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

Commercial litigation Tier 2

18 St John Street Chambers' Business and Property Department has members working across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious business and property-related instructions, and is also able to offer arbitration and mediation specialists in addition to experienced litigators. Chair of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association, Richard Chapman QC has particular expertise in commercial contract and banking disputes, among others. In CW & CG Claims Ltd v Clarkewood Ltd he is representing the defendants, a claims management company, in an almost £10m High Court claim for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

Leading Silks

Richard Chapman QC - 18 St John Street ChambersRichard is fantastic. He is technically excellent, and presents the law in a way that clients understand and accept - even when the message is not what the client wants to hear. He is also incredibly commercial in his advice, and offers a very good service to solicitors
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersJennifer adds true value to any legal team and impresses with a willingness to go the extra mile alongside a meticulous and commercial approach. Jennifer knows her key clients inside-out so her advice is decisive and can be immediately applied.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersSees the core issues very quickly while not neglecting non-core but equally important issues. Quick, alert, knowledgeable, available, focused and infinitely patient.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersHis written work is excellent. Arguments presented coherently on paper.
Ranked: Tier 2

Family and children law Tier 2

Members of 18 St John Street Chambers provide 'an excellent service' to clients and pride themselves on their approachability and expertise across the family field of law, including divorce and financial remedy, as well as private and public children law. Stephen Murray is known for his meticulous preparation and thorough grasp of the law; Yvonne Healing brings a 'calm and child-focused approach to addressing issues'; Kate Bramall has an established and broad client-base; former solicitor Leonie Caplan is a go-to for care proceedings; Kate Donohue is highlighted by instructing law firm for putting clients at ease; Fiona Holloran has a 'strong forensic grasp' in evidence and issues; while the 'very knowledgeable' Rehana Begum is another name to note for her complex public law cases.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Yvonne Healing - 18 St John Street ChambersYvonne is a vastly experienced barrister, who brings to a case a calm and child-focused approach to addressing the issues. Yvonne's advocacy is excellent, as is her preparation for hearings and ability to grasp and focus on the central, key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Bramall - 18 St John Street ChambersHer patience and compassion makes her invaluable with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Danish Ameen - 18 St John Street ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in all areas of law, very professional in his approach to both solicitors and clients, very approachable between hearings/conferences if advice is required.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rehana Begum - 18 St John Street ChambersVery committed to doing her best for parents and putting their case forward, even in cases where the prospects are limited, whilst at the same time being honest and realistic with parents regarding their prospects. Very knowledgeable in respect of this area of law. Approachable in terms of ongoing advice throughout proceedings between hearings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersShe is friendly, approachable, helpful, and professional.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Donohue - 18 St John Street ChambersFantastic with client care and making clients feel at ease prior to and following a hearing. Understands a case quickly and identifies the key issues. Her experience as a solicitor is invaluable as she understands the work we have to do to manage a client's expectations and what work needs to be undertaken following a hearing meaning the way in which orders are drafted are brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Holloran - 18 St John Street ChambersShe is very experienced senior junior, who commands the respect of judges and advocates. Fiona's strengths are her intelligent analysis of complex medical issues, her straightforward management of difficult clients with compassion and impeccable preparation. She has the enviable quality of exuding authority when dealing with other advocates, judges and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersA formidable advocate who will fight a client’s case robustly and without taking a backward step.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Donohue - 18 St John Street ChambersFantastic with client care and making clients feel at ease prior to and following a hearing. Understands a case quickly and identifies the key issues. Her experience as a solicitor is invaluable as she understands the work we have to do to manage a client's expectations and what work needs to be undertaken following a hearing meaning the way in which orders are drafted are brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers provide a highly skilled and experienced group of specialists. With over 30 years' experience, Christopher Limb has been conducting clinical negligence cases since the start of such work as a recognised area of specialism in the 1980s. Gemma McGungle is another key member at the set and is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with additional expertise in costs. Described by one client as being 'particularly skilled at conducting costs and case management conferences in personal injury and clinical negligence matters', McGungle has developed a clinical negligence practice above her year of call.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street ChambersA safe pair of hands who never misses a relevant detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street ChambersGood eye for detail. Very approachable and knowledgeable. Friendly and good with clients, particularly witnesses. Excellent at thinking on her feet and adapting to those unexpected things that tend to happen at trial.
Ranked: Tier 2

Agriculture

18 St John Street Chambers' Christopher McNall is one of a few non-London specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. McNall is the Principal Judge of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, and holds judicial posts in the County Court and the Tax Tribunal. Recent cases of note include Charnley (exor of Gill) v HMRCEarl of Plymouth v Rees, and Omagh Minerals Ltd v HMRC.

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersVery good on paper, well acquainted with the law, understands most of the practical realities of agriculture. Not afraid to advance a position on the basis of considered authority in the face of opposition.
Ranked: Tier 1

Chancery, probate, and tax

18 St John Street Chambers is a 'very good set all-round' with in-depth expertise in the Chancery, probate, and tax fields. Christopher McNall is a specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. He acted for the successful appellants in their appeal against the refusal by HMRC to allow Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief against a farm on the basis the deceased was no longer a farmer and the dwelling was no longer a farmhouse. Elsewhere, Wayne Goldstein is acting for an inheritance claim totalling approximately £500,000; the claimant, his client, has learning difficulties and is bringing the claim against his mother and sisters for provision out of his late father’s estate. Oliver Caplan has 'an understanding manner with clients supported by tenacious advocacy', and is a go-to junior for trust disputes.

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersExcellent on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersOliver successfully combines having a good knowledge/skill-set, with a personable approach to both instructing solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Wayne Goldstein - 18 St John Street ChambersParticularly strong on trusts and Inheritance Act matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company and insolvency

'Regularly top of the list when choosing counsel', 18 St John Street Chambers' Jennifer Newstead Taylor specialises is regularly instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in insolvency processings, including public interest winding up petitions, applications for bankruptcy restrictions orders (BROs), and directors’ disqualification proceedings. She is also instructed by the Official Receiver in BROs and is praised by clients for being 'bright, enthusiastic, and a great team player'.

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersJennifer adds true value to any legal team and impresses with a willingness to go the extra mile alongside a meticulous and commercial approach. Jennifer knows her key clients inside-out so her advice is decisive and can be immediately applied.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime (general and fraud)

18 St John Street Chambers has 'a good variety of highly experienced counsel'. An 'exemplary advocateRichard Vardon prosecutes and defends across a range of offences, his recent caseload consisting of murder, sexual abuse, organised crime, conspiracy to possess firearms, fraud, and drug conspiracies. Also of note in chambers, the 'enthusiastic and confident' Rachel Faux has a practice focusing on violent crime, drugs, and sexual offences.

Leading Juniors

Richard Vardon - 18 St John Street ChambersHe has an analytical mind and can easily spot the essential issues in cases involving huge volumes of material. Both his written work and advocacy skills are exemplary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Faux - 18 St John Street ChambersEnthusiastic, good client care skills, and always willing and happy to assist. She is confident in court and able to put forward strong arguments on behalf of the clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Personal injury

The barristers at 18 St John Street Chambers cover all levels of work, from small claims to the most complex matters, including catastrophic injury claims and other high-value litigation, with specialist areas including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, and product liability claims. Head of the civil and personal injury department, Kane Simons is 'a personal injury junior who is on his way up'. The 'very thorough' Elahe Youshani's practice encompasses a mix of higher value fast-track and multi-track cases, including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, personal liability, industrial disease, occupiers’ liability. 'As good as a silk', Mark Laprell is also recommended.

Leading Juniors

Elahe Youshani - 18 St John Street ChambersElahe is very thorough and she will take the time to review cases properly and discuss them at length.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kane Simons - 18 St John Street ChambersA personal injury junior who is on his way up. Establishes a good rapport with clients. Down to earth. Explains issues and thought processes clearly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersMark is as good as any silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers covers business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. In recent appointment news, Michael Brady QC took silk; Jennifer Newstead-Taylor has been appointed a deputy district judge; and Christopher McNall  has been appointed to the Arbitration, Mediation and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. Strengthening chambers, Paul Treble  has joined the crime team, while Victoria Roberts has joined the business and property department.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Best clerks in Manchester.’

‘Camille and Garrick are very knowledgeable and will go above and beyond.’

‘Clerking is superb. Solid and the way it used to be done in many other sets. That is a compliment.’

‘Clerks, who are responsive and approachable, have great insight into their barristers’ capabilities and who may be best suited to have conduct of a matter. Particular mention must go to Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh who go above and beyond. They are always responsive and understand the pressures on those advising them.’

‘Katie Brown is an exceptional Clerk. She always finds the most suitable Counsel for me, no matter how short notice my need for the same may be.’

‘The clerks are very good at their jobs, in particular James the head criminal clerk. He is always contactable and happy to assist.’

Set:

’18 SJS have some excellent barristers for family cases and have a lot of strength-in-depth.’

‘Good strength in depth.’

‘Great friendly team and very responsive and user friendly.’

‘The chamber are a solid set with a range of expertise and experience.’

‘We use 18 St John Street a lot. They are our go to chambers and always assist, even on short notice.’

Social housing

18 St John Street ChambersOliver Caplan holds particular expertise in matters of social housing. Recent instructions of note include successfully representing a number of tenants against providers of local authority housing that sought possession of the defendants' properties upon allegations of serious anti-social behaviour, including gang-related violence.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersVery thorough in his approach. Personable and has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Commercial litigation Tier 2

18 St John Street Chambers' Business and Property Department has members working across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious business and property-related instructions, and is also able to offer arbitration and mediation specialists in addition to experienced litigators. Chair of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association, Richard Chapman QC has particular expertise in commercial contract and banking disputes, among others. In CW & CG Claims Ltd v Clarkewood Ltd he is representing the defendants, a claims management company, in an almost £10m High Court claim for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

Leading Silks

Richard Chapman QC - 18 St John Street ChambersRichard is fantastic. He is technically excellent, and presents the law in a way that clients understand and accept - even when the message is not what the client wants to hear. He is also incredibly commercial in his advice, and offers a very good service to solicitors
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersJennifer adds true value to any legal team and impresses with a willingness to go the extra mile alongside a meticulous and commercial approach. Jennifer knows her key clients inside-out so her advice is decisive and can be immediately applied.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hoffman - 18 St John Street ChambersSees the core issues very quickly while not neglecting non-core but equally important issues. Quick, alert, knowledgeable, available, focused and infinitely patient.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersHis written work is excellent. Arguments presented coherently on paper.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

Members of 18 St John Street Chambers provide 'an excellent service' to clients and pride themselves on their approachability and expertise across the family field of law, including divorce and financial remedy, as well as private and public children law. Stephen Murray is known for his meticulous preparation and thorough grasp of the law; Yvonne Healing brings a 'calm and child-focused approach to addressing issues'; Kate Bramall has an established and broad client-base; former solicitor Leonie Caplan is a go-to for care proceedings; Kate Donohue is highlighted by instructing law firm for putting clients at ease; Fiona Holloran has a 'strong forensic grasp' in evidence and issues; while the 'very knowledgeable' Rehana Begum is another name to note for her complex public law cases.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Yvonne Healing - 18 St John Street ChambersYvonne is a vastly experienced barrister, who brings to a case a calm and child-focused approach to addressing the issues. Yvonne's advocacy is excellent, as is her preparation for hearings and ability to grasp and focus on the central, key issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Bramall - 18 St John Street ChambersHer patience and compassion makes her invaluable with vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Danish Ameen - 18 St John Street ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in all areas of law, very professional in his approach to both solicitors and clients, very approachable between hearings/conferences if advice is required.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rehana Begum - 18 St John Street ChambersVery committed to doing her best for parents and putting their case forward, even in cases where the prospects are limited, whilst at the same time being honest and realistic with parents regarding their prospects. Very knowledgeable in respect of this area of law. Approachable in terms of ongoing advice throughout proceedings between hearings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersShe is friendly, approachable, helpful, and professional.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Donohue - 18 St John Street ChambersFantastic with client care and making clients feel at ease prior to and following a hearing. Understands a case quickly and identifies the key issues. Her experience as a solicitor is invaluable as she understands the work we have to do to manage a client's expectations and what work needs to be undertaken following a hearing meaning the way in which orders are drafted are brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Holloran - 18 St John Street ChambersShe is very experienced senior junior, who commands the respect of judges and advocates. Fiona's strengths are her intelligent analysis of complex medical issues, her straightforward management of difficult clients with compassion and impeccable preparation. She has the enviable quality of exuding authority when dealing with other advocates, judges and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Stephen Murray - 18 St John Street ChambersA formidable advocate who will fight a client’s case robustly and without taking a backward step.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Donohue - 18 St John Street ChambersFantastic with client care and making clients feel at ease prior to and following a hearing. Understands a case quickly and identifies the key issues. Her experience as a solicitor is invaluable as she understands the work we have to do to manage a client's expectations and what work needs to be undertaken following a hearing meaning the way in which orders are drafted are brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence Tier 3

18 St John Street Chambers provide a highly skilled and experienced group of specialists. With over 30 years' experience, Christopher Limb has been conducting clinical negligence cases since the start of such work as a recognised area of specialism in the 1980s. Gemma McGungle is another key member at the set and is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with additional expertise in costs. Described by one client as being 'particularly skilled at conducting costs and case management conferences in personal injury and clinical negligence matters', McGungle has developed a clinical negligence practice above her year of call.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street ChambersA safe pair of hands who never misses a relevant detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gemma McGungle - 18 St John Street ChambersGood eye for detail. Very approachable and knowledgeable. Friendly and good with clients, particularly witnesses. Excellent at thinking on her feet and adapting to those unexpected things that tend to happen at trial.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Agriculture

18 St John Street Chambers' Christopher McNall is one of a few non-London specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. McNall is the Principal Judge of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, and holds judicial posts in the County Court and the Tax Tribunal. Recent cases of note include Charnley (exor of Gill) v HMRCEarl of Plymouth v Rees, and Omagh Minerals Ltd v HMRC.

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersVery good on paper, well acquainted with the law, understands most of the practical realities of agriculture. Not afraid to advance a position on the basis of considered authority in the face of opposition.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

18 St John Street Chambers is a 'very good set all-round' with in-depth expertise in the Chancery, probate, and tax fields. Christopher McNall is a specialists in disputes about agricultural tenancies, the taxation of farms and land, and proprietary estoppel and Inheritance Act claims relating to farms. He acted for the successful appellants in their appeal against the refusal by HMRC to allow Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief against a farm on the basis the deceased was no longer a farmer and the dwelling was no longer a farmhouse. Elsewhere, Wayne Goldstein is acting for an inheritance claim totalling approximately £500,000; the claimant, his client, has learning difficulties and is bringing the claim against his mother and sisters for provision out of his late father’s estate. Oliver Caplan has 'an understanding manner with clients supported by tenacious advocacy', and is a go-to junior for trust disputes.

Leading Juniors

Christopher McNall - 18 St John Street ChambersExcellent on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersOliver successfully combines having a good knowledge/skill-set, with a personable approach to both instructing solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Wayne Goldstein - 18 St John Street ChambersParticularly strong on trusts and Inheritance Act matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

'Regularly top of the list when choosing counsel', 18 St John Street Chambers' Jennifer Newstead Taylor specialises is regularly instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in insolvency processings, including public interest winding up petitions, applications for bankruptcy restrictions orders (BROs), and directors’ disqualification proceedings. She is also instructed by the Official Receiver in BROs and is praised by clients for being 'bright, enthusiastic, and a great team player'.

Leading Juniors

Jennifer Newstead Taylor - 18 St John Street ChambersJennifer adds true value to any legal team and impresses with a willingness to go the extra mile alongside a meticulous and commercial approach. Jennifer knows her key clients inside-out so her advice is decisive and can be immediately applied.
Ranked: Tier 1

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

18 St John Street Chambers has 'a good variety of highly experienced counsel'. An 'exemplary advocateRichard Vardon prosecutes and defends across a range of offences, his recent caseload consisting of murder, sexual abuse, organised crime, conspiracy to possess firearms, fraud, and drug conspiracies. Also of note in chambers, the 'enthusiastic and confident' Rachel Faux has a practice focusing on violent crime, drugs, and sexual offences.

Leading Juniors

Richard Vardon - 18 St John Street ChambersHe has an analytical mind and can easily spot the essential issues in cases involving huge volumes of material. Both his written work and advocacy skills are exemplary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel Faux - 18 St John Street ChambersEnthusiastic, good client care skills, and always willing and happy to assist. She is confident in court and able to put forward strong arguments on behalf of the clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

The barristers at 18 St John Street Chambers cover all levels of work, from small claims to the most complex matters, including catastrophic injury claims and other high-value litigation, with specialist areas including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, and product liability claims. Head of the civil and personal injury department, Kane Simons is 'a personal injury junior who is on his way up'. The 'very thorough' Elahe Youshani's practice encompasses a mix of higher value fast-track and multi-track cases, including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, personal liability, industrial disease, occupiers’ liability. 'As good as a silk', Mark Laprell is also recommended.

Leading Juniors

Elahe Youshani - 18 St John Street ChambersElahe is very thorough and she will take the time to review cases properly and discuss them at length.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kane Simons - 18 St John Street ChambersA personal injury junior who is on his way up. Establishes a good rapport with clients. Down to earth. Explains issues and thought processes clearly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Laprell - 18 St John Street ChambersMark is as good as any silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Manchester-based 18 St John Street Chambers covers business and property, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. In recent appointment news, Michael Brady QC took silk; Jennifer Newstead-Taylor has been appointed a deputy district judge; and Christopher McNall  has been appointed to the Arbitration, Mediation and Expert panels of the Agricultural Law Association’s Dispute Resolution Service. Strengthening chambers, Paul Treble  has joined the crime team, while Victoria Roberts has joined the business and property department.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Best clerks in Manchester.’

‘Camille and Garrick are very knowledgeable and will go above and beyond.’

‘Clerking is superb. Solid and the way it used to be done in many other sets. That is a compliment.’

‘Clerks, who are responsive and approachable, have great insight into their barristers’ capabilities and who may be best suited to have conduct of a matter. Particular mention must go to Katie Brown and Ryan Pugh who go above and beyond. They are always responsive and understand the pressures on those advising them.’

‘Katie Brown is an exceptional Clerk. She always finds the most suitable Counsel for me, no matter how short notice my need for the same may be.’

‘The clerks are very good at their jobs, in particular James the head criminal clerk. He is always contactable and happy to assist.’

Set:

’18 SJS have some excellent barristers for family cases and have a lot of strength-in-depth.’

‘Good strength in depth.’

‘Great friendly team and very responsive and user friendly.’

‘The chamber are a solid set with a range of expertise and experience.’

‘We use 18 St John Street a lot. They are our go to chambers and always assist, even on short notice.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing

18 St John Street ChambersOliver Caplan holds particular expertise in matters of social housing. Recent instructions of note include successfully representing a number of tenants against providers of local authority housing that sought possession of the defendants' properties upon allegations of serious anti-social behaviour, including gang-related violence.

Leading Juniors

Oliver Caplan - 18 St John Street ChambersVery thorough in his approach. Personable and has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

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
Head Criminal Clerk James Hotchin
Head Civil Clerk Katie Brown
Head 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 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 WILKINSON, Michael (2006)
Members of Chambers AMEEN, Danish (2006)
Members of Chambers CHAN, Evonnie (2007)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Rupert (2007)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers SIMONS, Kane (2007)
Members of Chambers ALLEN, Fergal (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 BRETTS, Lewis (2012)
Members of Chambers RONAN, Neil (2012)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Nicholas (2016)
Members of Chambers COULSON, Lucy (2013)
Members of Chambers BROCKLEBANK, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Jocelyn (2015)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Jonathan (2013)
Members of Chambers CARROLL, Nicola (2016)
Members of Chambers ALMEIDA, Amber (2016)
Members of Chambers EMPSON, Victoria (2016)
Members of Chambers PHOENIX, Hannah (2015)
Members of Chambers PREECE, James (2016)
Members of Chambers DONOHUE, Kate (2017)
Members of Chambers BOWKER, Joshua (2015)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Anna (2018)
Members of Chambers SWINSCOE, Martine (2018)
Members of Chambers QUAITE, Verity (2017)
Members of Chambers LE TIXERANT, Pauline (2015)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Bethany (2015)
Member of Chambers WAIT, Sarah (2017)
Member of Chambers EVANS, Lisa (2018)
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)*
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fergal Allen  photo Fergal Allen Fergal regularly accepts instructions to act in both public law and private…
 Danish Ameen  photo Danish Ameen
 Rehana Begum  photo Rehana Begum
 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
 Evonnie Chan  photo Evonnie Chan
 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
 Sarah Donaldson  photo Sarah Donaldson
 Andrew Evans  photo Andrew Evans Since completing pupillage under Simon Csoka QC my practice has been exclusively…
 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…
 Mark Laprell  photo Mark Laprell
 Vanessa Lau  photo Vanessa Lau Family law: Children Act section 8 proceedings; care proceedings. Criminal law; prosecuting…
 Christopher Limb  photo Christopher Limb For many years Christopher’s practice has been predominantly in civil work and…
 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 Notable Cases: R v Merlin Ferry [May 2011]. Media Reports: ‘Daily Mail’,…
 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

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.