Mr Stephen Connolly > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

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Stephen is an exceptional commercial barrister, specialising in complex, high value disputes. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of commercial litigation and property litigation. His practice covers shareholder and company disputes; partnership disputes; commercial contract disputes; commercial fraud; professional negligence; product liability; real property disputes; contested mortgage disputes and mortgage fraud; arbitration, and mediation and other forms of ADR.

His work encompasses advisory work, interim applications, trials and ADR. He appears regularly in the Chancery Division, the Mercantile Court and the Court of Appeal.


Solicitor 1992; Called to the Bar 2003;


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • University of Buckingham, LLB
  • St Thomas More High School, Preston


Outside of work Stephen plays the trumpet, cycles and watches Preston North End.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Stephen ConnollyExchange ChambersStephen’s work, both written and spoken, is impessive. His submissions are well expressed and persuasive and he is very good on his feet.

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 ‘excellentJames 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.