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Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC

MANCHESTER, M3 4DN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 955 9000
Fax:
Fax 0161 955 9001
DX:
14326 MANCHESTER-3
Email:
Web:
www.9sjs.com

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

9 St John Street has notable strength in Chancery, family and employment law, but is singled out for its β€˜good strength and depth’ in personal injury law. Recent moves include Sara Lewis join St Philips Chambers in 2017, Ian Denham leave for Outer Temple Chambers, while Sarah Kilvington arrive from 18 St John Street Chambers. In 2018 Matthew Haisley was appointed to the district bench. The clerking team includes senior clerks Tony Morrissey (β€˜always very helpful and runs a tight ship’) and Chris Swann, who manage the civil and criminal barristers, respectively. Offices in: Manchester

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

9 St John Street has notable strength in Chancery, family and employment law, but is singled out for its β€˜good strength and depth’ in personal injury law. Recent moves include Sara Lewis join St Philips Chambers in 2017, Ian Denham leave for Outer Temple Chambers, while Sarah Kilvington arrive from 18 St John Street Chambers. In 2018 Matthew Haisley was appointed to the district bench. The clerking team includes senior clerks Tony Morrissey (β€˜always very helpful and runs a tight ship’) and Chris Swann, who manage the civil and criminal barristers, respectively. Offices in: Manchester

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

9 St John Street has β€˜good strength in depth’ in its commercial, banking and Chancery team, which reports a recent uptick in contentious probate matters. Other key strengths include administration of wills, company and partnership disputes, and banking litigation.

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Andrew Clark - 9 St John Street β€˜An excellent advocate with rigorous attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Fryer-Spedding - 9 St John Street β€˜Imperturbable and dynamic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joanna Vicary - 9 St John Street β€˜She has experience in Chancery litigation matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Price - 9 St John Street β€˜A very approachable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Selwyn Sharpe - 9 St John Street β€˜Noted for his experience in rights of way matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Members at 9 St John Street prosecute and defend in cases of multi-handed drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences, large-scale fraud and homicide. In January 2018 Gary Woodhall was appointed to the circuit bench.

Crime – Leading silks

Jaime Hamilton - 9 St John Street β€˜Experienced in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Clarke QC - 9 St John Street β€˜Past work includes drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences and homicide.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Alex Langhorn - 9 St John Street β€˜He excels in complex cases, and he punches well above his year of call.’

Ranked: tier 1

Darren Preston - 9 St John Street β€˜Prosecutes and defends in fraud and money laundering cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Monaghan - 9 St John Street β€˜Noted for his experience in complex fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicola Gatto - 9 St John Street β€˜Her practice includes serious sexual offences, murder and drugs conspiracies.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vanessa Thomson - 9 St John Street β€˜Recommended for defending in serious sexual offences cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

The employment team at 9 St John Street reports an uptick in instructions involving whistleblowing matters; discrimination cases and sports disputes are other areas of expertise. Joanne Woodward was appointed to the bench in March 2018.

Employment – Leading silks

Paul Gilroy QC (full joint tenancy) 9 St John Street and Littleton Chambers β€˜He has particular expertise in sports-related employment matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Amy Smith - 9 St John Street β€˜Incisive and quick on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Assunta Del Priore - 9 St John Street β€˜A strong, calm, smart, formidable advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Carlo Breen - 9 St John Street β€˜He has encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Morgan - 9 St John Street β€˜Very intelligent and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Hurd - 9 St John Street β€˜Congenial, sagacious and conscientious.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joanne Connolly - 9 St John Street β€˜A highly intelligent barrister with a keen forensic mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louise Quigley - 9 St John Street β€˜A highly adept advocate who is a force to be reckoned with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lena Amartey - 9 St John Street β€˜An unwavering cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachael Levene - 9 St John Street β€˜Her practice includes whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Wedderspoon - 9 St John Street β€˜She has a very measured, client-friendly style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stefan Brochwicz-Lewinski - 9 St John Street β€˜An indomitable advocate who has a great bedside manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Gilbart - 9 St John Street β€˜Recommended for a wide range of employment matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Practitioners at 9 St John Street handle serious non-accidental injuries matters, sexual abuse claims and care and adoption proceedings, among other areas. In November 2017 Sara Lewis moved to St Philips Chambers, and in March 2018 Sarah Kilvington joined the set from 18 St John Street Chambers.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Emma Greenhalgh - 9 St John Street β€˜She has extensive experience in public law children matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rachael Heppenstall - 9 St John Street β€˜Recommended for cases involving non-accidental injuries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sarah Kilvington - 9 St John Street β€˜Very experienced in cases involving serious abuse.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Northern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

9 St John Street (Manchester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

9 St John Street is β€˜a very solid personal injury set’. Practitioners have experience in industrial disease, road traffic accidents, catastrophic injuries and medical negligence matters. In June 2018 Matthew Haisley was appointed to the district bench.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Kennedy QC - 9 St John Street β€˜A very confident silk with a quick mind and a superb grasp of detail.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Brian McCluggage - 9 St John Street β€˜An excellent court advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Hurd - 9 St John Street β€˜Clients appreciate his practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Julie-Anne Luck - 9 St John Street β€˜She pursues her cases with courage, tenacity and vigour.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John Street β€˜Very approachable, proactive, thorough and focused.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Snarr - 9 St John Street β€˜His practice includes industrial disease, failed surgery and brain injury claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Lemmy - 9 St John Street β€˜Assured, eloquent and compelling.’

Ranked: tier 1

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