Set Profile > Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC > Manchester, England

Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC
Lincoln House Chambers
M3 3BZ


Considered by many to have 'top-class practitioners from the bottom up', Lincoln House Chambers is a fixture in courts across the circuit and nationally. In addition to violent, sexual and drug-related offences, the set houses practitioners with more niche specialisms, such as Richard Dawson who handles some of the most serious and legally complex motoring cases. Recent notable cases include defence specialist Simon Csoka QC's defence of the first prison officer to be charged with gross negligence manslaughter, in which he secured an acquittal after a prisoner took his his own life in HMP Woodhill, a Category A prison near Milton Keynes.

Leading Juniors

Tim Storrie - Lincoln House ChambersOne of the most eloquent members of the Bar - a joy to listen to.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Thomas - Lincoln House ChambersVery strong on the law and always accessible.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Ford - Lincoln House ChambersOne of the most capable juniors on circuit,
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Dawson - Lincoln House ChambersHis diligence, preparation and communication help put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gerard Doran - Lincoln House ChambersHe constantly impresses with his advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard English - Lincoln House ChambersHis preparation is first-class and his drafting of advice on complex issues is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Neil Usher - Lincoln House ChambersWell-prepared and always goes the extra mile to represent his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexander Leach - Lincoln House ChambersRecent work includres violence, drugs and trafficking cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Kate Blackwell QC - Lincoln House ChambersA silk truly at the top of her game
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Csoka QC - Lincoln House ChambersHe uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the law with devastating effectiveness in defence of his clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Thomas QC - Lincoln House ChambersIntelligent, considered and robust.
Ranked: Tier 1

Inquests and inquiries

Lincoln House Chambers is home to Austin Welch, who represents the families of three victims in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiries. Welch is particularly experienced with inquests that contain a health and safety element, in addition to frequently representing government departments in inquests.

Leading Juniors

Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersCombines superb client care with fantastic technical ability.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Members of Lincoln House Chambers are particularly prominent in health and safety prosecutions, professional disciplinary cases and environmental criminal work, as well as more general regulatory matters. Notable recent cases include a health and safety prosecution after two employees fell from ladders and broke their backs at the company's warehouse in the space of a year, in which Austin Welch acts for the company, and Arunachalam v General Medical Council, an appeal against erasure in which Simon Gurney acted for the appellant.

Leading Juniors

Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersAn outstanding lawyer and formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Thomas - Lincoln House ChambersA tactically aware and highly effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersHis client care skills are second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersShe has good judgement and a commanding presence in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Lincoln House Chambers is for many, ‘a go-to set in the North’, with ‘wonderful practitioners who are capable across the full range of regulatory and criminal law’, the primary area of work for the set. Director of clerking David Wright is ‘at the top of profession’; ‘he is friendly and always willing to accommodate requests for particular counsel including on training matters’, while Andy McGuiness is ‘very reliable and efficient’. Offices in: Manchester

Lincoln House Chambers fields advocates across a range of practice areas from its stylish, modern premises in Manchester’s city centre. It prides itself on its ethos of excellence in advocacy and in meeting the demands of its clients.

For 40 years this approach has allowed Lincoln House Chambers to maintain a lead over its rivals. Its team of advocates practises in a variety of regulatory and disciplinary fields plus civil litigation, where it has established practice teams with a particular strength to meet the demands for this type of work. Its criminal caseload includes many of the major criminal cases of the day. Planned expansion and organic growth now mean that there are 14 Queen’s Counsel and 61 juniors in chambers. A number of members hold judicial appointments in tribunals and in the higher courts. Most members of chambers are qualified to accept work on a direct access basis.

The set: Considered a predominantly criminal and regulatory set, Lincoln House Chambers has an enviable reputation for its work in the prosecution and defence of regulatory crime and fraud. Additionally, chambers has developed a strong civil wing. There is particular expertise in inquiry work, inquests, professional disciplinary work, complex personal injury and industrial disease claims.

Members include specialists in health and safety, trading standards, environmental regulation and financial regulation. Lincoln House’s reputation in these fields attracts a nationwide clientele.

Types of work undertaken:

Crime: chambers remains a strong resource for those needing advice and representation in all fields of criminal practice, members are regularly instructed in cases of the utmost gravity and public interest. Members are often involved at an early stage when strategic advice is required about the investigation itself, or challenging restraint orders. Chambers has attracted praise for its work in business crime & fraud.

Regulatory: chambers has a deserved reputation as a leader in criminal regulatory work. A strong team is fielded in health and safety litigation and in waste and environmental hazard work. The team is routinely instructed in cases that give rise to fatalities and there is particular expertise in the niche area of corporate responsibility. Additionally, members of chambers have also appeared in cases that arise in a medical context.

The combination of specialisms available through chambers ensures any complex technical issues are understood and mastered. Members have advised for both the regulators and the professionals accused.

Inquiries & Inquests: Members are frequently instructed in issues arising in ancillary jurisdictions, notably inquests and public enquiries. Six members of chambers were instructed to act in the Hillsborough inquests (predominantly for senior police officers) and chambers has a presence in many of the more substantial inquest hearings which take place in the north of England. Members have been instructed by the Home Office and Department of Health to assist with substantial public and independent enquiries. The work undertaken in other regulatory areas (CQC, H&S, police and medical practitioner disciplinary) often extends to representation in Coroners Courts.

Civil: the civil team unites a number of fields of practice. The work covered includes general common law but there is an established specialist team with a national reputation that concentrates on complex personal injury, including industrial disease work (eg British coal respiratory disease litigation, miners’ knee litigation, and surface dust) and catastrophic injury claims. Members have experience of the conduct of actions for and against the police, and the public law team regularly challenges unlawful decisions that arise in a criminal context by way of judicial review. Members also welcome instructions in a range of tribunals (e.g. immigration, VAT/employment/Traffic Commissioners).

Professional disciplinary: LHC barristers advise and appear regularly in General Medical Council cases (both prosecution and defence), nursing and dental councils, HCPC, accountancy issues through the AADB, or police disciplinary issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Clerking David Wright
Criminal Clerk Andy McGuinness
Criminal Clerk David Gibbons
Civil Clerk Ty Price
Professional Discipline Clerk Sigourney Lomax
Junior Clerk Laura Nicholson
Junior Clerk Abigail Lockett
Accounts Manager Bernadette Duggan
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Andrew (1989)
Members of Chambers WEBSTER QC, Alistair (1976)
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN QC, Mukhtar (1971)
Members of Chambers GOZEM QC, Guy (1972)
Members of Chambers WRIGHT QC, Peter (1981)
Members of Chambers PICKUP QC, James (1976)
Members of Chambers REID QC, Paul (1973)
Members of Chambers CSOKA QC, Simon (1991)
Members of Chambers BLACKWELL QC, Katherine (1992)
Members of Chambers DAW QC, Christopher (1993)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS QC, Lisa (1993)
Members of Chambers IQBAL QC, Abdul (1994)*
Members of Chambers HARRISON QC, John (1994)*
Members of Chambers KEALEY QC, Simon (1991)*
Members of Chambers LASKER, Jeremy (1976)
Members of Chambers NUTTALL, Andrew (1978)
Members of Chambers ELIAS, Robert (1979)
Members of Chambers NADIM, Ahmed (1982)
Members of Chambers BLOOMER, Charles (1985)
Members of Chambers STUART, Mark (1985)
Members of Chambers BUTCHER, Richard (1985)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Alan (1986)
Members of Chambers McMEEKIN, Ian (1987)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Kathryn (1989)
Members of Chambers BARTON, Hugh (1989)
Members of Chambers FRYMAN, Neil (1989)
Members of Chambers BOWLEY, Ivan (1990)
Members of Chambers SIMONS, Richard (1991)
Members of Chambers FORD, Mark (1991)
Members of Chambers DONNELLY, Kevin (1991)
Members of Chambers BOYD, Philip (1993)
Members of Chambers USHER, Neil (1993)
Members of Chambers STORRIE, Timothy (1993)
Members of Chambers WARNE, Peter (1993)
Members of Chambers DORAN, Gerard (1993)
Members of Chambers BLACKSHAW, Henry (1993)
Members of Chambers HOLDEN, Philip (1994)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Ricky (1994)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Paul (1994)
Members of Chambers HACKETT, Martin (1995)
Members of Chambers NAWAZ, Mohammed (1995)
Members of Chambers KEARNEY, Robert (1996)
Members of Chambers RIGGS, Samantha (1996)*
Members of Chambers DUCKWORTH, Shirlie (1997)
Members of Chambers PIERPOINT, Katherine (1998)
Members of Chambers KITCHIN, Louise (1998)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Rachel (2000)
Members of Chambers DAWSON, Richard (2001)
Members of Chambers LEACH, Alexander (2001)
Members of Chambers FRIEND, Mark (2002)
Members of Chambers ENGLISH, Richard (2003)
Members of Chambers JONES, Katie (2003)
Members of Chambers FARYL, Alaha (2003)
Members of Chambers WELCH, Austin (2005)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Daniel (2005)
Members of Chambers HEYWORTH, James (2006)
Members of Chambers GURNEY, Simon (2006)
Members of Chambers BARBOUR, Laura (2006)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Lee (2006)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Rachel (2007)
Members of Chambers O'LEARY, Brendan (2007)
Members of Chambers GILSENAN, Emma (2008)
Members of Chambers COWEN, Louise (2010)
Members of Chambers GHAHHARY, Leila (2010)
Members of Chambers WRIGHT, Lucy (2011)
Members of Chambers ASPINALL, Heather (2011)
Members of Chambers JONES, Samuel (2011)
Members of Chambers MCCAFFREY, Lara (2011)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Isobel (2012)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Anam (2013)
Members of Chambers ALTON, Marianne (2014)
Members of Chambers SHAW, Ellen (2014)
Members of Chambers HOWARTH, Matthew (2016)
Members of Chambers CHESTNUTT, Anna (2016)
Members of Chambers MAGILL, Sarah (2016)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Katherine Blackwell QC QC photo Mr Katherine Blackwell QC QC
 Simon Gurney  photo Simon Gurney
 Mukhtar Hussain QC photo Mukhtar Hussain QC
 Andrew Thomas QC photo Andrew Thomas QC
 Austin Welch  photo Austin Welch