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Exchange Chambers
201 DEANSGATE
MANCHESTER
M3 3NW
England

Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency Tier 1

Exchange Chambers ‘has high-quality juniors’ and ‘is the chambers of choice for insolvency matters.’ Its members have expertise across a wide range of matters, including shareholder and partnership disputes, director disqualification, breaches of fiduciary duties, derivative claims, s994 unfair prejudice petitions, and corporate insolvency. The set is home to Giles Maynard-Connor KC, who represents clients in corporate and personal contentious work, and he has acted on cases in the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar. George Rowell has expertise in insolvency cases with a tax background, including claims against directors arising from failed tax avoidance schemes. Carly Sandbach is experienced in director disqualification proceedings and public interest winding up petitions, as well as breaches of directors’ duties – in Bona Vacantia Ltd v Noblett, she successfully obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, defeating an attempt to make a director personally liable using s217 of the Insolvency Act 1986. Richard Tetlow regularly acts for office holders, individuals, and companies, and has expertise in director disqualification proceedings. Recent growth for the set includes Graham Sellers arriving from Atlantic Chambers in June 2023.

Leading Juniors

Carly Sandbach – Exchange Chambers ‘Carly is excellent in all aspects of her practice. She is strong on paper and in conference, and she is a particularly strong advocate; she is confident, tenacious, hugely persuasive, and she can always be relied upon to fight her client’s corner.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham SellersExchange Chambers ‘Graham is exceptionally diligent and turns urgent work around quickly and at a high quality; he is thorough in his preparation and he is an excellent advocate. Out of court, he has a great ability to adapt his style to the clients, who respect his advice even when it is not what they want to hear.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian Tucker – Exchange ChambersIan is an excellent all-rounder. He is technically brilliant whilst being commercial, he gains the confidence and trust of his clients, and he is an impressive advocate who is always controlled and respectful, but determined.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Tetlow – Exchange Chambers 'Measured but persuasive advocate. Written and oral submissions are always unfussy and therefore easy for the Court and clients to follow. Able to simplify and distill complex issues.'
Ranked: Tier 2
George Rowell – Exchange Chambers ‘George is a really impressive barrister, his knowledge of law is incomparable, and he is never anything other than 100% impeccably prepared. Remarkably, he is also highly pragmatic and commercially-minded, which is very rare indeed in combination with such an academic mind, so he really offers the best of both worlds.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Anja Lansbergen-Mills – Exchange Chambers ‘Anja is thorough and always incredibly well-prepared, meaning you can always rely on her to know her brief inside out. Her preparation feeds into her advocacy, and she is smart on her feet, always armed with answers to potentially difficult questions, and is very effective as a result.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Joe Mawson is very approachable and is an asset to Exchange Chambers. Is he able to provide an option of junior counsel who are all very knowledgeable.’

‘The clerks are commercial, flexible, and they take the time to get to know their clients. Joe Mawson deserves particular recognition.’

‘The senior clerking and management is excellent, especially Nick Buckley and Jonathan I’Anson.’

‘Joe Mawson is an exceptional clerk and central to Chambers’ success.’

‘The clerking team is excellent; they are responsive and easy to deal with.’

‘A go-to set for insolvency needs. They cover everything from basic petitions to highly niche, technical international arbitration matters and always offer a Rolls Royce-level service.’

‘A go-to set in the North West. Their annual insolvency conference is excellent.’

‘Exchange Chambers are one of the premier commercial sets in Manchester. Exchange Chambers boasts a number of courses, and also a great variety of true specialists in their particular field. One has a real sense of collaboration with them.’

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Exchange Chambers is praised as a ‘veritable Northern powerhouse’ with an ‘array of highly-respected practitioners’. The crime team in chambers defends and prosecutes at all levels, covering the entire spectrum of serious crime, including murder, financial crime, alleged serious sexual offending and drug offences. The set is home to John Jones KC, who has a thriving practice working exclusively for the defence in serious crime, fraud, money laundering, and insider trading cases; he acted for the defendant in a gangland murder case concerning the execution-style murder of a rival drug dealer in a public street in broad daylight in Liverpool. Gordon Cole KC has a well-established and varied practice, having acted in murder and manslaughter cases, and Ben Myers KC has substantial expertise in high-value fraud and money laundering cases. The set also houses Richard Littler KC, who has significant experience in cases concerning terrorism, fraud, and organised crime – he is acting for a defendant in a drug importation case stemming from the interception of 350kg of cocaine, 90kg of heroin and 150kg of cannabis. Mark Rhind KC is strong in high-value MTIC and tax fraud cases. Imran Shafi KC also primarily defends in serious and high-profile cases regarding murder, terrorism, and drug conspiracies – he represented a woman who was acquitted on charges concerning her alleged membership of an extreme-right group planning violence using, among others, 3D-printed firearms. Turning to the set’s juniors, David Birrell was sole counsel for a defendant who played a leading role in a case concerning the supply of 180kg of Class A drugs, involving a significant amount of Encrochat evidence. James MacAdam was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2023 as was Ian Harris in October 2023.

Leading Silks

Richard Littler KCExchange Chambers 'Richard is a very hard working silk - his advocacy, both written and verbal, are excellent. He is an excellent advocate that juries warm to, and clients are delighted to have him on their side.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
John Jones KCExchange Chambers ‘John has the ability to put the client at ease from their very first meeting, which is no mean feat bearing in mind the seriousness of the allegations they may face. He has a down-to-earth approach and readily engages everyone present, he is never fearful of asking people their thoughts and views, his preparation of a case does not go without notice, and his eye for detail is phenomenal.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Benjamin Myers KCExchange Chambers ‘Ben is exceptionally hardworking and time and time again masters the most serious and complex technical information. In terms of advocacy, Ben is a true heavyweight of the Bar and with good reason, as he is able to bear the immense pressure of some of the most daunting and distressing cases brought before the courts with unwavering professionalism and integrity.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
David Temkin KC – Exchange Chambers 'David is highly effective cross-examiner whose meticulous preparation is used to devastating effect. He has an affable and persuasive style of advocacy which is attractive to both juries and judges.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Rhind KC – Exchange Chambers 'He is highly professional, an exceptionally good lawyer equally adept in written and oral work. He is an effective and fearless advocate who advances his client's case to the absolute maximum. If I was ever in trouble I'd want him to act for me!'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

David Toal – Exchange Chambers ‘David is a dedicated barrister and a great advocate. He always masters his case, is extremely well regarded by the judiciary, and he commands the respect of his clients and solicitors through his measured and thorough approach.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers ‘Ian is excellent and recommendable.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Hodgkinson – Exchange Chambers 'Paul is both highly experienced and a very able advocate. He has a particularly good manner in dealing with lay clients and is able to explain often complex legal issues  clearly. He is also an extremely personable character which means that he can readily engage with a jury at trial.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew JebbExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is very calm and controlled at all times, which keeps the client focused on the points in issue at all times, and his calm manner of presentation before the jury provides to them a confidence the case he is presenting to them is the account they should accept as a factual one.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte KennyExchange Chambers ‘Charlotte is an exceptional barrister. She commands the court room and she is an excellent advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Damian NolanExchange ChambersDamian is a barrister that fights your corner leaving no stone unturned. He is unflappable during the trial process, and his ability to withstand intense pressure from the prosecution is second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lavery – Exchange Chambers 'Michael is an extremely competent and charismatic barrister. He puts clients at ease but at the same time gives them realistic and forthright advice, he is well respected by all in the criminal justice system as a highly-experienced, first-class barrister, and he has an impressive court presence and judges really listen to him.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte Rimmer – Exchange Chambers ‘Charlotte is extremely well-organised, she knows the cases inside out, and is extremely good with clients. She is a superb trial advocate, and she is a tough examiner of witnesses but always maintains a fair attitude.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Brigden – Exchange Chambers ‘Richard is an incredible advocate and is able to bring passion and compassion to his advocacy. He is brilliant with vulnerable defendants and has the capacity to make them feel at ease and to trust him in a very short space of time.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
David Birrell – Exchange Chambers ‘David can master a case immediately upon instruction and is always fully prepared in advance of conference, having digested all evidence in the case and having identified the issues immediately. He is always available to deal with issues on a case or to provide advice, his preparation of his cases lead to successful legal argument, and his advocacy is incredible.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona ClancyExchange Chambers 'A fierce advocate who has honed her skills and has a real presence in court.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Huw Edwards - Exchange Chambers 'Huw has an excellent grasp of complex and voluminous material and is particularly skilful at cross-examining expert witnesses.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange Chambers 'Jane is tenacious and fierce in her defence advocacy. She is hard working and gets to grips with the case quickly and effectively, she is supportive of her clients and has a very easy approach with a different and sometimes difficult client base, and she is stylish in court and has an innate ability to reach a jury.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘A large clerking team with bags of experience. Head criminal clerk Nick Buckley stands out as a great networker and a real asset.’

‘Very professional and efficient. In Manchester, this is run by chambers director Nick Buckley, who is simply a legend. He cannot be praised highly enough.’

‘There are an abundance of clerks at this set, and Kate Masher and Neil Wright stand out. You only have to raise an issue with them once and it gets done.’

‘Chambers’ clerks, particularly from the Liverpool branch, are second to none. Graeme Hipkiss is incredible, honest, hard working, and dedicated to the role. Nothing is too much trouble for him.’

‘Proactive and helpful. Andy Leech in Manchester and Kate Masher in Liverpool have excellent knowledge of their team and provide good advice and assistance with regards to counsel selection.’

‘Exchange Chambers is an extremely strong and well-managed set; a veritable Northern powerhouse. They have a strength in depth which is second to none and their can-do approach runs right through the organisation.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a fantastic set as a whole. They will advise of counsel’s availability honestly which is refreshing, and if preferred counsel are not available, there are always alternate counsel available who have significant expertise.’

‘Great range of counsel across many areas and a number of excellent barristers with a good range of experience and expertise, allowing the right choice to be made for individual clients.’

Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 1

Exchange Chambers ‘is the go-to set for personal injury counsel’ and its members handle cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, including fatal accidents, industrial disease, severe brain injuries, and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. It also provides representation in niche areas, such as military claims, which is an area of strength for Andrew Ward and Christopher Barnes KC; Barnes KC represented a Royal Marine who was paralysed during a training exercise. William Waldron KC is deputy Head of Chambers and has expertise in representing catastrophically injured claimants. Bill Braithwaite KC’s practice is highly specialised, and he represents claimants exclusively in claims involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Gerard Martin KC, Louis Browne KC, and David Knifton KC are also skilled in this area, as well as claims for amputees; Knifton KC acted for a refuse collector who sustained severe crushing injuries to his right leg when run over by a bin wagon, resulting in above the knee amputation.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite KCExchange Chambers 'Bill's powers of reasoning in cases where there are complex issues relating to liability and causation is absolutely formidable. He champions justice for the victims tirelessly. He is the best of the best!'
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin KCExchange Chambers ‘Gerard is an extremely experienced and accomplished silk and a brilliant negotiator. He inspires confidence and exudes authority around the negotiating table, his cross-examination is measured and calm, yet devastating, and his judgment of the courtroom dynamics is impeccable and the judges all plainly hold him in very high regard, and rightly so.’
Ranked: Tier 1
William Waldron KCExchange Chambers 'Will is a sharp and very accomplished advocate. He is very strong on rehabilitation and achieves the best results for his clients both in terms of outcome and settlement.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Knifton KCExchange ChambersDavid is extremely bright and his ability to grasp complex matters is second-to-none. He is the best there is, he has excellent communication skills, and he is able to express himself very clearly.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Louis Browne KCExchange Chambers 'Louis is unflappable, his attention to detail is meticulous, and his deep understanding of the issues involved in complex, high-value personal injury cases is always apparent. His advocacy skills are amongst the best, he always has a calm but steely approach that draws out the pertinent points from factual and expert witnesses at trial, and he demonstrates a real understanding of the bigger picture.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

Christopher Barnes KCExchange ChambersChristopher is extremely knowledgeable in relation to military and catastrophic claims generally. He is very calm under pressure and is decisive, which is reassuring to mutual clients as well as the instructing solicitor.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersChris is much more accomplished than his years' call suggests. He is a phenomenally able barrister, he has a very relaxed manner, clients love him, and he is an extremely tough advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Pankaj MadanExchange Chambers 'Pankaj has great attention to detail, a fantastic analytical mind, and has a fantastic rapport with clients, enabling them to take confidence in his support.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Ward – Exchange ChambersAndrew has an eye for detail and he is quick to identify the critical issues, the evidence required, and the relevant law and case law.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Alice Dobbie – Exchange Chambers ‘Alice is extremely focused and organised with fantastic attention to detail. She really focuses her mind on the case she is working on and compiles sound and robust advice, and she is particularly good when considering fundamental dishonesty and has strategic ways of investigating and combatting such issues.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Catherine Knowles – Exchange Chambers 'Catherine is an excellent advocate; calm, precise, and she presents her arguments in a clear and persuasive manner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew StockwellExchange Chambers ‘Matthew is strong in identifying issues and considering solutions to problems when they arise. He works well with experts, identifying any weaknesses in their evidence which need to be explored, he is very good at planning ahead in the most serious of cases, and he is good at drafting high-value schedules of loss.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Sutherland – Exchange Chambers 'Sara is supportive, knowledgeable, excellent at getting the best out of witnesses, and realistic.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Stuart McCracken – Exchange Chambers ‘Stuart is excellent on papers and available for ad hoc advice. He is always very well-prepared for conferences with clients and experts, and he is a good negotiator.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Christian Taylor Exchange Chambers Christian’s advocacy skills are second-to-none. He is extremely clever, particularly mathematically gifted, he is extremely warm and personable, and he is able to form good relationships with lay clients quickly.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Allen Exchange Chambers 'Christopher is extremely knowledgeable, reliable, calm, and resourceful. He achieves excellent results and his advocacy is very strong.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are responsive, helpful, and a pleasure to deal with. Rachel Williams in particular is excellent.’

‘The clerks’ room has great strength and all clerks are superb. Neil Wright, Rachel Williams, and Sarah Rotherham are stand-out clerks.’

‘All clerks are very helpful and approachable. They deal with the digital transfer of large volumes of documents very well and without fuss. Neil Wright in particular is always very helpful and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rachel Williams is excellent and you can be confident she is doing her best to assist.’

‘The clerks at Exchange are incredibly attentive and accommodating. They strive to provide the best service possible and invariably achieve it.’

‘Exchange Chambers is the leading personal injury set in the UK at all levels, from KC to Junior Counsel. A very well-run set that has experienced counsel in all areas of personal injury.’

‘Exchange Chambers is the go-to set for personal injury counsel.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a fantastic set of chambers. Very modern, proactive, and eager to assist.’

Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law Tier 1

The members at Exchange Chambers handle a wide range of disciplinary and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on police law. Richard Littler KC frequently defends Police Federation members before police misconduct tribunals and police appeal tribunals, as does Nicholas Walker. Jason MacAdam was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2023.

Leading Juniors

Nicholas WalkerExchange Chambers 'Nick Walker is excellent!'
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Property and construction Tier 1

At Exchange Chambers, the team's workload includes public and private rights of way, highways and planning cases, disputes concerning registered land and conveyancing, and easements and boundaries issues. Andrew Williams specialises in real estate litigation; David Fearon and Simon Whitfield are key contacts in the group for construction and engineering disputes; and Lawrence McDonald is sought after for his expertise in handling disputes concerning rights to light, adverse possession, boundaries, and restrictive covenants. Brynmor Adams is also a key name and his practice mainly focuses on residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters.

Leading Juniors

David Fearon – Exchange Chambers ‘David is always efficient, effective, empathetic and organised.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Lawrence McDonald – Exchange Chambers 'A very hard working junior.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew WilliamsExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is exceptionally bright, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of property law. Not only does he have a sharp intellect and an ability to think on his feet without ever giving the impression of being caught off guard or flustered, he is also extremely personable and engaging.'
Ranked: Tier 1
James Malam – Exchange Chambers 'A detail-orientated junior who is serene under pressure. He takes a measured approach to advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Brynmor Adams – Exchange Chambers ‘Brynmor is pragmatic, and provides thorough advice tailored to client objectives.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Whitfield – Exchange Chambers 'Mr Whitfield has exceptional skills in giving oral and written advice as well as drafting. He is extremely prompt in responding to requests for advice and drafting, even with very short deadlines.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Dixon Exchange Chambers 'His work is exceptionally precise and he has a major advantage having been a surveyor for a number of years.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Exchange Chambers is a good and reliable set.’

‘The set has a number of barristers with expertise who offer strong knowledge and advocacy.’

‘Good strength in depth.’

‘Exchange Chambers is very good value for money.’

‘Joe Mawson is highly efficient and accommodating.’

‘Luke Heywood is excellent, and does all he can to ensure that solicitors and clients are looked after.’

‘Joe Mawson is strong at keeping one appraised and managing expectations.’

‘Prya Anisa is excellent.’

North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

At Exchange Chambers‘ Leeds office, the team of ‘formidable advocates‘ continues to act in high-profile cases of murder, serious violence, large-scale drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences and high-value fraud. Nicholas Johnson KC is ‘an excellent speech-maker‘, and successfully prosecuted a man who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a vulnerable woman. Turning to the junior end of chambers, Eddison Flint defended a man charged with criminal damage to the York Minster after he scaled the building with the intention of taking his own life; he received a suspended sentence. The junior end of the team was bolstered by the arrival of Ayesha Smart.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Johnson KCExchange Chambers 'A leader in this field. He is extremely knowledgeable, his judgement is sharp and he is a pleasure to instruct.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Haslam KCExchange Chambers 'He has an incredible eye for detail, a forensic understanding of complex evidence and is a formidable advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stephen GrattageExchange Chambers 'A great diplomat. Stephen's grasp of a case and attention to detail is second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Eddison Flint  – Exchange Chambers ‘Eddison is always thoroughly prepared; he knows his cases inside out. He is not afraid of taking on complex legal arguments. He has a great work ethic and is a dream to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ayesha Smart – Exchange Chambers ‘A well-respected junior. She is meticulous and a cogent advocate, with an analytical approach.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Exchange is a very strong chambers.’

An excellent set.’

A strong selection of junior counsel.’

A reliable set.’

The service provided was exceptional. All the clerks I have dealt with have been friendly and very accommodating.’

The clerks are a wonderful group of people who work very hard.’

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

The members of Exchange Chambers have substantial expertise handling judicial review claims before the Administrative Court, representing both claimants and defendants. Brynmor Adams acts exclusively for public authorities, including central government departments, non-departmental agencies, and local authorities nationwide. Louis Browne KC leads the local government and social housing departments, and he represented Donald McPherson in R (Leeson) v HM Area Coroner for Manchester South and Various Interested Persons, a judicial review case considering the decision to not admit circumstantial evidence into an inquest in relation to the death of Paula Leeson, who died in a swimming pool in Sweden.

Leading Silks

Louis Browne KCExchange Chambers 'Louis is very approachable and down to earth, making his vast knowledge very accessible.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams – Exchange Chambers ‘Brynmor is bright, calm, measured, and meticulous, and he has been super impressive both on paper and in conference.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

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

Exchange Chambers has members with expertise across a wide range of cases, including prosecutions by the CPS, Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and DWP. Michael Lavery successfully represented the defendant in R v Emmett, a case concerning a Serious Fraud Office prosecution of a solicitor for litigation funding. Ian Whitehurst is another name of note - he acted for a defendant who was accused of allowing his employee to sustain an accident at work when he fell through a lift shaft, causing injuries rendering him a paraplegic.

Leading Silks

John Jones KCExchange Chambers ‘John is a tenacious, highly intelligent, accomplished silk who has many years of experience in defending complex and challenging cases. His exceptionally high levels of preparation, his attention to detail, his overall tactical awareness, and his advocacy skills are impressive.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Michael Lavery – Exchange Chambers ‘Michael is at the top of his game and is always instructed on the best cases on the circuit. He is highly sought after, a real fighter, and a true jury advocate, as he really excels in the courtroom where his advocacy skills are highlighted and he stands head and shoulders above his peers; he is a really polished performer.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers 'Ian has a very strong presence in court and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with tricky judges or opponents. He has good legal and analytical skills, and his written submissions are of a very high quality.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Nick Buckley is the stand out clerk; a true clerk who has his finger on the pulse, knows his market, and suggests the right counsel for the right job.’

‘Very professional and efficient, and in Manchester, this is run by chambers director Nick Buckley, who is simply a legend! he cannot be praised enough.’

‘A large clerking team with bags of experience. Head criminal clerk Nick Buckley stands out as a great networker and a real asset.’

‘The clerks are very responsive.’

‘Great service and extremely efficient clerking team.’

‘The clerks are excellent.’

‘Very strong set across the board.’

‘Excellent set of Chambers with superb strength in depth.’

Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 2

Exchange Chambers ‘is a good set for Chancery work’, and its members have substantial expertise in traditional Chancery law, including real property, wills, trusts, and the administration of estates, probate, and mortgages. Andrew Williams has a property-based Chancery practice, and both Scott Redpath and George Rowell are skilled in tax law mandates. Andrew Vinson exclusively acts in Chancery and commercial work, and the set is also home to John Waiting, who has expertise in trust litigation. Graham Sellers joined the team from Atlantic Chambers in June 2023.

Leading Juniors

George Rowell – Exchange ChambersGeorge is one of the most impressive barristers in this area. He operates at a level quite unlike the rest of us, and all barristers have a command of the law and the detail of the case, but none quite like George; he is never anything other than 100% impeccably prepared, and remarkably, he is also highly pragmatic and commercially-minded, which is very rare indeed in combination with such an academic mind.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott RedpathExchange Chambers ‘ Scott is very approachable and knowledgeable.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew WilliamsExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is exceptionally bright, and one of his strengths, if not his greatest, is his ability to simplify and take people through what are often complicated areas of law, without being condescending, aloof, or arrogant. Not only does he have a sharp intellect and an ability to think on his feet without ever giving the impression of being caught off guard or flustered, he is also extremely personable and engaging, both in and out of court.’
Ranked: Tier 3
John Waiting – Exchange ChambersJohn's advice is measured and strategic, he is quick to understand the issues at the heart of the matter and the client's objectives, and he will not sit on the fence. He gives practical and pragmatic advice, both written and in conference, and his advocacy skills are excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Graham Sellers – Exchange Chambers 'Graham is 100% reliable in turning around instructions. His attention to detail is astonishing, as he misses nothing in the history or the evidence, and he is a persuasive and well-prepared advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘A really good clerking team. Joe Mawson is excellent, and the civil team has enough staff that there is always a good service overall.’

‘Senior clerking and management is excellent, in particular Nick Buckley and Jonathan I’Anson.’

‘Very helpful, always on the other end of the phone, and are always happy to offer a number of potentially suitable counsel.’

‘The clerking team is effective and efficient.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a good set for chancery work. The set runs day-long and short-bite seminars, and it has also hosted the Manchester B&P Courts Forum, which is once a month as a forum for the court to communicate with court users.’

‘Exchange Chambers is one of the premier commercial sets in Manchester. It boasts numbers, but also a great variety of true specialists in their particular field. Exchange Chambers go above and beyond for their clients, offering the use of Chambers to host mediations and meetings etc.’

‘Very strong set across the board and at a range of fee points and seniority. They all provide pragmatic, commercially sound advice.’

‘The experience of their barristers and staff is always first class.’

Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers has ‘a strength and depth of knowledge which is unrivalled.’ Its clinical negligence team acts for a range of private and publicly funded claimants, as well as defendants that include hospitals, NHS organisations, medical defence organisations, and insurance bodies. Head of chambers Bill Braithwaite KC represents claimants exclusively, and he handles cases involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. David Knifton KC represents claimants in cases stemming from high-value obstetric injuries, failures or delays in diagnosis and consent issues, and claims against alternative medical practitioners. Christopher Barnes KC has a specialism in military-related clinical negligence claims. The set is also home to Kevin Naylor, whose practice benefits hugely from his previous experience as a doctor, and Matthew Stockwell is another key name of note, focusing exclusively on brain, spinal, and other life-changing injuries.

Leading Silks

Bill Braithwaite KCExchange Chambers 'Bill has an excellent grasp of the practicalities of living with disabilities. He is very assured in settlement negotiations and has an excellent rapport with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Gerard Martin KCExchange Chambers 'Gerard can deal with complex, high-value cases and he is very good with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 2
David Knifton KCExchange Chambers ‘David is an excellent barrister who is always prepared for a fight. He is a great advocate who has the confidence to cross-examine and also to challenge defendants on difficult points, and he is the first port of call for a difficult case.'
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

Christopher Barnes KC – Exchange Chambers ‘Christopher is the barrister of choice in catastrophic injury claims, brain injury claims, and clinical negligence. He has a great rapport with clients and their families, he is methodical, and he has has the ability to simplify the most complex issue and area of law and medicine.'

Leading Juniors

Kevin NaylorExchange Chambers Kevin’s background of medical knowledge is a true asset, having previously practiced as a medical professional. He tackles complex, high-value medical negligence cases with confidence, stoicism, and ease. He always has a clear vision as to how to structure the case and guide the clients throughout the medico-legal process, and experts thoroughly enjoy working with him and perceive him as a relatable, high-calibre barrister.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew StockwellExchange ChambersMatthew is strong in achieving outstanding outcomes for his clients. His approach to clients is sympathetic yet practical in seeing a way through very complex issues.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Chris GutteridgeExchange ChambersChris is a highly intelligent and skilled barrister whose preparation is detailed and analysis of the law and the facts is thorough. He maintains a very personable manner with solicitors and clients alike, and is rightly in demand for high-value clinical negligence cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland – Exchange Chambers 'Sara is extremely reliable and safe pair of hands. She is able to turn round work really quickly and has a great ability to connect with all clients regardless of the trauma that they have suffered.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Christian Taylor – Exchange Chambers ‘Christian is clear and considered in his approach with the court, clients, and solicitors. He is approachable and empathetic, and he uses his considerable knowledge of the law and process to act as adversary or collaborator as is appropriate, representing the facts of a case and using the law to argue the best possible outcome.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Neil Wright, Rachel Williams, and Sarah Rotherham are all excellent. They are very responsive and always willing to find a workaround and accommodate requests.’

‘Leigh Daniels is a very approachable and accommodating clerk.’

‘Leigh Daniels is extremely efficient, friendly, and helpful, and always acknowledges instructions or requests promptly. It always feels as if nothing is too much trouble for him.’

‘Leigh Daniels is exceptional in his efficiency, organisational skills, and approachability. He responds with lightning speed to all emails and enquiries.’

‘Neil Wright is an exceptional clerk with fantastic knowledge.’

‘Exchange Chambers are the complete set of barrister’s chambers for clinical negligence work. They also have impressive training programmes in clinical negligence claims.’

‘This is an impressively strong set. They have a strength and depth of knowledge which is unrivalled.’

‘Exchange Chambers is highly rated. The barristers are technically excellent and are very personable, and the chambers offer excellent, high-quality training.’

Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 2

At Exchange Chambers, ‘the depth of quality in its commercial team is one of the strongest in the region, if not the strongest’. The members handle a wide range of commercial litigation cases, including competition and banking matters. Giles Maynard-Connor KC handles corporate fraud cases, and experienced commercial litigator Lawrence McDonald acts in cases regarding contractual disputes for individual, companies, office holders, and public bodies. Stephen Connolly is also skilled in contentious contractual matters, and Carly Sandbach has represented parties in all levels of court up to the Court of Appeal, and her clients are broad-ranging, encompassing banks, multinationals, small businesses, professional services firms, and private individuals. Guy Vickers represented the claimant in Stonegate LLP v Pritchard, a case regarding misuse of confidential information by a former employee.

Leading Silks

Giles Maynard-Connor KC – Exchange ChambersGiles is a heavyweight in the market. He is a clever, astute, and user-friendly commercial counsel, a team player, and he is a ferocious advocate with a winning mentality.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

David Went – Exchange Chambers 'A versatile and highly skilled advocate. He has really grown in stature over the last 24+ months, and his written work is of the highest calibre.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Carly Sandbach – Exchange Chambers ‘Carly is a real star; she combines really sharp analytical skills with a clear focus on achieving the client's commercial goals, and she is as strong on paper as she is when appearing before the court with an ability in both forms to persuasively present her client's case at its strongest. There are few barristers outside of London who stand comparison to Carly.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Connolly – Exchange ChambersStephen is sure on his legal arguments and prepares to develop them carefully but with force in his skeleton arguments and before a judge. He is an advocate to have in your corner for a case heading for trial, and he is not distracted by new matters as they unfold and remains calm under pressure.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Malam – Exchange Chambers 'James is excellent at spotting the important details and utilising these to the benefit of the client, and on a number of occasions he has spotted issues which have been vitally important. He takes a very considered approach to advocacy, he explains clearly and concisely his points and their relevance, and in contrast to many of his opponents, he does not need to be questioned by judges to elaborate on or explain his arguments.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew VinsonExchange ChambersAndrew is extremely knowledgeable and always prepared to help or assist with an ad hoc query or more meaningful instructions. He is passionate for his clients and while he remains calm, he is also forceful in his points.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Vickers – Exchange Chambers ‘Guy's strengths are his attention to detail, advocating the issues in a simple, straightforward manner.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Tetlow – Exchange ChambersRichard is technically excellent whilst also commercially minded. He impresses clients with a confident but courteous courtroom approach, and he is both meticulous and efficient in drafting pleadings.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence McDonald – Exchange ChambersLawrence is very friendly and provides an excellent service. He is also well respected and pragmatic.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Joe Mawson and Tom Gornall are very responsive, very efficient, and very personable.’

‘Joe Mawson is an exceptional clerk and central to Chambers’ success. He goes above and beyond on every occasion and makes booking, instructing counsel, and billing, along with everything else in between, a pleasure.’

‘First-class service. The clerks are quick to respond and solution focussed. They also don’t overclerk their barristers so that they become too busy. Nick Buckley stands out; he is well-connected and always available.’

‘Joe Mawson is excellent. Always available and regularly goes above and beyond.’

‘Joe Mawson is highly efficient and manages a team of impressive clerks. He is particularly excellent at selecting the right barrister for the right matter.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a strong regional set. The depth of quality in its commercial team is one of the strongest in the region, if not the strongest, and it has a good bench of extremely capable counsel.’

‘The best set in the North-West with strong depth of experience.’

‘Exchange Chambers are certainly a go-to set for commercial work. They are commercially minded, client focussed, and work hand in hand with solicitors to achieve a good result.’

Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

The inquests and inquiries team at Exchange Chambers represents a diverse range of individuals and groups, from bereaved families, trade unions, and clinical practitioners, to government bodies, local authorities, police forces, and police and prison officers. It is active in Middleton inquests concerning deaths in psychiatric institutions, police custody and prisons, as well as matters in workplaces. Louis Browne KC is a key name of note, and represented the University of Salford (where the bomber was a student) and the Fire Officers Association in the Manchester Arena and Grenfell Tower inquiries respectively. The set is also home to David Sandiford, who has expertise in prison deaths and deaths after police contact, and Sara Sutherland, who is skilled in inquests into deaths in medical contexts.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Sara Sutherland – Exchange Chambers ‘Sara is a first-rate barrister who is strong in all areas. She has excellent client skills.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Barlow – Exchange Chambers 'Sarah Barlow must now be regarded as one of the slickest and competent juniors in the country. Her tactical awareness is astonishing. Her advocacy now oozes class and she does not take a single bad point. Outstanding.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Northern Circuit > Professional negligence Tier 2

Exchange Chambers has strength in advising on professional negligence claims brought against a wide range of individuals, including medical professionals, solicitors, surveyors, auditors and accountants. James Malam is instructed on behalf of insurers, claimants and defendants in disputes, and has an excellent reputation for his strength in acting for members of niche professions in claims. George Rowell is 'uniquely placed to advise on tax-related professional negligence claims', and has been kept busy advising on claims arising from complex, failed tax avoidance schemes.

Leading Juniors

James Malam – Exchange Chambers ‘James is calm under pressure. His advocacy is strategic and poised.'
Ranked: Tier 1
George Rowell – Exchange Chambers ‘George has great knowledge of professional negligence law, and he can be relied upon to provide detailed and carefully considered advice.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

‘Exchange Chambers is an excellent set with a number of high-quality juniors.’

‘The set is very welcoming.’

‘Exchange Chambers is a very well-run and well-clerked set.’

‘Nick Buckley is one of the best clerks in Manchester.’

‘The service is very good and Nick Buckley is great to deal with.’

‘Ian Spencer is very affable and efficient.’

‘Joe Mawson provides an excellent service. He is always prompt to deal with any enquiries or requests for assistance, he is friendly and approachable, and he is always willing to go the extra mile.’

Northern Circuit > Social housing Tier 2

Exchange Chambers is home to the 'client-focused' Brynmor Adams, who garners praise as 'an able and unflappable advocate who demonstrates legal maturity way beyond his year of call'. Adams is well known for representing landlords, local authorities, and housing associations, and his recent workload includes advising on anti-social behaviour cases. In an example matter, he successfully acted for the Cobalt Housing Association in anti-social behaviour possession claim proceedings involving allegations of harassment and disability discrimination.

Leading Juniors

Brynmor Adams – Exchange Chambers ‘Brynmor is a highly intelligent and astute barrister. He has superb attention to detail and gets to the nub of a matter very quickly. Clients love his no-nonsense approach.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘The clerks are some of the friendliest around. They are uber-efficient and 100% reliable.’

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 3

Paul Kirtley – Exchange Chambers  Exchange Chambers‘ Paul Kirtley is 'approachable, sensible, and able to explain issues to clients in a language they will understand'. Kirtley mediate commercial, employment and public sector matters, as well as solicitors and valuers’ negligence claims, and medical negligence and personal injury-related disputes. Other key areas are probate, trusts, property and boundary disputes. Kirtly has also developed a thriving offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man.

Work highlights

North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 3

The personal injury team at Exchange Chambers has a solid track record in advising on catastrophic injury claims, fatal accidents, chronic pain disorders and military claims, to name a few areas of expertise. Paul Kirtley ‘understands the intricacies of the most complex liability dispute or workplace accident‘, and Simon Ross‘ workload includes serious road traffic accidents. The ‘very knowledgeablePankaj Madan is ‘meticulous‘, ‘very organised‘ and ‘provides a brilliant analysis of evidence and details‘.

Leading Juniors

Pankaj MadanExchange Chambers 'Pankaj is an expert on complex and difficult brain injury cases. He is technically sound in his advice, compassionate yet firmly objective, and good on his feet. His client manner is superb.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul KirtleyExchange Chambers 'Paul is very approachable. He brings a very collegiate approach to cases and is able to get a fantastic result in even the most challenging of situations.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Exchange is an efficient and well organised set.’

Excellent chambers with great strength-in depth.’

Excellent – all are friendly, responsive and efficient.’

Excellent support from the clerks.’

Always a great service.’

Northern Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy Tier 3

Exchange Chambers ‘is a go-to set’ and its financial remedy team is led by Judith Fordham, who practices exclusively in matrimonial finance. Fordham regularly acts on high-value cases involving complex assets.

Leading Juniors

Judith FordhamExchange Chambers ‘Judith is a fighter when needed to be and eminently practical. If settlement can be achieved even after hard negotiations, she is the barrister to have in your camp, as clients are impressed and her advocacy is well-prepared and tactical.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘Rachel Williams is excellent. She is efficient, friendly, and has a good rapport with listing officers in courts.’

‘The clerking team are efficient and friendly and provide a fantastic service.’

‘Exchange chambers are a go-to set. They offer such experience in every field of law.’

‘Counsel always seem to know the latest trends of the local courts.’

Northern Circuit > Employment Tier 4

Members of the employment team at Exchange Chambers represent both employers and employees, including large private sector employers and public sector organisations, before all levels of court, from employment tribunals to the High Court. Catherine Knowles regularly acts on multi-day claims involving allegations of discrimination or whistleblowing, and she represented the local authority in Cunliffe v Wigan Council, in which the claimant was dismissed for accessing records of a service user she knew personally – she alleged that she did so out of concern for the service user’s safety. David Tinkler joined the set from Atlantic Chambers.

Leading Silks

Simon Gorton KCExchange Chambers ‘Simon is a super advocate; persuasive and tenacious.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Scott Redpath – Exchange Chambers ‘Scott is very sensible in his approach and comes across as thoughtful and considered. He is well-prepared for his cases and his interactions with the clients and witnesses are positive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Neil Wright is an excellent clerk; on the ball and super responsive.’

‘They are responsive and helpful to deal with.’

‘Good strength in depth.’

North Eastern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson KCExchange Chambers 'Nicholas is a superstar: a superb advocate who meticulously prepares his cases, and has exceptional legal knowledge. He adapts beautifully to any circumstances and always finds the perfect tone.'
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Commercial litigation

2022 Silks

Lisa Linklater KC – Exchange Chambers 'Lisa's knowledge of shareholder disputes and the law on unfair prejudice is outstanding. A strategically astute silk.'

Leading Juniors

David WentExchange Chambers 'He is incredibly bright and builds close working relationships with solicitors.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred WeissExchange Chambers 'An advocate who remains composed and unflappable under fire. He is extremely sharp, builds warm rapport with clients and is well respected by the bench.'
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Company and insolvency

2022 Silks

Lisa Linklater KC – Exchange Chambers 'Lisa is very thorough and is always well prepared. A proactive silk.'

Leading Juniors

Steven FennellExchange Chambers 'Steven's advocacy is always clear, concise and noticeably appreciated by the presiding judge and instructing solicitor.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Eleanor d’Arcy – Exchange Chambers 'Eleanor is an incredibly talented individual. She is very approachable, unfazed by anything or anyone, and a very sensible and safe pair of hands.'
Ranked: Tier 2

North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Leading Juniors

Paul KirtleyExchange Chambers 'Paul demonstrates an immediate grasp of the issues in a case. He combines strategic and tactical awareness with great client care.'
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Paul KirtleyExchange Chambers 'A natural advocate, Paul is the barrister you want on your side.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Alfred WeissExchange Chambers 'He is a robust and incisive advocate, an excellent communicator, approachable, and has deep understanding of the law. He asks the right question at the right time.'
Ranked: Tier 1

North Eastern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

Leading Juniors

Sarah BarlowExchange ChambersSarah’s advocacy is very effective – she commands the attention and respect of the court and never takes bad points. She exudes confidence, and is excellent with clients and can get on their wavelength.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > IT, telecoms and data protection

Northern Circuit > Costs

Leading Juniors

Richard WilcockExchange Chambers ‘Richard's advocacy is accomplished, and he is able to unpick the complexities of a legal case and explain the important points to the client in a comprehensible manner. An analytical and methodical junior.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Planning and environment

Leading Juniors

Peter Dixon – Exchange Chambers ‘Peter is adept in planning enforcement matters, and is good at giving detailed, practical advice to lay clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence

Leading Juniors

Julie Forsyth – Exchange Chambers ‘Julie is a fierce advocate with a pragmatic approach to public law cases. She is not afraid to give clients a realistic assessment of their case while always maintaining an excellent level of client care, and she is an excellent source of advice and knowledge on the most complex of cases.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Kathryn Hughes – Exchange Chambers ‘Kathryn will never shy away from a fight and will pursue any argument rigorously to try and get the right outcome for the client.'
Ranked: Tier 3

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 over 200 members, including 23 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.

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.

Our full list of barristers can be found here – https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/our-people/barristers/

Contact our clerks – https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/our-people/clerks/

Work undertaken includes
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: Our criminal team is one of the largest, most successful teams in the UK. 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 and 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 and 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
Chief Executive Jonathan I’Anson ianson@exchangechambers.co.uk 0151 238 7747
Chambers Director Neil Wright wright@exchangechambers.co.uk 0151 242 8814
Chambers Director Nick Buckley buckley@exchangechambers.co.uk 0161 817 2757
Chambers Director Ian Spencer spencer@exchangechambers.co.uk 0113 203 1971
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Jayne Acton photo Ms Jayne Acton Jayne’s practice includes private and public law instructions on behalf of local authorities and is experienced…
Brynmor Adams photo Mr Brynmor Adams Brynmor specialises in property and public law. He has particular expertise in…
Neil Baki photo Mr Neil Baki Consistently ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for fraud,…
Alaric Bassano photo Mr Alaric Bassano Alaric is a specialist criminal barrister who acts for both the prosecution…
David Bentley photo Mr David Bentley David Bentley is an experienced criminal practitioner, specialising in serious crime, fraud,…
Amie Boothman photo Ms Amie Boothman Amie was called to the Bar in 2019 and became a tenant…
Richard Brigden photo Mr Richard Brigden Richard is a criminal defence advocate with an excellent reputation, involved in a wide…
Adam Chichester-Clark photo Mr Adam Chichester-Clark Adam has a broad commercial chancery practice, encompassing: Company and insolvency Partnership…
Jon Close photo Mr Jon Close Jon regularly appears for both the prosecution and defence in serious criminal…
Stephen Connolly photo Mr Stephen Connolly Stephen is an exceptional commercial barrister. He is highly respected and specialises…
Christopher Cook photo Mr Christopher Cook Stephen is an exceptional commercial barrister. He is highly respected and specialises…
Rachel Coyle photo Ms Rachel Coyle Rachel is a specialist property and commercial/chancery barrister who also has experience in insolvency and…
Peter Dixon photo Mr Peter Dixon A Chartered Surveyor who transferred to the Bar in 2013 after more…
Nigel DH Edwards photo Mr Nigel DH Edwards Prior to being called to the Bar, Nigel served as an officer…
Huw Edwards photo Mr Huw Edwards Huw has been a barrister specialising in criminal law for 12 years. He has…
Jonathan Elystan Rees photo Mr Jonathan Elystan Rees Jonathan has a heavyweight practice in white collar, complex and serious crime, and…
Adrian Farrow photo Mr Adrian Farrow Adrian Farrow’s practice encompasses the full range of criminal offences and his…
David Fearon photo Mr David Fearon David is a specialist in construction, engineering and process engineering work. He is…
Lisa Feng photo Ms Lisa Feng Lisa’s practice covers a broad range of commercial and chancery litigation. Her…
Joel Finnan photo Mr Joel Finnan Joel was called to the Bar in 2018, and became a tenant…
Richard Fisher photo Mr Richard Fisher Richard Fisher KC provides advice and advocacy for individual and corporate clients…
Chloe Fordham photo Ms Chloe Fordham Chloe is an experienced junior, specialising in criminal and regulatory law. In her criminal practice, her…
Damian Garrido photo Mr Damian Garrido Damian is recognised as a leading family law specialist, listed in The…
Caroline Gee photo Ms Caroline Gee Caroline specialises in matrimonial finance and private law children disputes. Within financial provision proceedings, Caroline…
Julian Goode photo Mr Julian Goode Julian practices extensively in the Crown court, dealing with high level criminal cases.…
Laura Gooding photo Ms Laura Gooding Laura specialises in all aspects of personal injury work, acting for both…
Patrick Harrington photo Mr Patrick Harrington Patrick is a Door Tenant at Exchange Chambers. Patrick Harrington QC was…
Duncan Hedar photo Mr Duncan Hedar Duncan joined Exchange from a Magic Circle law firm where he was…
Paul Hodgkinson photo Mr Paul Hodgkinson With over 25 years of experience, Paul is known for his direct,…
Wayne Jackson photo Mr Wayne Jackson Wayne Jackson is an established criminal law practitioner. In addition to a particularly strong fraud practice,…
Alun James photo Mr Alun James Alun advises on all direct taxes in a business context, as well as…
Oliver Jarvis photo Mr Oliver Jarvis Oliver’s areas of specialism include murder, organised crime involving international drugs conspiracies,…
Amanda Johnson photo Ms Amanda Johnson Amanda is a specialist criminal practitioner, instructed to prosecute and defend all…
Sarah Johnston photo Ms Sarah Johnston Sarah is a specialist criminal barrister, her practice encompassing all areas of…
Sian Jones photo Ms Sian Jones Sian practises exclusively in civil law and the vast majority of her…
Mark Kellet photo Mr Mark Kellet Mark is an experienced criminal barrister, who prosecutes and defends in cases…
Julian King photo Mr Julian King Julian specialises in professional discipline, regulatory and serious criminal cases. He spent…
Catherine Knowles photo Ms Catherine Knowles Catherine practises in all areas of employment law and personal injury law. She is on…
Anja Lansbergen-Mills photo Dr Anja Lansbergen-Mills Anja was called to the Bar in 2014 after completing a PhD…
Michael Lavery photo Mr Michael Lavery Michael is an experienced criminal and regulatory practitioner, with over 20 years’…
Harriet Lavin photo Ms Harriet Lavin Having completed a three month secondment with the Crown Prosecution Service back…
Richard Littler photo Mr Richard Littler Richard is a criminal silk described by Chambers and Partners and Legal…
Tom Longstaff photo Mr Tom Longstaff Tom Longstaff has a broad commercial and insolvency practice, with experience of complex High Court litigation…
Jonathan Lowe photo Mr Jonathan Lowe Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1995 at Keoghs and in 2000…
Jason MacAdam photo Mr Jason MacAdam Jason is an experienced criminal and regulatory barrister with over 25 years’…
James Malam photo Mr James Malam James practices in most areas of commercial and commercial Chancery law, with a particular…
Giles Maynard-Connor photo Mr Giles Maynard-Connor Giles is Head of the Business and Property Department and Head of the Insolvency Team at…
Stuart McCracken photo Mr Stuart McCracken Stuart is recognised as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 2023. …
Lawrence McDonald photo Mr Lawrence McDonald Lawrence is an experienced commercial litigator with particular expertise in property, insolvency…
Stephen Meadowcroft photo Mr Stephen Meadowcroft Stephen has specialised in crime for more than 40 years and has both prosecuted…
David Mohyuddin photo Mr David Mohyuddin David is a highly experienced commercial litigator, his practice covering insolvency, company;…
Ben Myers photo Mr Ben Myers Benjamin Myers KC is a leading criminal silk.  Described as ‘brilliant’, ‘extremely astute’ ‘an…
Kevin Naylor photo Dr Kevin Naylor Prior to a life at the bar, Kevin originally qualified as a…
Greg Plunkett photo Mr Greg Plunkett Greg is a commercial and chancery barrister. He was formerly a senior…
Daniel Prowse photo Mr Daniel Prowse Daniel’s practice is based on serious crime, encompassing cases of serious violence,…
Mark Rhind photo Mr Mark Rhind Mark specialises in criminal and regulatory work. His criminal work chiefly consists…
Chris Richards photo Mr Chris Richards Chris was called to the Bar in 2016. He became a tenant…
Charlotte Rimmer photo Ms Charlotte Rimmer Charlotte began her career in licensing law, appearing as an advocate at…
George Rowell photo Mr George Rowell George is a commercial barrister specialising in tax disputes, professional negligence and…
Helen Rutherford photo Ms Helen Rutherford Helen practises in all areas of personal injury, including clinical negligence. She has a…
Carly Sandbach photo Ms Carly Sandbach Carly is a leading individual whose practice covers all aspects of chancery…
David Sandiford photo Mr David Sandiford David practices in the fields of higher value personal injury, civil actions involving…
Graham Sellers photo Mr Graham Sellers
Imran Shafi photo Mr Imran Shafi Imran is widely regarded as one of the leading criminal barristers on circuit, if…
Gareth Shires photo Mr Gareth Shires Gareth has a busy and deliberately wide-ranging practice, dealing with both broad…
Ayesha  Smart photo Ms Ayesha Smart Ayesha has practised in the North of England since commencing her pupillage…
Andrew Smith photo Mr Andrew Smith Andrew has rapidly developed a heavyweight prosecution practice and is well respected…
Lee Speakman photo Mr Lee Speakman Lee has a broad practice encompassing personal injury law, family law and…
Mark Stephenson photo Mr Mark Stephenson Mark is an experienced criminal practitioner, regularly instructed in serious and high…
Sara Sutherland photo Ms Sara Sutherland An experienced junior who is instructed in multi track personal injury and…
Alexandra Sutton photo Ms Alexandra Sutton Alexandra was called to the Bar in 2017. She became a tenant…
Christian Taylor photo Mr Christian Taylor Christian practises exclusively in personal injury law and its related litigation. He…
David Temkin photo Mr David Temkin A newly-appointed silk,  David specialises in serious crime, health and safety cases and professional disciplinary work (police…
Richard Tetlow photo Mr Richard Tetlow Richard is an experienced junior practising in the Commercial, Commercial Fraud, Insolvency…
David Toal photo Mr David Toal David is a specialist criminal barrister of over 25 years’ experience who…
Katherine Traynor photo Ms Katherine Traynor During the non-practising first six months of her pupillage, Kate assisted with…
Ian Tucker photo Mr Ian Tucker Ian specialises in Commercial and Chancery litigation with an emphasis on Insolvency. He regularly appears…
Simon Vaughan photo Mr Simon Vaughan Simon is an experienced barrister with a mixed practice encompassing commercial and…
Guy Vickers photo Mr Guy Vickers Guy has a broad commercial practice, divided between traditional chancery litigation concerning…
John Waiting photo Mr John Waiting John has a broad practice encompassing commercial, property and insolvency law. He…
Andrew Ward photo Mr Andrew Ward Andrew is recommended in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories…
Anesta Weekes photo Ms Anesta Weekes Anesta Weekes KC is considered by many as a top tier criminal advocate, known…
David Went photo Mr David Went David is internationally renowned as a leading competition law specialist. He won the Chambers…
Simon Whitfield photo Mr Simon Whitfield Simon was called to the Bar in 2009 having previously been a…
Richard Wilcock photo Mr Richard Wilcock Richard is an experienced and highly sought after costs practitioner with a…
Tim Wilkinson photo Mr Tim Wilkinson
David Williams photo Mr David Williams David’s practice includes a wide range of personal and corporate insolvency matters, property law and contractual…
Rachael Woods photo Ms Rachael Woods Rachael is a specialist criminal advocate regularly instructed by defence and prosecution in serious…

Exchange Chambers are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, including members, pupils, employees and applicants to Chambers. We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability, age, religion or belief or indeed, on any other ground.

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.