Set Profile > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Leeds, England

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
OXFORD HOUSE, OXFORD ROW
LEEDS
LS1 3BE
England

Clinical negligence Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Matthew Stockwell - Exchange Chambers'Is an encyclopaedia of forensic and tactical knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Mediators Tier 2

Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers in Manchester is 'approachable, commercial, pragmatic and persistent - if anyone can get a settlement, Paul can'. Johnson has mediated over 700 disputes, and his mediation practice includes insolvency, shareholder and partnership disputes, inheritance and probate, professional negligence and banking.

Clinical negligence

Paul Kirtley is the key figure in Exchange Chambers medical negligence team on circuit and is primarily instructed for the claimant in claims relating to the general practitioner, surgical and birth injury spaces.

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersHe has an excellent way with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Exchange Chambers is home to several strong commercial practitioners, and is praised for the 'good availability of counsel', and particularly the set's contingent of 'very capable insolvency juniors'. Other notable aspects of the set's offering include competition and EU law work, where David Went is one of the most notable names outside of London, and shareholder disputes, where Lisa Linklater and Alfred Weiss are particularly strong. Recent highlights for the set include Linklater's representation of shareholders in a crowd-funded property development who sought to remove company directors, and Went's representation of the Road Haulage Association in a group action in the truck cartel scandal.

Leading Juniors

Lisa Linklater - Exchange ChambersVery highly-regarded both as a lawyer and as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersVery good in front of clients and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersThe stand-out competition barrister in the regions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Fennell - Exchange ChambersProvides excellent service on urgent and difficult instructions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Home to one of the largest commercial teams in the region, Exchange Chambers is a noticeable presence in all areas of commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery work. The team features members with specialist practices in professional negligence, competition law, and credit hire litigation. In competition, David Went acts for a follow-on damages claimant in the truck cartel case.  Mark Cawson QC co-leads on behalf of the claimants in Municipio De Mariana and others v BHP Group, a multi-party claim arising from the collapse of the of a Brazilian dam in 2015 being brought against its British owners.

Leading Silks

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically excellent on insolvency matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersA silk who gets his hands dirty.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Giles Maynard-Connor - Exchange ChambersPugnacious, great with clients and very hard working.
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersAlways ten steps ahead.
Ranked: Tier 1
Carly Sandbach - Exchange ChambersExcellent on the law and extremely tenacious.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersA talented and intelligent competition law specialist.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersDistills the most complicated of matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Vinson - Exchange ChambersPersonable, thorough and intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe has a great academic understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersA good commercial barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Cook - Exchange ChambersPractices across a broad range of commercial litigation matters
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vickers - Exchange ChambersParticularly experienced in credit hire litigation and professional negligence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Construction, planning and environment

Members of Exchange Chambers practice across the construction, planning and environment sectors, with several members having operated in industry roles before their time at the Bar. Former chartered surveyors David Fearon and Peter Dixon lead the construction and planning practice groups respectively and have helped cement the set's reputation for 'excellent technical knowledge' among clients. James Malam recently represented the purchasers in a £6m claim against the developers of a block of 51 flats for breach of contract and failure to install fire safety features.

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery composed and articulate at trial.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA tenacious advocate with strong industry experience.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound, accessible, thorough, reliable and commercial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersHis industry experience gives him a great understanding of construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for construction and business rate disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2

Costs

Exchange Chambers is home to costs specialist Richard Wilcock, who is particularly notable for his work on behalf of the NHS in costs matters. One notable recent case is Nicolaou v Cass, in which Wilcock represented the paying party in a challenge to a two-stage after-the-event insurance premium.

Leading Juniors

Richard Wilcock - Exchange ChambersHis submissions are articulate and detailed.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime

Exchange Chambers' 'tremendous strength in depth' enables it to provide a strong service across a wide range of criminal instructions. Nicholas Johnson QC recently acted for the first defendant in a gang-related assassination case, involving two murders, and in which three of the six charges led to acquittals. Emma Bennett departed the set for Parklane Plowden.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersExceptional on his feet and displays excellent client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange ChambersA force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stephen Grattage - Exchange ChambersA formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Smith - Exchange ChambersCalm, measured, and highly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime

Exchange Chambers is home to one of the strongest criminal teams in the region, with barristers regularly appearing in serious and complex cases. According to one client, the set 'has some real quality barristers and great strength in depth', a sentiment which was echoed by several others, who praised the sets 'great ability to provide alternative counsel' even at short notice. High-profile instructions include Gordon Cole QC's representation of England cricketer Ben Stokes, who was acquitted of charges of affray concerning what the defence argued was Stokes' and a team-mate's intervention in a homophobic attack. Among the juniors, Mark Ainsworth was instructed as the leading junior in a three month trial to prosecuted the Liverpool-based Fernhill Gang, who supplied class A drugs within the city. David Potter was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Silks

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersAn excellent advocate with a tremendous will to win.
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersVery hard-working and always gives good turnaround of instructions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to digest complex cases, nothing is too much.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gordon Cole QC - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for high-value fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersHis broad practice includes cases of serious violence and terrorism.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Meadowcroft QC - Exchange ChambersHis powers of analysis and persuasion are staggering.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Temkin - Exchange ChambersKnowledgeable with regards to all aspects of the law and an exceptional jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersApproachable, pragmatic and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Hodgkinson - Exchange ChambersTotally fearless in court while maintaining great empathy for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Jebb - Exchange ChambersHis submissions are always lucid, logical and well-developed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Kenny - Exchange ChambersMeticulous with her preparation and has a very analytical approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicola Daley - Exchange ChambersAn excellent trial advocate who appeals to judges and juries alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Jarvis - Exchange ChambersA master of the theatre of court and is most impressive in closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 2
Damian Nolan - Exchange ChambersA real fighter who clients are grateful to have on their side.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Toal - Exchange ChambersA great jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersAlways goes the extra mile for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Ainsworth - Exchange ChambersGreat with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes immigration fraud, historic sexual offences and armed robbery cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes large-scale VAT fraud cash-for-crash schemes and other financial crime.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment

Exchange Chambers' employment team is instructed to represent clients at all levels of the court system, from employment tribunals up to the Court of Appeal, as well as in settlement meetings and mediations. Discrimination cases are a key area of work for the set. A recent highlight is Ashley Serr's continued representation of the respondent in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, which concerned allegations of discrimination on the grounds of the claimant's lack of belief by the respondent Orthodox Jewish nursery, now in the appeals process - the matter was remitted back to tribunal after some findings of direct discrimination were upheld and some of indirect discrimination were not.

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersEfficient, thorough and articulate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ashley Serr - Exchange ChambersFerocious in cross-examination and eloquent in argument.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersBright and well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersCan turn around even the most unlikely of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

Family practitioners at Exchange Chambers are predominantly instructed in high-value financial remedy cases, as well as private Children Act matters. Particular areas of expertise include the representation of public figures, variations to shared parenting arrangements, and jurisdictional issues.

Leading Juniors

Judith Fordham - Exchange ChambersAn extremely experienced and accomplished negotiator.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sheren Guirguis - Exchange ChambersExtremely knowledgeable, a tenacious negotiator and a sparkling advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Karen Gregory - Exchange ChambersHer preparation is second-to-none and she is skillful in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries

Exchange Chambers' members are instructed in a wide range of inquests and inquires, from extremely high-profile work such as Louis Browne QC's involvement in the Manchester bombing and Grenfell Tower inquiries (for Salford University and number of firefighters respectively), to the clinical negligence and personal injury-adjacent work undertaken by Sara Sutherland.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersHis ability to digest complex expert evidence is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersParticularly adept in inquests involving medical institutions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury

Exchange Chambers 'always has the right person for the case' and its members are commonly instructed in high-value cases involving catastrophic injuries. Pankaj Madan represented the defendant in a chronic pain case, in which an injury resulted in a loss of employment rendering the claimant ineligible for indefinite leave to remain, resulting in a substantial loss of future earnings claim.

Leading Juniors

Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersVery detailed and methodical.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersVastly knowledgeable and experienced with workplace claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

Exchange Chambers houses a large number of specialist personal injury counsel, across both the senior and junior ranks. A notable niche at the firm is the defense of claims brought against  the military, an area in which William Waldron QC and Louis Browne QC have thriving practices. Christopher Barnes represented former heptathlete Serita Shone in a claim against British Bobsleigh concerning an injury suffered in her first training run as a bobsledder. David Knifton QC co-led the case for the claimant in the Supreme Court in Lewis v Tindale and MIB, which concerned the liability of the Motor Insurers' Bureau for incidents involving uninsured vehicles on private land; in this instance an elderly farmer ran over a man he believed to be scrap metal thief, causing the claimant to break his neck.

Leading Silks

David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersA true claimant specialist who is determined to fight for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersHas an invaluable knowledge of catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersEffortlessly cuts through cases to get to the real issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersA leading brain and spine injury barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersA strong advocate with good client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersHas an excellent manner with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersA good tactician who quickly gets to grips with complex claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersHe has particular expertise in chronic pain and subtle brain injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Gooding - Exchange ChambersFriendly, approachable and responsive counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange Chambers'He is an organised and persuasive advocate both in orally and in writing.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersPrimarily instructed on behalf of claimants.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersResponsive, available and has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Property

William Hanbury is the key figure in property litigation for Exchange Chambers in Leeds, with a practice including possession claims and disputes concerning leases and easements.

Leading Juniors

William Hanbury - Exchange ChambersProvides accurate advice and inspires clients' confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2

Property

Exchange Chambers is praised by clients for the wide range of 'very knowledgeable, experienced and capable' counsel within its property team, one of the largest in the region. Members are instructed on a wide range of matters including unlawful evictions, possession claims and boundary and easement disputes. In a recent highlight, Andrew Williams represented the claimant in a case concerning the interpretation of option agreements, throughout both the initial trial and appeals process.

Leading Juniors

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA very knowledgeable and able advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersProfessional, extremely knowledgeable and excellent on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersAn assured voice in the court room and a lateral thinker on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersTechnically able, robust and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2

Public law

Exchange Chambers' public law team is best known for its work on behalf of local authorities and other government bodies in challenges brought against their decisions. Of recent note, Louis Browne QC acted for the senior coroner in R (Hughes) v HM Coroner for Sefton, an application for judicial review of an inquest touching upon the death of a woman in a care home, which was brought by the family on grounds of irrationality and insufficient inquiry into the deceased's clinical care and the cause of death, with permission eventually being refused.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersA fearsome opponent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersParticularly experienced acting for local authorities.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Paul Kirtley at Exchange Chambers maintains a wide professional disciplinary practice covering police law, the regulation of solicitors and medical sector disciplinary proceedings. Other key areas include sports discipline work, where Kirtley acts for both athletes and governing bodies.

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersDelivers his advice in a straightforward and concise manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of the regulatory team at Exchange Chambers are instructed primarily on professional disciplinary and health and safety matters. The set's members accept both prosecution and defence instructions. John Jones QC recently defended an evangelical church in a health and safety prosecution following the death of a volunteer worker who fell through a suspended ceiling. Ian Whitehurst recently represented  a company in its appeal against a fine for the illegal dumping of waste, following the appellant's attempt to remove the waste and remediate the damage to the site.

Leading Silks

John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersVery hard-working and always turns around work in good time.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersTechnically excellent but also able to give pragmatic advice to clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersA proactive barrister who gives clear advice
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Exchange Chambers is ‘the premier set in the north’, with ‘tremendous strength in depth without any dead wood’ across Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cheshire. The set divides its expertise into a criminal team that has ‘standout counsel in the region for regulatory, health and safety, and crime’; a ‘commercial team with real talent’ that is ‘particularly strong in insolvency matters’; and a civil team including ‘local luminaries’ for family law in Liverpool. In recent chambers news, criminal specialist Richard Littler QC was a 2019 silk appointment; Andrew Haslam QC joined from St Paul's Chambers; Patrick Harrington QC, head of chambers at Farrar's Building, and 5 Paper BuildingsJonathan Elystan Rees joined as door tenants; while former Kings Chambers senior clerk Colin Griffin arrived as senior commercial clerk in January 2019. Tom Handley, the set’s chief executive is based in Liverpool, as is practice director and ‘solicitors’ dream’ Neil Wright, who ‘goes the extra mile’, and ‘superb’ chambers director Jonathan l’Anson. Also on Merseyside, senior criminal clerk Kate Masher provides ‘exceptional and up-front clerking’, while civil and family clerks Rachel Williams and Sarah Rotherham are ‘fantastic’. Further along the M62, the set provides ‘London service with a Manchester smile’. Nick Buckley, who also straddles the commercial and civil team, is for many ‘the best criminal clerk on the circuit’. Also in Manchester, commercial clerk Joe Mawson is ‘very responsive and helpful’. On the other side of the Pennines, Ian Spencer ‘runs Leeds with quiet, understated efficiency’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Matthew Stockwell - Exchange Chambers'Is an encyclopaedia of forensic and tactical knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 2

Leading Silks

David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersA true claimant specialist who is determined to fight for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin QC - Exchange ChambersHas an invaluable knowledge of catastrophic injury claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron QC - Exchange ChambersEffortlessly cuts through cases to get to the real issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Bill Braithwaite QC - Exchange ChambersA leading brain and spine injury barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersA strong advocate with good client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Christopher Barnes - Exchange ChambersHas an excellent manner with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris Gutteridge - Exchange ChambersA good tactician who quickly gets to grips with complex claims.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersHe has particular expertise in chronic pain and subtle brain injury cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Laura Gooding - Exchange ChambersFriendly, approachable and responsive counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Stockwell - Exchange Chambers'He is an organised and persuasive advocate both in orally and in writing.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersPrimarily instructed on behalf of claimants.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersResponsive, available and has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Paul Kirtley is the key figure in Exchange Chambers medical negligence team on circuit and is primarily instructed for the claimant in claims relating to the general practitioner, surgical and birth injury spaces.

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersHe has an excellent way with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Exchange Chambers is home to several strong commercial practitioners, and is praised for the 'good availability of counsel', and particularly the set's contingent of 'very capable insolvency juniors'. Other notable aspects of the set's offering include competition and EU law work, where David Went is one of the most notable names outside of London, and shareholder disputes, where Lisa Linklater and Alfred Weiss are particularly strong. Recent highlights for the set include Linklater's representation of shareholders in a crowd-funded property development who sought to remove company directors, and Went's representation of the Road Haulage Association in a group action in the truck cartel scandal.

Leading Juniors

Lisa Linklater - Exchange ChambersVery highly-regarded both as a lawyer and as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersVery good in front of clients and in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Went - Exchange ChambersThe stand-out competition barrister in the regions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Fennell - Exchange ChambersProvides excellent service on urgent and difficult instructions.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime

Exchange Chambers' 'tremendous strength in depth' enables it to provide a strong service across a wide range of criminal instructions. Nicholas Johnson QC recently acted for the first defendant in a gang-related assassination case, involving two murders, and in which three of the six charges led to acquittals. Emma Bennett departed the set for Parklane Plowden.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersExceptional on his feet and displays excellent client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange ChambersA force to be reckoned with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Stephen Grattage - Exchange ChambersA formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Smith - Exchange ChambersCalm, measured, and highly intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

Exchange Chambers' employment team is instructed to represent clients at all levels of the court system, from employment tribunals up to the Court of Appeal, as well as in settlement meetings and mediations. Discrimination cases are a key area of work for the set. A recent highlight is Ashley Serr's continued representation of the respondent in De Groen v Gan Menachem Nursery, which concerned allegations of discrimination on the grounds of the claimant's lack of belief by the respondent Orthodox Jewish nursery, now in the appeals process - the matter was remitted back to tribunal after some findings of direct discrimination were upheld and some of indirect discrimination were not.

Leading Juniors

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersEfficient, thorough and articulate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ashley Serr - Exchange ChambersFerocious in cross-examination and eloquent in argument.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersBright and well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersCan turn around even the most unlikely of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

Exchange Chambers 'always has the right person for the case' and its members are commonly instructed in high-value cases involving catastrophic injuries. Pankaj Madan represented the defendant in a chronic pain case, in which an injury resulted in a loss of employment rendering the claimant ineligible for indefinite leave to remain, resulting in a substantial loss of future earnings claim.

Leading Juniors

Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersVery detailed and methodical.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersVastly knowledgeable and experienced with workplace claims.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Paul Kirtley at Exchange Chambers maintains a wide professional disciplinary practice covering police law, the regulation of solicitors and medical sector disciplinary proceedings. Other key areas include sports discipline work, where Kirtley acts for both athletes and governing bodies.

Leading Juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersDelivers his advice in a straightforward and concise manner.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

The set: Exchange Chambers is a long-established set, formed during World War II in Liverpool.

The set moved to its current Liverpool premises in 1991, which prompted substantial growth in the following years. The set opened chambers in Manchester in 2000 and in Leeds in 2011. With 171 members, it is the third largest chambers in the UK.

It is a multi-disciplinary set, and has practitioners who practise in all major areas of law, with specialists in very niche areas such as construction, competition, data protection, IP, pensions and tax. It is particularly lauded for expertise in insolvency and professional negligence. Our barristers act in cases on a national scale, covering the full breadth of England and Wales.

Exchange Chambers is a progressive, forward-thinking set, recognised for its dynamic approach and strong clerking team, which is described as “innovative and cutting edge”.

Exchange is known for having one of the largest criminal departments in the country, with a high number of fraud specialists and more Category 4 prosecutors than any other barristers’ chambers. It also has a large number of specialist regulatory practitioners.

Types of work undertaken:

Alternative dispute resolution: Exchange Chambers covers all forms of ADR including arbitration, adjudication, dispute resolution boards, expert determination, early neutral evaluations and mediation.

Commercial: Exchange Chambers is widely acclaimed for its array of commercial and chancery services, including mediation, across a range of sectors and professions. Its members offer significant expertise in commercial litigation, commercial fraud, insolvency, professional negligence, and property, and niche areas such as competition, IP and tax. Several of our barristers have this year been instructed in one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British Court: Municipio De Mariana and others v BHP Group. The mining company is being sued for around £5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse, the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history that occurred three years ago.

Construction: Barristers at Exchange provide specialist expertise for clients across the full spectrum of the construction industry including all aspects of alternative dispute resolution. The team comprises members with industry specific qualifications such as Charted Quantity Surveyors and a Chartered Builder.

Court of Protection: Our Court of Protection barristers have significant experience in bringing and acting in complex proceedings in relation to the welfare and rights of vulnerable adults and children. We also provide expert advice in relation to property and monetary affairs.

Criminal: The criminal team is one of the largest, most successful teams in the country, with 40 Category 4 Prosecutors and many appointed to specialist CPS panels. The team defends in equal measure, in all types of serious and general crime, financial crime and criminal regulatory work. The financial crime and fraud team act in cases of national and international stature, and are perfectly adept at handling cases where there are crossover aspects.

Data Breach and Privacy: Exchange Chambers have a dedicated team of barristers who specialise in this fast-developing area of law. Our members have significant experience advising both individual claimants and group actions in relation to data breaches, and regularly receive a range of high-profile instructions in this specialist practice area, including “right to be forgotten” claims.

Employment: Exchange Chambers is a distinctive force in the employment field, known for its strength in handling complex and sensitive issues. Five members of the team are appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel.

Family: The family team provides specialist advice and representation throughout the field of family law. We cover all manner of private and public children law, and financial relief work in equal measure. We are particularly renowned for handling substantial matrimonial finance cases concerning complex assets.

Inquests and inquiries: Exchange Chambers’ coronial law barristers have been involved in some of the most significant inquests and public inquiries of recent times. We have particular expertise in inquests which engage ECHR Article 2. A number of the team are currently instructed to review the unused material following the Hillsborough Investigation, and one of our silks is currently representing The Fire Officers’ Association at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Local government and social housing: This specialist department is independently acclaimed as ”first-class” in the provision of legal services to the legal government and social housing sectors in England and Wales. Exchange has sixteen barristers appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel for central government work.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: The department covers claimant/defendant personal injury, clinical negligence and industrial disease, as well as a variety of niche matters. They have a proven track record in handling the most severe catastrophic claims on a national level.

Police law: The specialist team has extensive experience of representing police officers facing misconduct proceedings. Their barristers are routinely instructed in sensitive, high profile cases on a national scale. They particularly excel in defending disciplinary proceedings with potential or concurrent criminal proceedings.

Property and planning: Exchange Chambers has renowned expertise with barristers covering commercial, agricultural and residential property and planning matters. Clients range from individual landlords and tenants, to local authorities, large corporations and national property developers.

Public law/Judicial Review: The team is dedicated to ensuring that the interests of individuals, companies and regulated bodies are recognised and protected. Exchange also offers broad experience in judicial review claims before the Administrative Court and a range of courts and tribunals in the UK.

Regulatory: Exchange Chambers has teams dedicated to the full range of regulatory practice areas, including environmental, health and safety, healthcare (predominantly for the GMC), inquests and inquiries, police law, and professional discipline. Barristers draw on their experience from areas such as general crime and public law to bring unrivalled strength and depth.

Restructuring and Insolvency: The nationally reputed team undertakes all manner of personal and corporate insolvency work. Many of barristers have experience of acting in other jurisdictions, including Gibraltar and the Seychelles.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Bill Braithwaite QC
Chief Executive Tom Handley
Chambers Director Jonathan I'Anson
Practice Manager Neil Wright
Senior Clerk Nick Buckley
Senior Clerk Ian Spencer
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Ms Caroline Abraham  photo Ms Caroline Abraham Caroline was called to the Bar in 2013. She is an experienced…
Ms Sarah Barlow  photo Ms Sarah Barlow Sarah has been practising as a barrister for over 20 years and…
Ms Holly Betke  photo Ms Holly Betke Holly is an experienced criminal practitioner. She acts for both the prosecution…
Ms Fiona Clancy  photo Ms Fiona Clancy Fiona has a well-established criminal and regulatory practice. She is regularly instructed…
Mr Steven Fennell  photo Mr Steven Fennell Steven specialises in commercial, financial and insolvency litigation, professional negligence and regulatory…
Mr Eddison Flint  photo Mr Eddison Flint Eddison was called to the Bar in 2015 and became a tenant…
Mr Jonathan French  photo Mr Jonathan French Jonathan has an extensive commercial practice, focusing on asset finance, commercial fraud,…
Mr Stephen Grattage  photo Mr Stephen Grattage Stephen is a highly experienced criminal barrister, particularly renowned for his fraud…
Ms Harriet Hartshorn  photo Ms Harriet Hartshorn Harriet was called to the Bar in 2016. She became a tenant…
Mr Andrew Haslam QC photo Mr Andrew Haslam QC Andrew is a highly experienced criminal and regulatory barrister with over 28…
Ms Frida Hussain  photo Ms Frida Hussain Frida has extensive experience in all areas of criminal work, as a…
Mr Nicholas Johnson QC photo Mr Nicholas Johnson QC Nick specialises in criminal fraud and associated commercial and financial work. He…
Mr James Kinsey  photo Mr James Kinsey James was called to the Bar in 2018 and became a tenant…
Mr Paul Kirtley  photo Mr Paul Kirtley Paul is a leading civil practitioner on the North Eastern Circuit, his…
Ms Susanna Kitzing  photo Ms Susanna Kitzing Susanna has a broad common law practice encompassing social housing, personal injury…
Mr Simon Lewis  photo Mr Simon Lewis Simon practises almost exclusively in employment and commercial law. He frequently represents…
Ms Lisa Linklater  photo Ms Lisa Linklater Lisa has forged an excellent reputation as a leading junior in Commercial…
Mr Pankaj Madan  photo Mr Pankaj Madan Pankaj is an experienced personal injury barrister, specialising in high value brain…
Mr Alex Menary  photo Mr Alex Menary Alex is a criminal practitioner, acting on behalf of the prosecution and…
Mr Andrew Petterson  photo Mr Andrew Petterson Andrew’s criminal practice covers the full spectrum of criminal law on behalf…
Mr Simon Ross  photo Mr Simon Ross Simon is an experienced personal injury practitioner. He is dual-qualified and practised as a…
Mr Ashley Serr  photo Mr Ashley Serr Ashley is an employment law specialist. He specialises in all aspects of…
Mr Sean Smith  photo Mr Sean Smith Sean, as the former managing partner of a leading criminal law firm…
Ms Victoria Smith-Swain  photo Ms Victoria Smith-Swain Victoria is a specialist criminal and regulatory advocate. Acting for both the…
Mr Chris Tehrani QC photo Mr Chris Tehrani QC Chris specialises in all forms of serious crime including murder, manslaughter, serious…
Mr Keith Walmsley  photo Mr Keith Walmsley Throughout his career, Keith has had a hugely varied practice that has…
Mr Andrew Wastall  photo Mr Andrew Wastall Andrew has a broad practice encompassing family, personal injury and employment law.…
Ms Rachel Webster  photo Ms Rachel Webster Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and has over 7 years’…
Mr Alfred Weiss  photo Mr Alfred Weiss Experienced Counsel who enjoys building a good rapport with his professional and…
Mr David Went  photo Mr David Went David is internationally renowned as a leading competition law specialist, having been…
Ms Ceri Widdett  photo Ms Ceri Widdett Ceri is a specialist employment barrister. She has extensive experience in equality…
Mr Alex G. Williams  photo Mr Alex G. Williams Alex has experience of a wide range of criminal proceedings. He regularly…