Set Profile > Kenworthy's Chambers > Manchester, England

Chambers of Barry Grennan
Kenworthy's Chambers
ARLINGTON HOUSE, BLOOM STREET
MANCHESTER
M3 6AJ
England

Northern Circuit > Immigration Tier 1

Kenworthy's Chambers offer 'a wealth of expertise in immigration law'. Members of the set are 'very thorough' and deliver 'frank and pragmatic advice'. Gita Patel has extensive experience in judicial review proceedings, especially cases involving representation of vulnerable appellants. Shazia Khan is another key member of chambers and has recently been appointed as a part-time judge in the First Tier Tribunal’s Immigration & Asylum Chamber. Mark Schwenk and George Brown are also recommended.

Rising stars

Craig Holmes - Kenworthy's ChambersHis skeleton submissions and grounds are extremely through and detailed - is also always looking for an inventive argument to support client. Is very precise in his oral submissions and is not afraid of challenging the Judges when advocating.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

George Brown - Kenworthy's ChambersGeorge is extremely experienced and great in court. He is able to adjust his submissions to take account of the different judges and is always trying to work out an inventive angle to support the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shazia Khan - Kenworthy's ChambersShazia is extremely knowledgeable in immigration and asylum law, she is a great asset to work with. She is always willing to offer her opinion on cases and takes the time to consider how the case could be improved or strengthened.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gita Patel - Kenworthy's ChambersSpecialist in immigration and human rights cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Greer - Kenworthy's ChambersHis key strengths include: the ability to grasp complex issues quickly; ease of communication; pragmatic as well as strong grasp of law, particularly in area of appeals.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Kenworthy’s has strength in depth and are pre-eminent in the North West.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers is the most frequent Chambers instructed by our immigration department. The team is efficient; has a good range of Barristers with varying expertise; and on occasion offers a range of training opportunities very useful for practitioners.’

‘An excellent chambers with a wide skill set and friendly, helpful support staff.’

‘Specialists in immigration and human rights cases.’

Clerking

‘The Immigration clerks Courtney Soden and Daniella Howarth are particularly helpful and easy to communicate with.’

‘Clerks in Kenworthy’s are highly efficient, reliable, helpful and pro-active. It is a great team.’

‘Of particular mention is Courtney Soden and Daniella Howarth. Both clerks are extremely efficient and professional. They respond promptly to queries and are always approachable.’

‘Very organised and quick to respond. Clear pricing options are very helpful for clients.’

‘Daniella Howarth and Courtney Sodden are very helpful and professional in dealing with cases and requests for counsel.’

‘Excellent, a first class clerking service. I never have to send fee notes back as the legal aid rates are always correct.’

Northern Circuit > Costs

Leading Juniors

Margaret McDonald - Kenworthy's ChambersMargaret’s preparation and thoroughness has to be a huge asset and strength in her achieving considerable success at costs hearings. She is very personable and always willing to assist on a ad hoc basis even if she is not directly instructed on a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Kenworthy's Chambers is an 'excellent' and 'efficient' set with wide ranging expertise that extends over a range of areas in multi-handed defence and prosecution cases, including conspiracies involving serious drug distribution, mortgage fraud and car-ringing, in addition to serious violent offences. Barry Grennan specialises in criminal defence and has a broad practice. Patrick Cassidy is another key name to note and has a high level of expertise handling cases involving police misconduct cases.

Leading Juniors

Denise Fitzpatrick - Kenworthy's ChambersDenise is bright, intelligent and thorough with a keen eye for detail. She is my first point of call on most cases and able to pick up anything at short notice and run with it. She is excellent on her feet and commands respect of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barry Grennan - Kenworthy's ChambersBarry is excellent; he is very thorough, has a keen eye to detail and instills confidence with the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy's ChambersPatrick has decades of accumulated experience in serious criminal work: a prime choice in cases where police misconduct is alleged.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Haque - Kenworthy's ChambersSara is the go-to barrister for clients with mental health issues remanded on criminal cases, she is excellent with the clients, able to relate to them and understand them.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Waheed Baber - Kenworthy's ChambersVery good with clients and thoroughly knowledgeable of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chudi Grant - Kenworthy's ChambersChudi is the go-to man, straight talker and gels with the clients by instilling confidence in them.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘They are always able to assist and cover a variety of specialisms.’

‘They have provided a very responsive and efficient service with a wide range of Barristers able to assist at all levels of cases.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are always willing to assist wherever they can. Every effort is made to ensure the instructing advocate can deal with the matter and if for any reason they can’t, you can be assured Kenworthy’s will offer you a suitably experienced and knowledgeable barrister.’

‘Chambers are supportive and attentive at short notice. They are also very flexible in order to meet needs that arise on short notice. Decisions that have to be made are not made unilaterally but always after consultation which helps with continuity and confidence.’

‘An exceptional set of chambers. Seminars have been organized which are relevant and helpful to practitioners. Counsel has always been diligent and professional.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are a welcoming set who strive to meet our needs whether that be in relation to criminal or mental health needs. Whilst it is a busy chambers counsel are often available to cover hearings even at the last minute.’

‘Counsel are also amenable to offering an initial opinion in more complex or novel proceedings.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are filled with some of the best Clerks and Counsel with respect to ability. I never have any hesitation instructing Counsel from Kenworthy’s Chambers for all crime matters. Each Counsel is always on the ball, no matter who you get. Chambers will always do what they can to ensure Counsel is available for any given hearing. They also host numerous training events throughout the year to assist in continuing development which is so important.’

‘The go-to chambers for us in every respect. They cover all aspects of the law and are readily available to speak to even in areas unfamiliar to us. The clerks are worth their weight in gold and particularly during lockdown they have remained open albeit with skeleton staff to ensure the smooth running of chambers.’

Clerking

‘Paul Mander is always very helpful and able to assist when needed.’

‘All our dealings with the clerks have been positive, particularly Paul Mander. He is very responsive and willing to go above and beyond to assist instructing solicitors.’

‘I have always found the clerking team to be professional, friendly, accommodating to requests and prompt in their response.’

‘Courtney Soden ensures that enquiries regarding availability are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are filled with some of the best Clerks. They provide a friendly yet professional service and will always do what they can to ensure Counsel is available for any given hearing. I am fortunate to have such a positive working relationship with them. Paul Mander and Thomas Harrington are always approachable and easy to get on with.’

Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy's ChambersAn excellent lawyer with a forensic mind and brilliant with client care.
Ranked: Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Bruce Henry - Kenworthy's ChambersBruce has an excellent manner and rapport with clients and explains case weaknesses and difficulties tactfully and empathically.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration Tier 1

Kenworthy's Chambers offer 'a wealth of expertise in immigration law'. Members of the set are 'very thorough' and deliver 'frank and pragmatic advice'. Gita Patel has extensive experience in judicial review proceedings, especially cases involving representation of vulnerable appellants. Shazia Khan is another key member of chambers and has recently been appointed as a part-time judge in the First Tier Tribunal’s Immigration & Asylum Chamber. Mark Schwenk and George Brown are also recommended.

Rising stars

Craig Holmes - Kenworthy's ChambersHis skeleton submissions and grounds are extremely through and detailed - is also always looking for an inventive argument to support client. Is very precise in his oral submissions and is not afraid of challenging the Judges when advocating.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

George Brown - Kenworthy's ChambersGeorge is extremely experienced and great in court. He is able to adjust his submissions to take account of the different judges and is always trying to work out an inventive angle to support the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Shazia Khan - Kenworthy's ChambersShazia is extremely knowledgeable in immigration and asylum law, she is a great asset to work with. She is always willing to offer her opinion on cases and takes the time to consider how the case could be improved or strengthened.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gita Patel - Kenworthy's ChambersSpecialist in immigration and human rights cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Greer - Kenworthy's ChambersHis key strengths include: the ability to grasp complex issues quickly; ease of communication; pragmatic as well as strong grasp of law, particularly in area of appeals.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Kenworthy’s has strength in depth and are pre-eminent in the North West.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers is the most frequent Chambers instructed by our immigration department. The team is efficient; has a good range of Barristers with varying expertise; and on occasion offers a range of training opportunities very useful for practitioners.’

‘An excellent chambers with a wide skill set and friendly, helpful support staff.’

‘Specialists in immigration and human rights cases.’

Clerking

‘The Immigration clerks Courtney Soden and Daniella Howarth are particularly helpful and easy to communicate with.’

‘Clerks in Kenworthy’s are highly efficient, reliable, helpful and pro-active. It is a great team.’

‘Of particular mention is Courtney Soden and Daniella Howarth. Both clerks are extremely efficient and professional. They respond promptly to queries and are always approachable.’

‘Very organised and quick to respond. Clear pricing options are very helpful for clients.’

‘Daniella Howarth and Courtney Sodden are very helpful and professional in dealing with cases and requests for counsel.’

‘Excellent, a first class clerking service. I never have to send fee notes back as the legal aid rates are always correct.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Costs

Leading Juniors

Margaret McDonald - Kenworthy's ChambersMargaret’s preparation and thoroughness has to be a huge asset and strength in her achieving considerable success at costs hearings. She is very personable and always willing to assist on a ad hoc basis even if she is not directly instructed on a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Kenworthy's Chambers is an 'excellent' and 'efficient' set with wide ranging expertise that extends over a range of areas in multi-handed defence and prosecution cases, including conspiracies involving serious drug distribution, mortgage fraud and car-ringing, in addition to serious violent offences. Barry Grennan specialises in criminal defence and has a broad practice. Patrick Cassidy is another key name to note and has a high level of expertise handling cases involving police misconduct cases.

Leading Juniors

Denise Fitzpatrick - Kenworthy's ChambersDenise is bright, intelligent and thorough with a keen eye for detail. She is my first point of call on most cases and able to pick up anything at short notice and run with it. She is excellent on her feet and commands respect of the court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Barry Grennan - Kenworthy's ChambersBarry is excellent; he is very thorough, has a keen eye to detail and instills confidence with the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy's ChambersPatrick has decades of accumulated experience in serious criminal work: a prime choice in cases where police misconduct is alleged.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Haque - Kenworthy's ChambersSara is the go-to barrister for clients with mental health issues remanded on criminal cases, she is excellent with the clients, able to relate to them and understand them.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Waheed Baber - Kenworthy's ChambersVery good with clients and thoroughly knowledgeable of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chudi Grant - Kenworthy's ChambersChudi is the go-to man, straight talker and gels with the clients by instilling confidence in them.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘They are always able to assist and cover a variety of specialisms.’

‘They have provided a very responsive and efficient service with a wide range of Barristers able to assist at all levels of cases.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are always willing to assist wherever they can. Every effort is made to ensure the instructing advocate can deal with the matter and if for any reason they can’t, you can be assured Kenworthy’s will offer you a suitably experienced and knowledgeable barrister.’

‘Chambers are supportive and attentive at short notice. They are also very flexible in order to meet needs that arise on short notice. Decisions that have to be made are not made unilaterally but always after consultation which helps with continuity and confidence.’

‘An exceptional set of chambers. Seminars have been organized which are relevant and helpful to practitioners. Counsel has always been diligent and professional.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are a welcoming set who strive to meet our needs whether that be in relation to criminal or mental health needs. Whilst it is a busy chambers counsel are often available to cover hearings even at the last minute.’

‘Counsel are also amenable to offering an initial opinion in more complex or novel proceedings.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are filled with some of the best Clerks and Counsel with respect to ability. I never have any hesitation instructing Counsel from Kenworthy’s Chambers for all crime matters. Each Counsel is always on the ball, no matter who you get. Chambers will always do what they can to ensure Counsel is available for any given hearing. They also host numerous training events throughout the year to assist in continuing development which is so important.’

‘The go-to chambers for us in every respect. They cover all aspects of the law and are readily available to speak to even in areas unfamiliar to us. The clerks are worth their weight in gold and particularly during lockdown they have remained open albeit with skeleton staff to ensure the smooth running of chambers.’

Clerking

‘Paul Mander is always very helpful and able to assist when needed.’

‘All our dealings with the clerks have been positive, particularly Paul Mander. He is very responsive and willing to go above and beyond to assist instructing solicitors.’

‘I have always found the clerking team to be professional, friendly, accommodating to requests and prompt in their response.’

‘Courtney Soden ensures that enquiries regarding availability are dealt with swiftly and efficiently.’

‘Kenworthy’s Chambers are filled with some of the best Clerks. They provide a friendly yet professional service and will always do what they can to ensure Counsel is available for any given hearing. I am fortunate to have such a positive working relationship with them. Paul Mander and Thomas Harrington are always approachable and easy to get on with.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Juniors

Patrick Cassidy - Kenworthy's ChambersAn excellent lawyer with a forensic mind and brilliant with client care.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Bruce Henry - Kenworthy's ChambersBruce has an excellent manner and rapport with clients and explains case weaknesses and difficulties tactfully and empathically.
Ranked: Tier 3

Kenworthy’s Chambers is a progressive set of Chambers, striving to ensure access to justice for all, with professionalism and excellence as the driving force to everything they do.

Established over 50 years ago by a small number of forward-thinking barristers, with sustained and targeted recruitment Kenworthy’s Chambers has developed into a multi-disciplinary set of over 50 members including two Queen’s Counsel. Striving for access to justice and excellence remain key components of the organisation, while offering a modern, approachable and fully accountable service to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Kenworthy’s Chambers’ members provide specialist advice and representation at all levels of seniority in a wide range of disciplines, before all courts of England and Wales and other parts of the UK. Due to the multi-disciplinary practice areas of chambers, it has a number of members that offer cross-disciplinary advice; this service is proving very popular with commercial and private clients.

Many of the barristers are also qualified to accept work directly from lay clients under the public access scheme.

Criminal law: Renowned for its strong reputation as experts in this field, Kenworthy’s Chambers has been at the forefront of high-profile cases at a national level for more than 30 years. Its specialist team works endlessly for those in need of legal advice and advocacy; this is evidenced by the continued growth and improved quality of instructions the team is currently welcoming.

Business Crime and Regulatory law: The set offers a select team that undertakes a variety of work, including technically complicated cases, corporate manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, the Health and Safety at Work Act, trading standards, food safety, inquests linked to HSE investigations, and Article 2 inquests in death in custody cases.

Chancery and commercial: The select team offers a wide range of services: commercial arbitration, business disputes, commercial fraud, company law, copyright and trade marks, credit and leasing, corporate and personal insolvency, directors’ disqualification, equitable remedies, insurance, intellectual property, landlord and tenant, mediation, partnerships, probate, the administration of estates, sale of goods, and trusts.

Costs: The costs specialists undertake a full range of work, including points of dispute and costs hearings including appeals, technical arguments, and detailed and summary assessments. They undertake work at a national level and regularly appear in the SCCO.

Employment: The growing and thriving employment team offers a full range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales. The practitioners take instructions in a wide range of employment cases, including: unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, equal pay, unlawful deductions and protected disclosures. Members of the team have a particular interest and substantial expertise in employment discrimination. The team acts for employees, and private and public employers.

Immigration: Recent years have seen an increasing demand for high-quality representation in this field. Having been at the forefront of asylum and immigration law for a number of years, Kenworthy’s Chambers offers long-established and highly experienced practitioners covering: asylum, civil penalties, commercial immigration, human rights, immigration, nationality and judicial review.

Personal Injury: The growing team covers all types of personal injury including: high-value cases involving brain damage and spinal injuries, industrial disease, allegations of fraud, clinical negligence (with particular expertise in cosmetic procedures and dental procedures), fatal accidents and holiday claims.

Family & Finance: The Set’s established family team provides skilled advice and representation in all aspects of financial and children matters throughout the family courts. The team are known for their excellent client care and tenacious approach to secure the best overall outcome for their clients.

Professional Discipline: Kenworthy’s very experienced Professional Disciplinary Team of Barristers to reassure the client that they are being represented by fellow professionals of sound judgement who will fight to get a positive result.

The set: Kenworthy’s Chambers work from an impressive grade II listed building located in the heart of the legal world, within walking distance from local courts and with easy access to all public transport links.

The building offers well-equipped seminar suites to deliver training on a range of topics to keep clients updated with the latest legal developments. Facilities are available for arbitration, mediation and video conferencing, as well as fully equipped solicitors’ rooms and the luxury of an on-site car park for clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Door Tenant NOLAN QC, Benjamin (1971)*
Door Tenant WOODCOCK QC, Robert (1978)*
Head of Chambers GRENNAN, Barry (1977)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Roger (1976)
Members of Chambers MARSH, John (1977)
Members of Chambers FARRELL, Edmund (1981)
Members of Chambers DONNELLY, William (1981)
Deputy Head of Chambers CASSIDY, Patrick (1982)
Members of Chambers SCALLY, Josephine (1984)
Members of Chambers HENRY, Bruce (1988)
Members of Chambers PATEL, Gita (1988)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Patrick (1989)
Members of Chambers POTTS, Warren (1995)
Members of Chambers MATHER, Alison (1997)
Members of Chambers MORTON, David (1999)
Door Tenant ASQUITH, Marc (1999)*
Members of Chambers RASHID, Haroon (1999)
Member of Chambers TURNER, Jonathan
Members of Chambers BABER, Waheed (1999)
Members of Chambers HAQUE, Sara (2000)
Members of Chambers PENNI, Sally (2000)
Members of Chambers FITZPATRICK, Denise (2000)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Shazia (2000)
Members of Chambers McDONALD, Margaret (2000)
Members of Chambers SCHWENK, Mark (2001)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Michael (2001)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Sarah (2001)
Members of Chambers GRANT, Chudi (2002)
Members of Chambers BROWN, George (2002)
Members of Chambers HABIB, Shysta (2002)
Members of Chambers CRAGG, Janet (2005)
Members of Chambers BRONZE, Lee
Members of Chambers WILSON, Brett (2008)
Members of Chambers MICAH, Carol (2009)
Members of Chambers ADDISON, Christopher
Member of Chambers TETTEY, Stephen
Members of Chambers WESBTER, Joannah
Members of Chambers QUEGAN, Peter
Members of Chambers JONES, Nicola
Door Tenant KHAN, Abid*
Members of Chambers MAGILL, William
Members of Chambers LEES, Richard
Members of Chambers GREER, Jonathan
Members of Chambers IM THURN, Paul
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Adam
Members of Chambers IQBAL, Yasser
Members of Chambers RICHARDS, John
Members of Chambers HOLMES, Craig
Members of Chambers COOK, Sarah
Members of Chambers BRASSINGTON, Daniel
Members of Chambers MEEHAN, John
Members of Chambers SARWAR, Nadia
Members of Chambers CHEN, Stephanie
Practice Manager : 1
Chambers Administrator : 1
Senior Clerks : 3
Clerks : 3
Events & Marketing : 1
Fees Clerk : 1
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