Joseph Hart > Chambers of Michael Hayton QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Michael Hayton QC
Deans Court Chambers
M3 4DF
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Specialises in crime and regulatory work including all areas of health and safety work, such as inquests. Environmental cases regularly undertaken. For full details see


Called 2000, Inner Temple; Clifford Chance European Bursary 1997; Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh bursary awards 1999.


French, German, Italian.


Criminal Bar Association, Advocate of the Supreme Court of St Helena.


Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn; Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Universite de Paris II Panthéon-Assas (MA Oxon).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Construction, planning and environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Joseph HartDeans Court ChambersAn experienced environmental prosecutor.

At Deans Court ChambersJoseph Hart specialises in environmental crime, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He recently prosecuted in a case concerning an illegal waste site at a farm in Cheshire, securing a suspended sentence and costs order against the operator, with two other defendants receiving conditional discharges following guilty pleas.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Joseph HartDeans Court ChambersDoes not shy away from difficult issues.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Joseph HartDeans Court ChambersHe easily distills complex issues of fact and law into focused and concise argument.

Deans Court Chambers is home to several strong criminal practitioners and is considered ‘a first-class set‘ for criminal work by some clients. Notable areas of specialism include historic sexual abuse allegations, recent serious sexual offences, and large-scale drug conspiracies. Virginia Hayton recently prosecuted in a grooming case which arose out of the actions of “North West Predator Hunters”, an anti-paedophile vigilante group which lured the defendant via an adult pretending to be a child online. Additionally, Joseph Hart is particularly notable for his criminal work in the British Overseas Territories, recently prosecuting an historic sexual abuse case in the Falkland Islands.