Set Profile > 18 St John Street Chambers > Manchester, England

Chambers of Richard Chapman QC
18 St John Street Chambers
18-20 ST JOHN STREET
MANCHESTER
M3 4EA
England

Northern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

18 St John Street Chambers' family team works on a variety of complex cases involving serious sexual abuse and life-threatening abuse, deprivation of liberty and high-value financial remedies. Fiona Holloran has a broad practice and is regularly instructed in complex cases involving historic sexual abuse, multiple injuries, fabricated and induced illness, and cases with an international element, including abductions. Rehana Begum heads the family team and  handles complex cases involving serious life threatening injuries, sexual abuse, forced marriage and deprivation of a child’s liberty. Turning to matrimonial finance, Stephen Murray is a notable name in that area.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Holloran - 18 St John Street ChambersFiona is silk material. She is instructed in the most complex and challenging child care cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersLeonie is a delight to work with. The barrister is caring and empathetic and truly listens to the client. The barrister is always prepared to discuss and advise upon the case even at short notice. Working with this barrister you are guaranteed as a solicitor to know they have read the brief and understands the pertinent points of the case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersStephen is extremely thorough and robust in his approach both to advice and in court where he is a formidable advocate for his clients, which they very much appreciate. He has been described to me as both "feared and revered in equal measure".
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A well-established set with a good range of seniority and expertise.’

’18 St John’s is a respectable professional and competent chambers. Due to the nature of work I do and they are highly regarded, extremely experienced and friendly and approachable. Of particular note they appear to be a very inclusive and diverse set which enables them represent clients from a multicultural area like Manchester.’

‘The set has a high standard of experienced counsel who are top of their game.’

‘The Chambers is an exceptionally strong set- with several go-to barristers, I am never short of someone brilliant to cover a case. They are also a lovely friendly set who do fantastic courses and social events.’

‘There are plenty of children and family specialists within the Chambers who all have an excellent knowledge base. They always offer training and over the last 12 months have offered regular training online which means that it takes place often and can be more tailored to particular topics.’ ‘Chambers have a wide range of counsel available from junior to counsel with many years of experience. Chambers offer a good number of training seminars throughout the year, a number of which I have attended before. Seminars provided by chambers are well attended which speaks volumes for the quality of information provided.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are always approachable and ready to assist. I have been impressed with the way they have managed the difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, with virtual conferences being easy to set up.’

‘Camille Scott is a diamond – a valuable asset to the set- she has never let me down yet. I always have confidence when she says “leave it with me”.’

‘Garrick Brown is always very helpful and efficient.’

‘Clerks are very helpful and always prompt to respond.’

Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 2

18 St John Street Chambers' business and property team is 'user friendly and approachable'. Richard Chapman QC  is Chair of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association and represented the defendant in Coyne v MFW Developments Ltd, a case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by a director with over £2m at stake. The set is also home to David Hoffman who shows 'exceptional ability to interpret the law'. Hoffman represented Greentree Legal in Direct Accident Management v Greentree Legal Ltd, Legend Legal Ltd & Others, a case that involved a claim for misuse of confidential information.

Leading Silks

Richard Chapman QC - 18 St John Street ChambersRichard is excellent. He is technically excellent, very user-friendly and also understands the need for a commercial assessment as well as a legal assessment of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersUser-friendly and responsive. Jennifer provides clear, practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersDavid is extremely bright with a broad knowledge. Very user friendly and good at putting clients at their ease. David is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘They will always have someone available and price the counsel in line with the claim. Helpful, organised and covering a broad range.’

‘I haven’t used the chambers because I have gone through David direct.’

‘I have used this Chambers for many years and keep coming back because of the quality and service of its commercial team.’

‘I have used all levels of Counsel in the Chambers from the most junior to senior and am always impressed with the responsiveness received .Over the years the Chambers have offered training to our commercial team on topics often chosen by us where this has been bespoke to our needs.’

Clerking

‘Good service and amenable clerks.’

‘Katie Brown has been at 18 St John Street for a very long time and is very responsive and fair in her dealings and builds a good rapport with her solicitors.’

‘Always efficient and helpful.’

‘I have come back to the chambers year after year due to the service received not only because of the quality of Counsel but also the quality of the clerking service. Katie Brown and the clerking team are great to work with, responsive, fair and reasonable on fees, helpful, friendly and always willing to take a commercial view when perhaps the more difficult cases need perhaps a different approach.’

Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers handles a range of Chancery work.  and Christopher McNall covers disputes, proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims, often in an agricultural context, while Wayne Goldstein is experienced in Chancery and commercial law, in particular cases that involve allegations of fraud. Oliver Caplan is also noted and represented the claimant in Mina Dahou v Farida Dahou, where the claimant sought an interest in a residential property under TOLATA.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has a number of good practitioners in these areas of law.’

‘A good set quality set lead by star performer Richard Chapman QC.’

’18 St John Street Chambers is a well kept secret. It has strength-in-depth across the departments and has had successful QC and judicial applications in recent years. Its clerks room has an in depth knowledge of both the clients and the barristers thereby ensuring excellent service, resulting in a loyal client base.’

‘This is an excellent set, particularly in Chancery work. ‘

‘As far as I can recall I have used this chambers for the entirety of my legal career dating back to the 1980s. There have been many excellent Counsel I have used over the years- in particular Malcolm McEwan (at the senior end) to many of the more junior members in recent years.’

Clerking

‘Very helpful and prompt.’

‘Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh are easy to deal with and get back to me promptly.’

‘I have over the years had exceptional service from the Clerks at this chambers. Always contactable, approachable ,adaptable and fair and reasonable on fees. Whenever there has been issues on fees we have always been able to resolve matters commercially and sensibly.’

Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers' members cover a broad range of cases including cerebral palsy cases, as well as spinal, orthopaedic, gynaecological, wrongful birth and claims relating to vascular surgery. Gemma McGungle is a 'great trial advocate' and goes 'the extra mile' for clients and solicitors. Christopher Limb is a key name in the clinical negligence space.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street Chambers'I have used Christopher for two complex cerebral palsy claims and they have produced very effective and life-changing settlement for our clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street Chambers'Gemma is very good with clients, reassuring but clear when there are risks in a case. Gemma is particularly strong in mediation and has assisted a number of clients to a mediated settlement avoiding the risk and additional stress of trial.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers have always tried to ensure that preferred Counsel is available where possible. Easy to contact and always immediately responsive.’

‘Have managed lockdown very well and very comfortable working on digital platforms.’

Clerking

‘Very competently clerked by Katie Brown.’

‘Katie Brown is an excellent clerk. Approachable and extremely organised.’

‘I have found the clerking team to be very efficient and helpful.’

Northern Circuit > Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersChristopher is very approachable. He will make time to talk through an issue so that he fully understands it; both as applies to the clients and the instructing solicitor. It is therefore clear in his pleadings that has got to the heart of the matter. Understanding farming, and the Welsh language, also endears him to clients that fall into those categories.
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersUser-friendly and responsive. Experienced in complex director disqualification cases and provides clear, practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Elahe Youshani - 18 St John Street ChambersApproachable and pragmatic, diligent in pursuing her case without pressing hopeless points.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kane Simons - 18 St John Street ChambersHe is thorough, meticulous and personable. He has a good relationship with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Northern Circuit > Social housing

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Leading Juniors

Rachel Faux - 18 St John Street ChambersMeticulous attention to detail, first-class advocacy and excellent client care skills. Always willing to engage in meaningful discussions with instructing solicitor. She remains focussed and gives her full attention to each and every case. The value of availability to discuss matters cannot be underestimated and is becoming something of a rarity amongst other barristers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Shenton - 18 St John Street ChambersExcellent client skills. Very adaptable at dealing with different and demanding clients and tailoring advice when necessary. Great at taking on board solicitors instructions but also provides essential feedback when sensitive matters need addressing without causing upset. Advocacy skills are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 1

18 St John Street Chambers' family team works on a variety of complex cases involving serious sexual abuse and life-threatening abuse, deprivation of liberty and high-value financial remedies. Fiona Holloran has a broad practice and is regularly instructed in complex cases involving historic sexual abuse, multiple injuries, fabricated and induced illness, and cases with an international element, including abductions. Rehana Begum heads the family team and  handles complex cases involving serious life threatening injuries, sexual abuse, forced marriage and deprivation of a child’s liberty. Turning to matrimonial finance, Stephen Murray is a notable name in that area.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Holloran - 18 St John Street ChambersFiona is silk material. She is instructed in the most complex and challenging child care cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersLeonie is a delight to work with. The barrister is caring and empathetic and truly listens to the client. The barrister is always prepared to discuss and advise upon the case even at short notice. Working with this barrister you are guaranteed as a solicitor to know they have read the brief and understands the pertinent points of the case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersStephen is extremely thorough and robust in his approach both to advice and in court where he is a formidable advocate for his clients, which they very much appreciate. He has been described to me as both "feared and revered in equal measure".
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A well-established set with a good range of seniority and expertise.’

’18 St John’s is a respectable professional and competent chambers. Due to the nature of work I do and they are highly regarded, extremely experienced and friendly and approachable. Of particular note they appear to be a very inclusive and diverse set which enables them represent clients from a multicultural area like Manchester.’

‘The set has a high standard of experienced counsel who are top of their game.’

‘The Chambers is an exceptionally strong set- with several go-to barristers, I am never short of someone brilliant to cover a case. They are also a lovely friendly set who do fantastic courses and social events.’

‘There are plenty of children and family specialists within the Chambers who all have an excellent knowledge base. They always offer training and over the last 12 months have offered regular training online which means that it takes place often and can be more tailored to particular topics.’ ‘Chambers have a wide range of counsel available from junior to counsel with many years of experience. Chambers offer a good number of training seminars throughout the year, a number of which I have attended before. Seminars provided by chambers are well attended which speaks volumes for the quality of information provided.’

Clerking

‘Clerks are always approachable and ready to assist. I have been impressed with the way they have managed the difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, with virtual conferences being easy to set up.’

‘Camille Scott is a diamond – a valuable asset to the set- she has never let me down yet. I always have confidence when she says “leave it with me”.’

‘Garrick Brown is always very helpful and efficient.’

‘Clerks are very helpful and always prompt to respond.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 2

18 St John Street Chambers' business and property team is 'user friendly and approachable'. Richard Chapman QC  is Chair of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association and represented the defendant in Coyne v MFW Developments Ltd, a case involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by a director with over £2m at stake. The set is also home to David Hoffman who shows 'exceptional ability to interpret the law'. Hoffman represented Greentree Legal in Direct Accident Management v Greentree Legal Ltd, Legend Legal Ltd & Others, a case that involved a claim for misuse of confidential information.

Leading Silks

Richard Chapman QC - 18 St John Street ChambersRichard is excellent. He is technically excellent, very user-friendly and also understands the need for a commercial assessment as well as a legal assessment of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersUser-friendly and responsive. Jennifer provides clear, practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersDavid is extremely bright with a broad knowledge. Very user friendly and good at putting clients at their ease. David is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘They will always have someone available and price the counsel in line with the claim. Helpful, organised and covering a broad range.’

‘I haven’t used the chambers because I have gone through David direct.’

‘I have used this Chambers for many years and keep coming back because of the quality and service of its commercial team.’

‘I have used all levels of Counsel in the Chambers from the most junior to senior and am always impressed with the responsiveness received .Over the years the Chambers have offered training to our commercial team on topics often chosen by us where this has been bespoke to our needs.’

Clerking

‘Good service and amenable clerks.’

‘Katie Brown has been at 18 St John Street for a very long time and is very responsive and fair in her dealings and builds a good rapport with her solicitors.’

‘Always efficient and helpful.’

‘I have come back to the chambers year after year due to the service received not only because of the quality of Counsel but also the quality of the clerking service. Katie Brown and the clerking team are great to work with, responsive, fair and reasonable on fees, helpful, friendly and always willing to take a commercial view when perhaps the more difficult cases need perhaps a different approach.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers handles a range of Chancery work.  and Christopher McNall covers disputes, proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims, often in an agricultural context, while Wayne Goldstein is experienced in Chancery and commercial law, in particular cases that involve allegations of fraud. Oliver Caplan is also noted and represented the claimant in Mina Dahou v Farida Dahou, where the claimant sought an interest in a residential property under TOLATA.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set has a number of good practitioners in these areas of law.’

‘A good set quality set lead by star performer Richard Chapman QC.’

’18 St John Street Chambers is a well kept secret. It has strength-in-depth across the departments and has had successful QC and judicial applications in recent years. Its clerks room has an in depth knowledge of both the clients and the barristers thereby ensuring excellent service, resulting in a loyal client base.’

‘This is an excellent set, particularly in Chancery work. ‘

‘As far as I can recall I have used this chambers for the entirety of my legal career dating back to the 1980s. There have been many excellent Counsel I have used over the years- in particular Malcolm McEwan (at the senior end) to many of the more junior members in recent years.’

Clerking

‘Very helpful and prompt.’

‘Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh are easy to deal with and get back to me promptly.’

‘I have over the years had exceptional service from the Clerks at this chambers. Always contactable, approachable ,adaptable and fair and reasonable on fees. Whenever there has been issues on fees we have always been able to resolve matters commercially and sensibly.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers' members cover a broad range of cases including cerebral palsy cases, as well as spinal, orthopaedic, gynaecological, wrongful birth and claims relating to vascular surgery. Gemma McGungle is a 'great trial advocate' and goes 'the extra mile' for clients and solicitors. Christopher Limb is a key name in the clinical negligence space.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street Chambers'I have used Christopher for two complex cerebral palsy claims and they have produced very effective and life-changing settlement for our clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street Chambers'Gemma is very good with clients, reassuring but clear when there are risks in a case. Gemma is particularly strong in mediation and has assisted a number of clients to a mediated settlement avoiding the risk and additional stress of trial.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Chambers have always tried to ensure that preferred Counsel is available where possible. Easy to contact and always immediately responsive.’

‘Have managed lockdown very well and very comfortable working on digital platforms.’

Clerking

‘Very competently clerked by Katie Brown.’

‘Katie Brown is an excellent clerk. Approachable and extremely organised.’

‘I have found the clerking team to be very efficient and helpful.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersChristopher is very approachable. He will make time to talk through an issue so that he fully understands it; both as applies to the clients and the instructing solicitor. It is therefore clear in his pleadings that has got to the heart of the matter. Understanding farming, and the Welsh language, also endears him to clients that fall into those categories.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersUser-friendly and responsive. Experienced in complex director disqualification cases and provides clear, practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Elahe Youshani - 18 St John Street ChambersApproachable and pragmatic, diligent in pursuing her case without pressing hopeless points.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kane Simons - 18 St John Street ChambersHe is thorough, meticulous and personable. He has a good relationship with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Leading Juniors

Rachel Faux - 18 St John Street ChambersMeticulous attention to detail, first-class advocacy and excellent client care skills. Always willing to engage in meaningful discussions with instructing solicitor. She remains focussed and gives her full attention to each and every case. The value of availability to discuss matters cannot be underestimated and is becoming something of a rarity amongst other barristers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Shenton - 18 St John Street ChambersExcellent client skills. Very adaptable at dealing with different and demanding clients and tailoring advice when necessary. Great at taking on board solicitors instructions but also provides essential feedback when sensitive matters need addressing without causing upset. Advocacy skills are second to none.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

ABOUT US – 18 St John Street Chambers is one of the longest established and most well regarded sets of Chambers on the Northern Circuit. Its barristers have been delivering the highest standards of advice and advocacy to clients for almost 50 years, combining the highest standards and traditions of the independent Bar with a modern and forward looking approach.

Chambers offers skilled practitioners of all ranges of seniority in each of their core departments  – Civil, Personal Injury, Business and Property, Criminal, Family Law (including Family Finance), and Tax. The strength and depth of each department is recognised by both professional and lay clients – as well as by our opponents. Chambers has a well-deserved reputation as a leading set – both in Manchester, on Northern Circuit, and nationally. Members appear in courts and tribunals across the whole of the United Kingdom.

OUR ETHOS – The interests of our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We approach each case with firm and focused professionalism which ensures that our clients receive the best advice and service available. Our clerking teams have knowledge of their practice areas. Clients receive an efficient and effective service from the first moment they contact Chambers. Every barrister provides an expert approach to cases by offering realistic advice, innovative solutions and incisive and effective advocacy.

OUR SERVICES – In addition to all traditional services, 18 St John Street Chambers offers a fully accredited arbitration and mediation team, a direct access team and a full programme of training, seminars and advice sessions, including the acclaimed ‘Ask 18’ initiative. Members are frequently asked to provide specialist talks to professional bodies illustrating the level of recognised expertise.

Chambers was at the forefront of the introduction of remote working on the Northern Circuit and nationally.  Chambers has state of the art conference, mediation and remote conferencing facilities.

OUR MEMBERS – Barristers from 18 St John St Chambers are highly sought after and frequently appear in the most complex and high profile cases in Manchester, elsewhere in the North of England, and nationally. Members are instructed at all levels of work by regional and national solicitors, business and public sector organisations, prosecuting authorities and agencies as well local and regional councils. They appear in all court arenas including the Court of Appeal, the Upper Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

In recent years Chambers has expanded in every department, always ensuring that we recruit the highest quality applicants with a recognised expertise in their field of practice.  The profile of Chambers continues to grow with members who have recently been appointed QC and who have been appointed as District and Circuit Judges. We continue to have a large number of members who hold part-time appointments sitting in the Civil, Business and Property, and Family Courts, the First-tier Tribunal (Tax and Property Chambers), the Employment Tribunal, the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, and the Residential Property Tribunal for Wales.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director James Parks jparks@18sjs.com 0161 278 1800
Senior Criminal Clerk James Hotchin
Senior Civil/Business & Property Clerk Katie Brown
Senior Family Clerk Camille Scott
Chambers Manager Emma Bowie
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN QC, Richard (1998)
Member of Chambers BRADY QC, Michael (1992)
Associate Member GLANCY QC, Robert (1972)*
Associate Member KILLALEA QC, Stephen (1981)*
Associate Member EKANEY QC, Nkumbe (1990)*
Associate Member HOWLING QC, Rex (1991)*
Associate Member ISAACS QC, Elizabeth (1998)*
Associate Member GLENSER QC, Peter (1993)*
Members of Chambers DOCKERY, Paul (1973)
Members of Chambers O'BRIEN, Paul (1974)
Members of Chambers LIMB, Christopher (1975)
Members of Chambers LAPRELL, Mark (1979)
Members of Chambers HUFFER, Ian (1979)
Members of Chambers VARDON, Richard (1985)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Stephen (1986)
Members of Chambers HEALING, Yvonne (1987)
Members of Chambers SASSE, Toby (1988)
Members of Chambers BIRTLES, Samantha (1989)
Members of Chambers TYTHCOTT, Elisabeth (1989)
Members of Chambers HOLLORAN, Fiona (1989)
Members of Chambers DALE, Jonathan (1991)
Members of Chambers WILLS, Janice (1991)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Susan (1993)
Members of Chambers SHENTON, Rachel (1993)
Members of Chambers CHUKWUEMEKA, John (1993)
Member of Chambers TREBLE, Paul (1994)
Member of Chambers VICKERY, John (1994)
Members of Chambers FAUX, Rachel (1997)
Members of Chambers HOFFMAN, David (1997)
Members of Chambers SMART, Neil (1998)
Members of Chambers GRIERSON, Jonathan (1999)
Members of Chambers BRAMALL, Kate (1999)
Members of Chambers GOLDSTEIN, Wayne (1999)
Members of Chambers NORMAN, Ben (2000)
Members of Chambers BOYLE, Karen (2000)
Members of Chambers CAPLAN, Leonie (2001)
Members of Chambers KAJUE, Soria (2001)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Nicholas (2001)
Members of Chambers BUCKLE, Colin (2002)
Members of Chambers DONALDSON, Sarah (2003)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Laura (2003)
Members of Chambers NEWSTEAD TAYLOR, Jennifer (2003)
Members of Chambers BEGUM, Rehana (2004)
Members of Chambers MCNALL, Christopher (2005)
Members of Chambers LAU, Vanessa (2005)
Members of Chambers YOUSHANI, Elahe (2005)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Angela (2005)
Members of Chambers AHMED, Farah (2005)
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Victoria (2005)
Member of Chambers THOMAS Arron (2005)
Members of Chambers CHAN, Evonnie (2007)
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Michael (2006)
Members of Chambers AMEEN, Danish (2006)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Rupert (2007)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers SIMONS, Kane (2007)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Fergal (2007)
Member of Chambers WHELAN, Emma (2007)
Members of Chambers CAPLAN, Oliver (2007)
Members of Chambers CALDER, Daniel (2008)
Members of Chambers WARTERS, Anna (2011)
Members of Chambers MCGUNGLE, Gemma (2011)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Elizabeth (2011)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Alex (2011)
Members of Chambers BRETTS, Lewis (2012)
Members of Chambers RONAN, Neil (2012)
Members of Chambers COULSON, Lucy (2013)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Jonathan (2013)
Members of Chambers BROCKLEBANK, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Jocelyn (2015)
Members of Chambers PHOENIX, Hannah (2015)
Members of Chambers BOWKER, Joshua (2015)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Bethany (2015)
Members of Chambers LE TIXERANT, Pauline (2015)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Nicholas (2016)
Members of Chambers ALMEIDA, Amber (2016)
Members of Chambers CARROLL, Nicola (2016)
Members of Chambers EMPSON, Victoria (2016)
Members of Chambers PREECE, James (2016)
Member of Chambers COSTELLO, Ruth (2016)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Olivia (2017)
Members of Chambers QUAITE, Verity (2017)
Members of Chambers DONOHUE, Kate (2017)
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Georgia (2017)
Member of Chambers WAIT, Sarah (2017)
Members of Chambers SWINSCOE, Martine (2018)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Anna (2018)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Lisa (2018)
Members of Chambers BROOME, Laura (2018)
Members of Chambers WEST, Olivia (2019)
Members of Chambers BOAL, Daniel (2020)
Associate Member MCEWAN, Malcolm (1977)*
Associate Member BRIGGS, Laura (2001)*
Associate Member RIMMER, Hugh (2003)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) DOWSE, Francesca (2004)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) BIRKETT QC, Peter (1972)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) WIGGLESWORTH QC, Raymond (1979)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) HEDGELAND, Roger (1972)*
Associate Member (Non-Practising) JONES, Nell (2000)*
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 Fergal Allen  photo Fergal Allen Fergal regularly accepts instructions to act in both public law and private…
 Danish Ameen  photo Danish Ameen Danish’s biggest strength is building an excellent rapport with clients. He promotes…
 Rehana Begum  photo Rehana Begum Public Law (Children)  – Representation of Local Authorities, Parents, and Children in…
 Peter Birkett photo Peter Birkett Practised general common law until the mid 1980s then concentrated on criminal…
 Samantha Birtles  photo Samantha Birtles Notable cases: Re: M (contact: supervision) 1998 1FLR 727; Re: P (Section…
 Michael Brady  photo Michael Brady Established criminal practitioner who both prosecutes and defends in all aspects of…
 Kate Bramall  photo Kate Bramall Re F (children) (DNA evidence) (2007); [2007] EWHC 3235 (fam): [2008] 1FLR…
 Lewis Bretts  photo Lewis Bretts Lewis commenced pupillage in Manchester in September 2013 and is developing a…
 Daniel Calder  photo Daniel Calder Daniel joined Chambers as a tenant in 2011 following successful completion of…
 Leonie Caplan  photo Leonie Caplan Child concern: prior to transferring to the Bar in 2001 Leonie practiced…
 Oliver Caplan  photo Oliver Caplan Since completing pupillage in 2011 Oliver has forged a broad Business and…
 Evonnie Chan  photo Evonnie Chan Evonnie specialises in all areas of family law: public (care proceedings), private…
 Richard Chapman photo Richard Chapman Commercial and chancery Law, including: real property, landlord and tenant, contract, company,…
 Nicholas Clarke  photo Nicholas Clarke Nicholas Clarke has worked in the law since 1985, qualifying as a…
 Jonathan Dale  photo Jonathan Dale Notable cases: advising litigant in person and drafting skeleton argument in Keith…
 Rupert Davies  photo Rupert Davies Rupert obtained a first class degree from the University of Cambridge. He…
 Paul Dockery  photo Paul Dockery Paul Dockery has been instructed by HMRC and RCPO on large‐scale drugs…
 Sarah Donaldson  photo Sarah Donaldson
 Andrew Evans  photo Andrew Evans Since completing pupillage under Simon Csoka QC my practice has been exclusively…
 Lisa Evans  photo Lisa Evans Private LawLisa is regularly instructed to act on behalf of parents and…
 Rachel Faux  photo Rachel Faux An established criminal practice in matters of violence, drugs, dishonesty and sexual…
 Wayne Goldstein  photo Wayne Goldstein General chancery and commercial law including; land law and neighbour disputes, TOLATA,…
 Jonathan Grierson  photo Jonathan Grierson Family law, ancillary relief, children, divorce, public law, cohabitees – relationship/property disputes.…
 Susan Harrison  photo Susan Harrison Private law Children Act (residence, contact adoption etc.); public law care proceedings;…
 Yvonne Healing  photo Yvonne Healing Children [public law], child abduction, ancillary relief, cohabitee disputes. Notable cases: Manchester…
 David Hoffman  photo David Hoffman Commercial and chancery practitioner covering: arbitration, banking and insurance, chancery (general), construction,…
 Fiona Holloran  photo Fiona Holloran Children and divorce, specialising in care proceedings.
 Ian Huffer  photo Ian Huffer All areas of personal injury litigation including high value claims, road traffic…
 Soria Kajue  photo Soria Kajue Public and private law children for local authorities, parents and guardians; ancillary…
 Vanessa Lau  photo Vanessa Lau Family law: Children Act section 8 proceedings; care proceedings. Criminal law; prosecuting…
 Gemma McGungle  photo Gemma McGungle Gemma has had experience of a wide civil practice with an emphasis…
 Christopher McNall  photo Christopher McNall After undergraduate and graduate legal studies in Oxford and Poland, Christopher taught…
 Stephen Murray  photo Stephen Murray Family law (matrimonial finance, cohabitee disputes, private law children, applications under the…
 Ben Norman  photo Ben Norman Personal injury: employers’ liability, occupiers liability and product liability; highways and public…
 Paul O’Brien  photo Paul O’Brien Criminal law, including commercial fraud, VAT cases involving diversion fraud and MTIC/carousel…
 Toby Sasse  photo Toby Sasse Notable cases: R v Secretary of State for Transport and Others ex…
 Rachel Shenton  photo Rachel Shenton All areas of criminal law including murder, serious offences of violence, fraud,…
 Kane Simons  photo Kane Simons Kane has a broad personal injury practice, acting for both claimants and…
 Laura Thomas  photo Laura Thomas
 Elisabeth Tythcott  photo Elisabeth Tythcott Notable cases: John Richardson Computer Ltd v Flanders; Beatwell v Beatwell; DEGG…
 Richard Vardon  photo Richard Vardon All areas of criminal law with particular experience and expertise in: homicide…
 Michael Wilkinson  photo Michael Wilkinson Commercial and chancery law, including: real property, landlord and tenant, contract, company,…
 Janice Wills  photo Janice Wills Family law: contested divorce; Hague Convention cases; public interest immunity; domestic violence;…
 Elahe Youshani  photo Elahe Youshani Elahe practises exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence,…

CLIENT: Leigh Wright
COMPANY/FIRM: Tuckers (Crime)
TESTIMONIAL: The level of service at 18 St John Street is second to none. The barristers and clerks in the criminal department are proactive and help solve case issues. This enables instructing solicitors to concentrate on client care. Such assistance from clerks in criminal legal aid chambers is now almost unknown. We highly recommend this set for all complex criminal work due to the exceptional quality of counsel (notable mentions Nicholas Clarke and Richard Vardon) supported by the best clerking team on the North West circuit (headed by James Hotchin)


CLIENT: Peter Kaye
COMPANY/FIRM: Kuits (Chancery)
TESTIMONIAL: The main reason I have continued to use 18 St John Street is down to the level of service that I have received over a period of many years.

It starts with the assistance and support from a tremendous clerking team namely Katie Brown. We have developed a strong professional relationship of trust and I know that if I call them at any time they will provide the support that is needed not only in finding the right counsel but also on the question of fees. Over the years there has been difficult issues particularly relating to fees and we have always been able to sort out these issues sensibly and commercially, mainly because there is this long-standing relationship of trust and confidence. At the end of the day one uses a barrister’s chambers for the quality of the barristers within it. Over the years I have used many of the Counsel in the commercial section. Most notably Malcolm McEwan, Elizabeth Tythcott, Richard Chapman QC, Christopher McNall, Mike Wilkinson, Oliver Caplan, Mark Laprell, Kane Simons, Gemma McGungle to name but a few. The service I have received over the years is always excellent and what I value the most is the ability to be able to pick up the phone and speak to each counsel in a relaxed and supportive manner demonstrating the ability to work with counsel and our client as a team. Often cases involve difficult and thorny issues where the answers are not simple and straightforward and the ability to be able to talk through these issues,( often without a fee note following), emphasises the “added value” and the strength of the relationship

I therefore hope that my professional relationship with 18 SJS will continue in this vein for several years to come.


CLIENT: Catherine Woolley
COMPANY/FIRM: AFG Law (Family)
TESTIMONIAL: Our practice has been instructing counsel from 18sjs for many years. We have always been Very Impressed by the quality of service received, both from the team of barristers through to the clerks. The barristers are always very well prepared , professional and provide prompt feedback. The clerks, particularly Camille Scott and Garrick Brown, do their upmost to ensure that they are able to assist and accommodate us wherever possible.


CLIENT: M D Belfield – Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Thorneycroft Solicitors (Civil)
TESTIMONIAL: My team regularly instruct 18 St Johns Street Chambers in multi-track personal injury matters. The service provided by Chambers is prompt/friendly and that provided by Counsel, detailed and supportive of both us as instructing solicitors and lay clients, particularly where seriously injured claimants are involved where, in turn, an extra element of client care and empathy is often required. Typically, clients will have suffered extensive losses and require lengthy rehabilitation so having a supportive legal team, as I report from my experiences of Chambers, is imperative to a successful outcome.