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St John's Buildings

Chambers of Richard Norton

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: North Eastern Circuit

Court of Protection and community care

St John's Buildings is home to Joseph O’Brien, who is instructed on behalf of both protected parties and health care providers, as well as families and local authorities. Key areas of work include health care, deprivation of liberty and contested property issues.

Leading Juniors

Joseph O'Brien - St John's BuildingsHe remains the king of Court of Protection work on circuit.

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

St John's Buildings' Sheffield presence 'offers a broad range of experienced criminal barristers', particularly on the prosecution side of the aisle. 'Stand-out' junior Ian Goldsack recently prosecuted two women of previous good character who were convicted of the murder of a woman they believed to have information about a stolen necklace, acting as a junior alone against two silks. Richard Thyne acted as the lead junior for the crown in an eight-handed county lines drug conspiracy case.

Leading Juniors

Ian Goldsack - St John's BuildingsAn extremely thorough and tenacious barrister who provides comprehensive advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Thyne - St John's BuildingsOrganised and collaborative with great understanding of the law.

Ranked: tier 2

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 3

St John's Buildings

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Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Clinical negligence

St John's Buildings' clinical negligence team is predominantly claimant-focused, with practitioners specialising in brain and spine injuries, delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence. Additionally, Henry Vanderpump is particularly notable for his work on complex procedural arguments, such as the attempted withdrawal of liability admissions by defendants, costs issues and the effects of recent court decisions concerning bereavement damages under the Fatal Accidents Act.

Leading Juniors

Richard Norton - St John's BuildingsReally puts claimants at ease in difficult and sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Frieze - St John's BuildingsFast, accurate and comprehensive in the provision of written opinions.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Vanderpump - St John's BuildingsSpecialises in cases concerning complex procedural arguments.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Grundy - St John's BuildingsA very effective and balanced advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

St John's Buildings commercial team is particularly strong on contract disputes, including breach of share purchase and loan agreements as well as  professional negligence.  Pépin Aslett recently represented a solicitor in a significant professional negligence claim arising from divorce proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Elis Gomer - St John's BuildingsHe always provides sound legal and practical advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Pepin Aslett - St John's BuildingsTechnically superb and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Metcalfe - St John's BuildingsNavigates complex issues with sensitivity and professionalism.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Byrne - St John's BuildingsQuickly able to get to the root of a problem.

Ranked: tier 3

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Court of Protection and community care

St John's Buildings is described as a 'helpful and accommodating' set by clients, and is well respected for Court of Protection work within the region. 2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is often instructed for protected parties by the official solicitor or deputy, while rising star Eleanor Keehan has a more mixed practice, also receiving instructions from local authorities and family members.

Leading Silks

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsShe is incredibly bright and fearless in court.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Eleanor Keehan - St John's BuildingsFar beyond her year of call in all aspects.

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

With members both prosecuting and defending in a range of serious cases, St John's Buildings is a strong contender across the circuit for criminal work. Key areas include sexual offences cases, fraud and violent crime. Of recent note, Mark Connor prosecuted two separate individuals for multiple historical sexual offences, securing prison sentences of 22 and 25 years.

Leading Juniors

Ben Lawrence - St John's BuildingsHighly experienced in fraud and confiscation cases, aw ell as drugs and firearms conspiracies.

Ranked: tier 3

Keith Harrison - St John's BuildingsCross-examines with precision and cuts to the key issues in every case.

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Nash - St John's BuildingsA clever and articulate advocate who never backs down from a fight.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Connor - St John's BuildingsRecommended for sexual offences cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment

Members of St John's Buildings' employment practice group is instructed by both employers and employees, with particular specialisms in discrimination, whistleblowing and constructive dismissal cases. Notable cases include Jason Searle's successful defence of disability discrimination case brought by a former director against a company providing accessibility solutions for the disabled. Steven Flynn departed the set for Kings Chambers in January.

Leading Juniors

Jason Searle - St John's BuildingsHe engenders confidence in clients with his impressive technical ability.

Ranked: tier 1

Anette Gumbs - St John's BuildingsRecommended for discrimination and whistleblowing cases.

Ranked: tier 2

David Flood - St John's BuildingsEspecially good with lay clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Ghazan Mahmood - St John's BuildingsParticularly experienced in discrimination cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Jenkins - St John's BuildingsExperienced in a wide range of employment claims.

Ranked: tier 3

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Family and children law

St John's Buildings family team is home to several specialist family barristers at all levels of call, covering high-value financial remedy and both public and private children law matters. New silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC recently acted for a local authority in an FGM-related case concerning a mother attempting to return to Sudan with a child, while Sally Harrison QC is one of the key names on circuit for high net worth financial remedy matters.

Leading Silks

Karl Rowley QC - St John's BuildingsHis elegant advocacy and strategic approach make him hard to beat.

Ranked: tier 1

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsShe has an encyclopedic knowledge of family law.

Ranked: tier 1

Sally Harrison QC - St John's BuildingsIn a league of her own - the star of the family Bar in the north.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Charles Eastwood - St John's BuildingsA great choice for more vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Frances De Navarro - St John's BuildingsExtremely bright, with a keen analytical eye for finance matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Samatha Hillas - St John's BuildingsShe finds creative, effective, and pragmatic solutions.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Kloss - St John's BuildingsBuilds real trust and confidence with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Clare Grundy - St John's BuildingsA safe pair of hands who always focuses on the welfare of children.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Montaldo - St John's BuildingsHe goes to considerable lengths to ensure clients are comfortable and understand his advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries

St John's Buildings is home to Laura Nash, who specialises in death in custody cases and care home deaths. Recent work includes representing a care home in  an inquest into the death of a resident with complex medical needs, and acting for the family in an inquest into the death of a Polish national suffering from paranoid schizophrenia while in custody, where mental health assessments were conducted without an interpreter. Nash also sits as an assistant coroner.

Leading Juniors

Laura Nash - St John's BuildingsA clever and articulate advocate who never backs down from a fight.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

St John's Buildings

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Personal injury

St John's Buildings is well-regarded within the region as a personal injury set, with a wide range of practitioners who are instructed across all aspects of personal injury work.  Particular areas of specialism include industrial disease, multi-defendant claims and catastrophic injury. Of recent note, Richard Norton recently acted for the claimant in a four-defendant case, where all four denied liability, after the claimant fell through a grate into a waste drain at a chemical plant undergoing construction work, settling the case at mediation.

Leading Juniors

Philip Grundy - St John's BuildingsParticularly recommended for hand-arm vibration syndrome cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Norton - St John's BuildingsReally puts claimants at ease in difficult and sensitive cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Harrison - St John's BuildingsSuperb in conference and at joint settlement meetings.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Frieze - St John's BuildingsGreat with clients, straightforward, and precise.

Ranked: tier 3

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Public law

2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is the key figure for public law at St John's Buildings. She is particularly focused on judicial review and Human Rights Act claims brought on behalf of children and vulnerable adults.

Leading Silks

Lorraine Cavanagh QC - St John's BuildingsIncredibly bright and fearless in court.

Ranked: tier 1

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