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Deans Court Chambers

Chambers of Michael Hayton QC

24 ST JOHN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4DF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 214 6000
Fax:
Fax 0161 214 6001
DX:
718155 MANCHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.deanscourt.co.uk
Manchester, Preston

Virginia Hayton

Tel:
Work 0161 214 6000
Email:
Deans Court Chambers (Chambers of Michael Hayton QC)

Position

Virginia Hayton, following a general common law practice, has concentrated on Crime since 2001. She mainly appears on the Northern Circuit, however has appeared in Courts nationwide. She notably specialises in serious sexual offences, involving familial historic rapes and gang rape. Her general criminal work includes fraud, drug conspiracies, firearms offences and offences of violence up to and including murder. She has defended in a number of fitness to plead hearings and, thereafter, finding of fact hearings involving rape and serious sex offences. She mainly defends, however, also has a significant prosecution practice as a Level 4 prosecutor. Her regulatory Crime practice includes Health and Safety Executive Prosecutions, an area in which she also delivers lectures, and defending in the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has considerable experience in conducting inquests, representing insured, public sector bodies and private limited companies.

Career

Called 1999; Lincoln’s Inn.

Member

Northern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association.

Education

St Aidan’s College, Durham University; College of Law Chester; BVC, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Crime

Within: Leading Juniors

Virginia Hayton - Deans Court ChambersConfident, knowledgeable and hard-working, plus a very good jury advocate.

Within: Crime

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.

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