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Deans Court Chambers

Chambers of Michael Hayton QC

Work 0161 214 6000
Fax 0161 214 6001
Manchester, Preston

Deans Court Chambers is a forward-looking set of chambers with a membership of 91 barristers, including 10 Queens Counsel.

The set: Deans Court Chambers has a reputation for the highest standards of professionalism, service and response to clients needs. Members offer specialist advocacy, advisory and drafting expertise at every level of seniority.

Purpose-designed premises at 24 St John Street enhance the range of services offered to clients. Members of chambers (and others) use the well-equipped seminar suite to deliver lectures and seminars on current topics. Facilities for arbitration, mediation and video conferencing are available. Members of chambers have instant access to the major paper resources and electronic databases.

Types of work undertaken: Civil litigation: Deans Court offers strength in depth unrivalled in the North West, covering the whole range of personal injury (including injuries of the utmost severity e.g. spinal injuries, head injuries); class actions; industrial disease; fraudulent claims; road traffic and factory accidents; professional negligence, especially medical, lawyers, surveyors and architects; insurance, including coverage litigation, Road Traffic Act and Motor Insurers Bureau; contractual disputes; sale of goods; consumer credit (including credit hire); product liability; arbitration (domestic and international); technology and construction; human rights and false imprisonment.

Chancery and commercial: work includes commercial arbitration; banking; carriage of goods; civil fraud and tracing of assets; corporate and personal insolvency; company law (including shareholders’ disputes and the protection of minority interest, directors’ duties and disqualification); credit and leasing; financial services; injunctions and equitable remedies; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property; landlord and tenant; mortgages; partnerships; pensions; probate; real property; sale of goods (domestic and international); trusts, settlements and wills.

Family: members cover all aspects of family work, including financial remedies on divorce and dissolution of civil partnership (including cases with complex company structures, trust arrangements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, offshore assets and freezing injunctions); cohabitation (including agreements, ToLATA and Schedule 1 provision for children); and family provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1976. Children work is a specialism: members represent local authorities, parents, interveners and children in care and adoption cases (including cases of death or serious injury to a child, a parent killed by the other, fabricated and induced illness and intergenerational sexual abuse); difficult residence and contact disputes; international movement and abduction of children; and surrogacy.

Court of Protection and community care law: the team provides representation in cases involving unlawful removal of adults from their home; deprivation of liberty of both children and adults who lack capacity; judicial review of decisions regarding provision of services; the use of the inherent jurisdiction for vulnerable adults; the conflicting roles of the Court of Protection and the Mental Health Act 1983; and welfare decisions involving capacity, property and affairs decisions (including financial abuse and ratification of gifts).

Criminal: members conduct prosecution and defence work in all fields and at every level, including: homicide and sexual offences; commercial fraud; conspiracy; drug importation and supply; excise and revenue offences; and health and safety. Members conduct high-profile trials both locally and nationally.

Professional discipline, business crime and regulatory: advice on regulation compliance; advocacy services in criminal prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other legislation; inquests; licensing; trademark and copyright; rail and transport; corporate manslaughter; trading standards; food safety; environmental prosecutions; and DEFRA prosecutions. Deans Court has a specialist knowledge of law and procedure in Tribunals, particularly the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. Members present cases for various regulatory bodies (including the GMC) while defending practitioners for the medical defence organisations; Deans Court has recently been appointed to the Medical Defence Union and Medical Protection Society Panels. Work before other disciplinary bodies includes the Nursing and Midwifery Council and NHS Foundation Trusts.


Above material supplied by Deans Court Chambers (Chambers of Michael Hayton QC).

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