Set Profile > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
201 DEANSGATE
MANCHESTER
M3 3NW
England

Commercial litigation Tier 1

'A very strong set for commercial work with a wide range of specialist and experienced counsel and lots of strength in depth', Exchange Chambers is  'brilliant with very capable juniors and a "can-do" attitude from commercial litigation counsel across a broad range of spectrums'. Mark Cawson QC, leading Carly Sandbach, is part of the counsel team instructed in Municipio De Mariana v BHP Group Plc and BHP Group Ltd, a claim by over 200,000 claimants seeking compensation with regard to the collapse of the Fundao Dam in Brazil in 2015. At the junior end, David Went is a specialist competition law practitioner, with instructing solicitors noting that his background as a former partner at Sidley Austin means 'he understands what clients are looking for and gives pragmatic advice'. Similarly, as a former solicitor Stephen Connolly 'has the benefit of being more pragmatic than most barristers and is, therefore, able to be commercial in his approach which is often what the client is needing/wanting'.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersHe has mastery of detail, penetrating perception of key threads in a morass of evidence, excellent command of law and practice, ability to convey complex issues to clients, prudent and solid judgement and assessment of the risks in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersGood communicator; client friendly; practical; gets to the core issues quickly; go-to choice for large cases and has never let me down.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange ChambersGiles is an exceptional advocate. I have now seen him on his feet numerous times and his advocacy is as good as any I have seen from any of the top silks at any of the leading sets. Giles tells you how it is. His advice is straight and to the point. He does not sit on the fence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersExcellent on the law and extremely tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersDavid is a first rate barrister. He is a superb lawyer and very good with clients. He is a pleasure to work with and is very responsive and has a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional advocate - he really gets into the nitty gritty of the papers and leaves no stone unturned. His cross examination skills are as good as I have seen. His client handling skills are superb.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersAndrew is both thorough and knowledgeable. He is approachable and very hard working. I have no hesitation in recommending and referring my clients to him safe in the knowledge that they will be very well represented both with his written advice and as an advocate at court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vickers - Exchange ChambersParticularly experienced in credit hire litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and insolvency Tier 1

'Top set in the North West', Exchange Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' in the fields of company and insolvency law. In recent instructions of note, Mark Cawson QC has been acting for defendant directors in respect of £5m-plus claim for damages for breach of fiduciary duty brought by the liquidators of a company in liquidation. He also led Ian Tucker in acting for creditor and preferential shareholder on a successful application for an administration order, the purpose of which was to enable a conspiracy claim, potentially in excess of £100m, to be pursued against another former director and secured creditor. Also at the junior end, Carly Sandbach appeared in Keyworker Homes (North West) Limited, a landmark High Court decision on the ability of directors/companies to appoint administrators out of court and out of hours.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersHe is a determined advocate who is not thrown by anything that the other side might raise. Calm bright and authoritative. Commands respect from the Judges. Good team player and safe and reliable pair if hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is a pleasure to work with. He quickly gets to the heart of complex issues and provides sound and clear strategic advice. He is also a reassuringly thorough and tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically very able; clear and persuasive advocate; proactive, responsive and team focused. Drives cases forward and reads judges well.

Leading Juniors

Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersCarly is a very strong advocate who is also technically excellent and provides concise, clear and commercially sensible advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersGood to work with. Team player. Nothing too much trouble. Reliable and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersSupremely intelligent. Very quick to absorb the relevant facts and provide clear, authoritative advice at a level perhaps beyond his year of call. Very easy to work with - deals with instructions quickly and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

'A top-drawer set across three Northern cities', Exchange Chambers has 'great strength across the entire range of criminal matters, from junior juniors to heavyweight silks'. Gordon Cole QC prosecuted a former associate vice-president at Barclays who killed with his wife with a crow-bar and was convicted of murder after attempting to run a loss of control defence. Richard Littler QC defended Reynhard Sinaga, who was convicted of 48 rapes of men and described by the CPS as the 'most prolific rapist in British legal history'. Charlotte Kenny represented a single mother who was acquitted of charges concerning the alleged supply of methamphetamine through the darkweb, in a case that involved complex issues of shipping record and bitcoin evidence.

Leading Silks

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersOnce she has identified a weakness in the testimony of a witness she will seek to exploit to the full.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersA formidable advocate whose attention to detail is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Myers QC - Exchange ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to digest complex cases, nothing is too much.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Cole QC - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for high-value fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersHis broad practice includes cases of serious violence and terrorism.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange ChambersHis powers of analysis and persuasion are staggering.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Mark Rhind QC - Exchange ChambersHe is forthright and realistic which client and solicitors really do appreciate, yet at the same time he instills confidence and really fights for his clients.
Imran Shafi QC - Exchange ChambersPersonable, great rapport with clients and the court. Fantastic tactician and very fine judgement. Sharp intellect, lateral thinker. Encyclopaedic knowledge which he deploys to the very great benefit of his clients. Peerless in legal argument.
David Temkin QC - Exchange ChambersHe is an extremely effective communicator.

Leading Juniors

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersJuries absolutely love him - he is brilliant with people; he is not afraid to provide the right advice at the right time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Jebb - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional advocate who commands presence in the courtroom - and his ability to establish respect from demanding clients is truly remarkable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Kenny - Exchange ChambersHer cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses is skilled and sensitively undertaken.
Ranked: Tier 1
Damian Nolan - Exchange ChambersA quality barrister, master tactician and a real fighter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersApproachable, pragmatic and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola Daley - Exchange ChambersA highly experienced advocate who commands respect from her peers and the judiciary alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Jarvis - Exchange ChambersA master of the theatre of court and is most impressive in closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersA real people person, which translates effectively in his performance before a jury.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Toal - Exchange ChambersOne of the circuit's best jury advocates.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte Rimmer - Exchange ChambersCharlotte is tenacious, methodical, well prepared, and has a great eye for detail. She has good legal thought process which generates a confidence that her judgement is sound.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wyn Willams - Exchange ChambersHis relationships with clients are friendly and down to earth but at all times ultimately professional, all the facets of a real diamond.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Ainsworth - Exchange ChambersGreat with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes immigration fraud, historic sexual offences and armed robbery cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Harris - Exchange ChambersIan is brilliant with people and has a wealth of experience. He is a master craftsman in the court room and is an exceptional jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersHe can deal with the closest details and still be extremely jury and client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersBill is definitely a leader in his field. His knowledge is second to none and clients always have confidence in his abilities to secure a successful outcome. Excellent advice and ability to resolve problems in cases. Genuinely cares and fights cases for claimants.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is calm, patient with families who have seen the worst things happen to them, and a determined and able advocate. He will fight difficult cases and is able to quickly determine the right approach on any case. He is not shy of taking on the most difficult cases and successfully navigates them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersGerard has excellent people skills helping to manage the client through a very stressful time. He is calmness personified. Gets to grips with the salient points quickly and is a sharp negotiator. His experience and knowledge of his rivals is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersHe has a tremendous manner with clients and legal colleagues; superb attention to detail; always accessible and incredibly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis strengths are: Excellent interpersonal skills. Patience. Very bright
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersChris is extremely switched on, organised, confident, prepared and alert of all the issues in any case. He is an excellent negotiator who is able to secure maximum compensation for those he represents.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersA rising star in the PI field. He has excellent technical skills and a terrific ability to draft complex Schedules of Loss in an accessible and concise format.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersA first rate lawyer with IT and technology skills second to none. Combative with charm. Knows exactly what he is doing. Has a real touch for big PI claims. More hard-working than almost anybody I know. More than a safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Gooding - Exchange ChambersLaura provides an approachable and prompt service with clear, understandable advice. She is engaging and happy to discuss matters at convenience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent at getting to the heart of cases. He has a very good knowledge of relevant case law and the CPR and I know that I can rely upon his advice. He has excellent client care skills too and is flexible in his dealings with the clients and experts. He knows how to gain their trust. He plans cases ahead of time. Always keen to be helpful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersShe has particular expertise in military claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersExtremely effective at explaining complicated matters in straightforward terms for clients, articulate and personable at all times. Cuts through medical terminology in a straightforward manner when dealing with medical experts. Gives concise direct advice on paper with a thorough grasp of all the issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is very clear, confident and efficient. She is good with clients and a safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersA lawyer of real quality. He is intellectually the equal of anybody. He has a wide and extensive knowledge of personal injury cases at the highest level and comes at them with balance, because he represents both Claimant and Defendant firms. Brings an intensity to cases that pays dividends.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

'A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks, and all-round high standards', Exchange Chambers is home to John Jones QC who represents employers, companies, directors, individuals, and private bodies on all aspects of health and safety enforcement. He has recently been involved in several health and safety prosecutions and manslaughter trials following fatalities in the workplace. At the junior end, clients remark that Michael Lavery's greatest quality is his 'ability to put clients at ease in extremely stressful situations', while the 'tactically astuteIan Whitehurst 'applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and is excellent with clients'. Whitehurst is instructed by private individuals, national companies, local authorities, quangos, and leading law firms to advise and represent across a myriad of regulatory matters.

Leading Silks

John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHas the ability to lead a team whilst listening to instructions given. Excellent with clients. Extremely hard working, an effective advocate who is also lucid in his written submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent with attention to detail, very methodical, approachable and hands on. Very good with clients, down to earth and gives pragmatic and honest advice even in difficult situations. Always ready for trials, organised and builds good Solicitor-Counsel relationships.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersHe is at the very top of his profession and his knowledge is a valuable part of the team and is a tactical and astute thinker, always thinking a couple of steps ahead whilst never taking his eye of the big picture. He is excellent with clients who are won over by his down to earth manner. He always finds an angle that the prosecution has missed.
Ranked: Tier 2

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

A 'strong set', Exchange Chambers has a number of specialists available for Chancery and tax disputes, and instructing solicitors praise the training offered by the set which is described as 'first class and highly relevant'. At the senior end, Mark Cawson QC and David Mohyuddin QC are go-to names for a range of Chancery and commercial disputes. In the tax arena, Scott Redpath is instructed in tax disputes and planning involving companies, employment, incentives, national insurance, pensions, share schemes, trusts and estates, residence, domicile, indirect tax, VAT, IPT, and duties; George Rowell has experience of tax disputes involving penalties, avoidance schemes, VAT, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and employment-related taxes.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersVery detailed in his approach, completely cool and calm at all times and always makes the client assured. Mark always instills confidence in the client and our team when he is involved and he is an utterly excellent advocate. His ability to deal with and understand very complex matters always impresses.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is an excellent silk and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott Redpath - Exchange ChambersClear advice, easy to action, pragmatic and straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersGeorge is clear and confident in his advice both verbally and in writing. He knows his stuff!
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersAttention to detail, ability to breakdown complex issues and discuss with the client in a meaningful way, honest and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersDiligent, personable and tenacious. A very pleasant opponent but a very tough one.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence Tier 2

The 'outstanding' Exchange Chambers has 'a strong breadth of experienced clinical negligence counsel'. The team has expertise across all areas of clinical negligence work, and its silks are regularly at the forefront of important and complex cases, acting for a range of private and publicly-funded claimants, and its defendant clients include hospitals, NHS organisations, medical defence organisations, and insurance bodies. In recent work of note, Gerard Martin QC led Chris Gutteridge in acted for a claimant who had both of their legs amputated below the knee due to a negligent failure to consider a vascular cause for complaints of pain and numbness in their feet; the claim settled for £2.5m. Dr Kevin Naylor is part of the team acting for a claimaint against seven defendants in a wrongful birth claim; the case concerns the birth of twins both of whom suffer from hereditary spastic paraplegia. Other key members of the team include the 'razor-sharp' head of chambers, Bill Braithwaite QC, 'excellent strategist' David Knifton QC, and the 'articulate' Matthew Stockwell.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersBill is highly intelligent,hugely experienced and incredibly skilled as a negotiator. He has a razor sharp mind and those who have been fortunate enough to see him in court will know him as a a formidable advocate. He is a must have Silk for any solicitor who deals with complex high value clinical negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersDavid has great technical knowledge and a keen forensic eye for detail, and his experience sitting as a Judge, places him in an excellent position to advise on the likely approach of the court. David has a relaxed and calm manner which is particularly helpful with claimants. David has always been very accessible which is crucial in litigation, available to provide fast advice and guidance on situations that may arise.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersGerard has excellent people skills helping to manage the client through a very stressful time. He is calmness personified.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersChris is a stand-out junior with skills well beyond his call. He is excellent with lay clients and adopts an understated but no nonsense approach to dealing with complex and high value litigation. Chris has the envied ability to get to the heart of a case fast, and wastes no time in making his sensible and practical advice clear to his instructing solicitors and lay clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dr Kevin Naylor - Exchange ChambersKevin has a sound knowledge of medicine previously working as a doctor and therefore is able to carefully analyse complex medical negligence issues. He is very capable in dealing with complex, high value matters and is strong tactically and in settlement meetings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange ChambersHe is very responsive and helpful in answering questions. His questioning of experts in conference is very well prepared and thorough. He is very clear with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Employment Tier 2

An 'excellent chambers' with 'high quality of senior employment counsel', Exchange Chambers is active in a range of matters for all manner of claimants and respondents. An 'unrivalled advocate', Paul Kirtley has substantial experience in the public sector dealing with the police, local authority, NHS and PC trusts in regards to discrimination, public interest disclosure, data protection, freedom of information, and disciplinary issues. In recent instructions of note, the 'tenaciousAshley Serr, who acts for FTSE 100 companies, SMEs, high-net-worth individuals, and government departments, represented HMRC in a case concerning deductions of wages for training and housing. Meanwhile, 'excellent advocateAlfred Weiss represented an employee who succeeded in a claim that mandating employees be physically working in an office five days a week was indirectly discriminatory against women.

Leading Juniors

Ashley Serr - Exchange ChambersAshley has a great ability to get to the heart of the legal issues in a case. He is a tenacious Tribunal advocate with a will to win.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersIn my opinion he is an unrivalled advocate and a master of cross-examination. One of, if not the best employment barristers on the circuit. Paul combines a mastery of subject knowledge with a keen sense of commercial awareness and a focus on practical outcomes. He is a favourite of every client and the barrister I would want representing me If ever I needed one.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersAlfred is thorough, with an excellent attention to detail. He has an impressive courtroom presence and excellent advocacy skills. He is likeable and easy to work with. Clients really like him and I have had nothing but positive reports on him from them.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

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.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange 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.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersWell-prepared with great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is a knowledgeable and confident lawyer. She is excellent in handling witnesses and is sensitive and empathetic to their needs thus ensuring that she gets the best of them to achieve the best possible and realistic result for her client. She is sensible and grounded in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Mediators Tier 2

Paul Johnson - Exchange Chambers  Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers in Manchester is 'excellent at gaining the trust of all parties and very pragmatic and empathetic, which helps see where the settlement is likely to lie and encourage all parties towards it'. Johnson is exclusively focused on mediation work, and has mediated over 800 disputes. Representative work includes disputes involving commercial matters and employment, professional negligence, probate and landlord and tenant issues, along with financial services, banking, construction and sport-related disputes.

Professional disciplinary law Tier 2

'An efficient professional set', Exchange Chambers 'remains a go-to set for professional discipline matters', thanks to having 'a number of counsel with an excellent grasp and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter'. According to some, it is also becoming the North's go-to chambers for police misconduct instructions. 2019 silk Richard Littler QC regularly acts for the Police Federation defending high ranking police officers and he also defends at FA Disciplinary Panels. At the junior level, Jason MacAdam has experience of cases before the General Medical Council, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health and Care Professions Council, and the Teaching Regulation Agency. Nicholas Walker's practice centres on defending police officers in professional disciplinary cases. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in police misconduct hearings.

2019 Silks

Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersA leading advocate in the criminal and regulatory arena.

Leading Juniors

Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersHe adopts a no-nonsense style and approach with clients, who respect him for it. He is a highly competent advocate and cross examination is left safely in his hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Walker - Exchange ChambersNick has an excellent client manner and is meticulous in his preparation and presentation of cases. He maintains good communication from initial instruction to the final hearing and gains the trust and respect of clients and solicitors instantly with his calm and controlled manner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is 'a very good set' for professional negligence instructions, thanks to 'a variety of barristers for the job and knowledgeable and receptive clerks'. Mark Cawson QC has a strong presence within the professional negligence sector, acting for both claimants and defendants across a range of professions. In one example, Ahmed v Linder Myers, he successfully acted for a claimant developer in a £1.2m High Court claim against solicitors relating to failure to properly obtain an obligation to pay ground rents. The 'practical and pragmaticJames Malam has extensive experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes including those within niche professions, such as agronomists. With 'unrivalled expertise in specialist tax law dove-tailed with a wide commercial law practice', George Rowell has particular expertise in negligence claims against accountants and tax advisers.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersA charming man who has the highest standards. He is extremely dedicated and very detailed in his approach. Very approachable and is very well liked. He has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

James Malam - Exchange ChambersVery good on paper, with clear and forceful pleadings. Just as good before the court. Always feel in safe hands with James on determining the key technical points, putting forward our best case on them.
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersHe is practical, pragmatic and puts clients at ease, excellent at tax and developing a specialism in professional negligence in tax-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Property and construction Tier 2

Exchange Chambers provides a range of expertise in the property sector, including on cross-discipline matters such as probate. A specialist construction department advises on contracts and appears in the Technology and Construction Court. Neil Cadwallader takes on Chancery and commercial work in development disputes. Andrew Williams is instructed in property litigation, representing investors and leaseholders as well as an individual in an adverse possession claim. Lawrence McDonald handles work on boundaries, restrictive covenants, and rights to light, plus landlord and tenant issues. Paul Burns advises providers of social housing and local government and represented Wirral Council in a case regarding an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.

Leading Juniors

Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersPaul is a brilliant barrister, who has a way of making complicated concepts digestible. Paul is likeable and pleasant. He is approachable, accommodating, induces confidence and goes the extra mile always.
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn excellent all rounder. An excellent advocate and great in conference too. Neil has the capability of dealing with the most complicated and legally difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA real depth of experience and specialist knowledge of the construction sector. He is probably the most effective and formidable cross-examiner I have ever seen.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersHe is knowledgeable, very good with clients, in depth knowledge of all instructed matters, very good as consultant, very organised and works in a speedy manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe is an "on the ball" and modern barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersEver popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach, he is sterling advocate whose presence reassures clients and Judges alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersHe has a wealth of knowledge and confidence with his approach to complex matters. He makes himself available and does his best to accommodate last minute instructions, which is very helpful when deadlines are received with little notice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Social housing Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is 'a slick operation with very helpful and organised clerks'. Instructing solicitors and clients praise the set's 'great training opportunities – in particular the Social Housing & Local Government Seminar'. 'A free event it is absolutely invaluable to busy practitioners and unlike other training events completely focused on the issues relevant to local government.' The 'simply outstandingPaul Burns has 'extensive knowledge and experience in ASB social housing cases'. Recent work of note has involved advising local authorities on strategies to manage rent arrears and possession claims, the development of private sector leasing schemes, and litigation risks.  Also of note, Brynmor Adams successfully represented a local authority in a complicated housing-fraud claim against a secure tenant who had ceased to reside in the subject property as their principal home. Adams also successfully represented a different local authority in its claim for possession on anti-social behaviour grounds, namely that the defendant racially abused and harassed a neighbour.

Leading Juniors

Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersPaul gives succinct and practical advice, always, and will give a clear steer to the client based on the client's needs. It's not just about what the law says with Paul but how that can be applied to achieve the desired outcome. A problem solver par excellence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersBrynmor has a highly analytical mind and an ability to get to the nub of a thorny and difficult issue very quickly. Ever popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach, he is sterling advocate whose presence reassures clients and Judges alike. Additionally, his drafting skills are widely called upon, whether to draft policies and procedures or tenancy agreements. He is often the first port of call.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 3

Exchange Chambers 'is a top drawer set across three northern cities' with 'an incredibly high level of expertise across the whole spectrum, but in serious fraud and serious crime are particularly strong, with a strength in depth which other sets can only dream of'. Andrew Haslam QC, who joined from St Paul's Chambers in 2019, prosecuted a 12-defendant, ten-week heroin, cocaine, and money laundering case featuring covert surveillance and cell site evidence. Andrew Petterson represented a solicitor who received a suspended sentence for running a fraud through a supposed PPI claims company.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersA master tactician with a wonderful court presence, he manages the team expertly - simply the real deal.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Tehrani QC - Exchange ChambersA force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Haslam QC - Exchange ChambersHe has particular expertise in high value fraud and financial crime.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stephen Grattage - Exchange ChambersHe has a commanding presence in court and the respect of both the judiciary and fellow advocates.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Smith - Exchange ChambersHis strength is his ability to communicate with people at whatever level, putting them at ease and generating instant trust.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Petterson - Exchange ChambersA go-to for appeals against sentences.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family and children law Tier 3

Exchange Chambers offers a 'high-quality service' to its clients on the Northern circuit and members are highly experienced in all manners of family law and provide specialist advice representing parties in difficult and complex Children Act proceedings. 'An excellent negotiator', Judith Fordham leads the team and has particular strength in financial relief and matrimonial finance; she has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge and is also a family arbitrator who deals with private FDRs. Appointed Deputy District Judge in 2019, Sheren Guirguis is 'a pleasure to work with' and has expertise in financial remedy proceedings and Inheritance Act claims.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Judith Fordham - Exchange ChambersMrs Fordham is an excellent negotiator and has sound and measured judgement. She sits part time as a Deputy District Judge and her ability to weigh up and consider options is finely honed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sheren Guirguis - Exchange ChambersA brilliant all-rounder in family law. The safest pair of hands. Totally unflappable, brilliant with clients and clear, sensible advice. Very impressive and a reassuring presence both at court and in conference.
Ranked: Tier 1
Karen Gregory - Exchange ChambersHer preparation is second-to-none and she is skillful in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury Tier 3

Exchange Chambers has 'a wide selection of barristers from the very junior end to silk' and clerks who 'are proactive and helpful'. The set's personal injury team handles high value, complex cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, industrial disease, and severe brain and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The 'very knowledgeable' Paul Kirtley undertakes work in all areas of the personal injury field and is experienced in complex, high-value claims. Pankaj Madan specialises in very serious and catastrophic injury cases, with most of his work being traumatic brain injury and high-value pain cases. The set has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Simon Ross from the now-closed Zenith Chambers. Being an ex-solicitor, Ross he 'is focused not only on directions and the end result but also acutely understands the pressures upon the solicitor, which helps when looking at proportionality and keeps client's expectations reasonable'.

Leading Juniors

Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersWorks very hard to achieve the right result. Doing a mixture of Claimant and Defendant work is able to present a balanced view whichever side has instructed him. Very detailed analysis of complex medical issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Ross - Exchange ChambersStrengths are the ability to provide straightforward clear advice along with a no-nonsense approach that invariably sits well with clients. Rather than adopting a broad-brush approach attention to detail at all stages of the claim and strong desire to help clients get the best possible results sits well with my own approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersVery experienced junior. Also sits as a recorder and therefore has a wealth of experience. Very knowledgeable, pragmatic, caring and compassionate with vulnerable clients. Lots of brain injury and amputation injury experience. His eye for detail and considered manner make him perfect for high value serious injury work.
Ranked: Tier 2

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

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.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHighly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersVery clear and persuasive submissions. Very knowledgeable. Excellent with witnesses. Very personable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Exchange Chambers' Nicholas Johnson QC is described as a 'phenomenal advocate' for complex financial and business crime disputes prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office. Johnson QC has particular expertise in bribery and corruption cases, including multi-jurisdictional investigations. He was retained as UK counsel in a criminal trial before the Fraud Court in Athens, and on appeal, in relation to an investigation into alleged corporate bribery of surgeons to use Johnson & Johnson medical devices.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersHe is a phenomenal advocate, both in his written and oral presentation. I would wish him to represent me if I were in trouble-the best guarantee of a favourable outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1

Clinical negligence

Known for being 'extremely empathetic with clients', Paul Kirtley is a key name to note within Exchange Chambers' clinical negligence team. The team acts for a range of private and publicly-funded claimants, and our defendant clients include hospitals, NHS organisations, medical defense organisations, and insurance bodies. Kirtley's clinical negligence practice encompasses hospital, general practitioner and health practitioner claims, birth-related injuries, and surgical.

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers Extremely empathetic with clients, kind and insightful. Excellent analysis of complex medical and legal issues. Collaborative and just generally a really strong team player.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial litigation

At Exchange ChambersDavid Went has a practice across the gamut of competition law, including merger control, cartels, dominance, and State Aid. He is instructed in Road Haulage Association Limited v MAN SE and Others, a collective proceeding valued at over £1bn before the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the major European truck manufacturers who engaged in a price-fixing cartel over a 14-year period. Alfred Weiss is an experienced junior with a broad commercial disputes practice, instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and he is particularly known for his expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes.

Leading Juniors

David Went - Exchange ChambersVery proactive with a commercial approach to cases, backed-up with a thorough knowledge of the law. Very analytical approach to issues and a problem solver. Very pleasant to work with and a very keen analytical mind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersAlfred is a very clear and concise barrister. Some Barristers will often tell you what you want to hear but Alfie does not do that. I have obtained written advice from him on commercial litigation matters which is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 2

Company and insolvency

Exchange ChambersLisa Linklater is currently acting for the defendant in FOPCP (in liquidation) v PT, a complex £5m misfeasance claim brought by the liquidators of an offshore partnership, and successfully acted for the administrators of the holding company of Bolton Wanderers FC in obtaining indemnity costs following an unsuccessful application for an injunction. The 'very technical' Steven Fennell has 'made the transition from solicitor to barrister perfectly' and is 'very calm when curveballs are thrown'. He has been acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the administrators of Crispy Crust Limited, a Pizza Hut franchise; the case is a dispute between the administrators and Allied Irish Bank plc about the value of the business sold following it entering administration.

Leading Juniors

Steven Fennell - Exchange ChambersHis background as a solicitor means he is able to understand our aims and goals when dealing with insolvency litigation which often has a number of stakeholders, and he knows how to build up an excellent rapport with our insolvency practitioner clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Linklater - Exchange ChambersLisa is very academic and always researches her cases fully. She is always well prepared and her written submissions are always excellent demonstrating her knowledge of cases. Lisa is a great advocate and is very persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1

Costs

Richard Wilcock  is the key name and head of the costs team at Exchange Chambers. Wilcock regularly advises solicitors, costs lawyers and other barristers on all aspects of costs, including funding, recoverability of additional liabilities, retainers, cost budgeting, security for costs and solicitor and client assessments. High-profile costs cases that Wilcock has been instructed in over the last few years include a case involving challenges by the defendant on matters of conduct during the detailed assessment process under CPR 44.11.  and whether such issues could and should have been raised before the original trial judge.

Leading Juniors

Richard Wilcock - Exchange ChambersRichard's ability to absorb the information and get to the heart of the issues mean that he can always be relied upon to provide sound, proactive and well reasoned advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Employment

Active on the Northern Circuit, Exchange Chambers' 'thorough and efficient advocateCatherine Knowles is primarily instructed by respondents in the public sector, including government departments, local authorities, and NHS Trusts, across the full spectrum of employment issues, with a particular focus on claims involving allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing. She successfully appeared for the revenue in Wareing v The Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs, an action by the claimant alleging their employer had failed to comply with a duty to make reasonable adjustments; all claims were dismissed following a four-day hearing.

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersCatherine is a particularly thorough and efficient advocate, who we know we can rely on to perform and achieve good results.
Ranked: Tier 1

Intellectual property

An 'excellent set to instruct on a variety of commercial matters', Exchange Chambers is home to the user-friendly Christopher Cook who is a specialist in intellectual property and technological commercial law, including issues relating to patents, registered designs, unregistered design right, copyright, passing off, and trade marks.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersCommercial, efficient and communicates with clients with ease.
Ranked: Tier 1

IT, telecoms and data protection

Exchange Chambers' Louis 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.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersRecommended for data breach claims.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersTactically astute, applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Planning and environment

A former planning consultant, the 'very composed and articulate' Peter Dixon leads the planning practice group at Exchange Chambers. Dixon advises landowners, developers, community organisations, and public authorities across the gamut of planning, environmental, and property law, including planning applications and appeals, enforcement, and compulsory purchase and compensation.

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent for planning judicial review work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional disciplinary law

Exchange Chambers is a go-to for criminal and police misconduct work. 'They are fantastically clerked and are always willing to offer training'. With a background in criminal law, Sarah Barlow acts for police officers and healthcare workers requiring representation in inquests, disciplinary tribunals, and the criminal courts. Barlow is described as 'an excellent advocate, tactically shrewd, fearless, and exudes calm'. Recent cases of note for Barlow include police officers facing allegations of using excessive force on suspects, assault, and misconduct in a public office by failing to arrest a suspect.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Barlow - Exchange ChambersFantastic ability to communicate with all clients on their level. Nothing is ever too much for her and she is readily available to provide advice whenever it is needed. She is incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of police misconduct and brings her wealth of knowledge from her GMC work into this arena with great success.
Ranked: Tier 1

Property and construction

The team at Exchange Chambers is experienced in planning and highways, rights of way and registration disputes, complemented by expertise in wills and probate, insolvency and trusts. Sixteen members are appointed by the Attorney General and a number of members also undertake property arbitration. William Hanbury frequently advises on professional negligence, such as errors in conveyancing, as well as working on a range of litigation including landlord and tenant, easements and boundary disputes.

Leading Juniors

William Hanbury - Exchange ChambersBill has a very good knowledge of property law and prepares well. Always gets his point across and provides sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

In an eventful year for the Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds-based Exchange Chambers, Jonathan I’Anson was appointed the set's new chief executive following the retirement of Tom Handley. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers launched a new defendant personal injury and private prosecutions teams, as well as a maternity and parental support mentoring network for its members. Duncan Hedar has joined chambers from Linklaters; Kristian Cavanagh , Simon Ross , and Helen Rutherford joined from Zenith Chambers; David Sandiford arrived from Cobden House Chambers. Meanwhile, Frida Hussain QC took silk; Michael Maher , Imran Shafi , Ashley Serr, and Jon Close were appointed Recorders; Sarah Johnston  was appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber, while Daniel Prowse has been assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Ashley Serr and Simon Lewis  were appointed deputy district judges. Finally, Alexandra Sutton appointed as Junior of the Northern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the commercial/chancery clerks, whom I deal with, provide an excellent and proactive service.

Each and every one of the criminal clerks are extremely professional, including the newly appointed Andy Leech. They are all extremely efficient and nothing is too much trouble for them.

Nick Buckley, the senior clerk in Manchester, is in particular very reliable and knowledgeable. He seems to know everything that’s going on with each and every one of the Barristers and is a pleasure to deal with.

Excellent service from clerks in general but Rachel Williams, Neil Wright and Ben Kierman stand out as particularly effective and conscientious. They are friendly, helpful and present as extremely well organised and professional individuals.

I think Exchange Chambers is well operated and have always found the clerks to be helpful and accommodating. Rachel Williams is particularly pleasant to deal with and has developed a good relationship with the fee earners in our team. The clerking team follow up on when papers are expected, which is reassuring.

Ian Spencer is one of the best clerks I have worked with. He will go out of his way to assist and knows his barristers inside out.

In particular Dave Haley provides excellent service. Nick Buckley is the glue that binds clerks and Counsel always able to offer a resolution.

In particular we use Rachel Williams who is a designated Family Law clerk. She is extremely efficient as well as being a pleasure to work with.

Proactive, knowledgeable and responsive clerks – would single out Joe Mawson for good relationships with the courts

Rachel Williams is superb. Always prompt at responding with a positive attitude. Josh Finn is great to work with.

The clerks are fantastic – particularly Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh who go out of their way to ensure the delivery of a great service (including making numerous copies of documents during a hearing and running them across to Court when needed!).

The Clerks at Exchange are ever helpful. They are keen to foster excellent working relationships with instructing solicitors and make an effort to understand individual ways of working.

The clerks at Exchange are really super, they come back to you quickly and are very efficient and friendly. In over 15 years I’ve never felt let down or left hanging by them and have dealt with several clerks over the years; they are a great team.

The Criminal Clerks in Liverpool are outstanding . Nothing is ever too much trouble and they go out of their way to assist in any way they can .

The service is responsive, realistic, and efficient. Senior clerk Nick Buckley is just incredible. He is available 24/7 and his ‘can do’ approach has clearly been instilled in his team.

When instructing Chambers, you are as equally confident that the Clerks are equally committed to ensuring your experience at Chambers is as positive. They are approachable, will attempt to accommodate your requests.

Set:

A very good set of chambers which I have used extensively. Clerk is knowledgeable and receptive to feedback whether good or critical. The set is able to offer a variety of barristers for a particular job and the clerk is fair and objective in recommending a barrister for the case. Training programs are good.

A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks and all round high standards.

An excellent set. Number 1 commercial chambers in North West. Quality of barristers and strength in depth. Very commercial in approach to dealing with instructing solicitors. Good training programme.

Chambers as a whole is excellent – they have a good mix of experience in its barristers – if a barrister is booked they seldom return cases unless absolutely necessary – competent and proactive clerking – offer a varied training program – they provide bespoke training to my staff and colleagues and also an excellent program of seminars and forums led by the barristers in chambers.

Chambers is a good set with excellent barristers at both Manchester and Liverpool that I know. I have no hesitation to briefing them on a number of varied cases with a lot of highly qualified barristers. Should a case need to be returned then they will always offer a similar category alternative.

Exchange are a very strong set in terms of insolvency and corporate recovery work – comfortably the strongest in Manchester.

Exchange Chambers are a fantastic set with vast experience and strength in depth. They have provided us with comprehensive training in all areas of clinical negligence and serious injuries work.

Exchange chambers are highly professional approachable and give confidence that any case will be dealt with with the highest skills and professionalism . Their strength and in-depth knowledge skill second to none. High availability of counsel, and carry out bespoke training programmes when ever asked.

Exchange chambers are in my opinion unchallenged on client care and willingness to help. Their range of barrister talent is unbelieveable for a set outside London.

Exchange Chambers as a whole is an outstanding set of Chambers . They offer a very personal service and we are always kept fully informed in respect of availability and any potential difficulties.

They are a well-established leading chambers that rivals any other in the North West. They are a leading set for Claimant personal injury and have extensive strength in depth.

I always use exchange chambers as the quality of their counsel is second to none.

I would recommend Exchange Chambers for criminal and police misconduct work. They are fantastically clerked and are always willing to offer training often at no cost. I am offered suitable counsel when availability is requested and they will not offer unsuitable counsel simply to get the work.

In my experience, Exchange Chambers have significant strength in depth in numerous difference areas of practice. Unlike other chambers, I am happy to allow the clerks to suggest suitable Counsel as I have confidence that whichever Barrister accepts instructions they will do a good job.

In my opinion they are the stand out Chambers for catastrophic injury work. They have real expertise and strength in depth. Their specialism in this work goes back decades, and it shows.

They provide good quality, informative breakfast seminars and have other quality counsel.

Very strong in depth in almost all areas of commercial and chancery work. They also provide an excellent seminar programme.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

'A very strong set for commercial work with a wide range of specialist and experienced counsel and lots of strength in depth', Exchange Chambers is  'brilliant with very capable juniors and a "can-do" attitude from commercial litigation counsel across a broad range of spectrums'. Mark Cawson QC, leading Carly Sandbach, is part of the counsel team instructed in Municipio De Mariana v BHP Group Plc and BHP Group Ltd, a claim by over 200,000 claimants seeking compensation with regard to the collapse of the Fundao Dam in Brazil in 2015. At the junior end, David Went is a specialist competition law practitioner, with instructing solicitors noting that his background as a former partner at Sidley Austin means 'he understands what clients are looking for and gives pragmatic advice'. Similarly, as a former solicitor Stephen Connolly 'has the benefit of being more pragmatic than most barristers and is, therefore, able to be commercial in his approach which is often what the client is needing/wanting'.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersHe has mastery of detail, penetrating perception of key threads in a morass of evidence, excellent command of law and practice, ability to convey complex issues to clients, prudent and solid judgement and assessment of the risks in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersGood communicator; client friendly; practical; gets to the core issues quickly; go-to choice for large cases and has never let me down.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange ChambersGiles is an exceptional advocate. I have now seen him on his feet numerous times and his advocacy is as good as any I have seen from any of the top silks at any of the leading sets. Giles tells you how it is. His advice is straight and to the point. He does not sit on the fence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersExcellent on the law and extremely tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersDavid is a first rate barrister. He is a superb lawyer and very good with clients. He is a pleasure to work with and is very responsive and has a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional advocate - he really gets into the nitty gritty of the papers and leaves no stone unturned. His cross examination skills are as good as I have seen. His client handling skills are superb.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersAndrew is both thorough and knowledgeable. He is approachable and very hard working. I have no hesitation in recommending and referring my clients to him safe in the knowledge that they will be very well represented both with his written advice and as an advocate at court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vickers - Exchange ChambersParticularly experienced in credit hire litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

'Top set in the North West', Exchange Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' in the fields of company and insolvency law. In recent instructions of note, Mark Cawson QC has been acting for defendant directors in respect of £5m-plus claim for damages for breach of fiduciary duty brought by the liquidators of a company in liquidation. He also led Ian Tucker in acting for creditor and preferential shareholder on a successful application for an administration order, the purpose of which was to enable a conspiracy claim, potentially in excess of £100m, to be pursued against another former director and secured creditor. Also at the junior end, Carly Sandbach appeared in Keyworker Homes (North West) Limited, a landmark High Court decision on the ability of directors/companies to appoint administrators out of court and out of hours.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersHe is a determined advocate who is not thrown by anything that the other side might raise. Calm bright and authoritative. Commands respect from the Judges. Good team player and safe and reliable pair if hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is a pleasure to work with. He quickly gets to the heart of complex issues and provides sound and clear strategic advice. He is also a reassuringly thorough and tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically very able; clear and persuasive advocate; proactive, responsive and team focused. Drives cases forward and reads judges well.

Leading Juniors

Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersCarly is a very strong advocate who is also technically excellent and provides concise, clear and commercially sensible advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersGood to work with. Team player. Nothing too much trouble. Reliable and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersSupremely intelligent. Very quick to absorb the relevant facts and provide clear, authoritative advice at a level perhaps beyond his year of call. Very easy to work with - deals with instructions quickly and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

'A top-drawer set across three Northern cities', Exchange Chambers has 'great strength across the entire range of criminal matters, from junior juniors to heavyweight silks'. Gordon Cole QC prosecuted a former associate vice-president at Barclays who killed with his wife with a crow-bar and was convicted of murder after attempting to run a loss of control defence. Richard Littler QC defended Reynhard Sinaga, who was convicted of 48 rapes of men and described by the CPS as the 'most prolific rapist in British legal history'. Charlotte Kenny represented a single mother who was acquitted of charges concerning the alleged supply of methamphetamine through the darkweb, in a case that involved complex issues of shipping record and bitcoin evidence.

Leading Silks

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersOnce she has identified a weakness in the testimony of a witness she will seek to exploit to the full.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersA formidable advocate whose attention to detail is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Myers QC - Exchange ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to digest complex cases, nothing is too much.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Cole QC - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for high-value fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersHis broad practice includes cases of serious violence and terrorism.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange ChambersHis powers of analysis and persuasion are staggering.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Mark Rhind QC - Exchange ChambersHe is forthright and realistic which client and solicitors really do appreciate, yet at the same time he instills confidence and really fights for his clients.
Imran Shafi QC - Exchange ChambersPersonable, great rapport with clients and the court. Fantastic tactician and very fine judgement. Sharp intellect, lateral thinker. Encyclopaedic knowledge which he deploys to the very great benefit of his clients. Peerless in legal argument.
David Temkin QC - Exchange ChambersHe is an extremely effective communicator.

Leading Juniors

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersJuries absolutely love him - he is brilliant with people; he is not afraid to provide the right advice at the right time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Jebb - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional advocate who commands presence in the courtroom - and his ability to establish respect from demanding clients is truly remarkable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Kenny - Exchange ChambersHer cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses is skilled and sensitively undertaken.
Ranked: Tier 1
Damian Nolan - Exchange ChambersA quality barrister, master tactician and a real fighter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersApproachable, pragmatic and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola Daley - Exchange ChambersA highly experienced advocate who commands respect from her peers and the judiciary alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Jarvis - Exchange ChambersA master of the theatre of court and is most impressive in closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersA real people person, which translates effectively in his performance before a jury.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Toal - Exchange ChambersOne of the circuit's best jury advocates.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte Rimmer - Exchange ChambersCharlotte is tenacious, methodical, well prepared, and has a great eye for detail. She has good legal thought process which generates a confidence that her judgement is sound.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wyn Willams - Exchange ChambersHis relationships with clients are friendly and down to earth but at all times ultimately professional, all the facets of a real diamond.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Ainsworth - Exchange ChambersGreat with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes immigration fraud, historic sexual offences and armed robbery cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Harris - Exchange ChambersIan is brilliant with people and has a wealth of experience. He is a master craftsman in the court room and is an exceptional jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersHe can deal with the closest details and still be extremely jury and client-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersBill is definitely a leader in his field. His knowledge is second to none and clients always have confidence in his abilities to secure a successful outcome. Excellent advice and ability to resolve problems in cases. Genuinely cares and fights cases for claimants.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is calm, patient with families who have seen the worst things happen to them, and a determined and able advocate. He will fight difficult cases and is able to quickly determine the right approach on any case. He is not shy of taking on the most difficult cases and successfully navigates them.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersGerard has excellent people skills helping to manage the client through a very stressful time. He is calmness personified. Gets to grips with the salient points quickly and is a sharp negotiator. His experience and knowledge of his rivals is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersHe has a tremendous manner with clients and legal colleagues; superb attention to detail; always accessible and incredibly responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis strengths are: Excellent interpersonal skills. Patience. Very bright
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersChris is extremely switched on, organised, confident, prepared and alert of all the issues in any case. He is an excellent negotiator who is able to secure maximum compensation for those he represents.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersA rising star in the PI field. He has excellent technical skills and a terrific ability to draft complex Schedules of Loss in an accessible and concise format.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersA first rate lawyer with IT and technology skills second to none. Combative with charm. Knows exactly what he is doing. Has a real touch for big PI claims. More hard-working than almost anybody I know. More than a safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Gooding - Exchange ChambersLaura provides an approachable and prompt service with clear, understandable advice. She is engaging and happy to discuss matters at convenience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent at getting to the heart of cases. He has a very good knowledge of relevant case law and the CPR and I know that I can rely upon his advice. He has excellent client care skills too and is flexible in his dealings with the clients and experts. He knows how to gain their trust. He plans cases ahead of time. Always keen to be helpful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersShe has particular expertise in military claims.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersExtremely effective at explaining complicated matters in straightforward terms for clients, articulate and personable at all times. Cuts through medical terminology in a straightforward manner when dealing with medical experts. Gives concise direct advice on paper with a thorough grasp of all the issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is very clear, confident and efficient. She is good with clients and a safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersA lawyer of real quality. He is intellectually the equal of anybody. He has a wide and extensive knowledge of personal injury cases at the highest level and comes at them with balance, because he represents both Claimant and Defendant firms. Brings an intensity to cases that pays dividends.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) Tier 2

'A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks, and all-round high standards', Exchange Chambers is home to John Jones QC who represents employers, companies, directors, individuals, and private bodies on all aspects of health and safety enforcement. He has recently been involved in several health and safety prosecutions and manslaughter trials following fatalities in the workplace. At the junior end, clients remark that Michael Lavery's greatest quality is his 'ability to put clients at ease in extremely stressful situations', while the 'tactically astuteIan Whitehurst 'applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and is excellent with clients'. Whitehurst is instructed by private individuals, national companies, local authorities, quangos, and leading law firms to advise and represent across a myriad of regulatory matters.

Leading Silks

John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersHas the ability to lead a team whilst listening to instructions given. Excellent with clients. Extremely hard working, an effective advocate who is also lucid in his written submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent with attention to detail, very methodical, approachable and hands on. Very good with clients, down to earth and gives pragmatic and honest advice even in difficult situations. Always ready for trials, organised and builds good Solicitor-Counsel relationships.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersHe is at the very top of his profession and his knowledge is a valuable part of the team and is a tactical and astute thinker, always thinking a couple of steps ahead whilst never taking his eye of the big picture. He is excellent with clients who are won over by his down to earth manner. He always finds an angle that the prosecution has missed.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

A 'strong set', Exchange Chambers has a number of specialists available for Chancery and tax disputes, and instructing solicitors praise the training offered by the set which is described as 'first class and highly relevant'. At the senior end, Mark Cawson QC and David Mohyuddin QC are go-to names for a range of Chancery and commercial disputes. In the tax arena, Scott Redpath is instructed in tax disputes and planning involving companies, employment, incentives, national insurance, pensions, share schemes, trusts and estates, residence, domicile, indirect tax, VAT, IPT, and duties; George Rowell has experience of tax disputes involving penalties, avoidance schemes, VAT, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and employment-related taxes.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersVery detailed in his approach, completely cool and calm at all times and always makes the client assured. Mark always instills confidence in the client and our team when he is involved and he is an utterly excellent advocate. His ability to deal with and understand very complex matters always impresses.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is an excellent silk and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott Redpath - Exchange ChambersClear advice, easy to action, pragmatic and straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 2
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersGeorge is clear and confident in his advice both verbally and in writing. He knows his stuff!
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersAttention to detail, ability to breakdown complex issues and discuss with the client in a meaningful way, honest and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersDiligent, personable and tenacious. A very pleasant opponent but a very tough one.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

The 'outstanding' Exchange Chambers has 'a strong breadth of experienced clinical negligence counsel'. The team has expertise across all areas of clinical negligence work, and its silks are regularly at the forefront of important and complex cases, acting for a range of private and publicly-funded claimants, and its defendant clients include hospitals, NHS organisations, medical defence organisations, and insurance bodies. In recent work of note, Gerard Martin QC led Chris Gutteridge in acted for a claimant who had both of their legs amputated below the knee due to a negligent failure to consider a vascular cause for complaints of pain and numbness in their feet; the claim settled for £2.5m. Dr Kevin Naylor is part of the team acting for a claimaint against seven defendants in a wrongful birth claim; the case concerns the birth of twins both of whom suffer from hereditary spastic paraplegia. Other key members of the team include the 'razor-sharp' head of chambers, Bill Braithwaite QC, 'excellent strategist' David Knifton QC, and the 'articulate' Matthew Stockwell.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersBill is highly intelligent,hugely experienced and incredibly skilled as a negotiator. He has a razor sharp mind and those who have been fortunate enough to see him in court will know him as a a formidable advocate. He is a must have Silk for any solicitor who deals with complex high value clinical negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersDavid has great technical knowledge and a keen forensic eye for detail, and his experience sitting as a Judge, places him in an excellent position to advise on the likely approach of the court. David has a relaxed and calm manner which is particularly helpful with claimants. David has always been very accessible which is crucial in litigation, available to provide fast advice and guidance on situations that may arise.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersGerard has excellent people skills helping to manage the client through a very stressful time. He is calmness personified.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersChris is a stand-out junior with skills well beyond his call. He is excellent with lay clients and adopts an understated but no nonsense approach to dealing with complex and high value litigation. Chris has the envied ability to get to the heart of a case fast, and wastes no time in making his sensible and practical advice clear to his instructing solicitors and lay clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dr Kevin Naylor - Exchange ChambersKevin has a sound knowledge of medicine previously working as a doctor and therefore is able to carefully analyse complex medical negligence issues. He is very capable in dealing with complex, high value matters and is strong tactically and in settlement meetings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange ChambersHe is very responsive and helpful in answering questions. His questioning of experts in conference is very well prepared and thorough. He is very clear with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

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.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange 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.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersWell-prepared with great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is a knowledgeable and confident lawyer. She is excellent in handling witnesses and is sensitive and empathetic to their needs thus ensuring that she gets the best of them to achieve the best possible and realistic result for her client. She is sensible and grounded in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law Tier 2

'An efficient professional set', Exchange Chambers 'remains a go-to set for professional discipline matters', thanks to having 'a number of counsel with an excellent grasp and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter'. According to some, it is also becoming the North's go-to chambers for police misconduct instructions. 2019 silk Richard Littler QC regularly acts for the Police Federation defending high ranking police officers and he also defends at FA Disciplinary Panels. At the junior level, Jason MacAdam has experience of cases before the General Medical Council, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health and Care Professions Council, and the Teaching Regulation Agency. Nicholas Walker's practice centres on defending police officers in professional disciplinary cases. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in police misconduct hearings.

2019 Silks

Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersA leading advocate in the criminal and regulatory arena.

Leading Juniors

Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersHe adopts a no-nonsense style and approach with clients, who respect him for it. He is a highly competent advocate and cross examination is left safely in his hands.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Walker - Exchange ChambersNick has an excellent client manner and is meticulous in his preparation and presentation of cases. He maintains good communication from initial instruction to the final hearing and gains the trust and respect of clients and solicitors instantly with his calm and controlled manner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is 'a very good set' for professional negligence instructions, thanks to 'a variety of barristers for the job and knowledgeable and receptive clerks'. Mark Cawson QC has a strong presence within the professional negligence sector, acting for both claimants and defendants across a range of professions. In one example, Ahmed v Linder Myers, he successfully acted for a claimant developer in a £1.2m High Court claim against solicitors relating to failure to properly obtain an obligation to pay ground rents. The 'practical and pragmaticJames Malam has extensive experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes including those within niche professions, such as agronomists. With 'unrivalled expertise in specialist tax law dove-tailed with a wide commercial law practice', George Rowell has particular expertise in negligence claims against accountants and tax advisers.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersA charming man who has the highest standards. He is extremely dedicated and very detailed in his approach. Very approachable and is very well liked. He has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

James Malam - Exchange ChambersVery good on paper, with clear and forceful pleadings. Just as good before the court. Always feel in safe hands with James on determining the key technical points, putting forward our best case on them.
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersHe is practical, pragmatic and puts clients at ease, excellent at tax and developing a specialism in professional negligence in tax-related cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

Exchange Chambers provides a range of expertise in the property sector, including on cross-discipline matters such as probate. A specialist construction department advises on contracts and appears in the Technology and Construction Court. Neil Cadwallader takes on Chancery and commercial work in development disputes. Andrew Williams is instructed in property litigation, representing investors and leaseholders as well as an individual in an adverse possession claim. Lawrence McDonald handles work on boundaries, restrictive covenants, and rights to light, plus landlord and tenant issues. Paul Burns advises providers of social housing and local government and represented Wirral Council in a case regarding an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.

Leading Juniors

Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersPaul is a brilliant barrister, who has a way of making complicated concepts digestible. Paul is likeable and pleasant. He is approachable, accommodating, induces confidence and goes the extra mile always.
Ranked: Tier 1
Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersAn excellent all rounder. An excellent advocate and great in conference too. Neil has the capability of dealing with the most complicated and legally difficult issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA real depth of experience and specialist knowledge of the construction sector. He is probably the most effective and formidable cross-examiner I have ever seen.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersHe is knowledgeable, very good with clients, in depth knowledge of all instructed matters, very good as consultant, very organised and works in a speedy manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe is an "on the ball" and modern barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersEver popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach, he is sterling advocate whose presence reassures clients and Judges alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersHe has a wealth of knowledge and confidence with his approach to complex matters. He makes himself available and does his best to accommodate last minute instructions, which is very helpful when deadlines are received with little notice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is 'a slick operation with very helpful and organised clerks'. Instructing solicitors and clients praise the set's 'great training opportunities – in particular the Social Housing & Local Government Seminar'. 'A free event it is absolutely invaluable to busy practitioners and unlike other training events completely focused on the issues relevant to local government.' The 'simply outstandingPaul Burns has 'extensive knowledge and experience in ASB social housing cases'. Recent work of note has involved advising local authorities on strategies to manage rent arrears and possession claims, the development of private sector leasing schemes, and litigation risks.  Also of note, Brynmor Adams successfully represented a local authority in a complicated housing-fraud claim against a secure tenant who had ceased to reside in the subject property as their principal home. Adams also successfully represented a different local authority in its claim for possession on anti-social behaviour grounds, namely that the defendant racially abused and harassed a neighbour.

Leading Juniors

Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersPaul gives succinct and practical advice, always, and will give a clear steer to the client based on the client's needs. It's not just about what the law says with Paul but how that can be applied to achieve the desired outcome. A problem solver par excellence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersBrynmor has a highly analytical mind and an ability to get to the nub of a thorny and difficult issue very quickly. Ever popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach, he is sterling advocate whose presence reassures clients and Judges alike. Additionally, his drafting skills are widely called upon, whether to draft policies and procedures or tenancy agreements. He is often the first port of call.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 3

Exchange Chambers offers a 'high-quality service' to its clients on the Northern circuit and members are highly experienced in all manners of family law and provide specialist advice representing parties in difficult and complex Children Act proceedings. 'An excellent negotiator', Judith Fordham leads the team and has particular strength in financial relief and matrimonial finance; she has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge and is also a family arbitrator who deals with private FDRs. Appointed Deputy District Judge in 2019, Sheren Guirguis is 'a pleasure to work with' and has expertise in financial remedy proceedings and Inheritance Act claims.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Judith Fordham - Exchange ChambersMrs Fordham is an excellent negotiator and has sound and measured judgement. She sits part time as a Deputy District Judge and her ability to weigh up and consider options is finely honed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sheren Guirguis - Exchange ChambersA brilliant all-rounder in family law. The safest pair of hands. Totally unflappable, brilliant with clients and clear, sensible advice. Very impressive and a reassuring presence both at court and in conference.
Ranked: Tier 1
Karen Gregory - Exchange ChambersHer preparation is second-to-none and she is skillful in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3

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

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.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHighly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersVery clear and persuasive submissions. Very knowledgeable. Excellent with witnesses. Very personable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

Active on the Northern Circuit, Exchange Chambers' 'thorough and efficient advocateCatherine Knowles is primarily instructed by respondents in the public sector, including government departments, local authorities, and NHS Trusts, across the full spectrum of employment issues, with a particular focus on claims involving allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing. She successfully appeared for the revenue in Wareing v The Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs, an action by the claimant alleging their employer had failed to comply with a duty to make reasonable adjustments; all claims were dismissed following a four-day hearing.

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersCatherine is a particularly thorough and efficient advocate, who we know we can rely on to perform and achieve good results.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Planning and environment

A former planning consultant, the 'very composed and articulate' Peter Dixon leads the planning practice group at Exchange Chambers. Dixon advises landowners, developers, community organisations, and public authorities across the gamut of planning, environmental, and property law, including planning applications and appeals, enforcement, and compulsory purchase and compensation.

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent for planning judicial review work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

In an eventful year for the Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds-based Exchange Chambers, Jonathan I’Anson was appointed the set's new chief executive following the retirement of Tom Handley. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers launched a new defendant personal injury and private prosecutions teams, as well as a maternity and parental support mentoring network for its members. Duncan Hedar has joined chambers from Linklaters; Kristian Cavanagh , Simon Ross , and Helen Rutherford joined from Zenith Chambers; David Sandiford arrived from Cobden House Chambers. Meanwhile, Frida Hussain QC took silk; Michael Maher , Imran Shafi , Ashley Serr, and Jon Close were appointed Recorders; Sarah Johnston  was appointed a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber, while Daniel Prowse has been assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber; Ashley Serr and Simon Lewis  were appointed deputy district judges. Finally, Alexandra Sutton appointed as Junior of the Northern Circuit.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All the commercial/chancery clerks, whom I deal with, provide an excellent and proactive service.

Each and every one of the criminal clerks are extremely professional, including the newly appointed Andy Leech. They are all extremely efficient and nothing is too much trouble for them.

Nick Buckley, the senior clerk in Manchester, is in particular very reliable and knowledgeable. He seems to know everything that’s going on with each and every one of the Barristers and is a pleasure to deal with.

Excellent service from clerks in general but Rachel Williams, Neil Wright and Ben Kierman stand out as particularly effective and conscientious. They are friendly, helpful and present as extremely well organised and professional individuals.

I think Exchange Chambers is well operated and have always found the clerks to be helpful and accommodating. Rachel Williams is particularly pleasant to deal with and has developed a good relationship with the fee earners in our team. The clerking team follow up on when papers are expected, which is reassuring.

Ian Spencer is one of the best clerks I have worked with. He will go out of his way to assist and knows his barristers inside out.

In particular Dave Haley provides excellent service. Nick Buckley is the glue that binds clerks and Counsel always able to offer a resolution.

In particular we use Rachel Williams who is a designated Family Law clerk. She is extremely efficient as well as being a pleasure to work with.

Proactive, knowledgeable and responsive clerks – would single out Joe Mawson for good relationships with the courts

Rachel Williams is superb. Always prompt at responding with a positive attitude. Josh Finn is great to work with.

The clerks are fantastic – particularly Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh who go out of their way to ensure the delivery of a great service (including making numerous copies of documents during a hearing and running them across to Court when needed!).

The Clerks at Exchange are ever helpful. They are keen to foster excellent working relationships with instructing solicitors and make an effort to understand individual ways of working.

The clerks at Exchange are really super, they come back to you quickly and are very efficient and friendly. In over 15 years I’ve never felt let down or left hanging by them and have dealt with several clerks over the years; they are a great team.

The Criminal Clerks in Liverpool are outstanding . Nothing is ever too much trouble and they go out of their way to assist in any way they can .

The service is responsive, realistic, and efficient. Senior clerk Nick Buckley is just incredible. He is available 24/7 and his ‘can do’ approach has clearly been instilled in his team.

When instructing Chambers, you are as equally confident that the Clerks are equally committed to ensuring your experience at Chambers is as positive. They are approachable, will attempt to accommodate your requests.

Set:

A very good set of chambers which I have used extensively. Clerk is knowledgeable and receptive to feedback whether good or critical. The set is able to offer a variety of barristers for a particular job and the clerk is fair and objective in recommending a barrister for the case. Training programs are good.

A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks and all round high standards.

An excellent set. Number 1 commercial chambers in North West. Quality of barristers and strength in depth. Very commercial in approach to dealing with instructing solicitors. Good training programme.

Chambers as a whole is excellent – they have a good mix of experience in its barristers – if a barrister is booked they seldom return cases unless absolutely necessary – competent and proactive clerking – offer a varied training program – they provide bespoke training to my staff and colleagues and also an excellent program of seminars and forums led by the barristers in chambers.

Chambers is a good set with excellent barristers at both Manchester and Liverpool that I know. I have no hesitation to briefing them on a number of varied cases with a lot of highly qualified barristers. Should a case need to be returned then they will always offer a similar category alternative.

Exchange are a very strong set in terms of insolvency and corporate recovery work – comfortably the strongest in Manchester.

Exchange Chambers are a fantastic set with vast experience and strength in depth. They have provided us with comprehensive training in all areas of clinical negligence and serious injuries work.

Exchange chambers are highly professional approachable and give confidence that any case will be dealt with with the highest skills and professionalism . Their strength and in-depth knowledge skill second to none. High availability of counsel, and carry out bespoke training programmes when ever asked.

Exchange chambers are in my opinion unchallenged on client care and willingness to help. Their range of barrister talent is unbelieveable for a set outside London.

Exchange Chambers as a whole is an outstanding set of Chambers . They offer a very personal service and we are always kept fully informed in respect of availability and any potential difficulties.

They are a well-established leading chambers that rivals any other in the North West. They are a leading set for Claimant personal injury and have extensive strength in depth.

I always use exchange chambers as the quality of their counsel is second to none.

I would recommend Exchange Chambers for criminal and police misconduct work. They are fantastically clerked and are always willing to offer training often at no cost. I am offered suitable counsel when availability is requested and they will not offer unsuitable counsel simply to get the work.

In my experience, Exchange Chambers have significant strength in depth in numerous difference areas of practice. Unlike other chambers, I am happy to allow the clerks to suggest suitable Counsel as I have confidence that whichever Barrister accepts instructions they will do a good job.

In my opinion they are the stand out Chambers for catastrophic injury work. They have real expertise and strength in depth. Their specialism in this work goes back decades, and it shows.

They provide good quality, informative breakfast seminars and have other quality counsel.

Very strong in depth in almost all areas of commercial and chancery work. They also provide an excellent seminar programme.

Exchange Chambers is a multidisciplinary progressive northern powerhouse set, with offices in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.

The set: Exchange Chambers is an award-winning, full service set of barristers’ chambers in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds with a proven track record in all major areas of law. We are one of the largest and most well-resourced Chambers in England and Wales. This allows us to provide strength in depth and an unparalleled level of service and cover.

With 194 members, including 21 silks, many of our barristers are recognised as leaders in their field. Consistently ranked as a leading national set, we develop strong relationships with our clients to ensure that we understand their requirements and deliver outstanding service. We aspire to excellence in everything we do, complementing technical legal knowledge with astute commercial advice.

At a time of unprecedented change in the legal services marketplace, Exchange Chambers’ progressive approach and multi-disciplinary expertise has been recognised through a number of high profile industry awards. Our barristers and clerks are approachable, easy to work with and make things happen.

Work undertaken:

Alternative dispute resolution: Chambers covers all forms of ADR including arbitration, adjudication, dispute resolution boards, expert determination, early neutral evaluation and mediation across all practice areas.

Commercial: The set is widely acclaimed for its complete range of commercial services including insolvency, professional negligence, commercial fraud, property, shareholder, company and partnership disputes, banking, construction and planning. The set also has expertise in a number of niche areas including competition, intellectual property and tax.

Credit Hire: Chambers is home to a specialist team of barristers with particular expertise in the complex and ever-evolving field of Credit Hire law. Counsel are accustomed to tackling all issues of hire as well as issues of illegality, fraud, and more challenging points of law and procedure.

Crime: Comprising 85 members, including 12 silks, the criminal team is one of the largest, most successful teams in the UK. 40 are Category 4 Prosecutors. The team provides representation at all stages of a case, including pre-charge, trial and appeal. We have extensive experience in fraud and financial crime, and cover niche areas such as cybercrime and data protection.

Employment: The team covers the full range of employment work. Its members are regularly instructed by large private sector employment and public sector organisations such as NHS trusts and local authorities.

Family: The team is highly experienced in all matters of family law, including both public and private children law and financial relief matters.

Inquests and inquiries: Chambers has a strong reputation in this area. Our barristers have been involved in some of the largest public inquiries in the UK. The team has a particular unrivalled depth of experience in relation to the healthcare sector. Three members of Chambers sit as Assistant Deputy Coroners.

Local government & social housing: This specialist department is independently acclaimed as ‘first class’ and boasts an enviable record advising and representing local authorities and social housing providers across the country on the full range of issues faced by such organisations. Members of the department frequently advise and appear in high profile and test case litigation before local courts as well as the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The team works alongside other specialist departments within Chambers where appropriate to ensure that they provide the very highest standards of service.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: The extensive team handles claimant / defendant personal injury, clinical negligence and industrial disease work. Members have an exceptional reputation handling high value cases involving catastrophic injuries. There are also a number of barristers who deal with niche matters such as military claims, claims for amputees and complex pain disorders.

Public law & judicial review: Exchange Chambers has a strong team spanning the full range of specialist areas within Chambers including education, human rights, housing, local government, immigration, licensing, community care and mental health.

Regulatory: Chambers has dedicated teams providing specialist advice and representation across a range of regulatory fields including environmental regulation, health and safety, healthcare, professional discipline, police law and inquests.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Bill Braithwaite QC
Chief Executive Jonathan I'Anson
Chambers Director (Liverpool) Neil Wright
Chambers Director (Manchester) Nick Buckley
Chambers Director (Leeds) Ian Spencer
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Ms Jayne Acton  photo Ms Jayne Acton Jayne’s practice includes private and public law instructions on behalf of local…
Mr Brynmor Adams  photo Mr Brynmor Adams Brynmor specialises in property and public law. He has particular expertise in…
Mr Neil Baki  photo Mr Neil Baki Consistently ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for fraud,…
Mr Alaric Bassano  photo Mr Alaric Bassano Alaric is a specialist criminal barrister who acts for both the prosecution…
Mr David Bentley  photo Mr David Bentley David Bentley is an experienced criminal practitioner, specialising in serious crime, fraud,…
Mr Adam Chichester-Clark  photo Mr Adam Chichester-Clark Adam is a Door Tenant at Exchange Chambers. Adam has a broad…
Mr Jon Close  photo Mr Jon Close Jon regularly appears for both the prosecution and defence in serious criminal…
Mr Stephen Connolly  photo Mr Stephen Connolly Stephen is an exceptional commercial barrister, specialising in complex, high value disputes.…
Mr Christopher Cook  photo Mr Christopher Cook Chris has substantial experience in all manner of commercial and chancery work,…
Mr Peter Dixon  photo Mr Peter Dixon Practice encompasses town and country planning, infrastructure, highways, compulsory purchase, land and…
Mr Nigel DH Edwards  photo Mr Nigel DH Edwards Nigel practises exclusively in personal injury. His practice covers a wide range…
Mr Huw Edwards  photo Mr Huw Edwards Huw has a busy criminal practice which includes large multi-handed conspiracy cases…
Mr Anthony Elleray photo Mr Anthony Elleray Anthony is a highly experienced commercial / chancery practitioner covering all manner…
Mr Jonathan Elystan Rees photo Mr Jonathan Elystan Rees Jonathan has a heavyweight practice in white collar, complex and serious crime,…
Mr Adrian Farrow  photo Mr Adrian Farrow Adrian Farrow’s practice encompasses the full range of criminal offences and his…
Mr David Fearon  photo Mr David Fearon Barrister specialising in the resolution of construction, engineering and process engineering disputes…
Ms Lisa Feng  photo Ms Lisa Feng Lisa’s practice covers commercial and chancery litigation. Her commercial practice includes various…
 Joel Finnan  photo Joel Finnan Joel was called to the Bar in 2018, and became a tenant…
Mr Richard Fisher photo Mr Richard Fisher Richard Fisher QC provides advice and advocacy for individual and corporate clients…
Ms Chloe Fordham  photo Ms Chloe Fordham Chloe is a criminal practitioner who acts for both the prosecution and…
Mr Damian Garrido photo Mr Damian Garrido Damian is recognised as a leading family law specialist. He provides sound,…
Ms Caroline Gee  photo Ms Caroline Gee Caroline specialises in matrimonial finance and private law children disputes. Within financial…
Mr Julian Goode  photo Mr Julian Goode Julian deals with high level criminal cases on behalf of both the…
Ms Laura Gooding  photo Ms Laura Gooding Laura specialises in all aspects of personal injury work, acting for both…
Ms Jane Greenhalgh  photo Ms Jane Greenhalgh Jane is a highly experienced barrister with an extensive criminal practice. She…
Mr Patrick Harrington  photo Mr Patrick Harrington Patrick is a Door Tenant at Exchange Chambers. Patrick Harrington QC was…
Mr Duncan Hedar  photo Mr Duncan Hedar Duncan joined Exchange from a Magic Circle law firm where he was…
Mr Paul Hodgkinson  photo Mr Paul Hodgkinson Paul is known for his direct, robust and no-nonsense approach in both…
Mr Wayne Jackson  photo Mr Wayne Jackson Wayne is a criminal practitioner with a particularly strong fraud practice. He…
Mr Alun James  photo Mr Alun James Alun advises on all direct taxes in a business context, as well…
Mr Oliver Jarvis  photo Mr Oliver Jarvis Oliver is a specialist criminal defence barrister, regularly involved in serious and…
Mr Paul Johnson  photo Mr Paul Johnson Paul is one of the leading mediators in the UK. He is…
Ms Amanda Johnson  photo Ms Amanda Johnson Amanda is a specialist criminal practitioner, instructed to prosecute and defend all…
Ms Sarah Johnston  photo Ms Sarah Johnston Sarah is a specialist criminal barrister, her practice encompassing all areas of…
Ms Sian Jones  photo Ms Sian Jones Sian practises exclusively in civil law, the vast majority of her work…
Mr Mark Kellet  photo Mr Mark Kellet Prior to joining Exchange Chambers, for five years Mark has been the…
Mr Julian King  photo Mr Julian King Julian specialises in regulatory and serious criminal cases. He spent 20 years…
Ms Catherine Knowles  photo Ms Catherine Knowles Catherine practises in all areas of employment and personal injury law. She…
Dr Anja Lansbergen-Mills  photo Dr Anja Lansbergen-Mills Before her year of call, Anja completed a PhD at the University…
Mr Michael Lavery  photo Mr Michael Lavery Michael is an experienced criminal and regulatory practitioner, with over 20 years’…
Ms Harriet Lavin  photo Ms Harriet Lavin Harriet was called to the Bar in 2019. She became a tenant…
Mr Richard Littler photo Mr Richard Littler Richard is an experienced criminal and regulatory barrister with over 20 years’…
Mr Tom Longstaff  photo Mr Tom Longstaff Tom has substantial experience of Commercial Litigation, and recently appeared for the successful…
Mr Jonathan Lowe  photo Mr Jonathan Lowe Jonathan has substantial experience in a wide range of commercial litigation disputes,…
Mr Jason MacAdam  photo Mr Jason MacAdam Jason is an experienced criminal and regulatory barrister with over 25 years’…
Mr Michael Maher  photo Mr Michael Maher Michael is an experienced criminal barrister with a wide-ranging practice covering both…
Mr James Malam  photo Mr James Malam James was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2002, having…
Mr Giles Maynard-Connor  photo Mr Giles Maynard-Connor Giles is recognised as a robust, thorough advocate. He has a clear…
Mr Stuart McCracken  photo Mr Stuart McCracken Stuart practises in personal injury law. He regularly acts in fast track…
Mr Lawrence McDonald  photo Mr Lawrence McDonald Lawrence is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in property, professional negligence…
Mr Stephen Meadowcroft photo Mr Stephen Meadowcroft Stephen has specialised in crime for over 30 years, prosecuting and defending…
Mr David Mohyuddin photo Mr David Mohyuddin David is a highly experienced commercial litigator, his practice covering insolvency, company;…
Mr Ben Myers photo Mr Ben Myers Ben specialises in all forms of serious crime, consistently instructed in substantial…
Dr Kevin Naylor  photo Dr Kevin Naylor Kevin practises almost exclusively in the field of clinical negligence, acting for…
Mr Greg Plunkett  photo Mr Greg Plunkett Greg is an experienced commercial chancery barrister. He was formerly a senior…
Mr Daniel Prowse  photo Mr Daniel Prowse Daniel’s practice is based on serious crime, encompassing cases of serious violence,…
Mr Mark Rhind  photo Mr Mark Rhind Mark specialises in criminal and regulatory work. His criminal work chiefly consists…
Mr Chris Richards  photo Mr Chris Richards Chris was called to the Bar in 2016. He became a tenant…
Ms Charlotte Rimmer  photo Ms Charlotte Rimmer Charlotte has experience handling the full range of criminal offences, including homicide,…
Mr George Rowell  photo Mr George Rowell George is a commercial barrister specialising in tax disputes, professional negligence, and…
Ms Helen Rutherford  photo Ms Helen Rutherford Helen practises in all areas of personal injury, including clinical negligence. She has a…
Ms Carly Sandbach  photo Ms Carly Sandbach Carly’s practice covers all aspects of chancery and commercial litigation and advisory…
Mr David Sandiford  photo Mr David Sandiford David practices in the fields of higher value personal injury, civil actions involving…
Mr Imran Shafi  photo Mr Imran Shafi Imran is widely regarded as one of the leading criminal barristers on circuit, if…
Mr Gareth Shires  photo Mr Gareth Shires Gareth has a busy and wide-ranging personal injury practice. Acting for claimants…
Mr Andrew Smith  photo Mr Andrew Smith Mark has a heavyweight criminal practice comprising both prosecution and defence work.…
Mr Lee Speakman  photo Mr Lee Speakman Lee has a broad practice encompassing personal injury law, family law and…
Mr Mark Stephenson  photo Mr Mark Stephenson Mark is an experienced criminal practitioner, regularly instructed in serious and high…
Ms Sara Sutherland  photo Ms Sara Sutherland Sara is an experienced junior who is regularly instructed in multi track…
Ms Alexandra Sutton  photo Ms Alexandra Sutton Alexandra was called to the Bar in 2017. She became a tenant…
Mr Christian Taylor  photo Mr Christian Taylor Christian practises exclusively in personal injury law and its related litigation. He…
Mr David Temkin  photo Mr David Temkin A newly-appointed silk,  David specialises in serious crime, health and safety cases and professional disciplinary work (police…
Mr Richard Tetlow  photo Mr Richard Tetlow Richard has a broad commercial practice encompassing contractual disputes, banking, mortgages and…
Mr David Toal  photo Mr David Toal David is a specialist criminal and regulatory barrister with over 20 years’…
Ms Katherine Traynor  photo Ms Katherine Traynor During the non-practising first six months of her pupillage, Kate assisted with…
Mr Ian Tucker  photo Mr Ian Tucker Ian specialises in commercial / chancery litigation with an emphasis on insolvency.…
Mr Simon Vaughan  photo Mr Simon Vaughan Simon has a wide-ranging commercial and chancery law practice encompassing shareholder and…
Mr Guy Vickers  photo Mr Guy Vickers Guy has a broad commercial practice, divided between traditional chancery litigation concerning…
Mr John Waiting  photo Mr John Waiting John has a broad practice encompassing commercial, property and insolvency law. He…
Mr Andrew Ward  photo Mr Andrew Ward Andrew is a personal injury specialist. He is regularly instructed in claims…
Mr Simon Whitfield  photo Mr Simon Whitfield Simon is particularly regarded for his construction practice and has wide experience…
Mr Richard Wilcock  photo Mr Richard Wilcock After a 20 year successful career in civil & commercial litigation, Richard…
Mr David Williams  photo Mr David Williams David has a broad commercial practice encompassing a wide range of personal…
Ms Rachael Woods  photo Ms Rachael Woods Rachael is a specialist criminal advocate, regularly instructed by the defence and…

Exchange Chambers are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, including members, pupils, employees and applicants to Chambers. We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability, age, religion or belief or indeed, on any other ground.

We are committed to offering opportunities for gaining experience and practice development to all pupils and members of Chambers equally without discrimination. We offer mini-pupillage and work experience opportunities throughout the year. Our members frequently attend schools and partake in a variety of different schemes and initiatives that promote and encourage social mobility.

A number of our barristers assist with the Social Mobility Foundation and act as mentors to students from diverse backgrounds. We are also a Partner Chamber in the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS), a leading programme designed by the Inner Temple to support aspiring barristers from under-represented backgrounds who have not yet started the BPTC.

We have ensured that Chambers is accessible to people using wheelchairs. We accommodate any requests for reasonable adjustments to assist disabled applicants.

We recognise the need to promote a positive and supportive community for both barristers and staff and to encourage a cohesive and collaborative culture. We have been recognised by the Bar Council for our commitment to Wellbeing at the Bar.

Other current and ongoing initiatives include:

  • We run a mentoring programme in association with L8 A Better Place, a community development project based in Toxteth, Liverpool. Twenty-two of our members are actively involved in the programme, in which they are assigned a student from the local community. The mentoring scheme is aimed at students and young people who are interested in pursuing a career in law and would otherwise lack access to the legal profession.
  • We operate a maternity and parental support mentoring network for our members. The network provides support for Chambers’ barristers during pregnancy, adoption or foster care, following the arrival of their child and in the lead up to and on return to practice or at any other stage of parenthood.
  • We have a member that sits on the Bar Council’s Female Retention Committee, who focus on ensuring equality and diversity at the Bar with a particular focus on female barristers, ensuring a level playing field and examining issues that may prevent female barristers continuing practise at the Bar or progressing within the profession.

Pro Bono
For over five years we have been part of a pioneering pro-bono alliance with The National Autistic Society’s Education Rights Service. The Exchange Chambers team comprises 30 barristers, including two Queen’s Counsel with decades of experience fighting injustice, providing legal support to families with autistic children. Our barristers have undertaken autism awareness and special educational needs training from The National Autistic Society, and provide free legal representation before the Special Educational Needs Tribunal. We were awarded the Outstanding Family Support Award at the 2016 Autism Professionals Awards.


CLIENT: Paul Lunt – Partner and Head of Litigation
COMPANY/FIRM: Brabners LLP
TESTIMONIAL: An excellent set of chambers with the breadth of specialisms and range of experience that you want, with a customer-focussed service mentality and pragmatic clerking that you can work with.


CLIENT: Paul Jonson – Senior Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Pannone Corporate LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Exchange Chambers is one of the leading regional chambers. We have known and worked with Exchange for many years and have built up a great working relationship with various members of Chambers and the commercial clerking team. We find Exchange to offer excellent client service and top quality counsel. The relationship with Exchange is valued greatly by the firm and also by our clients. We cannot recommend them highly enough.


CLIENT: Mark Molyneux – Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Addleshaw Goddard LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Exchange Chambers is a preeminent barristers chambers in Manchester, which offers real strength in depth of commercial counsel, with the experience and expertise to support on the smallest to largest commercial disputes. This is supported by first class clerks who understand and consistently deliver to the service standards that our clients expect.


CLIENT: Anthony Barnfather
COMPANY/FIRM: Barnfather Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I instruct Exchange Manchester which has established itself as the premier set in the City over the last few years. A good stable of barristers supported by a fantastic clerking team headed by Nick Buckley. I have no hesitation in recommending Exchange.


CLIENT: Julia Norris – Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: FS Legal Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Our relationship with Exchange Chambers goes back over 20 years and the advice and assistance that we and our clients have had from their excellent team of barristers has always been absolutely outstanding. Apart from the legal strength and depth available, a unique feature of Exchange is the Management and Clerking Teams. Management adopts a commercial and pro-active approach, continually looking for new opportunities for constructive and profitable areas where we can work together to develop new areas of business. Overall, Exchange is quite outstanding and we look forward to working with them ever more closely in years to come.


CLIENT: Paul Schofield – Partner / Fraud & Business Crime, and Serious Crime
COMPANY/FIRM: Farleys Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have dealt with Exchange for the last 12 years and have been incredibly impressed with them. Exchange Chambers is a formidable and outstanding organisation which keeps going from strength to strength. It is a veritable ‘Northern Powerhouse’ delivering the highest quality of QCs and barristers in the most serious and complex cases nationally. The whole ethos at Exchange is one of absolute commitment to excellence coupled with a clear ‘can do’ approach. The QCs and barristers are simply top drawer, nothing is too much trouble. The clerks are always helpful, efficient and professional, and are a pleasure to work with.