Mr Louis Browne QC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department

Commercial; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence


Louis is an experienced and well known civil practitioner, who has wide-ranging experience in commercial, employment, personal injury and public law.

In the personal injury field he acts predominately for defendants, including several local authorities and registered social landlords in very high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has represented the Home Office at trials brought by Prisoners claiming damages for psychiatric injury allegedly caused by Prison Officers contending that the Home Office were vicariously liable and alleging misfeasance in public office. Louis has also acted for and against government bodies including the Ministry of Defence in high value personal injury actions. These include bullying and historic sexual abuse claims.

Louis has extensive experience in all areas of public law/judicial review. He frequently acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in the administrative court. His particular areas of specialism are human rights based challenges in the context of community care, immigration, education and mental health.

Louis has a particular interest in professional negligence actions against construction professional’s e.g. architects and surveyors.


Called 1988; Silk 2017; Recorder


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


  • First Class Honours Degree, Law
  • Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > IT, telecoms and data protection

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers ‘Louis Browne QC is a true gentleman. He is polite, even when pushed by an opponent. He is courteous at all times. Presence flows from him in any formal setting. His strength is to grasp the issue and his main goal is to settle that on the best possible terms. Quite simply a legal phenomenon.

Exchange Chambers‘ members have significant experience advising both individual claimants and group actions in relation to data breaches. Louis Browne QC has extensive expertise in the field of data breach claims for individuals and companies. Browne has advised the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and was recently instructed on a potential group action against Ticketmaster after a significant data breach was announced in June 2018. Ian Whitehurst has experience representing clients in individual and group litigation involving data breach civil litigation, as well as representing companies in criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by ICO.

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersLouis is personable in conference, putting clients at ease, as a thorough in-depth knowledge of public law and his drafting of pleadings et cetera is first class.

Exchange Chambers has a team of public law and judicial review barristers that advise local authorities and regulated bodies on cases involving civil liberties, inquests, human rights and public inquiries. Louis Browne QC frequently defends the government including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice and showcases a wide range of expertise, from housing and education, to care and social services. Brynmor Adams represents  public bodies and local authorities in public law, human rights and environmental law cases. Adams represented local authorities in Hogan v Knowsley Borough Council and Henry v Leeds City Council; these cases involved an appeal concerning the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and an appeal involving licensing breaches across a portfolio of properties, respectively. David Sandiford is another key name to mention and has in-depth experience defending police forces in civil claims.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersHighly intelligent, with the ability to digest and make sense of complex papers quickly. A good advocate.

Exchange Chambers has ‘strength in depth‘ and counsel are always of a ‘high quality‘. Key areas of expertise include inquests and inquiries relating to deaths in police and prison custody, fatal accidents at work and deaths in psychiatric institutions. Louis Browne QC has substantial experience acting for families and public sector clients at inquests, and Sara Sutherland handles cases that involve deaths in clinical settings.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers ‘When Louis speaks in court you want to listen. He has a quietly understated style of advocacy. His cross examination of witnesses is courteous, sensitive and very effective. His legal arguments are focused and presented very persuasively.’

Exchange Chambers offer a ‘wealth of experience‘ and a ‘full range of the best technical specialists‘ for personal injury work. Bill Braithwaite QC is a ‘star‘ and has a claimant-only practice focussing on claims involving catastrophic brain and spine injury. Gerard Martin QC and Louis Browne QC are also highly experienced in handling brain and spine injury claims. Laura Gooding and Christopher Barnes QC have particular expertise in military claims that involve personal injury.  Catherine Knowles who primarily represents defendants in high-value multi-track claims.