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 > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersHighly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area.

Members of Exchange Chambers‘ team regularly work on multi-discipline matters, particularly those involving commercial regulatory, inquests, and personal injury. Louis Browne QC sits on the government silk panel and successfully acted for the senior coroner in a challenge to an inquest, involving complex medical issues. His sectoral experience includes care and social services, housing, immigration, and transport. Brynmor Adams acts exclusively for public authorities, from central government departments to housing associations. He recently acted for the Environment Agency in judicial review proceedings with aspects of property and environmental law.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersVery hard working and immensely knowledgeable in his field. He is approachable and easy going with clients. Meticulous attention to detail is apparent in his advocacy and written submissions. A very capable barrister, who is well regarded by his clients and is highly recommended.

Exchange Chambers specialises in inquests involving Article 2 ECHR matters, taking a multi-discipline approach. Louis Browne QC represents parties in the high-profile Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena inquiries, acting for a senior commander of the London Fire Brigade and Salford University respectively. He also appeared for the Probation Board at the inquest into the murder of a young man on probation by others also supervised by the board. Sara Sutherland sits as an assistant coroner and advises both bereaved families and health boards throughout the process of an inquest, from advancing submissions to conclusion.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersHis strengths are: Excellent interpersonal skills. Patience. Very bright

The ‘highly intelligent’ Bill Braithwaite QC is an experienced member of the large personal injury team at Exchange Chambers, and is regularly instructed in high-value claims compensation for catastrophically injured claimants. The team, which has strength in depth at all levels, handles high-value, complex cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, industrial disease, and severe brain and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Also among the set’s silks, the ‘pragmatic and considered’ Gerard Martin QC specialises in brain injury and spinal injury cases for adults and children, and Louis Browne QC is noted by one client for his ‘excellent interpersonal skills’ and has particular experience of pain syndrome and related claims. At the junior end, Laura Gooding ‘provides an approachable and prompt service with clear, understandable advice’; Christopher Barnes is considered to be ‘a QC in waiting‘ and has a specialism in military claims for claimants, while Catherine Knowles is regularly instructed to act on behalf of government departments for injuries to service personnel, often with the claims involving substantial claims for future loss of earnings and pension.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersRecommended for data breach claims.

Exchange ChambersLouis Browne QC has extensive experience in the field of claims by individuals and companies that have had their personal and sensitive data breached by third parties. He was instructed as lead counsel in the multi-party litigation, involving more than 650 claimants, relating to the 2018 Ticketmaster data breach; a High Court claim has been issued for damages of up to £5m against the ticketing giant. Browne QC also has a niche practice in ‘right to be forgotten’ claims. At the junior end, Ian Whitehurst represents individuals, public organisations, and companies in litigation and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office. He also advises companies on data protection compliance for new business ventures.