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St John's Buildings

Chambers of Sally Harrison QC

24A-28 ST JOHN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4DJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 214 1500
Fax:
Fax 0161 835 3929
DX:
728861 MANCHESTER 4
Email:
Web:
www.stjohnsbuildings.co.uk
Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield

Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Common law set St John's Buildings houses over 230 members across its four locations and is one of the largest chambers on the Northern and North Eastern circuits. It has a reputation as β€˜a Northern Court of Protection powerhouse’ and has notable strength in family and personal injury matters, with an emphasis on defendant work. Other core areas include criminal, Chancery, commercial and employment law. β€˜The clerks are always helpful, proactive and responsive’ and β€˜always able to assist’. Chris Ronan is chief executive. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Chester

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Common law set St John's Buildings houses over 230 members across its four locations and is one of the largest chambers on the Northern and North Eastern circuits. It has a reputation as β€˜a Northern Court of Protection powerhouse’ and has notable strength in family and personal injury matters, with an emphasis on defendant work. Other core areas include criminal, Chancery, commercial and employment law. β€˜The clerks are always helpful, proactive and responsive’ and β€˜always able to assist’. Chris Ronan is chief executive. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Chester

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Court of Protection

St John's Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who has established expertise in Court of Protection cases; deprivation of liberty matters are a key specialty.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Joseph O’Brien - St John's Buildings β€˜A barrister who takes no prisoners.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Past work for St John's Buildings’ crime team includes attempted murder and manslaughter, organised crime and drug trafficking cases.

Crime – Leading silks

Andrew O’Byrne QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in heavyweight criminal cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Ian Goldsack - St John's Buildings β€˜His practice includes homicide, arson and fraud matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Thyne - St John's Buildings β€˜He has the ability to swiftly assimilate complex aspects of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

Recent work for the family team at St John's Buildings includes acting for local authorities and parents in cases involving non-accidental injuries, relocation, abuse, and care proceedings.

Family and children law – Leading juniors

Caroline Ford - St John's Buildings β€˜Very experienced in cases involving care proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 1

Justine Cole - St John's Buildings β€˜She is well known for her practice in public law children matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Olivia Weir - St John's Buildings β€˜Recommended for a wide range of family law matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Penelope Stanistreet - St John's Buildings β€˜Recommended for cases involving complex medical evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
North Eastern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

St John's Buildings (Sheffield)

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Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Contractual disputes are a core area of strength for the team at St John's Buildings, alongside banking litigation, intellectual property and Chancery cases (notably contentious wills and probate matters).

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading silks

David Berkley QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Noted for his expertise in directors’ disqualification matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Elis Gomer - St John's Buildings β€˜Very experienced in trusts, wills and estates disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

PΓ©pin Aslett - St John's Buildings β€˜Extremely bright and an exceptional advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Byrne - St John's Buildings β€˜Known for handling property disputes in his Chancery practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven McGarry - St John's Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in financial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection

The Court of Protection group at St John's Buildings is well known for its expertise in alleged human rights infringements of vulnerable adults, deprivation of liberty matters and medical treatment (including treatment termination) cases. Lorraine Cavanagh has a niche focus on cases involving sexual autonomy and capacity to consent.

Court of Protection – Leading juniors

Lorraine Cavanagh - St John's Buildings β€˜A very talented barrister who is fearless in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

Recent instructions for St John's Buildings’ criminal group include cases of serious sexual offences, historic abuse, large-scale fraud and homicide.

Crime – Leading silks

Andrew O’Byrne QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in high-profile cases of murder and fraud.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Lawrence - St John's Buildings β€˜He has particular expertise in fraud matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Keith Harrison - St John's Buildings β€˜Defends and prosecutes across a range of criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura Nash - St John's Buildings β€˜Very experienced in cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Connor - St John's Buildings β€˜Recent work includes cases of serious sexual offences and homicide.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

St John's Buildings’ employment team handles equal pay, whistleblowing, discrimination, TUPE, sexual harassment, bullying and unfair dismissal cases. Steven Flynn has niche expertise in handling employment disputes within the professional sports world.

Employment – Leading juniors

Annette Gumbs - St John's Buildings β€˜She has particular experience in discrimination and whistleblowing cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Flood - St John's Buildings β€˜He is always well prepared and methodical in his cross-examination technique.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ghazan Mahmood - St John's Buildings β€˜Very experienced in representing medical professionals in employment matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jason Searle - St John's Buildings β€˜Very approachable and can quickly identify the key issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Jenkins - St John's Buildings β€˜Recommended for discrimination cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kevin McNerney - St John's Buildings β€˜Very well known for handling whistleblowing cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steven Flynn - St John's Buildings β€˜A very grounded barrister with a great intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and children law

With a reputation as β€˜an excellent family law set’, St John's Buildings is viewed as β€˜the best set in Manchester for financial remedy barristers’. Children law is also a core area of instruction, with members handling, among other areas, adoption, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and cases with international elements. Sally Harrison QC is representing the wife in the high-profile Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan divorce case, and Frances Heaton QC appeared in the case of a transgender Orthodox Jewish father who was appealing against an earlier ruling denying her direct contact with her children, who lived in the Charedi community with their mother; the appeal was successful.

Family and children law – Leading silks

Frances Heaton QC - St John's Buildings β€˜A dynamic and accomplished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Karl Rowley QC - St John's Buildings β€˜A talented silk with a keen eye for the details in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sally Harrison QC - St John's Buildings β€˜She has sound judgement and fights hard for her clients; a formidable family law silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and children law – Leading juniors

Abigail Bennett - St John's Buildings β€˜A proficient negotiator who instils confidence in her clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Kloss - St John's Buildings β€˜He is sympathetic and supportive to clients and fights hard for them in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Eastwood - St John's Buildings β€˜An excellent combination of empathy and fighting spirit.’

Ranked: tier 1

Frances de Navarro - St John's Buildings β€˜Intelligent, calm, wise, thorough and no push-over in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lorraine Cavanagh - St John's Buildings β€˜Very adept at thinking on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samantha Hillas - St John's Buildings β€˜She is a force to be reckoned with.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Inquests and inquiries

The team at St John's Buildings represents emergency services, bereaved families, the armed services, healthcare professionals and police forces in inquests.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Laura Nash - St John's Buildings β€˜Perceptive and accomplished on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Murray - St John's Buildings β€˜An adamantine advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading sets
Northern Circuit – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

St John's Buildings (Manchester, Liverpool, Chester)

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

St John's Buildings has β€˜strength in depth’ in the personal injury and clinical negligence sphere. The team’s workload includes industrial disease claims, serious brain and spinal injury matters and fatal road traffic accident cases. Recent clinical negligence instructions include medical failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis, negligent surgery and birth injury (including wrongful birth claims) matters.

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Michael Redfern QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Very experienced in cerebral palsy and subtle brain injury cases.’

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

Alistair Wright - St John's Buildings β€˜Noted for his expertise in industrial disease claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Vanderpump - St John's Buildings β€˜He has a balanced approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Harrison - St John's Buildings β€˜Calm in conference but a warrior in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Grundy - St John's Buildings β€˜A skilled advocate with the common touch.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Norton - St John's Buildings β€˜He compliments his innate calmness with a very sharp intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sufiyan Rana - St John's Buildings β€˜Recommended for brain and spinal injuries cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Public law

In 2017, Lorraine Cavanagh at St John's Buildings acted for a child in a Human Rights claim following care proceedings where he was removed from parental care; the removal was found to be unlawful.

Public law – Leading juniors

Lorraine Cavanagh - St John's Buildings β€˜She goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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