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Chambers of Richard Wright QC
Park Square Barristers
Yorkshire And The Humber

Set overviews: England and Wales

In addition to being ‘a chambers of choice for criminal law, in both the Crown and Magistrates Court’, Park Square Barristers is also ‘a very strong set in public and private law children work with an enviable team of excellent members’. Richard Sadler is the senior managing clerk, who is supported by senior family clerk Claudine Cooper (‘a joy to work with – she is a gem of a clerk who goes the extra mile’), senior criminal clerk Andrew Thornton, senior regulatory and public clerk Madeleine Gray, and the ‘very helpful’ senior civil clerk Francine Kirk. Offices in: Leeds


The set: Park Square Barristers was formed in February 2015 following the merger of No 6 and Sovereign Chambers, Leeds. Both were successful and a great number of their members were appointed to the judicial bench over many years. The two years post-merger have seen further appointments to the Bench, more members taking silk and a number of QCs and senior juniors join. PSQB is commercially astute with the heads of chambers, two highly respected QCs in their fields, supported by a board of directors.

It is the largest multidisciplinary set on the North Eastern Circuit offering the highest standards of advice, representation, mediation and legal training. It has a client-focused ethos and is committed to providing excellent service, countrywide, to legal firms (from high street to international), insurance companies, local authorities and other public and regulatory bodies including HMRC, BIS, NHS Protect and the Environment Agency. Many accept Direct Access instructions. Members and clients enjoy the benefits of highly experienced, responsive and supportive clerking and support teams.

The teams share best practice, knowledge and expertise for the benefit of clients and junior members. The strength of the membership means hearings can be covered at short notice and enables the set to provide a one-stop service for clients, where cases cross into other specialist areas.

A number of members have been appointed to specialist panels, including the Attorney General, Treasury Solicitor, insurance companies, health trusts, CPS Specialist Fraud, POCA, RASSO and Serious Organised Crime panels. In 2016 PSQB was instructed to prosecute what is understood to be the first gross negligence manslaughter case concerning food allergies and the first private prosecution of a fraudulent ‘cash for crash’ staged road traffic accident, for which it received the Personal Injury Award 2016 for ‘Outstanding Case of the Year’.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial and company: insurance, including indemnity and recovery, banking, finance, insolvency, company, including formation of companies through to dissolution, unfair prejudice, minority shareholders, sale and carriage of goods, travel and package holiday claims, product liability, defamation, international disputes and letters of credit, professional negligence, restraint of trade, intellectual property, partnership disputes, guarantees/indemnities, travel, tourism and package holidays, timeshares and mis-selling.

Court of Protection: vulnerable adults, consent to treatment, deprivation of liberty, deputyship, property and finance, capacity, accommodation, contact, residence, consent to marriage and sexual relationships.

Costs: all aspects of costs in all jurisdictions.

Crime: prosecutes and defends every type of case from the Magistrates’ to the Supreme Court. Significant expertise in murder, manslaughter, terrorism, serious violence, rape and other sexual offences (including historical), public disorder, dishonesty, large-scale conspiracies, drugs, technical road traffic issues, plus more unusual offences dealt with by specialist prosecuting agencies. Specialisms of asset forfeiture, confiscation and cash detention and restraint.

Education: special educational needs and disability, EHC plans, admissions, exclusions.

Employment: wrongful dismissal, discrimination, restrictive covenants, redundancy; TUPE; equal pay; wages; Working Time Regulations and contractual claims.

Family (children and finance): care, particularly the most serious and medically complex cases, such as serious injury or death, neglect, abuse, fictitious illness, adoption and special guardianship, child abduction, child arrangements, injunctions and committals, domestic violence, forced marriage, terrorism and jurisdiction disputes. The set represents the full range of clients: local authorities, parents, extended family and children. Other work includes matrimonial and non-matrimonial finance, divorce, financial remedies, cohabitation, pre-nuptial agreements.

Fraud: nationally renowned for civil fraud work, with unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. An outstanding national reputation for defence work within the insurance sector. Expertise in extensive criminal frauds, including VAT, Revenue and Customs. A number of members are on the Serious Fraud Office specialist panel.

Health and safety: advocacy and advisory work in cases involving the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, and smaller local regulators such as fire and rescue authorities and environmental health authorities, for the regulator, businesses and individuals.

Inquests and inquiries: experience of representing families, interested persons in the coroner’s court and healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and pharmacists), accountants and police officers before their professional bodies.

Mediation and ADR: mediation specialists dealing with the full range of disputes involving property, including landlord and tenant, boundaries and rights of way, families and family finance, business agreements, employment, leases, neighbour disputes, personal injury, professional negligence, probate and trusts, company disputes and insolvency.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: accidents abroad, catastrophic injury, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, pediatric cardiac surgery, dental, cosmetic and orthopedic surgery, obstetrics, failures in proper diagnoses, reduced life expectancy, group actions, including the Mau Mau litigation, complex and high-profile cases, road traffic, occupiers’ and employers’ liability, industrial disease, asbestos-induced mesothelioma. The team also acts for parties in linked inquests and HSE prosecutions.

Professional negligence: expertise in all aspects of litigation and advisory work in relation to claims against professionals, up to and including final hearing on issues such as duty of care, breach of duty or contract, causation and quantification of loss, claims both for and against solicitors, barristers, insolvency practitioners, surveyors, architects, engineers, accountants, financial advisers, bankers, insurance brokers and other professionals.

Property: agricultural tenancies, boundary disputes, buildings including listed buildings, commercial leases, easements and rights of way, planning, right to light, adverse possession, trespass, nuisance, village greens and commons, landlord and tenant disputes including commercial and residential, such as possession, dilapidations, terminal obligations, and public sector housing management, including anti-social behaviour injunctions, committal, and homelessness.

Private client: property, trusts, wills and probate, Inheritance Act, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees (TOLATA).

Public and administrative law: judicial review and challenging decisions concerning community care, education, health, housing, mental health, VAT and customs and excise.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior managing clerk Richard Sadler
Senior criminal clerk Andrew Thornton
Senior civil clerk Francine Kirk
Business development Clerk Andy Reeves
Senior regulatory clerk Madeleine Gray
Senior family clerk Claudine Cooper
Head of Chambers WRIGHT QC, Richard (1998)
Deputy Head of Chambers MELLY QC, Kama (1997)
Members of Chambers LEWIS QC, Andrew (1985)
Members of Chambers MOULSON QC, Peter (1991)
Members of Chambers IQBAL QC, Abdul (1994)
Members of Chambers HALL QC, Andrew (1991)*
Members of Chambers KARU QC, Lee (1985)*
Members of Chambers SAXBY QC, Oliver (1992)*
Members of Chambers TYLER QC, William (1996)*
Members of Chambers STONOR QC, Nicholas (1993)*
Members of Chambers ROSE, David (1977)
Members of Chambers DALLAS, Andrew (1978)
Members of Chambers ORBAUM, David (1978)
Members of Chambers ISHERWOOD, John (1978)*
Members of Chambers PALMER, Patrick (1978)
Members of Chambers FERGUSON, Christopher (1979)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Michael (1980)
Members of Chambers HARING, Simon (1982)
Members of Chambers STEPHEN, Spence (1983)*
Members of Chambers HILL-BAKER, Jeremy (1983)
Members of Chambers HENDRY, Helen (1983)
Members of Chambers ARMBRISTER, Allan (1984)
Members of Chambers GORDON, David (1984)
Members of Chambers TURNER, Taryn (1984)
Members of Chambers FRIEZE, Robin (1985)
Members of Chambers CURNIN, Jane (1988)
Members of Chambers HILL, Louise (1988)
Members of Chambers McKONE, Mark (1988)
Members of Chambers BASHIR, Nadim (1988)
Members of Chambers TIGHE, Dawn (1989)
Members of Chambers HARGAN, James (1990)
Members of Chambers TODD, Martin (1991)
Members of Chambers SHIELS, Ian (1992)
Members of Chambers COLLEY, Kitty (1992)
Members of Chambers WOOLFALL, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers AL'HASSAN, Khadim (1993)
Members of Chambers CASWELL, Benjamin (1993)
Members of Chambers SEMPLE, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers DAWSON, Judy (1993)
Members of Chambers BATCHELOR, John (1993)
Members of Chambers BROUGHTON, Kerrie (1993)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Victoria (1993)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Adam (1994)
Members of Chambers FINLAY, Darren (1994)
Members of Chambers VALLI, Yunus (1994)
Members of Chambers JACOBS, Timothy (1995)
Members of Chambers GREENHALGH, Michael (2004)
Members of Chambers WITHYMAN, Elizabeth (1995)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Peter J (1995)
Members of Chambers MORLEY, Michael (1995)
Members of Chambers DUNN, Christopher (1996)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Matthew (1996)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Shufqat (1997)
Members of Chambers CURRIE, Fergus (1997)
Members of Chambers PAIGE, Richard M (1997)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Simon (1997)
Members of Chambers LIPPIATT, Huw (2010)
Members of Chambers MEGYERY, Ayshea (1997)
Members of Chambers RHYS-DAVIES, Adam (1998)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Michael (1998)
Members of Chambers GENT, Tom (1998)
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN, Rukhshanda (1998)
Members of Chambers WOOD, Caroline (1998)
Members of Chambers HUDSON, Ian (2016)
Members of Chambers HASSALL, Craig (1999)
Members of Chambers BATTS, Gillian (1999)
Members of Chambers ANDRE, Roger (1999)
Members of Chambers SHAW, Howard (1999)
Members of Chambers DEVALL, Sally (1999)
Members of Chambers PARSONS, Glenn (1999)
Members of Chambers JONES, Julian (1999)
Members of Chambers MASON, Catherine (2000)
Members of Chambers SEKHON, Narinder (2000)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Ifzal (2000)
Members of Chambers DUNN, Paul (2011)
Members of Chambers SILVERTON, Catherine (2001)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT, Julie-Ann (2001)
Members of Chambers BATTY, Kate (2011)
Members of Chambers WORSLEY, Charlotte (2002)
Members of Chambers WOLSTENHOLME, Janine (2002)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Katherine (2002)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Mark (2002)
Members of Chambers HARDING, Matthew (2002)
Members of Chambers DICKINSON, Zarah (2002)*
Members of Chambers ABRAHAMS, Paul (2002)*
Members of Chambers BEER, Julia (2003)*
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, Robert (2003)
Members of Chambers BLAKE-BARNARD, Vince (2012)
Members of Chambers CONNOLLY, Simon (2019)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN, Lee (2003)
Members of Chambers RENVOIZE, Edward (2004)*
Members of Chambers ROSS, Fiona (2004)
Members of Chambers ADDY, Laura (2004)
Members of Chambers PERRETT, Natalia (2004)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Andrew (2005)
Members of Chambers COADE, Georgina (2005)*
Members of Chambers CLEGG, Simon (2005)
Members of Chambers RANDALL, Rebecca (2005)*
Members of Chambers GRANT, Giles (2006)
Members of Chambers HASSON, James (2006)
Members of Chambers MERCER, Kirsten (2006)
Members of Chambers PHILIPSON, Amy (2006)
Members of Chambers SHIELDS, Caroline (2006)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Lucy (2016)
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Anna (2007)
Members of Chambers MOXON, Catherine (2007)
Members of Chambers MORAN, Christopher (2007)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Soheil J (2007)
Members of Chambers BUCK, Camilla (2008)
Members of Chambers BISSET, Kate (2009)
Members of Chambers JOWETT, Michael (2009)
Members of Chambers YOUNG, Stuart (2009)
Members of Chambers LINDSAY, William (2009)
Members of Chambers RAWLINSON, Carla (2009)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Ben (2010)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Kate (2011)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Lorraine (2011)
Members of Chambers STANWAY, Thomas (2012)
Members of Chambers PARNHAM, Andrea (2013)
Members of Chambers REED, Emily (2013)
Members of Chambers HILDYARD, Phillipa (2014)
Members of Chambers BOXALL, Christopher (2014)
Members of Chambers CLEGG, Holly (2015)
Members of Chambers RIAZ, Anaum (2016)
Members of Chambers NELSON, Laura (2016)
Members of Chambers MCLOUGHLIN, Naomi (2016)
Members of Chambers BAIRSTOW, Joseph (2014)
Pupil HOLDING, James (2015)
Pupil HUDSON, Joseph (2018)
Pupil JACKSON, Tom (2018)
Pupil BROOKE-WARD, Chelsea (2017)
Pupil MITTEN, Eleanor (2018)
Pupil WOODLEY, Shannon (2019)
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As a progressive set, Park Square Barristers is committed to promoting equality and diversity in both policy and practice. We believe and uphold the view that diversity is something to be celebrated; combining people from different backgrounds and experiences is essential to reflect the varied and nuanced society that our Chambers serves.

The collection of diversity data is part of Park Square Barristers’ strategy to ensure that checks can be made on whether or not policies and action plans are being implemented and whether or not they are working. Without data, it is impossible to establish the nature or extent of any inequality and therefore devise appropriate measures to reduce or remove it. We were proud of our 2018 Diversity Data results following a chambers wide survey, notable features of which were:

  •  PSQB is above the national average in respect of gender representation. The national average is 37% and PSQB is 40%.
  •  PSQB is above the national average in respect of practicing barristers who are Black Minority Ethnic (BME)
  •  The majority of those members of Park Square Barristers who participated in the survey attended state secondary school
  •  Nearly half of Park Square Barristers’ members who attended university were the first generation in their family to do so
  •  38 members of chambers are primary carers for a child/ren aged under 18

Park Square Barrister’s aims to tackle discrimination in any form pro-actively and to ensure that nobody experiences discrimination or prejudice in any form as either employees, members or clients.