Set Profile > Oriel Chambers > Preston, England

Chambers of Paul Brant
Oriel Chambers

Northern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
John Gray - Oriel Chambers 'He has a persuasive, charismatic style in the courtroom. Judges respect him.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersRichard is a pleasure to work with and a true team player. With a keen eye for detail, he is an astute tactician and vastly experienced. Equally at home on his feet in Court or face to face with clients in conference, Mr Bradley is very much our "go to" Counsel. Well respected by clients and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Richard Bradley - Oriel ChambersRichard is a pleasure to work with and a true team player. With a keen eye for detail, he is an astute tactician and vastly experienced. Equally at home on his feet in Court or face to face with clients in conference, Mr Bradley is very much our "go to" Counsel. Well respected by clients and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2


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:  Oriel Chambers have a long and well-deserved reputation as a leading set in the Liverpool City Region.

Chambers have been the set of choice for the Crown Office, local government, global insurers and local firms since its inception in 1965.

Oriel Chambers retains a panel practice for a number of high-profile national firms, including Hill Dickinson, Weightmans, BLM and Keoghs.

Chambers is proactively engaged within the local legal community, most notably with the in-demand Family practice group, who regularly receive instructions from a large number of firms within the surrounding area.

Chambers’ clients are viewed as real stakeholder partners and all strategic planning is approached with that relationship in mind.

To provide our clients with the levels of service that they demand, Chambers ensures that its technological advancement is aligned with that of its clients, ensuring that high level management information is available when required.

During the 2020/21 pandemic, Chambers provided and continues to provide its clients with a high level of service.


Oriel Chambers’ well established clerking team is renowned on the Northern Circuit for their “nothing is too much trouble” approach.

The clerks are friendly, proactive, knowledgeable and provide Chamber’s clients with a consistently high level of service.

Nick O’Neill has recently joined Chambers as Chambers Director and as a former solicitor of some 22 years PQE brings with him a wealth of knowledge. Nick was a long-standing client of Oriel Chambers and fully appreciates the level of performance that his clerking team can deliver.

Paul Thompson is Chambers’ manager and works closely with the clerking team, ensuring that client care and practice innovation are always at the forefront of their minds.

The 2020/21 pandemic gave the clerking team the opportunity to show how they work as a team and they have delivered consistently, ensuring a seamless offering for Chambers’ diverse client base.

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 clients 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 homicide, 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 Nicholas O'Neill 0151 236 7191
Chambers Manager Paul Thompson 0151 236 7191
Members of Chambers/ Head of Chambers BRANT, Paul (1993)
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 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 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 WILLIAMS, Alexander (2004)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Mark (2005)
Members of Chambers CHAMPION, Karina (2005)
Members of Chambers LIDDY, Michelle (2010)
Members of Chambers WOLFENDEN, Peter (2007)*
Members of Chambers EAST, Harry (2014)
Members of Chambers VAUGHAN, Melissa (2014)
Members of Chambers HYNES, Tom (2015)
Members of Chambers TYLER, Marc (2018)
Members of Chambers SENEVIRATNE, Indunee (2019)
Members of Chambers MCCORMICK,Mark (2019)
Members of Chambers * Door tenants