Set Profile > Lincoln House Chambers > Manchester, England

Chambers of Andrew Thomas QC
Lincoln House Chambers
TOWER 12, BRIDGE STREET, SPINNINGFIELDS
MANCHESTER
M3 3BZ
England

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Lincoln House Chambers displays a wide range of expertise and covers the span of work from road traffic offences through to sexual offences, violence and drug offences. Clients can appreciate the set's strong roster of barristers and 'impressive' silks. Simon Csoka QC has extensive experience handling cases involving organised crime and fraud; Csoka is representing the defendant in SFO v Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a fraud case involving a collapsed Cayman-domiciled litigation funder. Kate Blackwell QC is another key name to note and acts for both prosecution and defence in high profile sexual offences cases. Simon Gurney  is instructed in high profile homicide cases and has particular expertise in defending allegations of historic sexual abuse and substantial drugs conspiracies, and Rachel Cooper  has a broad criminal law practice and a strong background in road traffic law. Gurney is representing the defendant in Operation Colindale, one of eight defendants charged with the murder of one young woman and the attempted murder of a man in Lancashire.

Leading Silks

Kate Blackwell QC - Lincoln House ChambersOne of the best silks in the country with an acquittal rate second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Csoka QC - Lincoln House ChambersThe man is at the very top of the tree in his profession as a barrister. He is freakishly intelligent with an unnatural ability to absorb and remember huge amounts of evidence. He is very calm and approachable too which the clients like. The defence of the client is his only concern. He is not concerned about upsetting judges with difficult and sensitive applications or cross-examination. He quite literally is the man for all seasons.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks

Mark Ford QC - Lincoln House ChambersAbsolutely top-drawer silk for serious criminal cases.

2021 Silks

Alexander Leach QC - Lincoln House ChambersAbsolutely brilliant on strategy, with a meticulous eye for detail.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Dawson - Lincoln House ChambersRichard is an extremely experienced barrister who has a keen eye for the detail. He works very well under pressure and engages with the jury in a way I’ve not seen with any other barrister. The jury sit up and listen when he is on his feet and his likeable, understandable approach means all can follow the issues he raises.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Cooper - Lincoln House ChambersRachel always delivers 100% of the time. She is both very able and capable and it is immediately clear to my clients from their first meeting with her that she is totally committed and her eye for detail and preparation is faultless. It is both a pleasure and privilege to work with Rachel. She is great whether dealing with a guilty plea and mitigation to conducting a full trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A superb set with a range of outstanding advocates across this area, backed by an excellent clerking team. The depth of their experience shines through.’

‘Lincoln House are an excellent set of Chambers, the calibre of Counsel is brilliant.’

‘As a whole Counsel with Lincoln House Chambers are down to earth and always available to their instructing solicitors over the telephone and by email. The set offers a wide variety of specialisms within crime – such as professional discipline, regulatory including health and safety, financial and general crime. I know that I can find an extremely competent Barrister in any area of crime I require.’

‘Chambers have continued to provide a wide selection of Counsel to choose from, covering all areas of expertise and being in a position to offer experienced Junior and Senior Counsel. Excellent set. Lots of quality and has the most depth for criminal proceedings in Manchester.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers offer the highest quality barristers and a level of service to match. This is the set to use for your most important cases.’

‘They provide my clients with easy and fast access to a combination of expertise from solicitor and barrister, both with significant experience and a great track record.’

‘Lincoln House is without doubt the number one set for Crime, Health & Safety, Regulatory and inquest work. They have a huge following from insurance backed firms and have presence in nearly every big Health & Safety and Environmental cases in the North.’

‘My team instruct Lincoln House Chambers for most of its instructions due to the high quality of its members and that they will always try to accommodate us by making our preferred choice of Counsel available where possible. Counsel remain involved in cases from the outset which is important to us as we pride ourselves on maintaining continuity of contact for our clients which also includes those that we instruct. Counsel are prepared to attend even the first hearings to ensure that our clients have met those that will represent them from the outset. Chambers also provide us with excellent alternatives and recommendations based on the nuances of a case or character of a client to ensure the best fit.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers are to me the best set of Chambers in Manchester. They have the best quality Barristers ranging from juniors to QCs. They are all highly trained and skilled advocates who are willing and capable from an early stage due to their pupil masters.’

Clerking

‘There is a good mix of clerks in this set. New clerks who are young and looking to do well. Also the older and experienced clerks too. A very good mix for each to learn from and run a well organised and happy ship.’

‘David Wright as the director of clerking stands out.’

‘Andy McGuinness is extremely responsive and will go above and beyond to assist where he can which is such a help for instructing solicitors.’

‘I value all the Clerks at Lincoln House Chambers, in particular David Wright. The Clerks work hard to ensure that Counsel instructed is available to cover every hearing. They have the ability to recommend the right narrister for the job.The clerks are always very proactive and responsive. ‘

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime.’

‘David Wright is always contactable and pragmatic.’

‘All the Clerks at this set are excellent. They promptly resolve any queries and are always helpful and polite ensuring that we are content with any changes of date / court venues / CVP link requests before these are done. Fee Notes are sent promptly and are detailed. Chambers and the Clerks take time to get to know you and what your firm requires so it can provide the expected standard of services, availability of Counsel at all times.Chambers itself is clean, spacious, airy, modern and a delight to hold conferences at, the Clerks always come to say hello and ensure everything required is available. ‘

‘Excellent clerks led by David Wright. I would single out however Andy McGuinness and David Gibbons for particular praise.

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

Lincoln House Chambers has a sizeable regulatory team that handles prosecution and defence instructions in Environment Agency, Trading Standards and DEFRA, as well as high-profile health and safety cases for the HSE. Austin Welch represents construction waste and food companies charged with health and safety offences in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Simon Gurney has particular expertise defending clients in substantial fraud prosecutions. Leila Ghahhary focuses on local government, regulatory, health and safety, trading standards and licensing work. Lee Hughes is has a strong background handling cases involving fatal accidents.

Rising stars

Lee Hughes - Lincoln House ChambersLee is exceptionally adept at analysing the law and explaining it in a comprehensible way to clients, and at combining that analysis with good practical advice. Lee is extremely approachable and always willing to act as a sounding board, a trusted advisor.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila is a fantastic addition to any team. Her attention to detail and knowledge of niche regulatory areas is worth its weight in gold. Leila is refreshingly hard working and gives masses of time and attention to any job.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 1
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersAustin’s written advice and submissions are to point and very persuasive. That to my mind shows a thorough assessment and review of the issues relevant for the court's purposes. His preparedness of matters for hearings and his oral advocacy is that of a highly-skilled advocate. He is thorough, straight-talking and his communication skills in getting often complex issues over to lay clients is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Lincoln House is a top notch set with real quality from junior right up to senior QC.’

‘An excellent set overall offering some of the very best Counsel in this area.’

‘Lincoln House is a leading regional set who can offer a quality and standard of barrister and clerking service which rivals any leading set in the country.’

‘Lincoln House are a chambers we work closely with. We maintain an excellent relationship and are able to work very well together.’

‘The set is amazing, and I use them for most of my work (including public inquiries and financial regulatory). They have an enormous strength in depth that is rarely seen outside London.’

‘As a whole Counsel with Lincoln House Chambers are down to earth and always available to their instructing solicitors over the telephone and by email. The set offers a wide variety of specialisms within crime – such as professional discipline, regulatory including health and safety, financial and general crime. I know that I can find an extremely competent Barrister in any area of crime I require.’

‘Lincoln House has a number of barristers specialising in business and regulatory crime and therefore always has suitable counsel available on such cases. I would not hesitate in instructing any barrister at Lincoln House in respect of a business and regulatory crime matter due to their level of expertise and professionalism.’

‘As a set of Chambers, Lincoln House are a leading light in the north for regulatory crime. All of the silks and juniors I have used have been excellent, very client friendly and the service is top notch.’

‘Lincoln House is without doubt the number one set for Crime, Health & Safety, Regulatory and inquest work. They have a huge following from insurance backed firms and have presence in nearly every big Health & Safety and Environmental cases in the North.’

‘Lincoln House have a number of high quality regulatory barristers, who are regularly instructed in high profile cases.’

Clerking

‘I deal with the Senior Clerk, David Wright, who is a superb leader of the clerking team with an unrivalled reputation for quality service.’

‘David Wright is a stellar clerk who instils faith and trust in all of those with whom he works.’

‘Excellent service from Ty Price. Extremely helpful and amiable.’

‘Andy McGuinness provides an excellent service, nothing is too much.’ ‘The clerking team provide an outstanding and first class service. Nothing is too much trouble and they have yet to let me down. They are responsive, efficient and overall superb. They know their Barristers extremely well and do an excellent job in matching the right case with the right barrister which leads to great results.’

‘David is finest senior clerk that I have dealt with in the years that I have been involved in Crime & Regulatory work. He runs the team impeccably and his client care second to none. David is one of the main reasons why I instruct LHC. He is a pleasure to work with. He can perfectly match a barrister to a particular case. I trust him implicitly and will often be led by him as to the most suitable barrister depending on the case.’

‘The service from the clerks room is the reason I rate this chambers so highly. They are hard working and constantly look to achieve the outcome you want. They can’t do enough to help their clients. They control diaries impressively to ensure that people aren’t let down and they are refreshingly honest about availability. David Wright, the Director of clerking, is a class act. Without David’s loyalty and hard work over many years this set of chambers would not be the impressive set it is today. Andy McGuinness deserves a special mention too as dedicated to client care.’

Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Lincoln House Chambers is an 'impressive set' and the public inquiry and inquests team have 'outstanding experience'. Austin Welch represents a broad range of clients including businesses, family groups, public authorities, state agencies and private individuals. Welch has a particular interest in inquest and public inquiries cases that involve health and safety issues. Key cases that Welch has been instructed in include the Hillsborough Inquests and the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry. Leila Ghahhary is another stand out name and has also been involved in these high profile cases, as well as the Gosport Independent Panel Inquiry.

Leading Juniors

Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersExcellent knowledge of the law, meticulous preparation, extremely hard working and tactically very astute. He is superb with clients, and very generous with his time. He will undoubtedly be in silk before very long.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila's attention to detail and thoroughness are outstanding. Leila is a fantastic team player and ensures that everyone's view is considered. Leila's view is invariably sensible and clear.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Lincoln House is a leading regional set who can offer a quality and standard of barrister and clerking service which rivals any leading set in the country.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers, in my view, are a first-rate set in the Northern Circuit.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers is an impressive set. The silks leading the set have outstanding experience in this area and as such the set attracts quality work day in day out. This allows more junior members to get relevant exposure and so the set grows and continues to develop its outstanding reputation.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers has a large team of barristers who are regularly asked to appear in Inquests, and in large Public Inquiries. This team is continually growing as a consequence of demand and in-house training.’

‘Lincoln House is easily the best set outside of London for Inquest and Inquiry work and amongst the best in the country.’

Clerking

‘Always outstanding service with excellent communication.’

‘The clerking team in general are highly responsive, reliable and efficient. This is every credit to Head of Clerking, David Wright.’

‘David Wright has integrity, class and runs a tight ship. Any issues you have with any particular barrister will be addressed quickly and discreetly. He holds so much respect in this area.’

‘Ty Price is an absolute star of the future.’

Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

Leading Juniors

Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1

Lincoln House Chambers displays a wide range of expertise and covers the span of work from road traffic offences through to sexual offences, violence and drug offences. Clients can appreciate the set's strong roster of barristers and 'impressive' silks. Simon Csoka QC has extensive experience handling cases involving organised crime and fraud; Csoka is representing the defendant in SFO v Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a fraud case involving a collapsed Cayman-domiciled litigation funder. Kate Blackwell QC is another key name to note and acts for both prosecution and defence in high profile sexual offences cases. Simon Gurney  is instructed in high profile homicide cases and has particular expertise in defending allegations of historic sexual abuse and substantial drugs conspiracies, and Rachel Cooper  has a broad criminal law practice and a strong background in road traffic law. Gurney is representing the defendant in Operation Colindale, one of eight defendants charged with the murder of one young woman and the attempted murder of a man in Lancashire.

Leading Silks

Kate Blackwell QC - Lincoln House ChambersOne of the best silks in the country with an acquittal rate second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Csoka QC - Lincoln House ChambersThe man is at the very top of the tree in his profession as a barrister. He is freakishly intelligent with an unnatural ability to absorb and remember huge amounts of evidence. He is very calm and approachable too which the clients like. The defence of the client is his only concern. He is not concerned about upsetting judges with difficult and sensitive applications or cross-examination. He quite literally is the man for all seasons.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1

2020 Silks

Mark Ford QC - Lincoln House ChambersAbsolutely top-drawer silk for serious criminal cases.

2021 Silks

Alexander Leach QC - Lincoln House ChambersAbsolutely brilliant on strategy, with a meticulous eye for detail.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Dawson - Lincoln House ChambersRichard is an extremely experienced barrister who has a keen eye for the detail. He works very well under pressure and engages with the jury in a way I’ve not seen with any other barrister. The jury sit up and listen when he is on his feet and his likeable, understandable approach means all can follow the issues he raises.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Cooper - Lincoln House ChambersRachel always delivers 100% of the time. She is both very able and capable and it is immediately clear to my clients from their first meeting with her that she is totally committed and her eye for detail and preparation is faultless. It is both a pleasure and privilege to work with Rachel. She is great whether dealing with a guilty plea and mitigation to conducting a full trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A superb set with a range of outstanding advocates across this area, backed by an excellent clerking team. The depth of their experience shines through.’

‘Lincoln House are an excellent set of Chambers, the calibre of Counsel is brilliant.’

‘As a whole Counsel with Lincoln House Chambers are down to earth and always available to their instructing solicitors over the telephone and by email. The set offers a wide variety of specialisms within crime – such as professional discipline, regulatory including health and safety, financial and general crime. I know that I can find an extremely competent Barrister in any area of crime I require.’

‘Chambers have continued to provide a wide selection of Counsel to choose from, covering all areas of expertise and being in a position to offer experienced Junior and Senior Counsel. Excellent set. Lots of quality and has the most depth for criminal proceedings in Manchester.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers offer the highest quality barristers and a level of service to match. This is the set to use for your most important cases.’

‘They provide my clients with easy and fast access to a combination of expertise from solicitor and barrister, both with significant experience and a great track record.’

‘Lincoln House is without doubt the number one set for Crime, Health & Safety, Regulatory and inquest work. They have a huge following from insurance backed firms and have presence in nearly every big Health & Safety and Environmental cases in the North.’

‘My team instruct Lincoln House Chambers for most of its instructions due to the high quality of its members and that they will always try to accommodate us by making our preferred choice of Counsel available where possible. Counsel remain involved in cases from the outset which is important to us as we pride ourselves on maintaining continuity of contact for our clients which also includes those that we instruct. Counsel are prepared to attend even the first hearings to ensure that our clients have met those that will represent them from the outset. Chambers also provide us with excellent alternatives and recommendations based on the nuances of a case or character of a client to ensure the best fit.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers are to me the best set of Chambers in Manchester. They have the best quality Barristers ranging from juniors to QCs. They are all highly trained and skilled advocates who are willing and capable from an early stage due to their pupil masters.’

Clerking

‘There is a good mix of clerks in this set. New clerks who are young and looking to do well. Also the older and experienced clerks too. A very good mix for each to learn from and run a well organised and happy ship.’

‘David Wright as the director of clerking stands out.’

‘Andy McGuinness is extremely responsive and will go above and beyond to assist where he can which is such a help for instructing solicitors.’

‘I value all the Clerks at Lincoln House Chambers, in particular David Wright. The Clerks work hard to ensure that Counsel instructed is available to cover every hearing. They have the ability to recommend the right narrister for the job.The clerks are always very proactive and responsive. ‘

‘The clerks are very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. They keep us up to date with the progress of cases and promptly advise us of any issues, rather than leaving matters to the last minute, which is greatly appreciated in the area of crime.’

‘David Wright is always contactable and pragmatic.’

‘All the Clerks at this set are excellent. They promptly resolve any queries and are always helpful and polite ensuring that we are content with any changes of date / court venues / CVP link requests before these are done. Fee Notes are sent promptly and are detailed. Chambers and the Clerks take time to get to know you and what your firm requires so it can provide the expected standard of services, availability of Counsel at all times.Chambers itself is clean, spacious, airy, modern and a delight to hold conferences at, the Clerks always come to say hello and ensure everything required is available. ‘

‘Excellent clerks led by David Wright. I would single out however Andy McGuinness and David Gibbons for particular praise.

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

Lincoln House Chambers has a sizeable regulatory team that handles prosecution and defence instructions in Environment Agency, Trading Standards and DEFRA, as well as high-profile health and safety cases for the HSE. Austin Welch represents construction waste and food companies charged with health and safety offences in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Simon Gurney has particular expertise defending clients in substantial fraud prosecutions. Leila Ghahhary focuses on local government, regulatory, health and safety, trading standards and licensing work. Lee Hughes is has a strong background handling cases involving fatal accidents.

Rising stars

Lee Hughes - Lincoln House ChambersLee is exceptionally adept at analysing the law and explaining it in a comprehensible way to clients, and at combining that analysis with good practical advice. Lee is extremely approachable and always willing to act as a sounding board, a trusted advisor.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila is a fantastic addition to any team. Her attention to detail and knowledge of niche regulatory areas is worth its weight in gold. Leila is refreshingly hard working and gives masses of time and attention to any job.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 1
Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersAustin’s written advice and submissions are to point and very persuasive. That to my mind shows a thorough assessment and review of the issues relevant for the court's purposes. His preparedness of matters for hearings and his oral advocacy is that of a highly-skilled advocate. He is thorough, straight-talking and his communication skills in getting often complex issues over to lay clients is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 1

Testimonials

Set

‘Lincoln House is a top notch set with real quality from junior right up to senior QC.’

‘An excellent set overall offering some of the very best Counsel in this area.’

‘Lincoln House is a leading regional set who can offer a quality and standard of barrister and clerking service which rivals any leading set in the country.’

‘Lincoln House are a chambers we work closely with. We maintain an excellent relationship and are able to work very well together.’

‘The set is amazing, and I use them for most of my work (including public inquiries and financial regulatory). They have an enormous strength in depth that is rarely seen outside London.’

‘As a whole Counsel with Lincoln House Chambers are down to earth and always available to their instructing solicitors over the telephone and by email. The set offers a wide variety of specialisms within crime – such as professional discipline, regulatory including health and safety, financial and general crime. I know that I can find an extremely competent Barrister in any area of crime I require.’

‘Lincoln House has a number of barristers specialising in business and regulatory crime and therefore always has suitable counsel available on such cases. I would not hesitate in instructing any barrister at Lincoln House in respect of a business and regulatory crime matter due to their level of expertise and professionalism.’

‘As a set of Chambers, Lincoln House are a leading light in the north for regulatory crime. All of the silks and juniors I have used have been excellent, very client friendly and the service is top notch.’

‘Lincoln House is without doubt the number one set for Crime, Health & Safety, Regulatory and inquest work. They have a huge following from insurance backed firms and have presence in nearly every big Health & Safety and Environmental cases in the North.’

‘Lincoln House have a number of high quality regulatory barristers, who are regularly instructed in high profile cases.’

Clerking

‘I deal with the Senior Clerk, David Wright, who is a superb leader of the clerking team with an unrivalled reputation for quality service.’

‘David Wright is a stellar clerk who instils faith and trust in all of those with whom he works.’

‘Excellent service from Ty Price. Extremely helpful and amiable.’

‘Andy McGuinness provides an excellent service, nothing is too much.’ ‘The clerking team provide an outstanding and first class service. Nothing is too much trouble and they have yet to let me down. They are responsive, efficient and overall superb. They know their Barristers extremely well and do an excellent job in matching the right case with the right barrister which leads to great results.’

‘David is finest senior clerk that I have dealt with in the years that I have been involved in Crime & Regulatory work. He runs the team impeccably and his client care second to none. David is one of the main reasons why I instruct LHC. He is a pleasure to work with. He can perfectly match a barrister to a particular case. I trust him implicitly and will often be led by him as to the most suitable barrister depending on the case.’

‘The service from the clerks room is the reason I rate this chambers so highly. They are hard working and constantly look to achieve the outcome you want. They can’t do enough to help their clients. They control diaries impressively to ensure that people aren’t let down and they are refreshingly honest about availability. David Wright, the Director of clerking, is a class act. Without David’s loyalty and hard work over many years this set of chambers would not be the impressive set it is today. Andy McGuinness deserves a special mention too as dedicated to client care.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Lincoln House Chambers is an 'impressive set' and the public inquiry and inquests team have 'outstanding experience'. Austin Welch represents a broad range of clients including businesses, family groups, public authorities, state agencies and private individuals. Welch has a particular interest in inquest and public inquiries cases that involve health and safety issues. Key cases that Welch has been instructed in include the Hillsborough Inquests and the Manchester Arena Public Inquiry. Leila Ghahhary is another stand out name and has also been involved in these high profile cases, as well as the Gosport Independent Panel Inquiry.

Leading Juniors

Austin Welch - Lincoln House ChambersExcellent knowledge of the law, meticulous preparation, extremely hard working and tactically very astute. He is superb with clients, and very generous with his time. He will undoubtedly be in silk before very long.
Ranked: Tier 1
Leila Ghahhary - Lincoln House ChambersLeila's attention to detail and thoroughness are outstanding. Leila is a fantastic team player and ensures that everyone's view is considered. Leila's view is invariably sensible and clear.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Lincoln House is a leading regional set who can offer a quality and standard of barrister and clerking service which rivals any leading set in the country.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers, in my view, are a first-rate set in the Northern Circuit.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers is an impressive set. The silks leading the set have outstanding experience in this area and as such the set attracts quality work day in day out. This allows more junior members to get relevant exposure and so the set grows and continues to develop its outstanding reputation.’

‘Lincoln House Chambers has a large team of barristers who are regularly asked to appear in Inquests, and in large Public Inquiries. This team is continually growing as a consequence of demand and in-house training.’

‘Lincoln House is easily the best set outside of London for Inquest and Inquiry work and amongst the best in the country.’

Clerking

‘Always outstanding service with excellent communication.’

‘The clerking team in general are highly responsive, reliable and efficient. This is every credit to Head of Clerking, David Wright.’

‘David Wright has integrity, class and runs a tight ship. Any issues you have with any particular barrister will be addressed quickly and discreetly. He holds so much respect in this area.’

‘Ty Price is an absolute star of the future.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

Leading Juniors

Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersIntellectually formidable and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 2

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 17 Queen’s Counsel and 58 juniors in chambers. A number of members hold judicial appointments in tribunals and in the higher courts. Several 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 inquiries. Ten members of Chambers were instructed in the Manchester Arena Inquiry, 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 public inquiries & inquest hearings nationally. Members have been instructed by the Home Office and Department of Health to undertake leading roles within substantial public and independent inquiries. 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
Regulatory & 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 FORD QC, Mark (1991)
Members of Chambers STORRIE QC, Timothy (1993)
Members of Chambers NAWAZ QC, Mohammed (1995)
Members of Chambers LEACH QC, Alexander (2001)
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 BOYD, Philip (1993)
Members of Chambers USHER, Neil (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 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 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)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Victoria (2019)
Members of Chambers WORSFOLD, Thomas (2019)
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 Laura Barbour  photo Laura Barbour Barrister specialising in criminal law, with an equal division between prosecution and…
 Hugh Barton  photo Hugh Barton Barrister specialising in general crime, public law and actions against the police.
 Katherine Blackwell photo Katherine Blackwell Kate is one of the UK’s leading silks specialising in criminal law…
 Charles Howard Bloomer  photo Charles Howard Bloomer With over 30 years of experience in a variety of fields, Charles is…
 Ivan Bowley  photo Ivan Bowley At Lincoln House Chambers, Ivan Bowley is an established force in industrial…
 Philip Joseph George Boyd  photo Philip Joseph George Boyd Barrister specialising in criminal law – prosecution and defence; disciplinary tribunals; cases…
 Rachel Cooper  photo Rachel Cooper Rachel has a common law practice encompassing all areas and levels of…
 Louise Cowen  photo Louise Cowen Crime, personal injury, clinical negligence, immigration, housing law.
 Simon Csoka photo Simon Csoka Recognised in Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar 2019 as “at…
 Chris Daw photo Chris Daw Chris Daw QC was called to the Bar in 1993 and was…
 Richard Dawson  photo Richard Dawson Richard Dawson is an expert trial lawyer, specialising in road traffic law,…
 Gerard Doran  photo Gerard Doran “He is a very friendly advocate and clients love him. He is…
 Shirlie Duckworth  photo Shirlie Duckworth Shirlie was called to the Bar in 1997 but in 2002 transferred…
 Robert Elias  photo Robert Elias Bob Elias is one of the most senior juniors on circuit. He…
 Richard H English  photo Richard H English “He does not leave any stone unturned and is careful in his…
 Alaha Faryl  photo Alaha Faryl Civil LawImmigration & Asylum Law
 Mark Ford  photo Mark Ford Mark joined Lincoln House Chambers in 2010. He specializes in all types…
 Mark Friend  photo Mark Friend Mark has rapidly developed an extremely busy Crown Court practice, covering all…
 Neil Fryman  photo Neil Fryman Neil Fryman joined Lincoln House in October 2008, after developing a considerable…
 Leila Ghahhary  photo Leila Ghahhary ‘A skilled advocate with excellent experience in this field. She has represented…
 Guy Gozem photo Guy Gozem “He is a safe pair of hands; he is experienced, calm and…
 Simon Gurney  photo Simon Gurney Simon has an extensive practice that combines professional disciplinary and serious criminal…
 Martin Hackett  photo Martin Hackett Martin is currently working for the European Union Rule of Law Mission…
 James Heyworth  photo James Heyworth James practices predominantly in criminal law: acting for defendants in the Crown…
 Phil Holden  photo Phil Holden Philip has a substantial criminal defence practice that encompasses all areas of…
 Rick Holland  photo Rick Holland Rick joined Lincoln House in 1994 having been a solicitor with the…
 Kathryn Johnson  photo Kathryn Johnson Kathryn was called to the bar in 1989, joining Lincoln House as…
 Katie Laura Jones  photo Katie Laura Jones Katie was called to the Bar in 2003 and has been a…
 Louise Kitchin  photo Louise Kitchin Having worked for one of Manchester’s leading criminal firms and later successfully…
 Jeremy Lasker  photo Jeremy Lasker Hugely experienced in all aspects of criminal advocacy and with an enviable…
 Alexander Leach  photo Alexander Leach ″He is very impressive advocate – thorough, forceful and clear. A strategic…
 Ian McMeekin  photo Ian McMeekin “He has an outstanding manner with juries and judges. He really gets…
 Mohammed Nawaz  photo Mohammed Nawaz Mohammed Nawaz was called to the bar in 1995 and has specialised…
 Andrew Peter Nuttall  photo Andrew Peter Nuttall Andrew specialises in: Serious crime, fraud, regulatory crime, disciplinary tribunals and inquests.…
 Brendan O'Leary photo Brendan O'Leary Brendan O’Leary is credited as being an advocate who combines excellent courtroom skills…
 James Pickup photo James Pickup “Superb in terms of both his preparation and his courtroom delivery. A…
 Katherine Pierpoint  photo Katherine Pierpoint Katherine Pierpoint has been described by The Legal 500 2021 as “strong, confident,…
 Paul Campbell Reid photo Paul Campbell Reid Described by Chambers UK as “a great jury advocate who continues to…
 Lisa Roberts photo Lisa Roberts Leader of the Northern Circuit. Lisa Roberts QC specialises in criminal and…
 Richard Simons  photo Richard Simons Richard Simons has a predominantly defence based practice. He is instructed in…
 Tim Storrie  photo Tim Storrie Tim Storrie QC has an established reputation for work across the spectrum…
 Douglas Mark Stuart  photo Douglas Mark Stuart Mark Stuart has one of the largest criminal practices on the Northern…
 Alan Taylor  photo Alan Taylor As an experienced practitioner, Alan has built a successful Criminal and Regulatory…
 Andrew Thomas photo Andrew Thomas Andrew Thomas QC was born and brought up in North Wales.  He…
 Dan Thomas  photo Dan Thomas Business crime, regulatmy crime, commercial law. One of the stars of the…
 Neil Usher  photo Neil Usher Neil has a busy criminal practice, divided fairly evenly between defending andprosecuting.…
 Peter Warne  photo Peter Warne A specialist in defending document-intensive serious fraud and crime, Peter has appeared…
 Alistair Webster photo Alistair Webster Alistair’s recognised excellence and client care across the spectrum of criminal and…
 Austin Welch  photo Austin Welch “A very personable barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021 – Health and Safety “All…
 Peter Wright QC photo Peter Wright QC Peter Wright is a highly respected and extremely experienced advocate who has…