accommodating in order to meet your requirements.

We are proud of our history, including distinguished past members such as the current Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, Lord Justice Edis, and the recent past President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, who conducted the Leveson Inquiry into the Press in 2012.

Atlantic Chambers is located at the heart of the city’s transformed legal and commercial district, a stone’s throw from the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts and our world famous iconic waterfront.

Chambers offer extensive facilities in an ever-changing landscape, accommodating remote legal hearings, conferences, mediation, joint settlement meetings and video link meetings.

Disabled access is available via 43 Castle Street, Liverpool.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients; Our dedicated team of clerks are available to assist you during office hours. We also operate an out-of-hours service. Contact numbers can be found on the Clerks’ profile page of this site: click here.

Members of chambers regularly provide seminars in diverse areas of practice. Please see the events/seminars page for further information.

Chambers understands that in order to continue to thrive, it needs to select the very best candidates from the widest possible pool.

Instructions are accepted in accordance with the Standard Contractual Terms issued by the Bar Standards Board or under our standard Conditional Fee Agreement (full terms and conditions can be found here).

We are committed to promoting equality and inclusion for members, pupils and employees.  Mini pupillage placements are offered throughout the year, and we support several charities and organisations assisting those from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds to succeed in obtaining a career at the Bar.

We have a flexible and competitive approach to fees, and undertake Private, Direct Professional Access, Direct Public Access, and Publicly Funded work.


Chancery and Commercial – a team of experience practitioners encompassing specialist work within the jurisdiction of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales including property, landlord & tenant, insolvency, company, and partnership, commercial, tax and trusts and probate.

Civil Litigation – providing extensive knowledge of advising, drafting and advocacy.  The team are prepared to appear in all courts in England and Wales, at every stage.  We have specialists in all aspects of personal injury work industrial disease, occupational illness, credit hire, professional negligence, clinical negligence, educational law, judicial review, insurance law, contract law and common law.

Clinical Negligence – experienced members embrace the complexity of law in these cases alongside in-depth knowledge of medicine across all disciplines including obstetric, orthopaedic, surgical, and neurological, general practice, psychiatry, emergency services and dentistry.  The team can deal with high value and multi-party claim and can provide a service to both Law Society and AvMa Panel Solicitors along with the increasing numbers of non-panel solicitors handling clinical negligence cases funded on a CFA basis.

Crime – with specialist practitioners available to assist in all areas of crime.  They are available to both prosecute and defend in publicly funded and privately funded matters at all levels.

Employment – the team advise and represent a broad range of employers and employees and are regularly instructed by a full range of clients, Corporate Bodies, Unions, Public Authorities, NHS Trusts and Professional Partnerships.

Family – a specialist team offers the highest quality of expertise in all areas of family law.  With an unrivalled breadth of experience at all levels of the Family Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.  All members offer the highest standards of written and oral advocacy at every stage covering public and private children law and financial relief matters.

Industrial Disease – teams members have experience advising, drafting and advocacy in all areas of occupational illness and disease cases.

Inquests – a dedicated team can assist in advising and representing bereaved families and other interested parties in inquests.  Covering all aspects of coronial law, they act on behalf of a wide range of organisations and individuals.  Offering expertise in representing police forces in inquests where a death has followed police contact.  other specialisms include clinical negligence, industrial disease, and regulatory work.

Mediation – we offer a specialist mediation service with a small, dedicated team of qualified mediators.

Police Law – experienced members provide advice, drafting and advocacy. This entails all non-criminal aspects of police law, including civil trials (with or without a jury) for unlawful detention, false imprisonment, assault/battery, misfeasance in public office, malicious prosecution and negligence, misconduct and disciplinary matters, personal injury claims involving police officers, inquests and inquiries, judicial review and operational policing policy,

Proceeds of Crime – this team focuses on various specialisms of chambers – Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Chancery & Commercial Law 0 upon the interdisciplinary subject of the proceeds of crime.

Public Law – Atlantic Chambers offers significant strength in Judicial Review and Tribunal work as part of its comprehensive public law capability.  The Public Law team provides the special expertise required for Judicial Review and Tribunal cases ad the high standards of service and experience needed by Solicitors acting both for claimants and on behalf of public bodies such as local authorities, police authorities and NHS Trusts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head Clerk Lee Cadwallader 0151 242 0210
Deputy Head Clerk Emma Rogers 0151 242 0216
Family Clerk Stacey Cadwallader 0151 242 0203
Chambers Administrator Julie Evans 0151 242 0207
Head of Fee Team Maureen Kemp 0151 242 0208
Clerks : 5
Fees : 4
Administration : 2