Set Profile > Oriel Chambers > Preston, England

Chambers of Paul Brant
Oriel Chambers

Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

The head of Oriel Chambers, Richard Bradley is seen as 'a fierce litigator who thrives in a trial environment'. He is noted for his experience in regulatory law, particularly in relation health and safety Law and environmental law, where he acts for clients including the Environment Agency and Drinking Water Inspectorate.

Leading Juniors

Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersExtremely thorough and an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence

Oriel ChambersYaqub Rahman is considered 'friendly, approachable, and good on the papers and in person' by instructing solicitors. His clinical negligence experience includes high-value cases involving birth injuries and claims for failed or delayed diagnoses of cancer, as well as claims for psychiatric injury, both for claimants and defendants.

Leading Juniors

Yaqub Rahman - Oriel ChambersYaqub is friendly, approachable, and good on the papers and in person.
Ranked: Tier 2

Commercial litigation

Oriel Chambers is 'a friendly and approachable set of chambers. Nothing is too much trouble for them, and the clerks are very knowledgeable.' The head of Chambers, Richard Bradley, is 'a fierce commercial litigator who thrives in a trial environment'. The set is also home to Paul Brant, who acts for both commercial and public sector clients in complex disputes.

Leading Juniors

Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersHis is a fierce commercial litigator who thrives in a trial environment.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Brant - Oriel ChambersPaul is very calm and considered. The real strength of Paul is his ability to engage with the client, and make them feel at ease. Paul is able to illicit information in a friendly manner, whether it be in a conference with a client, or when undertaking cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries

Timothy Holloway at Oriel Chambers represents the prison service in death in custody cases and the probation service in inquests involving persons released on licence.

Leading Juniors

Tim Holloway - Oriel ChambersParticularly experienced with deaths in custody.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury

Yaqub Rahman is a key practitioner at Oriel Chambers with regard to personal injury law. He is particularly experienced with defendant work, as well as cases involving complex medical causation arguments. John Gray is instructed in high-value litigation, including subtle brain injury cases, permanent restriction/diminution in the ability to work, industrial disease claims, and overseas accident claims.

Leading Juniors

Yaqub Rahman - Oriel ChambersHe is friendly, approachable, and good on the papers and in person.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Gray - Oriel ChambersHe is thorough, meticulous and has an eye for detail. He is a very able Barrister and his knowledge of the rules is exemplary.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Oriel Chambers is a Liverpool-headquartered set with a strong track record in personal injury, regulatory, and commercial matters as well as a well-respected family team. Further up the A59, the set also has a Preston annexe. John Gray  and Mark Cooper  are two new recorders, while Lindsay Jane Clarke and Peter Harold Wolfende departed the set for district judge and FTT tribunal judge positions respectively.



Paul Thompson is the senior clerk and simply gets things done. If he says he will do something, he does.

He has been an ever present for many years, and is the backbone to the Set.

The clerks are very helpful and well organised.


Oriel Chambers are a friendly and approachable set of Chambers. Nothing is too much trouble for them, and the clerks are very knowledgeable.

Whilst not the largest of sets, Counsel is always found to cover a hearing or do paperwork, and the fees are reasonable for such quality counsel. The Commercial Litigation counsel are very knowledgeable.

Regularly use this chambers in relation to fraud matters, there is a good choice of well respected Counsel. One barrister has attended at our office to give training on several occasions.


‘Oriel Chambers meets the market very well and houses some excellent Counsel’ (The Legal 500); ‘… well clerked and administered in Liverpool is Oriel Chambers’ (The Legal 500).

The set: Established in 1965, Oriel Chambers is a modern and progressive set, highly regarded for housing some of the most renowned and experienced practitioners on the Northern Circuit. Combined with chambers’ dedicated clerking and administration teams, Oriel has the ability to adapt rapidly to diverse and demanding markets. Its aim is to provide an approachable, efficient and cost-effective service of the very highest standard. A commitment to excellence is the hallmark of its approach.

Types of work undertaken: Civil law: Oriel Chambers has a strong reputation for personal injury, disease and clinical negligence work. Its members provide experience and strength at all levels and in all areas of civil practice. Clients range from individuals, companies, insurers and public bodies including NHS trusts, local authorities and the police. A number of the barristers are members of the Treasury Solicitors’ Regional Panel. Conditional fee work is also accepted in appropriate cases.

Commercial and chancery: the commercial and chancery team offers a dedicated and efficient litigation and advisory service. The team prides itself on high-quality, commercially focused, specialist advice and representation to individuals through to blue-chip companies, not only in the North West but throughout the country. Regular clients recognise that London is not the only centre that can meet their specialist needs.

Family law: family and matrimonial law are at the cutting edge of the social and economic changes taking place in society. The Oriel Chambers family team recognises this. It provides a specialist service, which is both sympathetic to the client’s needs and aspirations, while providing practical and constructive advice to its solicitors. Members of the team undertake all aspects of public and private law, and a number are recognised to be among the most experienced practitioners in these spheres. Chambers is prominent in ‘big money’ financial relief cases.

Criminal law: members of the team provide excellence in advocacy across all areas of criminal law, including homocide, offences against the person, drugs and drug trafficking, fraud, sexual offences and theft. These are just some of the areas the team is instructed in on a regular basis, by both defence solicitors and the crown prosecution service.

Employment law: regarded on the Northern Circuit as one of the leading chambers for employment law, members of the team regularly act for both the private and the public sectors, appearing throughout the country before tribunals, the EAT and Court of Appeal. Members are also regularly instructed to appear at internal disciplinary meetings and appeals. Clients range from individual, or groups of employees, to corporate bodies, in-house legal teams, trade unions, public authorities and NHS trusts.

Regulatory law: in the 21st century regulatory law is an area of increasing concern and importance. The team is known for its work and expertise in all aspects of this field both in the criminal and civil jurisdictions. In criminal cases appearing for both prosecution and defence. Areas of specific expertise include statutory nuisance, waste management, water pollution, contaminated land, air pollution, sewerage, meat hygiene, health and safety, and environmental offences.

Mediation: trained by the Academy of Experts, Oriel Chambers’ mediation team is one of very few within Liverpool and the North West. It is able to offer services in all civil and commercial disputes, whether within court proceedings or otherwise. Insofar as practicalities are concerned, chambers can offer facilities for mediation.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Sarah Cavanagh
Chambers manager Paul Thompson
Members of Chambers BRADLEY, Richard (1978)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Martyn (1969)
Members of Chambers ALLDIS, Christopher (1970)
Members of Chambers COWAN, Peter (1980)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Graham (1982)
Members of Chambers BUNDRED, Gillian (1982)
Members of Chambers O'KEEFFE, Darren (1984)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Suzanne (1985)
Members of Chambers FOX, Anna (1986)
Members of Chambers GOODBODY, Peter (1986)
Members of Chambers ELLIS, Catherine (1987)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS, Jane (1989)*
Members of Chambers LEWTHWAITE, Joanne (1990)*
Members of Chambers RAHMAN, Yaqub (1991)
Members of Chambers HOLLOWAY, Timothy (1991)
Members of Chambers BELBIN, Heather (1992)
Members of Chambers MILLS, Stuart (1992)
Members of Chambers BRANT, Paul (1993)
Members of Chambers RANKIN, William K (1994)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Rachel (1995)
Members of Chambers BENSON, James (1995)
Members of Chambers COTTRELL, Matthew (1996)
Members of Chambers FRODSHAM, Alexander (1996)
Members of Chambers PRITCHARD, Cecilia (1998)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Lindsay (1999)
Members of Chambers BERRY, Karl (1999)
Members of Chambers HUYTON, Katherine (1999)
Members of Chambers PURCELL, Deirdre (2000)
Members of Chambers SHOLICAR, Ann (2000)*
Members of Chambers BURNS, Judith (2001)
Members of Chambers GRAY, John (2001)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Graham (2002)
Members of Chambers MIDDLETON, Christopher (2002)
Members of Chambers HOWE, Andrew (2002)
Members of Chambers GRUFFYDD, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers McMURTRIE, Christopher (2003)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Alexander (2004)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Mark (2005)
Members of Chambers CHAMPION, Karina (2005)
Members of Chambers WOLFENDEN, Peter (2007)*
Members of Chambers CUMMINGS, Stephanie (2010)
Members of Chambers ORNDAL, Alexander (2012)
Members of Chambers JONES, Rebecca (2013)
Members of Chambers EAST, Harry (2014)
Members of Chambers HYNES, Tom (2015)
Members of Chambers * Door tenants
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