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

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW
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Work Department

Personal injury, Inquests, Police law, Licensing


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

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

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

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

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

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


Called 1995


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

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

David SandifordExchange ChambersDavid is cool, calm and collected. He is very approachable and always willing to help.

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

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David SandifordExchange 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.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

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.