Set Profile > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England

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

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is a 'very impressive commercial set' that has 'real strength, depth and quality'. The set displays expertise in corporate and personal insolvency work, shareholder, company and partnership litigation and disputes, commercial fraud. David Mohyuddin QC  has a broad commercial litigation practice with expertise in handling fraud and deceit allegations. Carly Sandbach  handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases and represents banks, multi-nationals, small businesses, professional firms and private individuals. David Went is also noted and represented Road Haulage Association in Road Haulage Association Limited v MAN SE and ors, a leg of the truck cartel competition law case. The 'excellent' James Malam and Stephen Connolly who is a 'strong technical lawyer' are also noted. Giles Maynard-Connor QC took Silk in the 2021 round, and Mark Cawson QC (as was) was appointed to the bench in November 2020.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid does not shy away from the merits of the cases. He actively takes part in mediations. It is a pleasure to work with David on this matter and solicitors look forward to doing so again - he is an excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor QC - Exchange ChambersGiles is first class. One of the names solicitors have on speed dial for significant disputes.

Leading Juniors

Carly SandbachExchange Chambers 'Technically astute and a shrewd tactician. Provides holistic and well-reasoned advice but possesses an acute commercial mindset, as well as showing an engaging ability to work with the instructing solicitor on the negotiation aspects of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersDavid is excellent: superb lawyer (first class brain), easy to communicate with and very responsive, and provides excellent service. He is by some margin the best competition law barrister operating outside of the London chambers and our "go to" senior junior in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersStephen's work, both written and spoken, is impessive. His submissions are well expressed and persuasive and he is very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Malam - Exchange ChambersJames is quick to identify the key issues and gets to grips with the case within a short period of time, performing well at trial.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew VinsonExchange ChambersRobust and to the point. He has a good grasp of difficult concepts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersLawrence demonstrates clarity of thought in his written advice, submissions and work. He is able to communicate relatively complex legal argument into language that a lay client can readily understand. His verbal reasoning with judges, contemporaries and lay clients is also impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersRichard’s strengths undoubtedly are his attention to detail and quality of the work produced. He is also prepared to roll up his sleeves and fight the client's corner as an advocate if required. The service Richard provides is however delivered with an overarching commercialism and he gives it to you straight.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange are a superb set of chambers. They have deep resources in the sector and our firm regularly uses counsel from exchange of all levels of experience.’

‘In commercial work, Exchange Chambers have a number of quality barristers who are easy to work with, practical and commercial.’

‘Strength-in-depth with an impressive array of varied Counsel able to meet the needs of each case.’

‘My team use Exchange Chambers as its go to chambers in the North West. The set has every level of superb expertise from junior juniors to hugely experienced silks.’

‘Exchange Chambers are an incredibly hard working set and no matter which barrister may be instructed you know you are in incredibly safe hands.’

‘Exchange Chambers is the strongest commercial set in Manchester. It has a good set of strong individuals at both QC and senior-junior level.’

‘This set has strength in depth in this area and are always willing to find a suitable counsel even at very short notice on occasion. They offer excellent training events and updates via on line platforms which are helpful and informative and fees are reasonable and timescales adhered to which is why they are my go to set of chambers for commercial matters.’

‘Exchange Chambers have always been very receptive to any requests we have made for counsel resource and have great strength in depth in commercial litigation, in particular product liability and group litigation.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a great set – I instruct a number of different barristers from Exchange all of whom adopt the same commercial approach to matters (seeing disputes from the perspective of the client and considering practical routes through which it can be resolved).’

‘Exchange are personable and quick to respond. When alternative barristers were required due to availability, this was dealt with quickly.’

‘Chambers have a significant depth of expertise especially amongst its juniors. The more senior barristers are able and likeable. Those more recently on their feet similarly. Exchange Chambers have a habit of inviting bright people to join but when that intellectual ability is supplemented with them being decent engaging and likeable it makes them the chambers of choice in the North.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley & Ian Spencer are particularly good.’

‘Clerks are easy to deal with, understand how to add value and the benefits of being available and responsive. Joe Mawson is excellent.’

‘Joe Mawson is excellent, always responds promptly, listens to any concerns and always happy to make recommendations if the requested counsel is not available but is always honest about Counsels capabilities and will advise if he believes matter may be a little too complex for one of the more junior barristers.’

‘The Clerks’ room is very helpful, informed and attuned to the particular barrister that will suit a particular case or circumstance dependant on availability.’

‘Joe Mawson continues to excel and in all these years we have never had an issue.’

‘The clerks are incredibly committed and always find the appropriate solutions to any problems presented no matter what time of day it may be.’

‘Clerks are usually very responsive, Josh Finn stands out.’

‘Very responsive and very helpful. Nick Buckley leads a great team and always seeks to provide quick solutions to any issues or matters which arise.’

‘The Clerking team is fantastic and flexible to meet your needs. They are realistic on fee estimates and will do what they can to help (from contacting listings teams to providing you with administrative assistance). Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh in particular shine – always on hand on the phone and extremely responsive. Both are a safe pair of hands!’

Company and insolvency Tier 1

Exchange Chambers has a ‘strong insolvency set‘ with ‘real strength, depth and quality‘. The set offers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious company work, with particular expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, directors’ disqualification and breaches of fiduciary duties. Giles Maynard-Connor QC‘s insolvency practice focuses on contentious insolvency work, both corporate and personal – he was appointed as a Silk in the 2021 round. Carly Sandbach has a broad corporate and personal insolvency practice and is described as ‘excellent‘. Ian Tucker is also recommended.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QCExchange Chambers 'Extremely approachable, responsive and hands on. Very much a team player. Legal and strategic advice is always clear and robust and advocacy is first rate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Giles Maynard-Connor QC –Exchange Chambers ‘Excellent advocate with a great ability to get to the essential aspects of any case. Very good with clients, very commercial and extremely thorough in preparation.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersThe qualities Richard has are undoubtedly attention to detail and quality of the work produced. He is also prepared to roll up his sleeves and fight the client's corner as an advocate if required. The service he provides is however delivered with an overarching commercialism and he gives it to you straight. He would never leave you in any doubt as to the strengths or weakness of a particular point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersIan is incredibly knowledgeable and is a definite QC in the making!
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange are our first port of call.’

‘Excellent, especially the training programme in the insolvency sector.’

‘Exchange Chambers are my go to set for insolvency work, particularly across the North. I find junior counsel to be of a very high standard who all adopt a commercial, modern approach. ‘

‘Excellent set. Good strength in depth. Very proactive.’

‘As much as Tom is our go-to Counsel, Exchange Chambers is our first choice for almost all of our work. Excellent strength in depth but notably amongst the juniors, particularly junior juniors. They appear to recruit and train exceptionally well. We always have a good range of options even sometimes at short notice.’

‘Exchange Chambers has become a formidable set and have very high quality counsel. Throughout the pandemic, various training courses have been offered, which have all been very popular and informative.’

‘The pricing structures in Exchange are excellent and commercially minded. The availability of counsel is good.’

‘Exchange Chambers is excellent for insolvency matters – having a wide range of Counsel to choose from depending on the complexities of the case. The Counsel at Exchange are of a very good standard and the clerk (Joe Mawson) on most, if not all, occasions has been able to find Counsel to cover a hearing even if at the last minute.’

‘The annual insolvency seminar is very useful providing an update on recent insolvency developments.’

Clerking

‘Joe Mawson is excellent, always responds promptly, listens to any concerns and always happy to make recommendations if the requested counsel is not available but is always honest about Counsels capabilities and will advise if he believes matter may be a little too complex for one of the more junior barristers.’

‘The Clerks’ room is very helpful, informed and attuned to the particular barrister that will suit a particular case or circumstance dependent on availability.’

‘I generally contact Nicole Haigh who is very responsive and has a good understanding of what is required.’

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is a ‘stand-out set‘ with a ‘first class offering‘. The set has an ‘unparalleled depth of counsel‘ and ‘experienced barristers‘. Key areas of focus include all forms of serious crime including murder, financial crime, sexual abuse and drug offences. Gordon Cole QC specialises in defence and prosecution in cases involving murder, manslaughter, drugs and sexual abuse. Cole successfully prosecuted in a month long murder trial that involved the defendant having a history of bullying, intimidation and financial abuse. Tania Griffiths QC is also noted and defends allegations of historic and contemporary sexual abuse. Richard Littler QC is another stand-out name and displays expertise in cases involving terrorism, organised crime and fraud. Littler is representing the defendant in a number of cases concerning Reynhard Sinaga, who is thought to have raped at least two hundred men in Manchester, which has involved four Crown Court trials plus appeals.

Leading Silks

Tania Griffiths QCExchange ChambersTania is of superb intellect with an exceptional level of legal knowledge and experience within criminal practice. She has the ability and passion to quickly assimilate a complicated Murder Prosecution and identify key issues/best strategies with razor like precision. Tania’s advocacy is exceptional, as is her ability to carry the confidence of, not only the Prosecution Lawyer, but the Senior Police Officers forming the major investigative team.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones QCExchange Chambers  'Attention to detail. Superb with the clients and juries alike. Overall a fantastic lawyer and advocate. My go-to silk.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Cole QCExchange ChambersGordon’s court room presence is a particular strength built upon his many years of experience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

David Temkin QC –Exchange ChambersDavid’s attention to detail is extraordinary. The patience and understanding shown with sometimes difficult individuals makes him stand out from others. Nothing is ever too much trouble.

Leading Juniors

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersPaul is one of the finest jury advocates I have ever seen. He has that rare ability of being able to communicate to a jury as though he were their thirteenth member. He combines that rare talent with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the facts of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew JebbExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is very well-organised and has a good manner with clients. Andrew is capable of picking up cases with a large volume of paperwork and presenting them to a jury in an understandable way, demonstrating a clear understanding of the relevant issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte KennyExchange Chambers ‘Able to put clients at their ease from the outset of a case, good analysis of the issues and advice throughout, strong trial advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Damian NolanExchange Chambers 'Damian is a go-to barrister who provides firm and practical advice - he fights tirelessly for his clients who are grateful to have him on their side. A star of the junior bar who is incredibly responsive.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola DaleyExchange ChambersBrilliant client care skills – a reassuring presence who is compassionate with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersUnflappable with outstanding judgement. Michael carries the confidence of client and solicitors at all times.
Ranked: Tier 2
David ToalExchange Chambers 'An extremely effective jury advocate. He is very approachable and provides excellent client care to both the professional client and lay client.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark AinsworthExchange Chambers ‘Mark is excellent. He is great with clients and is a strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersJason is a strong advocate who has clear expertise in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte RimmerExchange Chambers 'Charlotte's command of a brief is genuinely impressive. She is always meticulously prepared and live to even the minutiae of a case right from the start. She has a highly analytical mind and thinks tactically from the outset. Clients are put at ease by her calm manner, her confidence in a case and her obvious skill.'
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wyn WilliamsExchange ChambersHe is extremely diligent and meticulous, with a real ability to think outside the box. He is courteous and respectful to his clients and solicitors alike, a real team player. I can find nothing to be critical of.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A very effective set that are always willing to assist.’

‘Excellent, strength in depth and availability of suitably qualified replacement Counsel, if necessary. My go-to set.’

‘Great depth to the personnel. If a brief has to be returned you know it will still be in good hands even if it’s not your first choice of counsel.’

‘Good strength in depth in criminal defence work at both junior and senior level, availability is never a problem, they have provided some excellent online training over the last 12 months particularly on new legislation and Encrochat evidence.’

‘Exchange Chambers are extremely efficient and professional.’

‘Exchange Chambers have an excellent calibre of Barristers and are a well respected set within the Manchester Bar.’

‘My main view on chambers as a whole is that if there is ever a case that needs to be returned, I have always found a suitably experienced Counsel to take over.’

‘Exchange are a great set of Chambers with significant strength in depth. They have responded to the pandemic well providing conferences, newsletters etc which have been received well. Ordinarily, they put on numerous CPD events throughout the year which are always well attended, thought provoking and are always on useful and topical subjects.’

‘Exchange Chambers are a stand out set in terms of the standard of their Barristers. One instructs Counsel from Exchange as it as a guarantee of heavy weight, exceptional talent.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are effective with the court and technology. They are reliable and helpful. ‘

‘Although all of the clerks are reliable and trustworthy, I have a superb working relationship with the senior clerk, Nick Buckley, who I always tend to call. ‘

‘Great communication from the clerking team.That’s it main strength. Always keep their solicitors in the loop in a timely fashion. Nick Buckley is the standout clerk and never takes those that instruct chambers for granted.’

‘I have dealt with Kate Masher, Graeme Hipkiss and Suzanne Dutch on a regular basis, they are highly reliable, always helpful, very easy to communicate with. ‘

‘The Clerks are extremely approachable and I have found their response time to enquiries cannot be faulted.’

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime. ‘

‘The Senior Clerk Nick Buckley is an asset to Chambers – he knows his clients and his counsel and joins the dots extremely efficiently and effectively. A senior clerk who is very approachable, engaging and a pleasure to do business with.’

‘Dave Haley and Andy Leech are always particularly helpful and resourceful.’

‘Having practiced in crime for many years before joining chambers, Neil Wright really understands instructing solicitor’s needs.’

IT, telecoms and data protection Tier 1

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers ‘Louis Browne QC is a true gentleman. He is polite, even when pushed by an opponent. He is courteous at all times. Presence flows from him in any formal setting. His strength is to grasp the issue and his main goal is to settle that on the best possible terms. Quite simply a legal phenomenon.
Ranked: Tier 1

Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Steven Fennell - Exchange ChambersSteven has a real understanding of the practical aspects of insolvency work, and he has the ability to make complex technical insolvency issues understandable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Linklater - Exchange ChambersLisa is meticulous, very, very sharp, and has a wealth of knowledge. Always well prepared and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

David Went - Exchange ChambersA superb lawyer with a first-class brain. Very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersAlfred is a good tactician and is well liked by the judiciary, who listen to him with attention. A very bright junior.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersA senior junior who operates at the level of a silk.
Ranked: Tier 1

Planning and environment

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery knowledgeable, user friendly, and calm and quick to respond.
Ranked: Tier 1

Employment

Leading Silks

Simon Gorton QCExchange Chambers ‘Simon’s strengths include his calm and professional manner and ability to explain the most complex issues to clients in conference whilst also being one of the best advocates I have used.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional barrister who's attention to detail is second to none. Very logical stance and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone needing an employment barrister in the Northern circuit.
Ranked: Tier 1

Professional disciplinary law

Leading Juniors

Sarah Barlow - Exchange ChambersSarah is a silk in the making, who is highly adept at making sure no stone is left unturned in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersHe has an amazingly calm persona, even when dealing with the most difficult of cases and clients. This unflappable demeanour also manifests itself into the courtroom and makes him a very jury friendly advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury Tier 1

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

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QCExchange Chambers  ‘Bill is a fearless litigator who leaves no detail unconsidered. At the heart of it all is his obvious desire to achieve the best outcomes for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Knifton QCExchange Chambers ‘David is highly impressive and effective with clients and experts alike. All good silks can refine cases down to a few key issues, but David goes further providing a certain clarity to difficult issues. He is forensic in his approach and delivers his advice in a clear, effective manner leaving nothing to be misunderstood. Excellent with lay clients and experts. A problem solver and a thinker.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QCExchange Chambers 'Gerard is a vastly experienced barrister who has been dealing with these cases for many years. He brings a calmness and clarity to the complexity of case preparation. He also has a very clear and efficient way of explaining complex cases so that clients, experts and judges are able to easily understand.'
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QCExchange Chambers 'A calm and reassuring presence in even the most challenging of cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers 'When Louis speaks in court you want to listen. He has a quietly understated style of advocacy. His cross examination of witnesses is courteous, sensitive and very effective. His legal arguments are focused and presented very persuasively.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher BarnesExchange ChambersChristopher is an outstanding operator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura GoodingExchange ChambersLaura is extremely approachable and able to provide advice which is easily digestible and clear. She has a good awareness of commerciality of claims when advising.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersAn excellent communicator and fantastic technician, with a lovely rapport with the most seriously injured clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj MadanExchange ChambersPankaj has a really good analytical mind. He has good insight into the way judges tend to view cases. He is always thorough in his preparation and is very careful in how he uses experts. A great junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersGreat attention to detail and organisational skills. Genuine empathy with clients. Not afraid to take on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersCatherine is thorough, has great attention to detail and is a particularly good advocate. Not only is she a fantastic barrister she is very approachable. Catherine deals with high value military claims and is able to provide clear and concise advices, deals with quantum matters effectively and produces good results.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersDavid is cool, calm and collected. He is very approachable and always willing to help. David has undertaken a number of Joint Settlement Meetings for high value military claims, has produced sound advices and produced good results. David is a good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is very knowledgeable and confident in her approach in dealing with tricky clinical negligence cases. She puts her skills from Coronial Court to great use in dealing with her clients and the families of her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersAndrew is extremely well-versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of military claims. Andrew has an unrivalled knowledge on non-freezing cold injury claims, and has an excellent rapport and relationship with client's. Their Advices are clear and consistent. They are very good on their feet, particularly in tricky JSM scenarios and in Court. Quick thinking, but with a practical aspect to benefit the client. I would not hesitate to instruct Andrew on any complex injury or military claim.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘I enjoy dealing with Exchange Chambers, the clerks are the most organised and personable I have ever worked with. Moreover they take time to know my style and nature of my work and are always able to match my instructions well with a barrister. A great selection of barristers too. I have never been let down by this chambers.’

‘Very collaborative with instructing solicitors. Supportive set and always provide solutions.’

‘Exchange is an extremely impressive set of Chambers; always friendly to approach and offer a first-class service. Exchange certainly offers strength in depth and are willing to assist in all circumstances.’

‘Exchange Chambers are well known as one of the leading sets in the North West for their wealth of experience and number of counsel who can assist on all types of work. They also offer a strong training program of webinars since the move to remote working.’

‘Chambers are very reliable and consistent in terms of quality of advocates and the clerks are really very good.’

‘Exchange Chambers offer a broad depth of knowledge and expertise. There is a wide variety of Counsel, covering all aspects of PI claims. They are always willing to offer assistance to the client, including in respect of training sessions.’

‘Exchange Chambers are a wonderful set of chambers that go the extra mile to assist you.’

‘Exchange Chambers are all about their clients. They are by far leagues above other Chambers in their professionalism and how they assist and support you.’

Clerking

‘Excellent clerking. Chantal Core is an outstanding clerk.’

‘I particularly recommend the clerk, Rachel Williams, who is always friendly and efficient’

‘The clerks are always helpful and willing to assist. Very quick at responding and organising Counsels’ diaries.’

Professional disciplinary law Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is an ‘excellent set‘ for professional disciplinary law, with ‘ample of experienced barristers in this field‘.  Richard Littler QC defends Police Federation members before misconduct tribunals and in appeals. Moving the medical context, Jason MacAdam and Nicholas Walker are also noted and both deploy considerable experience representing healthcare professionals.

Leading Juniors

Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersJason is a strong advocate who gives robust advice to clients. Clients readily identify Jason's experience which shines through.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas WalkerExchange ChambersNicholas is measured, fair and very pleasant to deal with. He is the best type of opponent to have in a difficult case: he puts his case effectively and does an excellent job for his client.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers is a strong set, with depth of experience, particularly for GMC work representing doctors.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley is a fantastic clerk who is very easy to get along with and provides an excellent service. ‘

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 2

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersLouis is personable in conference, putting clients at ease, as a thorough in-depth knowledge of public law and his drafting of pleadings et cetera is first class.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersDavid is cool, calm and collected. He is very approachable and always willing to help.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘A very organised set who provide excellent training throughout the year.’

‘The chambers as a whole have a great strength in depth. They regularly offer training programs bespoke to my area of law which I find very helpful.’

Clerking

‘Very helpful and accommodating clerks.’

‘The clerks have always been highly professional, proactive and helpful.’

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

Exchange Chambers‘ financial crime and fraud team act in cases involving issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, corporate and investment fraud. John Jones QC has a strong background in handling fraud cases concerning issues including money laundering, corporate fraud and insider dealing. Ian Whitehurst has expertise in areas including on health and safety, environmental, information and revenue law. Michael Lavery has a broad fraud and complex crime practice.

Leading Juniors

Michael LaveryExchange Chambers ‘Michael is extremely approachable with clients; he knows how to put them at ease and he has great empathy with them. His knowledge of the criminal law and procedure is second to none and he thoroughly prepares all cases. He is a force to be reckoned with in a court room.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers 'Ian is a very assured barrister. His down-to-earth manner puts clients at ease. He is an excellent tactician and his written work and advocacy are second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘My favoured set in the North, Exchange are a prodigious stable of thoroughbreds. Whatever the course they have the horse for it, and it seems engrained across their tenants that what solicitors like is as much information as possible and timely reporting. I have never had to chase for results, or worry that work has not been done when it should have been done.’

‘Exchange Chambers offers a wealth of top quality, experienced counsel for all serious crime, fraud and regulatory matters.’

‘Excellent, strength in depth and availability of suitably qualified replacement Counsel, if necessary. My go-to set.’

‘Great depth to the personnel. If a brief has to be returned you know it will still be in good hands even if it is not your first choice.’

‘Chambers have been consistent throughout, being able to offer suitable alternative should our chosen Counsel not be available, dealing promptly with enquiries and being able to offer a wide range of Counsel with different skill sets. They offer a full service, such that we do not often use different chambers.’

‘Exchange Chambers are an excellent set for this area of work, with ample of experienced barristers in this field.’

Clerking

‘The best clerked chambers in the country, and Nick Buckley is simply the best of the best. He is always available, always responsive, and nothing is ever too much of a trouble. He is also no push-over, and bats for his barristers, which does leave you in that extremely easy and straight-forward position that if he gives his word it will be done, and if he cannot do something there will be a very good reason why it cannot be done. Kate Heald at Leeds is also very impressive, and equally keen to help.’

‘The clerks are approachable and very proactive. the use of technology for conferences and prison conferences via CVP is a real time saver and clerks will often volunteer to set up the necessary links to facilitate these meetings’

‘Great communication from the clerking team. That is its main strength. They always keep you in the loop in a timely fashion. Nick Buckley is the standout clerk and never takes those that instruct chambers for granted.’

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime.’

‘Nick Buckley is a great clerk who provides an excellent service. He has a great knack for recommending the right barrister for each case.’

Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is a ‘go-to set‘ for Chancery, probate and tax law. David Mohyuddin QC handle a variety of Chancery and commercial disputes. For tax disputes, George Rowell and Scott Redpath are key individuals, while John Waiting is also noted and handles a variety of work involving real property, company law, wills and probate.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is intelligent, quick to understand the issues yet able to simplify them to assist the client. David is also decisive, and doesn't look to avoid giving an opinion on difficult questions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersPractical, pragmatic and expert.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew VinsonExchange ChambersWell-prepared, calm and effective advocate who gets his point across succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew WilliamsExchange ChambersAndrew is articulate, always very well-prepared, approachable and gets to the heart of a case quickly. He is formidable in court but maintains a calmness that the clients like but the opponents don’t.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Waiting - Exchange ChambersJohn gives well-considered, thorough advice and considers strategic issues when advising. He is a measured and confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Extremely approachable, responsive and hands on. Very much a group of team players. Legal and strategic advice is always clear and robust and advocacy is first rate.’

‘Exchange Chambers have very good strength in depth and are able to offer services from a large number of experienced barristers.’

‘The set as a whole has a number of very able members of the bar and availability has not at any time created any issue or difficulty. I do not recall for example that I have ever, at any time, had to instruct other chambers because of availability issues. I believe that the set hosts regular training courses and, indeed, I have attended one such course at its Leeds chambers which was excellent.’

‘Exchange have huge strength in depth and are our go-to set in the North West. This means that even when your preferred barrister is not available, they can always provide options without the standards dropping at all. Aligned to this, Exchange frequently provide training to us to showcase their expertise.’

‘Good set – the best in the North West.’

‘Always helpful and the go to set in the north for tax.’

Clerking

‘Always responsive and helpful’

‘Nick Buckley is a pleasure to work.’

‘A very good service.’

‘The clerks are really helpful and if you are looking for a barrister with certain strengths they are always happy to make recommendations. Joe Mawson always responds quickly and is happy to answer any queries.’

‘Ian Spencer is very easy to work with, and is able to identify suitable Counsel for different issues. So far he’s not recommended a duff one!’

‘Seamless clerking. All clerks I have had dealings with have been very helpful.’

Clinical negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is ‘excellent in clinical negligence‘ and has a team of ‘highly intelligent‘ and ‘knowledgeable counsel‘. Matthew Stockwell focuses on brain and spinal injury cases, as well as ones concluding in amputations, and is praised for his ‘tactical approach‘. Bill Braithwaite QC is ‘go-to counsel for high value brain injury cases‘.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QCExchange ChambersBill is a fearless litigator who leaves no detail unconsidered. At the heart of it all is his obvious desire to achieve the best outcomes for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Knifton QCExchange ChambersDavid is highly impressive and effective with clients and experts alike. All good Silks can refine cases down to a few key issues, but David goes further providing a certain clarity to difficult issues. He is forensic in his approach and delivers his advice in a clear, effective manner leaving noting to be misunderstood. Excellent with clients and experts. A problem solver and a thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersChris has skills well beyond his call and manages to build meaningful and valued relationships with those who instruct him as well as his lay clients. He is uber-efficient and distils even the most complex cases to the crucial, case deciding core issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin NaylorExchange Chambers 'Kevin is an excellent analyst and gets to the crucial details of a case, using his background in medicine to bring added value. He is a strong tactician, and a composed advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersMatthew is a fantastic legal mind but approachable with clients and lawyers alike. He is a superb tactician and is prepared to explore all avenues to drive a case to success. He will remain a go-to barrister for clinical negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers is excellent for clinical negligence with some rising stars.’

‘My only experience is in clinical negligence and Personal injury. The team is very innovative and offer many topical courses. There are two very good juniors I have instructed, Chris Allen and Chris Gutteridge.’

‘A very supportive set of chambers who accommodate the firm regularly with regards to the availability of counsel and bespoke training, all to a high degree of expertise and experience.’

‘Exchange Chambers has a great selection of highly intelligent, measured, knowledgeable counsel to advise on any clinical negligence matter put before them.’

‘Exchange Chambers has never failed to deliver for me! I find that the Clerks work with the barristers to find solutions whether it be finding time for something urgent that comes up or marrying a particular barrister to a particular case to suit their sub-specialties. The problem is choosing which barrister to instruct from a pool of very talented clinical negligence barristers.’

‘Exchange Chambers is an excellent set of chambers. Exchange are a well-established leading chambers that rivals any other in the North West. They are a leading chambers for Claimant clinical negligence / personal injury and have extensive strength in depth with great Barristers, senior management and clerks. They are a Northern heavyweight. They offer regular updates on legal positions and the Barristers are very prompt in their availability and turnaround times.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are excellent, particularly Leigh Daniels who will always go the extra mile.’

‘Service in the clerks room is good.’

‘Excellent clerking. Chantal Core is worthy of mention. If I were a Silk I would wish to have her as my clerk.’

‘Very helpful, always respond to queries quickly.’

‘The Clerks service is fantastic. Leigh Daniels and Josh Finn work together seamlessly to provide an efficient well oiled service sympathetic to the pressures of the times.’ ‘The Clerking team is phenomenally efficient and go out of their way to accommodate. Leigh Daniels and Josh Finn stand out. Easy to deal with, straight to the point whilst still having time to go that extra mile to develop the relationship between solicitor and chambers.’

‘Exchange Chambers is an excellent set of chambers with a very good clerking service. The clerks are great at accommodating their clients, always going the extra mile. Rachel Williams is superb. Josh Finn is very helpful. The clerks are great at accommodating their clients, always going the extra mile. Rachel Williams is superb. Josh Finn is great. They make clients feel comfortable and welcomed.’

Employment Tier 2

Exchange Chambers' employment law practitioners act for both employers and employees across a broad spectrum of matters. Ashley Serr has substantial experience in handling TUPE, equal pay, and unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. Paul Kirtley, whose 'cross-examination is cutting and effective', is well known for his expertise in the public sector, representing local authorities, the police, and NHS trusts in discrimination cases, to name a couple of areas. The 'extremely knowledgeable and approachable' Alfred Weiss is sought after by governmental departments, individual directors and employees, and SMEs for cases involving restrictive covenants, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersA superb barrister. He is extremely friendly and builds great rapport with the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersHe has an excellent courtroom presence and an ability to quickly focus on and understand the issues of the case, however complex.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Clerking

The clerks (particularly Ian Spencer) have a real “can do” attitude‘.

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersHighly intelligent, with the ability to digest and make sense of complex papers quickly. A good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sandiford Exchange Chambers  ‘David handles bereaved families with great respect and compassion. He is impressive on his feet and families are immensely reassured by his presence in conference and in the hearing.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara displays an excellent level of knowledge, supported by bags of common sense with intuition on when to be empathetic and sympathetic and when to attack!
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers are the go to chambers in the North West of England with strength and expertise which is unparalleled. The training their members provides is always highly topical, of the moment and delivered by experts is a clear and concise manner.’

‘I cannot speak highly enough about their quality of service and attention to detail. There is strength in depth in every aspect, and counsel will make themselves available wherever possible. The training sessions they offer are of high quality.’

Clerking

‘The clerk and support staff are always highly responsive and proactive for their instructing solicitors.’

‘Excellent service, particularly from Rachel Williams in Liverpool.’

Property and construction

Leading Juniors

William Hanbury - Exchange ChambersWilliam is very thorough. He is strong on the technical details, and has a calm and measured approach.
Ranked: Tier 2

Mediators Tier 2

Paul JohnsonExchange Chambers  Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers is 'bright, reliable, trustworthy and fun to work with'. He has undertaken over 900 mediations in a range of areas; and in 2020, his mediation work covered professional negligence, construction, commercial law, fraud, unfair prejudice, insolvency, property, probate and employment. Examples include a professional negligence claim against solicitors, involving the lease and forfeiture of commercial premises.

Professional negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is praised for being 'modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market'. The team displays expertise across a wide range of professional liability work. George Rowell is a professional negligence specialist with a strong background in tax law; he is praised for being 'meticulous in his attention to detail' and 'unrivalled' legal knowledge. James Malam has substantial experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes for a range of professionals including those in the legal and financial services industries. Mark Cawson QC, as was, was appointed as civil circuit judge in November 2020.

Leading Juniors

James MalamExchange Chambers 'Strong technical advice, clear and robust drafting of pleadings, incisive and effective advocacy. Also very easy and pleasant to work with, and prepared to give an off-the-cuff view if asked and to work through the wider strategy of a claim with us. Understands the requirements and priorities of insurer clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersGeorge is a very experienced professional negligence counsel who also has a tax specialism which is a useful addition to his skill set. He is very approachable and is swift at turning instructions around. George also has a good manner with clients and can explain often complex issues in language that lay clients can easily understand.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market. A pleasure to work with. Top management and clerks.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley manages the commercial clerking and is very responsive and supportive to his instructing solicitors.’

Property and construction Tier 2

Exchange Chambers‘ property team has substantial expertise in areas registered land disputes, residential and commercial landlord and tenant, and boundaries, easements and rights of way, both public and private. Andrew Williams and Lawrence McDonald have substantial expertise in property litigation. Williams advised the claimant in Dowse v Bradford City Council , an adverse possession claim against the council. Neil Cadwallader was appointed as a civil circuit judge in October 2020.

Leading Juniors

Paul BurnsExchange ChambersExtremely well-prepared and thorough. Clear, logical and intelligent. A helpful and persuasive advocate with an excellent knowledge of law and procedure. A daunting but sensible and friendly opponent. Unfailingly polite, even in cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersLawrence demonstrates clarity of thought in his written advice, submissions and work. He is able to communicate relatively complex legal argument into language that a lay client can readily understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew WilliamsExchange ChambersAndrew is extremely knowledgeable and is very approachable. Excellent advocacy skills and also very thorough in all advices provided. All written work is done promptly and the detail is exceptional. Advocacy provided is always thoroughly researched and prepared and delivered with great skill.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersSimon is very calm and collected - nothing ruffles him. He really knows his stuff and he's excellent with clients. He is a strong advocate where his calm, authoritative approach is very effective.
Ranked: Tier 2

Social housing Tier 2

Exchange Chambers has a sizeable local government and social housing department that has in-depth sector knowledge. Paul Burns heads the department and has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of social housing law‘. Brynmor Adams is another key name to note and has a strong record in acting for local authorities in housing fraud cases.

Leading Juniors

Paul BurnsExchange ChambersPaul has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social housing law and practice, Paul is without doubt, a leader in the field and a go-to for complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is excellent as a whole. They provide excellent training sessions throughout the years and are always willing to assist when required.’

‘The set as a whole is excellent. They arrange an extremely helpful and well prepared annual conference. There generally is someone available to assist with any query.’

‘Exchange Chambers have a very impressive Local Government and Social Housing (LGSH) department with a number of barristers who are specialists. They are always above to provide counsel even sometimes on short notice. Attending chambers for conferences is always easy and everything has been thought of by the team there which is especially helpful when working with lay witnesses who are vulnerable and have never worked with lawyers before. The annual LGSH seminar is invaluable in terms of the high level and depth and relevant nature of the training given but also in terms of bringing so many professionals and clients from the sector together once a year to share experiences and network.Exchange Chambers never responded to instructions in any thing other than approachable friendly professional and willing to assist to the highest standard. All the Barristers I have instructed are excellent and chambers always finds an available candidate when I have asked. ‘

‘Exchange Chambers is a well-respected set of barristers’ Chambers, principally in its Liverpool base, but also present in Manchester and Leeds. The social housing practitioners are a niche team who are regularly instructed by Registered Providers of social housing. They are the go to Chambers for those organisations who require advisory assistance and effective representation in contested trials.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always efficient and courteous.’

‘The clerks are personable, easy to contact and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are friendly, down to earth and always eager to assist with any queries.’

‘Their clerks are very helpful and go out of their way to assist, provide availability and arrange conferences.’

‘Clerks are always quick to respond to queries regarding counsel and I have always found them to offer alternative options if they are unable to assist with the specific query.’

‘Sarah Rotherham & Neil Wright are the two clerks that I deal with. I find them very professional, they are highly approachable and friendly. They provide a first class service and will always go above and beyond to assist however they can. I am comfortable approaching them to discuss fees.’

Crime (general and fraud) Tier 3

At Exchange Chambers in Leeds, the ‘robust advocateChristopher Tehrani QC ‘is noted for his fearless, dogged, but courteous approach in the courtroom, and his ability to react swiftly to dynamic situations as they arise‘. Andrew Haslam QC is sought after for his expertise in prosecuting and defending in high-value financial crime and fraud cases, including investment and VAT fraud. Cybercrime is a particular strength of Nicholas Johnson QC‘s practice, while Andrew Petterson is instructed in cases involving historic sexual offences, serious violence and large-scale drugs conspiracies.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersA silk with a great court presence. He has a very easy manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tehrani QCExchange ChambersChristopher is a very committed advocate who is always prepared to stand up for his client. He relishes a trial and is skilled at identifying those legal points which others are either unable or unwilling to find.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Sean Smith - Exchange ChambersA top level performer.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set – first-rate service‘.

Clerking

Ian Spencer is top-drawer‘.

Family and children law Tier 3

Exchange Chambers‘ members have ‘fantastic‘ experience and knowledge across the full gamut of matrimonial and child law work. Judith Fordham is the head of the family team and specialises in matrimonial finance, while Sheren Guirguis is also noted and has a particular interest in financial remedy proceedings.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Judith FordhamExchange ChambersJudith is a very good negotiator, who has considerable patience in dealing with clients. Judith puts their case forward in a very succinct way. She is well respected by other professionals including Judges. She is always well prepared for her conferences and court hearings. Judith also attends family lawyer seminar helping to train other lawyers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sheren GuirguisExchange ChambersWould not hesitate to recommend her, she is my top go-to for children and finances. She is known for her meticulous preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘The family team in these chambers are highly qualified to meet our clients requirements for specialist family law advice. From initially making an enquiry with the extremely efficient clerks as to availability to the service being delivered by counsel, the chambers certainly provide a very professional service whilst making you feel that you are their individual priority.’

‘Well run chambers with experienced family law advocates.’

‘Exchange has a strong set of child protection barristers so a suitable alternative is available when instructed counsel becomes available.’

‘They are approachable and knowledgeable as a group.’

‘Very skilled family team as a whole , with effective leadership.’

‘The Family Department at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool are always extremely accommodating and have gone to lengths to make counsel available whenever I have required them. They have a strong and experienced team, and there are no members of the team who I would not be confident in instructing.’

Clerking

‘The family clerk – Rachel Williams is very accommodating and will go above and beyond to find solutions to difficult listing issues.’

‘As a firm, we would normally liaise with Rachel, the main family clerk, she is extremely approachable, efficient and accommodating. When she is not available, other clerks has assisted and delivered a high quality service but Rachel takes the time to proffer a friendly comment, she is extremely approachable and an asset to chambers.’

‘Mark Shannon and Wendy Shannon have both been particularly helpful especially ensuring Counsel is available as necessary for lengthy hearings.’

Personal injury Tier 3

Exchange Chambers‘ personal injury team has established experience in handling a range of high-value, complex cases, including fatal accidents, life-changing injuries, industrial disease and catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Pankaj Madan is regularly sought after by claimant and defendant firms for his expertise in catastrophic brain injuries, and has notable strength in cases involving subtle brain injuries. Simon Ross provides ‘clear, concise advice‘ on a broad spectrum of personal injury matters, including road traffic accidents, occupational disease claims and fatal accidents. Paul Kirtley is ‘very approachable‘ and is ‘very experienced in catastrophic injury work‘.

Leading Juniors

Pankaj MadanExchange ChambersPankaj is a great strategist. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of subtle brain injuries, and is committed to securing the best outcomes.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Ross - Exchange ChambersSimon is an accomplished advocate who provides straightforward, clear advice. He is also very personable, and good at establishing client rapport.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersPaul is a highly-skilled negotiator who pays careful attention to detail in complex and high value cases. His passion, drive and enthusiasm shines through.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Prompt, professional and efficient.’

‘It is rare that when we have needed counsel late in the day that someone has not been available. Online training during the lockdowns provided by counsel has been excellent.’

‘They clearly know what they are doing, with a professional and friendly approach.’

Clerking

‘Very effective and pro-active clerking.’

‘The clerks provide a good service.’

‘Excellent clerking provision. Both responsive and supportive and have a fantastic array of talented counsel to utilize as and when required.’

‘Clerks are helpful and offer assistance from counsel at all levels. Responses to emails are dealt with promptly.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is a 'very impressive commercial set' that has 'real strength, depth and quality'. The set displays expertise in corporate and personal insolvency work, shareholder, company and partnership litigation and disputes, commercial fraud. David Mohyuddin QC  has a broad commercial litigation practice with expertise in handling fraud and deceit allegations. Carly Sandbach  handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases and represents banks, multi-nationals, small businesses, professional firms and private individuals. David Went is also noted and represented Road Haulage Association in Road Haulage Association Limited v MAN SE and ors, a leg of the truck cartel competition law case. The 'excellent' James Malam and Stephen Connolly who is a 'strong technical lawyer' are also noted. Giles Maynard-Connor QC took Silk in the 2021 round, and Mark Cawson QC (as was) was appointed to the bench in November 2020.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid does not shy away from the merits of the cases. He actively takes part in mediations. It is a pleasure to work with David on this matter and solicitors look forward to doing so again - he is an excellent barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor QC - Exchange ChambersGiles is first class. One of the names solicitors have on speed dial for significant disputes.

Leading Juniors

Carly SandbachExchange Chambers 'Technically astute and a shrewd tactician. Provides holistic and well-reasoned advice but possesses an acute commercial mindset, as well as showing an engaging ability to work with the instructing solicitor on the negotiation aspects of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersDavid is excellent: superb lawyer (first class brain), easy to communicate with and very responsive, and provides excellent service. He is by some margin the best competition law barrister operating outside of the London chambers and our "go to" senior junior in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersStephen's work, both written and spoken, is impessive. His submissions are well expressed and persuasive and he is very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Malam - Exchange ChambersJames is quick to identify the key issues and gets to grips with the case within a short period of time, performing well at trial.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew VinsonExchange ChambersRobust and to the point. He has a good grasp of difficult concepts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersLawrence demonstrates clarity of thought in his written advice, submissions and work. He is able to communicate relatively complex legal argument into language that a lay client can readily understand. His verbal reasoning with judges, contemporaries and lay clients is also impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersRichard’s strengths undoubtedly are his attention to detail and quality of the work produced. He is also prepared to roll up his sleeves and fight the client's corner as an advocate if required. The service Richard provides is however delivered with an overarching commercialism and he gives it to you straight.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange are a superb set of chambers. They have deep resources in the sector and our firm regularly uses counsel from exchange of all levels of experience.’

‘In commercial work, Exchange Chambers have a number of quality barristers who are easy to work with, practical and commercial.’

‘Strength-in-depth with an impressive array of varied Counsel able to meet the needs of each case.’

‘My team use Exchange Chambers as its go to chambers in the North West. The set has every level of superb expertise from junior juniors to hugely experienced silks.’

‘Exchange Chambers are an incredibly hard working set and no matter which barrister may be instructed you know you are in incredibly safe hands.’

‘Exchange Chambers is the strongest commercial set in Manchester. It has a good set of strong individuals at both QC and senior-junior level.’

‘This set has strength in depth in this area and are always willing to find a suitable counsel even at very short notice on occasion. They offer excellent training events and updates via on line platforms which are helpful and informative and fees are reasonable and timescales adhered to which is why they are my go to set of chambers for commercial matters.’

‘Exchange Chambers have always been very receptive to any requests we have made for counsel resource and have great strength in depth in commercial litigation, in particular product liability and group litigation.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a great set – I instruct a number of different barristers from Exchange all of whom adopt the same commercial approach to matters (seeing disputes from the perspective of the client and considering practical routes through which it can be resolved).’

‘Exchange are personable and quick to respond. When alternative barristers were required due to availability, this was dealt with quickly.’

‘Chambers have a significant depth of expertise especially amongst its juniors. The more senior barristers are able and likeable. Those more recently on their feet similarly. Exchange Chambers have a habit of inviting bright people to join but when that intellectual ability is supplemented with them being decent engaging and likeable it makes them the chambers of choice in the North.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley & Ian Spencer are particularly good.’

‘Clerks are easy to deal with, understand how to add value and the benefits of being available and responsive. Joe Mawson is excellent.’

‘Joe Mawson is excellent, always responds promptly, listens to any concerns and always happy to make recommendations if the requested counsel is not available but is always honest about Counsels capabilities and will advise if he believes matter may be a little too complex for one of the more junior barristers.’

‘The Clerks’ room is very helpful, informed and attuned to the particular barrister that will suit a particular case or circumstance dependant on availability.’

‘Joe Mawson continues to excel and in all these years we have never had an issue.’

‘The clerks are incredibly committed and always find the appropriate solutions to any problems presented no matter what time of day it may be.’

‘Clerks are usually very responsive, Josh Finn stands out.’

‘Very responsive and very helpful. Nick Buckley leads a great team and always seeks to provide quick solutions to any issues or matters which arise.’

‘The Clerking team is fantastic and flexible to meet your needs. They are realistic on fee estimates and will do what they can to help (from contacting listings teams to providing you with administrative assistance). Ian Spencer and Nicole Haigh in particular shine – always on hand on the phone and extremely responsive. Both are a safe pair of hands!’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Exchange Chambers has a ‘strong insolvency set‘ with ‘real strength, depth and quality‘. The set offers a broad range of contentious and non-contentious company work, with particular expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, directors’ disqualification and breaches of fiduciary duties. Giles Maynard-Connor QC‘s insolvency practice focuses on contentious insolvency work, both corporate and personal – he was appointed as a Silk in the 2021 round. Carly Sandbach has a broad corporate and personal insolvency practice and is described as ‘excellent‘. Ian Tucker is also recommended.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QCExchange Chambers 'Extremely approachable, responsive and hands on. Very much a team player. Legal and strategic advice is always clear and robust and advocacy is first rate.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Giles Maynard-Connor QC –Exchange Chambers ‘Excellent advocate with a great ability to get to the essential aspects of any case. Very good with clients, very commercial and extremely thorough in preparation.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tetlow - Exchange ChambersThe qualities Richard has are undoubtedly attention to detail and quality of the work produced. He is also prepared to roll up his sleeves and fight the client's corner as an advocate if required. The service he provides is however delivered with an overarching commercialism and he gives it to you straight. He would never leave you in any doubt as to the strengths or weakness of a particular point.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersIan is incredibly knowledgeable and is a definite QC in the making!
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange are our first port of call.’

‘Excellent, especially the training programme in the insolvency sector.’

‘Exchange Chambers are my go to set for insolvency work, particularly across the North. I find junior counsel to be of a very high standard who all adopt a commercial, modern approach. ‘

‘Excellent set. Good strength in depth. Very proactive.’

‘As much as Tom is our go-to Counsel, Exchange Chambers is our first choice for almost all of our work. Excellent strength in depth but notably amongst the juniors, particularly junior juniors. They appear to recruit and train exceptionally well. We always have a good range of options even sometimes at short notice.’

‘Exchange Chambers has become a formidable set and have very high quality counsel. Throughout the pandemic, various training courses have been offered, which have all been very popular and informative.’

‘The pricing structures in Exchange are excellent and commercially minded. The availability of counsel is good.’

‘Exchange Chambers is excellent for insolvency matters – having a wide range of Counsel to choose from depending on the complexities of the case. The Counsel at Exchange are of a very good standard and the clerk (Joe Mawson) on most, if not all, occasions has been able to find Counsel to cover a hearing even if at the last minute.’

‘The annual insolvency seminar is very useful providing an update on recent insolvency developments.’

Clerking

‘Joe Mawson is excellent, always responds promptly, listens to any concerns and always happy to make recommendations if the requested counsel is not available but is always honest about Counsels capabilities and will advise if he believes matter may be a little too complex for one of the more junior barristers.’

‘The Clerks’ room is very helpful, informed and attuned to the particular barrister that will suit a particular case or circumstance dependent on availability.’

‘I generally contact Nicole Haigh who is very responsive and has a good understanding of what is required.’

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

Exchange Chambers is a ‘stand-out set‘ with a ‘first class offering‘. The set has an ‘unparalleled depth of counsel‘ and ‘experienced barristers‘. Key areas of focus include all forms of serious crime including murder, financial crime, sexual abuse and drug offences. Gordon Cole QC specialises in defence and prosecution in cases involving murder, manslaughter, drugs and sexual abuse. Cole successfully prosecuted in a month long murder trial that involved the defendant having a history of bullying, intimidation and financial abuse. Tania Griffiths QC is also noted and defends allegations of historic and contemporary sexual abuse. Richard Littler QC is another stand-out name and displays expertise in cases involving terrorism, organised crime and fraud. Littler is representing the defendant in a number of cases concerning Reynhard Sinaga, who is thought to have raped at least two hundred men in Manchester, which has involved four Crown Court trials plus appeals.

Leading Silks

Tania Griffiths QCExchange ChambersTania is of superb intellect with an exceptional level of legal knowledge and experience within criminal practice. She has the ability and passion to quickly assimilate a complicated Murder Prosecution and identify key issues/best strategies with razor like precision. Tania’s advocacy is exceptional, as is her ability to carry the confidence of, not only the Prosecution Lawyer, but the Senior Police Officers forming the major investigative team.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones QCExchange Chambers  'Attention to detail. Superb with the clients and juries alike. Overall a fantastic lawyer and advocate. My go-to silk.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Cole QCExchange ChambersGordon’s court room presence is a particular strength built upon his many years of experience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

David Temkin QC –Exchange ChambersDavid’s attention to detail is extraordinary. The patience and understanding shown with sometimes difficult individuals makes him stand out from others. Nothing is ever too much trouble.

Leading Juniors

Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersPaul is one of the finest jury advocates I have ever seen. He has that rare ability of being able to communicate to a jury as though he were their thirteenth member. He combines that rare talent with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the facts of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew JebbExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is very well-organised and has a good manner with clients. Andrew is capable of picking up cases with a large volume of paperwork and presenting them to a jury in an understandable way, demonstrating a clear understanding of the relevant issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte KennyExchange Chambers ‘Able to put clients at their ease from the outset of a case, good analysis of the issues and advice throughout, strong trial advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Damian NolanExchange Chambers 'Damian is a go-to barrister who provides firm and practical advice - he fights tirelessly for his clients who are grateful to have him on their side. A star of the junior bar who is incredibly responsive.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola DaleyExchange ChambersBrilliant client care skills – a reassuring presence who is compassionate with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersUnflappable with outstanding judgement. Michael carries the confidence of client and solicitors at all times.
Ranked: Tier 2
David ToalExchange Chambers 'An extremely effective jury advocate. He is very approachable and provides excellent client care to both the professional client and lay client.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark AinsworthExchange Chambers ‘Mark is excellent. He is great with clients and is a strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersJason is a strong advocate who has clear expertise in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte RimmerExchange Chambers 'Charlotte's command of a brief is genuinely impressive. She is always meticulously prepared and live to even the minutiae of a case right from the start. She has a highly analytical mind and thinks tactically from the outset. Clients are put at ease by her calm manner, her confidence in a case and her obvious skill.'
Ranked: Tier 3
John Wyn WilliamsExchange ChambersHe is extremely diligent and meticulous, with a real ability to think outside the box. He is courteous and respectful to his clients and solicitors alike, a real team player. I can find nothing to be critical of.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A very effective set that are always willing to assist.’

‘Excellent, strength in depth and availability of suitably qualified replacement Counsel, if necessary. My go-to set.’

‘Great depth to the personnel. If a brief has to be returned you know it will still be in good hands even if it’s not your first choice of counsel.’

‘Good strength in depth in criminal defence work at both junior and senior level, availability is never a problem, they have provided some excellent online training over the last 12 months particularly on new legislation and Encrochat evidence.’

‘Exchange Chambers are extremely efficient and professional.’

‘Exchange Chambers have an excellent calibre of Barristers and are a well respected set within the Manchester Bar.’

‘My main view on chambers as a whole is that if there is ever a case that needs to be returned, I have always found a suitably experienced Counsel to take over.’

‘Exchange are a great set of Chambers with significant strength in depth. They have responded to the pandemic well providing conferences, newsletters etc which have been received well. Ordinarily, they put on numerous CPD events throughout the year which are always well attended, thought provoking and are always on useful and topical subjects.’

‘Exchange Chambers are a stand out set in terms of the standard of their Barristers. One instructs Counsel from Exchange as it as a guarantee of heavy weight, exceptional talent.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are effective with the court and technology. They are reliable and helpful. ‘

‘Although all of the clerks are reliable and trustworthy, I have a superb working relationship with the senior clerk, Nick Buckley, who I always tend to call. ‘

‘Great communication from the clerking team.That’s it main strength. Always keep their solicitors in the loop in a timely fashion. Nick Buckley is the standout clerk and never takes those that instruct chambers for granted.’

‘I have dealt with Kate Masher, Graeme Hipkiss and Suzanne Dutch on a regular basis, they are highly reliable, always helpful, very easy to communicate with. ‘

‘The Clerks are extremely approachable and I have found their response time to enquiries cannot be faulted.’

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime. ‘

‘The Senior Clerk Nick Buckley is an asset to Chambers – he knows his clients and his counsel and joins the dots extremely efficiently and effectively. A senior clerk who is very approachable, engaging and a pleasure to do business with.’

‘Dave Haley and Andy Leech are always particularly helpful and resourceful.’

‘Having practiced in crime for many years before joining chambers, Neil Wright really understands instructing solicitor’s needs.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > IT, telecoms and data protection Tier 1

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers ‘Louis Browne QC is a true gentleman. He is polite, even when pushed by an opponent. He is courteous at all times. Presence flows from him in any formal setting. His strength is to grasp the issue and his main goal is to settle that on the best possible terms. Quite simply a legal phenomenon.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Planning and environment

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery knowledgeable, user friendly, and calm and quick to respond.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

Leading Silks

Simon Gorton QCExchange Chambers ‘Simon’s strengths include his calm and professional manner and ability to explain the most complex issues to clients in conference whilst also being one of the best advocates I have used.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersAn exceptional barrister who's attention to detail is second to none. Very logical stance and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone needing an employment barrister in the Northern circuit.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

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

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QCExchange Chambers  ‘Bill is a fearless litigator who leaves no detail unconsidered. At the heart of it all is his obvious desire to achieve the best outcomes for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Knifton QCExchange Chambers ‘David is highly impressive and effective with clients and experts alike. All good silks can refine cases down to a few key issues, but David goes further providing a certain clarity to difficult issues. He is forensic in his approach and delivers his advice in a clear, effective manner leaving nothing to be misunderstood. Excellent with lay clients and experts. A problem solver and a thinker.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QCExchange Chambers 'Gerard is a vastly experienced barrister who has been dealing with these cases for many years. He brings a calmness and clarity to the complexity of case preparation. He also has a very clear and efficient way of explaining complex cases so that clients, experts and judges are able to easily understand.'
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QCExchange Chambers 'A calm and reassuring presence in even the most challenging of cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Browne QCExchange Chambers 'When Louis speaks in court you want to listen. He has a quietly understated style of advocacy. His cross examination of witnesses is courteous, sensitive and very effective. His legal arguments are focused and presented very persuasively.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher BarnesExchange ChambersChristopher is an outstanding operator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura GoodingExchange ChambersLaura is extremely approachable and able to provide advice which is easily digestible and clear. She has a good awareness of commerciality of claims when advising.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersAn excellent communicator and fantastic technician, with a lovely rapport with the most seriously injured clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj MadanExchange ChambersPankaj has a really good analytical mind. He has good insight into the way judges tend to view cases. He is always thorough in his preparation and is very careful in how he uses experts. A great junior.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersGreat attention to detail and organisational skills. Genuine empathy with clients. Not afraid to take on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersCatherine is thorough, has great attention to detail and is a particularly good advocate. Not only is she a fantastic barrister she is very approachable. Catherine deals with high value military claims and is able to provide clear and concise advices, deals with quantum matters effectively and produces good results.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersDavid is cool, calm and collected. He is very approachable and always willing to help. David has undertaken a number of Joint Settlement Meetings for high value military claims, has produced sound advices and produced good results. David is a good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara is very knowledgeable and confident in her approach in dealing with tricky clinical negligence cases. She puts her skills from Coronial Court to great use in dealing with her clients and the families of her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersAndrew is extremely well-versed and knowledgeable in all aspects of military claims. Andrew has an unrivalled knowledge on non-freezing cold injury claims, and has an excellent rapport and relationship with client's. Their Advices are clear and consistent. They are very good on their feet, particularly in tricky JSM scenarios and in Court. Quick thinking, but with a practical aspect to benefit the client. I would not hesitate to instruct Andrew on any complex injury or military claim.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘I enjoy dealing with Exchange Chambers, the clerks are the most organised and personable I have ever worked with. Moreover they take time to know my style and nature of my work and are always able to match my instructions well with a barrister. A great selection of barristers too. I have never been let down by this chambers.’

‘Very collaborative with instructing solicitors. Supportive set and always provide solutions.’

‘Exchange is an extremely impressive set of Chambers; always friendly to approach and offer a first-class service. Exchange certainly offers strength in depth and are willing to assist in all circumstances.’

‘Exchange Chambers are well known as one of the leading sets in the North West for their wealth of experience and number of counsel who can assist on all types of work. They also offer a strong training program of webinars since the move to remote working.’

‘Chambers are very reliable and consistent in terms of quality of advocates and the clerks are really very good.’

‘Exchange Chambers offer a broad depth of knowledge and expertise. There is a wide variety of Counsel, covering all aspects of PI claims. They are always willing to offer assistance to the client, including in respect of training sessions.’

‘Exchange Chambers are a wonderful set of chambers that go the extra mile to assist you.’

‘Exchange Chambers are all about their clients. They are by far leagues above other Chambers in their professionalism and how they assist and support you.’

Clerking

‘Excellent clerking. Chantal Core is an outstanding clerk.’

‘I particularly recommend the clerk, Rachel Williams, who is always friendly and efficient’

‘The clerks are always helpful and willing to assist. Very quick at responding and organising Counsels’ diaries.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is an ‘excellent set‘ for professional disciplinary law, with ‘ample of experienced barristers in this field‘.  Richard Littler QC defends Police Federation members before misconduct tribunals and in appeals. Moving the medical context, Jason MacAdam and Nicholas Walker are also noted and both deploy considerable experience representing healthcare professionals.

Leading Juniors

Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersJason is a strong advocate who gives robust advice to clients. Clients readily identify Jason's experience which shines through.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas WalkerExchange ChambersNicholas is measured, fair and very pleasant to deal with. He is the best type of opponent to have in a difficult case: he puts his case effectively and does an excellent job for his client.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers is a strong set, with depth of experience, particularly for GMC work representing doctors.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley is a fantastic clerk who is very easy to get along with and provides an excellent service. ‘

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 2

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersLouis is personable in conference, putting clients at ease, as a thorough in-depth knowledge of public law and his drafting of pleadings et cetera is first class.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Sandiford - Exchange ChambersDavid is cool, calm and collected. He is very approachable and always willing to help.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘A very organised set who provide excellent training throughout the year.’

‘The chambers as a whole have a great strength in depth. They regularly offer training programs bespoke to my area of law which I find very helpful.’

Clerking

‘Very helpful and accommodating clerks.’

‘The clerks have always been highly professional, proactive and helpful.’

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

Exchange Chambers‘ financial crime and fraud team act in cases involving issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, corporate and investment fraud. John Jones QC has a strong background in handling fraud cases concerning issues including money laundering, corporate fraud and insider dealing. Ian Whitehurst has expertise in areas including on health and safety, environmental, information and revenue law. Michael Lavery has a broad fraud and complex crime practice.

Leading Juniors

Michael LaveryExchange Chambers ‘Michael is extremely approachable with clients; he knows how to put them at ease and he has great empathy with them. His knowledge of the criminal law and procedure is second to none and he thoroughly prepares all cases. He is a force to be reckoned with in a court room.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers 'Ian is a very assured barrister. His down-to-earth manner puts clients at ease. He is an excellent tactician and his written work and advocacy are second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘My favoured set in the North, Exchange are a prodigious stable of thoroughbreds. Whatever the course they have the horse for it, and it seems engrained across their tenants that what solicitors like is as much information as possible and timely reporting. I have never had to chase for results, or worry that work has not been done when it should have been done.’

‘Exchange Chambers offers a wealth of top quality, experienced counsel for all serious crime, fraud and regulatory matters.’

‘Excellent, strength in depth and availability of suitably qualified replacement Counsel, if necessary. My go-to set.’

‘Great depth to the personnel. If a brief has to be returned you know it will still be in good hands even if it is not your first choice.’

‘Chambers have been consistent throughout, being able to offer suitable alternative should our chosen Counsel not be available, dealing promptly with enquiries and being able to offer a wide range of Counsel with different skill sets. They offer a full service, such that we do not often use different chambers.’

‘Exchange Chambers are an excellent set for this area of work, with ample of experienced barristers in this field.’

Clerking

‘The best clerked chambers in the country, and Nick Buckley is simply the best of the best. He is always available, always responsive, and nothing is ever too much of a trouble. He is also no push-over, and bats for his barristers, which does leave you in that extremely easy and straight-forward position that if he gives his word it will be done, and if he cannot do something there will be a very good reason why it cannot be done. Kate Heald at Leeds is also very impressive, and equally keen to help.’

‘The clerks are approachable and very proactive. the use of technology for conferences and prison conferences via CVP is a real time saver and clerks will often volunteer to set up the necessary links to facilitate these meetings’

‘Great communication from the clerking team. That is its main strength. They always keep you in the loop in a timely fashion. Nick Buckley is the standout clerk and never takes those that instruct chambers for granted.’

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime.’

‘Nick Buckley is a great clerk who provides an excellent service. He has a great knack for recommending the right barrister for each case.’

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

Exchange Chambers is a ‘go-to set‘ for Chancery, probate and tax law. David Mohyuddin QC handle a variety of Chancery and commercial disputes. For tax disputes, George Rowell and Scott Redpath are key individuals, while John Waiting is also noted and handles a variety of work involving real property, company law, wills and probate.

Leading Silks

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersDavid is intelligent, quick to understand the issues yet able to simplify them to assist the client. David is also decisive, and doesn't look to avoid giving an opinion on difficult questions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersPractical, pragmatic and expert.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew VinsonExchange ChambersWell-prepared, calm and effective advocate who gets his point across succinctly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew WilliamsExchange ChambersAndrew is articulate, always very well-prepared, approachable and gets to the heart of a case quickly. He is formidable in court but maintains a calmness that the clients like but the opponents don’t.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Waiting - Exchange ChambersJohn gives well-considered, thorough advice and considers strategic issues when advising. He is a measured and confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Extremely approachable, responsive and hands on. Very much a group of team players. Legal and strategic advice is always clear and robust and advocacy is first rate.’

‘Exchange Chambers have very good strength in depth and are able to offer services from a large number of experienced barristers.’

‘The set as a whole has a number of very able members of the bar and availability has not at any time created any issue or difficulty. I do not recall for example that I have ever, at any time, had to instruct other chambers because of availability issues. I believe that the set hosts regular training courses and, indeed, I have attended one such course at its Leeds chambers which was excellent.’

‘Exchange have huge strength in depth and are our go-to set in the North West. This means that even when your preferred barrister is not available, they can always provide options without the standards dropping at all. Aligned to this, Exchange frequently provide training to us to showcase their expertise.’

‘Good set – the best in the North West.’

‘Always helpful and the go to set in the north for tax.’

Clerking

‘Always responsive and helpful’

‘Nick Buckley is a pleasure to work.’

‘A very good service.’

‘The clerks are really helpful and if you are looking for a barrister with certain strengths they are always happy to make recommendations. Joe Mawson always responds quickly and is happy to answer any queries.’

‘Ian Spencer is very easy to work with, and is able to identify suitable Counsel for different issues. So far he’s not recommended a duff one!’

‘Seamless clerking. All clerks I have had dealings with have been very helpful.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

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

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QCExchange ChambersHighly intelligent, with the ability to digest and make sense of complex papers quickly. A good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Sandiford Exchange Chambers  ‘David handles bereaved families with great respect and compassion. He is impressive on his feet and families are immensely reassured by his presence in conference and in the hearing.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersSara displays an excellent level of knowledge, supported by bags of common sense with intuition on when to be empathetic and sympathetic and when to attack!
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Exchange Chambers are the go to chambers in the North West of England with strength and expertise which is unparalleled. The training their members provides is always highly topical, of the moment and delivered by experts is a clear and concise manner.’

‘I cannot speak highly enough about their quality of service and attention to detail. There is strength in depth in every aspect, and counsel will make themselves available wherever possible. The training sessions they offer are of high quality.’

Clerking

‘The clerk and support staff are always highly responsive and proactive for their instructing solicitors.’

‘Excellent service, particularly from Rachel Williams in Liverpool.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite QCExchange ChambersBill is a fearless litigator who leaves no detail unconsidered. At the heart of it all is his obvious desire to achieve the best outcomes for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Knifton QCExchange ChambersDavid is highly impressive and effective with clients and experts alike. All good Silks can refine cases down to a few key issues, but David goes further providing a certain clarity to difficult issues. He is forensic in his approach and delivers his advice in a clear, effective manner leaving noting to be misunderstood. Excellent with clients and experts. A problem solver and a thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersChris has skills well beyond his call and manages to build meaningful and valued relationships with those who instruct him as well as his lay clients. He is uber-efficient and distils even the most complex cases to the crucial, case deciding core issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kevin NaylorExchange Chambers 'Kevin is an excellent analyst and gets to the crucial details of a case, using his background in medicine to bring added value. He is a strong tactician, and a composed advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersMatthew is a fantastic legal mind but approachable with clients and lawyers alike. He is a superb tactician and is prepared to explore all avenues to drive a case to success. He will remain a go-to barrister for clinical negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is praised for being 'modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market'. The team displays expertise across a wide range of professional liability work. George Rowell is a professional negligence specialist with a strong background in tax law; he is praised for being 'meticulous in his attention to detail' and 'unrivalled' legal knowledge. James Malam has substantial experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes for a range of professionals including those in the legal and financial services industries. Mark Cawson QC, as was, was appointed as civil circuit judge in November 2020.

Leading Juniors

James MalamExchange Chambers 'Strong technical advice, clear and robust drafting of pleadings, incisive and effective advocacy. Also very easy and pleasant to work with, and prepared to give an off-the-cuff view if asked and to work through the wider strategy of a claim with us. Understands the requirements and priorities of insurer clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersGeorge is a very experienced professional negligence counsel who also has a tax specialism which is a useful addition to his skill set. He is very approachable and is swift at turning instructions around. George also has a good manner with clients and can explain often complex issues in language that lay clients can easily understand.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Modern and forward-facing, a real force in the Manchester market. A pleasure to work with. Top management and clerks.’

Clerking

‘Nick Buckley manages the commercial clerking and is very responsive and supportive to his instructing solicitors.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 2

Exchange Chambers‘ property team has substantial expertise in areas registered land disputes, residential and commercial landlord and tenant, and boundaries, easements and rights of way, both public and private. Andrew Williams and Lawrence McDonald have substantial expertise in property litigation. Williams advised the claimant in Dowse v Bradford City Council , an adverse possession claim against the council. Neil Cadwallader was appointed as a civil circuit judge in October 2020.

Leading Juniors

Paul BurnsExchange ChambersExtremely well-prepared and thorough. Clear, logical and intelligent. A helpful and persuasive advocate with an excellent knowledge of law and procedure. A daunting but sensible and friendly opponent. Unfailingly polite, even in cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersLawrence demonstrates clarity of thought in his written advice, submissions and work. He is able to communicate relatively complex legal argument into language that a lay client can readily understand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew WilliamsExchange ChambersAndrew is extremely knowledgeable and is very approachable. Excellent advocacy skills and also very thorough in all advices provided. All written work is done promptly and the detail is exceptional. Advocacy provided is always thoroughly researched and prepared and delivered with great skill.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersSimon is very calm and collected - nothing ruffles him. He really knows his stuff and he's excellent with clients. He is a strong advocate where his calm, authoritative approach is very effective.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing Tier 2

Exchange Chambers has a sizeable local government and social housing department that has in-depth sector knowledge. Paul Burns heads the department and has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of social housing law‘. Brynmor Adams is another key name to note and has a strong record in acting for local authorities in housing fraud cases.

Leading Juniors

Paul BurnsExchange ChambersPaul has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social housing law and practice, Paul is without doubt, a leader in the field and a go-to for complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is excellent as a whole. They provide excellent training sessions throughout the years and are always willing to assist when required.’

‘The set as a whole is excellent. They arrange an extremely helpful and well prepared annual conference. There generally is someone available to assist with any query.’

‘Exchange Chambers have a very impressive Local Government and Social Housing (LGSH) department with a number of barristers who are specialists. They are always above to provide counsel even sometimes on short notice. Attending chambers for conferences is always easy and everything has been thought of by the team there which is especially helpful when working with lay witnesses who are vulnerable and have never worked with lawyers before. The annual LGSH seminar is invaluable in terms of the high level and depth and relevant nature of the training given but also in terms of bringing so many professionals and clients from the sector together once a year to share experiences and network.Exchange Chambers never responded to instructions in any thing other than approachable friendly professional and willing to assist to the highest standard. All the Barristers I have instructed are excellent and chambers always finds an available candidate when I have asked. ‘

‘Exchange Chambers is a well-respected set of barristers’ Chambers, principally in its Liverpool base, but also present in Manchester and Leeds. The social housing practitioners are a niche team who are regularly instructed by Registered Providers of social housing. They are the go to Chambers for those organisations who require advisory assistance and effective representation in contested trials.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always efficient and courteous.’

‘The clerks are personable, easy to contact and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are friendly, down to earth and always eager to assist with any queries.’

‘Their clerks are very helpful and go out of their way to assist, provide availability and arrange conferences.’

‘Clerks are always quick to respond to queries regarding counsel and I have always found them to offer alternative options if they are unable to assist with the specific query.’

‘Sarah Rotherham & Neil Wright are the two clerks that I deal with. I find them very professional, they are highly approachable and friendly. They provide a first class service and will always go above and beyond to assist however they can. I am comfortable approaching them to discuss fees.’

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

Exchange Chambers‘ members have ‘fantastic‘ experience and knowledge across the full gamut of matrimonial and child law work. Judith Fordham is the head of the family team and specialises in matrimonial finance, while Sheren Guirguis is also noted and has a particular interest in financial remedy proceedings.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Judith FordhamExchange ChambersJudith is a very good negotiator, who has considerable patience in dealing with clients. Judith puts their case forward in a very succinct way. She is well respected by other professionals including Judges. She is always well prepared for her conferences and court hearings. Judith also attends family lawyer seminar helping to train other lawyers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sheren GuirguisExchange ChambersWould not hesitate to recommend her, she is my top go-to for children and finances. She is known for her meticulous preparation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘The family team in these chambers are highly qualified to meet our clients requirements for specialist family law advice. From initially making an enquiry with the extremely efficient clerks as to availability to the service being delivered by counsel, the chambers certainly provide a very professional service whilst making you feel that you are their individual priority.’

‘Well run chambers with experienced family law advocates.’

‘Exchange has a strong set of child protection barristers so a suitable alternative is available when instructed counsel becomes available.’

‘They are approachable and knowledgeable as a group.’

‘Very skilled family team as a whole , with effective leadership.’

‘The Family Department at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool are always extremely accommodating and have gone to lengths to make counsel available whenever I have required them. They have a strong and experienced team, and there are no members of the team who I would not be confident in instructing.’

Clerking

‘The family clerk – Rachel Williams is very accommodating and will go above and beyond to find solutions to difficult listing issues.’

‘As a firm, we would normally liaise with Rachel, the main family clerk, she is extremely approachable, efficient and accommodating. When she is not available, other clerks has assisted and delivered a high quality service but Rachel takes the time to proffer a friendly comment, she is extremely approachable and an asset to chambers.’

‘Mark Shannon and Wendy Shannon have both been particularly helpful especially ensuring Counsel is available as necessary for lengthy hearings.’

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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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…
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…

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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.