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 > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David Sandiford Exchange ChambersExtremely effective at explaining complicated matters in straightforward terms for clients, articulate and personable at all times. Cuts through medical terminology in a straightforward manner when dealing with medical experts. Gives concise direct advice on paper with a thorough grasp of all the issues.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

David Sandiford Exchange ChambersWell-prepared with great attention to detail.

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

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