Set Profile > Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC > Manchester, England

Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC
9 St John Street
M3 4DN

Clinical negligence

Kirsty McKinlay is the key barrister for clinical negligence matters at 9 St John Street. She is particularly in demand for claimant work concerning brain injuries or psychiatric treatment. In one case, she acted for the family of an individual whose brain aneurysm was allegedly negligently treated in a Fatal Accidents Act case.

Leading Juniors

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetProvides very thorough and sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

9 St John Street is particularly notable in Chancery matters, though members do operate a broader commercial litigation practice. The set is recommended by clients for the 'availability and strength' of counsel available. James Fryer-Spedding recently acted for a further education college seeking payment from central government in connection with a government training scheme.

Leading Juniors

James Fryer-Spedding - 9 St John StreetAn excellent all-rounder.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Price - 9 St John StreetRobust, knowledgeable and experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Clark - 9 St John StreetHas good commercial judgment and can deal with twists in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John StreetConfident and decisive.
Ranked: Tier 2


Members of 9 St John Street are instructed on behalf of both prosecution and defence in a wide range of cases, covering all areas of serious crime including appellate work. Vanessa Thomson is a key figure within the practice, having recently defended an octogenarian man charged with the murder of his wife, who was suffering from severe dementia, in a "mercy killing"; the prosecution accepted a guilty plea to manslaughter and a suspended sentence was imposed. Jaime Hamilton QC  took silk in 2019.

Leading Juniors

Alex Langhorn - 9 St John StreetHe has an incredibly sharp mind and handles complex matters with considerable guile.
Ranked: Tier 1
Vanessa Thomson - 9 St John StreetParticularly sought-after for cases involving young or vulnerable witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Silks

Jaime Hamilton QC - 9 St John StreetExperienced in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.
Ranked: Tier 3


9 St John Street has an 'outstanding calibre of counsel', with members acting for both claimants and respondents, including direct access instructions for some members. In a recent highlight, Assunta Del Priore acted for the employer in Frudds v Partington Group, a complex case concerning when a worker on call is working for the purposes of the national minimum wage exploring similar issues to the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in February 2020 - the matter was heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal twice. David Campion joined the set from Atlantic Chambers in February 2019.

Leading Juniors

Nigel Grundy - 9 St John StreetAn extremely thorough and technical advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Edward Morgan - 9 St John StreetA brilliant advocate who excels with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Assunta Del Priore - 9 St John StreetA force of nature.
Ranked: Tier 1
Amy Smith - 9 St John StreetPragmatic and commercial in her advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel Wedderspoon - 9 St John StreetCan be both tenacious and subtle in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lena Amartey - 9 St John StreetRobust in cross-examination and always well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carlo Breen - 9 St John StreetGives pragmatic and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Campion - 9 St John StreetDeals with clients sensitively.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Hurd - 9 St John StreetRecent work includes defending against disability discrimination and stress at work claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Louise Quigley - 9 St John StreetExtremely knowledgeable in all areas of employment law.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law

9 St John Street's strong contingent of family law juniors continue to represent a range of parties in complex cases across the region, with one solicitor referring to them as a 'go-to', for family work. Particular areas of specialism include serious non-accidental injury or sexual abuse, handled by the set's 'excellent care team', as well as allegations of domestic or sexual abuse in private law proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Joanne Barnett - 9 St John StreetPrepares well and goes above and beyond for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Kilvington - 9 St John StreetCouples a first-class legal mind with unparalleled knowledge in her areas of specialism.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emma Greenhalgh - 9 St John StreetA thoughtful and empathetic advocate who always stands up for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachael Heppenstall - 9 St John StreetProvides clear advice to clients and presents a robust case in court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

The personal injury team at 9 St John Street is particularly notable for its defendant work, especially regarding fraudulent insurance claims, although several members also have strong claimant practices. The set is praised by clients for its 'good strength in depth', particularly at the senior junior level. In a recent highlight, Matthew Snarr acted alone for a defendant employer in a traumatic brain injury case in which the balance of liability with a co-defendant was heavily disputed, and all other parties instructed a silk. Christopher Kennedy QC represented a defendant insurer in a paraplegia claim arising from an injury incurred in a gym, during which the claimant was using a programme not designed by gym staff.

Leading Juniors

Mike Lemmy - 9 St John StreetExcellent with clients and has a great grasp of the detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Snarr - 9 St John StreetAn excellent trial advocate with a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Hurd - 9 St John StreetAlways identifies the key issues and potential weakness in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julie-Anne Luck - 9 St John StreetGives cogent advice and is excellent on the technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brian McCluggage - 9 St John StreetHas a very good manner with clients and quickly gets to the nub of the claim.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetAstute, practical, and thorough when providing advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael O'Neill - 9 St John StreetVery approachable and has a good relationship with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip De Berry - 9 St John StreetA strong negotiator who takes a forensic approach to quantum disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Little - 9 St John StreetA skilled and persuasive advocate who adds value to a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joseph Mulderig - 9 St John StreetA diligent, thorough, and down-to-earth junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Zoë Thompson - 9 St John StreetAn excellent tactician who is very god with both witnesses and experts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John StreetTechnically excellent, approachable and user-friendly
Ranked: Tier 1


9 St John Street is home to Richard Price, who is particularly prevalent in right of way disputes and landlord and tenant claims and appears for different stakeholders in these cases.

Leading Juniors

Richard Price - 9 St John StreetVery calm, reassuring and personable with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Manchester multidisciplinary set 9 St John Street has ‘good strength in depth in personal injury work’ and ‘a strong family team, meaning availability of appropriate counsel never is an issue’ as well as criminal, regulatory, and employment expertise. The ‘very responsive and helpful’ clerks are led by the ‘impressive’ Tony Morrissey. Peadar Minstry, who heads the family clerking operation, is ‘proactive and willing to negotiate’, personal injury clerk Joe Gibson is ‘very helpful and pragmatic – it will be sorted out if you leave something with him’, while Julia Lanza and Chris Swann lead the commercial and criminal teams respectively. In recent news, Guy Mathieson has been appointed a circuit judge and employment and personal injury junior David Campion (formerly of Atlantic Chambers) has joined the set. Offices in: Manchester


This highly regarded Manchester set provides specialist expertise in the nine following areas: commercial and property, crime, regulatory and professional discipline, employment, personal injury including clinical negligence, insurance fraud, travel law, family law including mental health, and mediation.

The set: Chambers was established over 100 years ago and is committed to providing a modern, accessible and efficient service while maintaining its reputation for excellence and integrity. Its premises are located in the centre of Manchester and provide well-equipped accommodation and state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities.

Types of work undertaken:Commercial and property group: has extensive experience in all civil courts. Members regularly appear in the Mercantile Court, the Chancery Division and the technology and construction courts. Expertise includes banking, building and construction, commercial litigation including business sales, carriage of goods, consumer credit, contract, conveyancing, easements, inheritance, wills and trusts, company law, intellectual property, landlord and tenant work, equitable remedies, pre-trial relief, probate and housing.

Criminal group: provides excellence in legal advice and advocacy for all clients and in all areas of criminal law from the earliest stage of proceedings right through to appeals in the House of Lords. Members appear in all areas of the Northern Circuit and beyond in both Magistrates and Crown Courts and at inquests. Members are instructed by most of the major defence solicitors in the North West as well as by the CPS, HM Revenue & Customs, the Asset Recovery Agency and National Crime Agency. The team has notable experience in homicide, fraud, sexual offences and drugs. Some members have particular expertise in trading standards as well as confiscation, police law and human rights.

Insurance fraud group: consists of members who have led the market in partnership with chambers instructing solicitors on fraud rings, the tort of deceit, exemplary damages and low- velocity impact. The team has expertise in the following areas: staged accidents/RTA fraud, high-value ‘malingering’ PI cases, permanent health insurance, PPI, property insurance, non-disclosure/misrepresentation issues and exaggerated policy claims.

Employment group: notable expertise in unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination and equal opportunities, strikes and trade disputes, as well as transfer of undertakings, restraint of trade and confidential information, public law and judicial review. The team acts for employees and trade unions and for both private and public employers and employers’ associations, appearing in tribunals, courts at first instance, on appeal and at disciplinary hearings throughout the UK.

Family group: offers a wealth of experience in areas including adoption, ancillary relief, appeals, care proceedings, child abduction and cohabitees’ property disputes as well as contact and residence, divorce, nullity and judicial separation, domestic violence and applications under the Family Law Act 1996 as well as inheritance matters. Mental health is also a specialisation.

Regulatory and professional discipline: offers a well-balanced team in terms of prosecuting and defending complicated cases including corporate manslaughter, cases involving HSWA and other regulatory breaches. Specialist expertise is offered in relation to inquests linked to HSE investigations and in particular those involving difficult disclosure and/or causation issues. Members of the group are regularly instructed to prosecute at the GMC, dealing with perfomance and conduct issues.

Personal injury group: consists of members who regularly appear in leading cases of personal injury and clinical negligence including group actions. Strengths include high-value cases involving brain damage or serious spinal injury, industrial disease, occupational cancers, deafness, allegations of fraud or malingering, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

Travel law group: members of chambers have a proven track record in cases involving jurisdiction and choice of law disputes and have the benefit of experience of legal systems in other jurisdictions, most notably the US, Canada, the Middle East and Europe. Significant recent cases undertaken by members of the chambers include Bacon v National Suiza.

Mediation group: provides a high quality, professional mediation service through a team of experienced mediators. The members come from a wide range of backgrounds, but with a particular focus on commercial, property and wills, trusts and probate disputes.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Manager Ruth Ann Bailey
Senior Civil Clerk Tony Morrissey
Senior Criminal Clerk Chris Swann
Head of Chambers KENNEDY QC, Christopher (1989)
Members of Chambers GARSIDE QC, Charles (1971)
Members of Chambers JONES QC, Geraint (1976)
Members of Chambers McDERMOTT QC, Gerard (1978)
Members of Chambers HINCHLIFFE QC, Nicholas (1980)
Members of Chambers JACKSON QC, Simon (1982)
Members of Chambers CLARKE QC, Nicholas (1981)
Members of Chambers GILROY QC, Paul (1985)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Prof Mark (1987)
Members of Chambers HAMILTON QC, Jaime (1993)
Members of Chambers RIGBY, Terence (1971)
Members of Chambers CADWALLADER, Peter (1973)
Members of Chambers RILEY, Christine (1974)
Members of Chambers HENNELL, Gordon (1982)
Members of Chambers GRUNDY, Nigel (1983)
Members of Chambers SELWYN SHARPE, Richard (1985)
Members of Chambers BOWER, Alistair (1986)
Members of Chambers MONAGHAN, Mark (1987)
Members of Chambers BREEN, Carlo (1987)
Members of Chambers GATTO, Nicola (1987)
Members of Chambers GILCHRIST, David (1987)
Members of Chambers LITTLE, Ian (1989)
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Dr Edward (1989)
Members of Chambers BARNETT, Joanne (1989)
Members of Chambers PRESTON, Darren (1991)
Members of Chambers SCORAH, Christopher (1991)
Members of Chambers CONNOLLY, Joanne (1992)
Members of Chambers HOWARD, Dr Anthony (1992)
Members of Chambers SABRY, Karim (1992)
Members of Chambers BAILEY, Graham (1993)
Members of Chambers WEDDERSPOON, Rachel (1993)
Members of Chambers BARRY, Kirsten (1993)
Members of Chambers FRYER-SPEDDING, James (1994)
Members of Chambers CLARK, Andrew (1994)
Members of Chambers HURD, James (1994)
Members of Chambers LEMMY, Mike (1994)
Members of Chambers McCLUGGAGE, Brian (1995)
Members of Chambers BROCHWICZ-LEWINSKI, Stefan (1995)
Members of Chambers CALVERT, David (1995)
Members of Chambers DARBYSHIRE, Robert (1995)
Members of Chambers MORWOOD, Boyd (1996)
Members of Chambers HEPPENSTALL, Rachael (1997)
Members of Chambers TAFT, Christopher (1997)
Members of Chambers NOWELL, Katie (1997)
Members of Chambers MABON, Jane (1998)
Members of Chambers MAQSOOD, Kalsoom (1998)
Members of Chambers DEL PRIORE, Assunta (1998)
Members of Chambers MALLORY, Katherine (1998)
Members of Chambers THOMSON, Vanessa (1998)
Members of Chambers CHINNOCK, Christina (1998)
Members of Chambers KILVINGTON, Sarah (1999)
Members of Chambers LEEMING, Lucinda (1999)
Members of Chambers TINDALL, Paul (1999)
Members of Chambers THOMPSON, Zoe (1999)
Members of Chambers REDMOND, Helen (1999)
Members of Chambers RIGBY, Victoria (2000)
Members of Chambers KAUR, Lukhvinder (2000)
Members of Chambers MCKINLAY, Kirsty (2001)
Members of Chambers EELEY, Rebecca (2001)
Members of Chambers HEYWORTH, Alison (2001)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Dawn (2001)
Members of Chambers SNARR, Matthew (2001)
Members of Chambers DICKINSON, Russell (2002)
Members of Chambers MULDERIG, Joseph (2002)
Members of Chambers BRANDON, Louise (2003)
Members of Chambers VICARY, Joanna (2003)
Members of Chambers DE BERRY, Philip (2003)
Members of Chambers SAVAGE, Jonathan (2003)
Members of Chambers CURRY, Caroline (2003)
Members of chambers GILBART, Tom (2003)
Members of Chambers QUIGLEY, Louise (2003)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Ben (2004)
Members of Chambers CAMPION, David (2004)
Members of Chambers HENTHORN, Kate (2005)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Elizabeth (2005)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Robert (2005)
Members of Chambers HAINES, Hannah (2005)
Members of Chambers LUCK, Julie-Anne (2006)
Members of Chambers LEVENE, Rachael (2006)
Members of Chambers D'CRUZ, Laura (2006)
Members of Chambers FERRARIO, Jennie (2007)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL, Michael (2007)
Members of Chambers AMARTEY, Lena (2008)
Members of Chambers HAMILTON, William (2008)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Richard (2010)
Members of Chambers WISE, Fiona (2010)
Members of Chambers GREENHALGH, Emma (2010)
Members of Chambers CUNDY, Catherine (2011)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Amy (2011)
Members of Chambers BLAKEBROUGH, Simon (2011)
Members of Chambers ROLLINGS, Amy (2012)
Members of Chambers PLATT, Holly (2013)
Members of Chambers BARNES, Phil (2014)
Members of Chambers ABERNETHY, James (2015)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Hayley (2016)
Members of Chambers LOCK, Andrea (2016)
Members of Chambers LONGWORTH, Helen (2016)
Members of Chambers KAYE, Laura (2015)
Members of Chambers HILL, Jamie (2016)
Members of Chambers PYE-JONES, Kate (2017)
Members of Chambers OAKE, Joanne (2018)
Members of Chambers LEGGEAT, Caroline (2018)
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