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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

ONE DERBY SQUARE, LIVERPOOL, L2 9XX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 236 7747
Fax:
Fax 0151 236 3433
DX:
14207 LIVERPOOL
Email:
Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

David Knifton QC

Tel:
Work 0151 236 7747
Email:
Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk/
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC)

Work Department

Personal Injury

Position

David practises exclusively in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, primarily on behalf of claimants. He is recommended as a leader in those fields by both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He will generally only accept new instructions in cases with a value in excess of £1m, and typically achieves settlements each year totalling over £20m.

His personal injury practice covers the following areas:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Claims for loss of a limb
  • Other catastrophic injuries

Described by the Head of PI at a major UK firm as “a terrific advocate with a great natural bedside manner”, and by a partner at another leading firm as “simply excellent”, solicitors consistently praise his superb advocacy, thorough preparation, attention to detail, approachable and accommodating nature, clear and well-reasoned advice, excellent negotiation skills, and great empathy with lay clients, whom he involves in every part of the litigation process. Chambers & Partners describes him as “technically excellent…He has a keen eye for detail and gets excellent results”, whilst The Legal 500 describes him as “thorough, quick and tactically astute.”

He has a particular interest in difficult liability issues, such as failures to wear seatbelts or cycle helmets, claims brought by injured servicemen against the MOD, claims arising from aircraft accidents, and claims arising from historic sexual and physical abuse.

He has extensive experience of drafting complex Schedules of Loss in high-value claims, and invariably produces a spreadsheet indicating settlement parameters for any joint settlement meeting, providing the client with clear advice to enable them to make difficult decisions. His experience and proven track record in negotiations consistently leads to outstanding results.

Career

Called 1986; Silk 2018; Recorder 2002; Accredited Mediator 2006.

Member

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Medico-Legal Association

Education

  • LLB (Hons), University of Nottingham (Class II.i, 1985)
  • Inner Temple, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship


London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers has ‘great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, the set provides a ‘wealth of expertise’, particularly in its commercial, personal injury and crime practices. In a testament to chambers’ strength, three members – Simon Medland QC, Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells – were appointed to the bench in 2017. Additionally, David Knifton QC took silk and Ian Whitehurst joined from 7 Harrington Street in 2018. ‘The clerks are exceptionally helpful and go the extra mile’; ‘every task and challenge is met with enthusiasm and a smile’. Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley ‘runs a very tight ship’ and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer ‘goes out of his way to provide a Rolls Royce service’. Chambers director Tom Handley ‘leads the team effectively and efficiently – he is a real mover and shaker with his finger on the pulse’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers has ‘great strength in depth’. With over 160 barristers across three bases, the set provides a ‘wealth of expertise’, particularly in its commercial, personal injury and crime practices. In a testament to chambers’ strength, three members – Simon Medland QC, Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells – were appointed to the bench in 2017. Additionally, David Knifton QC took silk and Ian Whitehurst joined from 7 Harrington Street in 2018. ‘The clerks are exceptionally helpful and go the extra mile’; ‘every task and challenge is met with enthusiasm and a smile’. Manchester senior clerk Nick Buckley ‘runs a very tight ship’ and Leeds senior clerk Ian Spencer ‘goes out of his way to provide a Rolls Royce service’. Chambers director Tom Handley ‘leads the team effectively and efficiently – he is a real mover and shaker with his finger on the pulse’. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

David Knifton QC - Exchange ChambersHe argues his points with a steely charm.

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence

Exchange Chambers attracts praise for its ‘huge breadth and depth of experience in claimant personal injury work’, particularly cases involving severe brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work, catastrophic injuries, and military and amputee claims, among other areas. On the clinical negligence side, Dr Kevin Naylor is acting for the claimant in a wrongful birth claim following the delivery of disabled twins. In 2018 David Knifton QC took silk and Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells were appointed to the bench.

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