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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

201 DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER, M3 3NW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0845 300 7747
Fax:
Fax 0161 833 2789
DX:
14207 LIVERPOOL
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Web:
www.exchangechambers.co.uk
Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester

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

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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

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

Lisa Linklater - Exchange ChambersVery highly-regarded both as a lawyer and as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Fennell - Exchange ChambersProvides excellent service on urgent and difficult instructions.

Ranked: tier 2

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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

Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange ChambersA force to be reckoned with.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Johnson QC - Exchange ChambersExceptional on his feet and displays excellent client care skills.

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

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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

Ashley Serr - Exchange ChambersFerocious in cross-examination and eloquent in argument.

Ranked: tier 1

Catherine Knowles - Exchange ChambersEfficient, thorough and articulate.

Ranked: tier 1

Alfred Weiss - Exchange ChambersCan turn around even the most unlikely of cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersBright and well-prepared.

Ranked: tier 2

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 3

Exchange Chambers

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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

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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

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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

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Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Clinical negligence
Leading Juniors

Matthew Stockwell - Exchange Chambers'Is an encyclopaedia of forensic and tactical knowledge.'

Ranked: tier 2

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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

David Mohyuddin QC - Exchange ChambersA silk who gets his hands dirty.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersTechnically excellent on insolvency matters.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

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

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

Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and able advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ian Tucker - Exchange ChambersDistills the most complicated of matters.

Ranked: tier 2

James Malam - Exchange ChambersTechnically sound and accessible.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Stephen Connolly - Exchange ChambersA good commercial barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

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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

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

Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery composed and articulate at trial.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersParticularly recommended for construction and business rate disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

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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

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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

Benjamin Myers QC - Exchange ChambersHe has an exceptional ability to digest complex cases, nothing is too much.

Ranked: tier 1

John Jones QC - Exchange ChambersVery hard-working and always gives good turnaround of instructions.

Ranked: tier 1

Tania Griffiths QC - Exchange ChambersAn excellent advocate with a tremendous will to win.

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

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

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

David Toal - Exchange ChambersA great jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Damian Nolan - Exchange ChambersA real fighter who clients are grateful to have on their side.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersAlways goes the extra mile for his clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes large-scale VAT fraud cash-for-crash schemes and other financial crime.

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Greenhalgh - Exchange ChambersRecent work includes immigration fraud, historic sexual offences and armed robbery cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Ainsworth - Exchange ChambersGreat with difficult clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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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

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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

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Exchange Chambers

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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

Andrew Ward - Exchange ChambersResponsive, available and has great attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Sara Sutherland - Exchange ChambersPrimarily instructed on behalf of claimants.

Ranked: tier 3

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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

Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the law.

Ranked: tier 1

Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersAn assured voice in the court room and a lateral thinker on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersTechnically able, robust and thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

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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

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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

Ian Whitehurst - Exchange ChambersA proactive barrister who gives clear advice

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Lavery - Exchange ChambersTechnically excellent but also able to give pragmatic advice to clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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