Mr David Sandiford > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW
David Sandiford photo

Work Department

Personal injury, Inquests, Police law, Licensing


David practices in the fields of higher value personal injury, civil actions involving the police, inquests, licensing and immigration.

His personal injury practice has a healthy balance between claimant and defendant work.

In his police work he is instructed on behalf of defendants as is the case with his panel immigration work.

In licensing he has a particular interest in taxi licensing and firearms.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of Regional Counsel and regularly receives instructions in high value personal injury cases involving service personnel, inquests arising from prison deaths and immigration work with a particular expertise in unlawful detention.

He is a strong advocate & negotiator but equally has a friendly and forward thinking approach to his practice and when appropriate he is more than happy to take an informal call to discuss a new case or discuss an issue in a case which wouldn’t necessarily justify a formal instruction.


Called 1995


Educated at Bolton School and Oxford University (St. Edmund Hall) PGCE Cambridge University (Homerton)
Called 1995 (Grays Inn), Karmel Scholar and Junior Award Winner

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David SandifordExchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers’ members have substantial expertise in handling judicial review claims before the Administrative Court, acting for both claimants and defendants. Its clients include government departments, local authorities, regulated bodies, private care providers, and private litigants. Police disciplinary work is also an area of focus for the set. Public law and judicial review expert Louis Browne KC acted for Liverpool City Council in the first case to consider the scope of statutory provisions concerning the grant of indemnity for serving members of Council. Brynmor Adams acts exclusively for public authorities, which is demonstrated in his involvement in R (on the application of the Governing Body of X) v Ofsted, a case concerning  a local authority controlled school applying for a High Court injunction to restrain publication of a critical inspection report. David Sandiford is also a key name in defending police officers in civil claims.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

David Sandiford – Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers has been praised as a ‘superb set‘ and its members represent a wide range of individuals and groups, including trade unions, clinical practitioners, government bodies, and members of the police force and emergency services. Key areas of expertise for the department include inquests and inquiries relating to deaths in police and prison custody as well as in psychiatric institutions, and fatal accidents at work. Louis Browne KC has substantial experience acting for families and public sector clients and is involved in both the Grenfell and Manchester Arena Inquiries. The set is also home to David Sandiford , who receives frequent instructions from the Government Legal Department.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David Sandiford – Exchange ChambersDavid is always thoroughly prepared and gets to the detail of each case. His calm and measured approach helps to achieve some excellent results and makes him extremely popular with clients. He is an excellent advocate, approachable and responsive.’