7 Harrington Street > Liverpool, England > Set Profile

Chambers of Richard Pratt KC
7 Harrington Street
L2 9YH

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

The criminal law team at 7 Harrington Street has broad-ranging expertise and its members handle a broad range of criminal cases. The set is home to Nicholas Johnson KC, who is regularly instructed on cases regarding gross negligence manslaughter, alleged gangland murders, major drug importation and distribution networks, serious sexual offences, and fraud. A notable highlight was his defence of a 14-year-old boy charged with the murder of 12-year-old Ava White, who was stabbed to death in central Liverpool. Head of chambers Richard Pratt KC prosecutes and defends, and he defended a woman who was convicted of abusing her husband in addition to subjecting him to severe controlling and coercive behaviour. Nigel Power KC is another key member of the set and he has significant expertise in murder and fraud cases.

Leading Silks

Nicholas Johnson KC – 7 Harrington Street 'Nicholas is undoubtedly one of the very best criminal KCs practising today. Committed, hard-working, urbane, relatable, sensible, laconic, charming, and persuasive, he is trusted by judges without giving an inch in the promotion of his client's interests.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Pratt KC – 7 Harrington Street 'Richard is never flustered and he always looks like he is in full control. When you are facing life in prison, it is that calmness and overall professional confidence that you want to see from your leader.'
Ranked: Tier 3

2022 Silks

Andrew Ford KC – 7 Harrington Street 'Andrew's attention to detail and in depth preparation is of a very high quality.'

2024 Silks

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Duffy – 7 Harrington Street 'Jonathan is a tremendous court presence. He has the intellectual capacity to never be caught out by a response or question from a judge and he is always in command of his own arguments.'
Ranked: Tier 3


‘The set is very user friendly and very approachable for solicitors, and they are understanding of the difficulties solicitors face in the modern, professional world.’

‘7 Harrington Street has added greater depth over the years and now ranks as the best in the Liverpool area.’

‘The set is very approachable and understands the difficulties of a solicitor’s practice.’

‘All the clerks are very efficient. The head clerk is excellent at making an instructing solicitor feel valued.’

‘The clerks are always keen to assist. They have a proper understanding of how a solicitor’s practice works.’

‘The clerks are very approachable and very willing to assist and engage with solicitors.’

Northern Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy Tier 2

The members at 7 Harrington Street undertake a variety of financial remedy cases, and the team includes Tom Fazackerley, who practices exclusively in divorce and financial remedy work. Additionally, Fazackerley undertakes cohabitation disputes and applications for financial provision for children. The set is also home to Grant Lazarus, who is skilled in complex pension-related issues.

Northern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence Tier 3

7 Harrington Street ‘has strength in depth with a large and varied family team.’ The members are highly adept at handling all types of public and private children law cases. Margaret Parr has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court, representing children, parents, and local authorities in cases concerning allegations of sexual abuse, violence against children, substance misuse, mental health issues, and child neglect. Natasha Johnson has experience with cases that have jurisdictional and international issues, and in the private law arena, she handles applications for child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders, and specific issues applications. Natasha Harrison is another notable member of the set and she represents a range of clients in both public law and private law proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Margaret Parr – 7 Harrington StreetMargaret is a razor-sharp, excellent advocate who quickly grasps all the issues. She puts clients at ease with her calm, unflappable, and firm manner, and she is a formidable opponent.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Natasha Johnson – 7 Harrington StreetIt is very rare to find a barrister who is exceptionally intelligent and is also able to show empathy towards their clients. Natasha has it all; she is extremely intelligent, her personal skills are exceptional, her delivery in court is second-to-none, and she has a passion for the law and takes pride in the work she delivers.’
Ranked: Tier 3


‘The Clerks are excellent, particularly Carolyn Creegan, who works phenomenally well under pressure and is always calm and available.’

‘John Kilgallon runs an excellent ship at 7 Harrington Street, ensuring client needs are met.’

‘The clerks are led by John Kilgallon, who is by far the most outstanding clerk. He makes sure that his instructing solicitors are supported and that excellent service is provided.’

‘Carolyn Cregeen has always been wonderful to deal with. She is helpful, approachable, and willing to assist.’

‘Carolyn Cregreen is an experienced family clerk, and she is friendly and helpful.’

‘7 Harrington Street are a go-to chambers. They have barristers across the board, from KCs to junior barristers, and they are able to accommodate a varying client base.’

‘The family team are second to none in the North West; they always go the extra mile for the client and support their instructing solicitor.’

‘7 Harrington Street has a diverse family offering and there is always somebody available to assist.’

Northern Circuit > Personal injury Tier 3

Defendant and claimant barristers at 7 Harrington Street expertly handle catastrophic and serious injury matters, as well as cases regarding industrial accidents and disease. Tim Grover has expertise across a broad range of high-value and complex personal injury claims. The set also houses Fraser Lindsay, who is instructed by both claimants on defendants on cases regarding employers’ liability, public liability, and road traffic accidents

Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

Northern Circuit > Professional disciplinary law

7 Harrington Street is one of the largest sets of chambers in the country. It has a policy of excellence, innovation and expansion with expertise in all aspects of the law. The set has earned its reputation through continued professional excellence and a commitment to working to the highest ethical standards.

The set: Currently there are 102 barristers, including 15 KCs. They are supported by a large and dedicated team of clerking and administrative staff who consistently provide clients with a high level of service.

As holders of the Legal Services Quality mark, the set offers quality-assured services to members of the public who need legal information, advice and assistance. Chambers is firmly committed to equal opportunities and accepts instructions from anyone, regardless of background or circumstances.

7 Harrington Street is located in the heart of the commercial and legal centre of Liverpool, only a short walk from the QEII Combined Courts Centre and the Liverpool Civil and Family Courts. The set has extensive, state-of-the-art conference and seminar facilities, including a video conferencing suite.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers provides experienced advocates at every level of criminal work, in a comprehensive range of matters. Specific areas of expertise include commercial fraud, defence insurance fraud, police discipline, drugs offences, consumer protection and all kinds of local government legislation, trade descriptions, civil liberties cases and actions against the police, food and safety, health and safety, noise nuisance, and regulation of goods and public service vehicles, as well as road traffic and other common offences.

Civil expertise includes all types of common law work. All aspects of personal injury, including catastrophic cases, industrial accidents and disease, are dealt with, as well as clinical and professional negligence, including legal and surveyor matters. All types of contract and commercial work are handled, together with landlord and tenant matters, environmental nuisance and employment cases, immigration, redundancy, dismissal, and sex and race discrimination. Planning cases are handled, as well as product liability actions, insurance, liquor and betting licensing, mental health, housing, and welfare law.

Family expertise includes every aspect of child and matrimonial proceedings, including finance and property distribution, Human Rights Act cases, all types of public and private child law cases including adoption and care proceedings, and Children Act matters, as well as mediation, separation and divorce. Chambers intends to further develop its existing areas of expertise through organic growth.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers PRATT KC, Richard (1980)
Members of Chambers BERRY KC, Anthony (1994)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON KC, Nicholas (1987)
Members of Chambers POWER KC, Nigel (1992)
Members of Chambers LAWRENCE KC, Nigel (1988)
Members of Chambers McLACHLAN KC, David (1996)
Members of Chambers GLENSER KC, Peter
Members of Chambers CRAY KC, Timothy
Members of Chambers FORD KC, Andrew (1997)
Members of Chambers GEEY, David (1970)
Members of Chambers PICKAVANCE, Michael (1974)
Members of Chambers RAE, James (1976)
Members of Chambers GIBSON, Arthur (1980)
Members of Chambers RIDING, Henry (1981)
Members of Chambers LAZARUS, Grant (1981)
Members of Chambers BYRNE, James (1983)
Members of Chambers READE, Kevin (1983)
Members of Chambers KHAN, Jamil (1986)
Members of Chambers KIDD, Peter (1987)
Members of Chambers SUTTON, Keith (1988)
Member of Chambers HOLDER, Simon (1989)
Members of Chambers SYMMS, Kate (1990)
Members of Chambers WATSON, David
Members of Chambers DRIVER, Simon (1991)
Members of Chambers GROVER, Tim (1991)
Members of Chambers SEED, Stephen (1991)
Members of Chambers PARRY-JONES, Trevor (1992)
Members of Chambers GARSIDE, Mark (1993)
Members of Chambers POLGLASE, David
Members of Chambers REYNOLDS, Gary (1994)
Members of Chambers JONES, Ben
Members of Chambers BURKE, Brendan (1995)
Members of Chambers TURNER, Nicola (1995)
Members of Chambers CAUSTON, Peter
Members of Chambers BALL, Steven (1996)
Members of Chambers MALLON, Joanna (1996)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Susan (1996)
Members of Chambers GRANT, Kenneth (1997)
Member of Chambers TITCHMARSH, Katy (1998)
Members of Chambers ROGERS, Daniel (1997)
Members of Chambers BISARYA, Neil (1998)
Members of Chambers HOLT, Sarah (1999)
Members of Chambers HUYTON, Kate
Members of Chambers MILES, Nicola (1999)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Mark (2001)
Members of Chambers APPLETON, Katy (2000)
Members of Chambers DUFFY, Jonathan (2002)
Members of Chambers FREEMAN, Emma (2002)
Members of Chambers McCLOSKEY, Louise
Members of Chambers MOTTRAM, Cheryl
Members of Chambers REID, Martin (2003)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Rebecca
Members of Chambers WRIGHT, Paul (2003)
Member of Chambers CHALLINOR, Tom (2004)
Members of Chambers FISHER, Emma (2004)
Member of Chambers MAQBOUL, Neair (2004)
Members of Chambers TARGETT PARKER, Leanne (2005)
Members of Chambers BEARDMORE, William (2005)
Members of Chambers COCKRELL, Nick (2005)
Members of Chambers KNAGG, Christopher (2005)
Members of Chambers LINDSAY, Fraser (2006)
Members of Chambers CLIFF, James (2008)
Members of Chambers PARR, Margaret (2008)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Bernice (2007)
Members of Chambers WATTERS, Sarah (2007)
Members of Chambers HARTHAN, Peter (2007)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Gemma (2010)
Members of Chambers BROOKFIELD, Hannah (2011)
Member of Chambers LANGHORN, Alex (2010)
Members of Chambers FAZACKERLEY, Tom (2010)
Members of Chambers DILLON, Frank (2014)
Members of Chambers CRACKNELL, Alex (2014)
Members of Chambers TURNER, Fiona (2014)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Natasha (2014)
Members of Chambers BAXTER, Jamie (2014)
Members of Chambers PAYNE, Suzanne
Members of Chambers BROWNSON, Jonathan (2015)
Members of Chambers WAKE, Rachael (2015)
Members of Chambers GILCHRIST, Megan (2015)
Member of Chambers WHELAN, Jacqueline (2015)
Members of Chambers BASSINDER, Laura (2015)
Members of Chambers CONWAY, Matthew (2015)
Members of Chambers WALMSLEY, Alaric (2016)
Member of Chambers LAPPIN, Hope (2017)
Member of Chambers WILSON, Peter (2017)
Members of Chambers RICHARDSON, Georgia
Members of Chambers WALSH, Martyn
Members of Chambers OAKDENE, Rachel (2018)
Member of Chambers SZCZESNIAK, Leszek (2018)
Member of Chambers BRAMHALL, Daniel (2019)
Members of Chambers O'BRIEN, Michael
Member of Chambers MENARY, Holly (2019)
Members of Chambers STANLEY, Benjamin
Members of Chambers MOUCARRY, Renn
Members of Chambers DENN WHITE, Isabella
Members of Chambers COYNE, Paul
Members of Chambers COPE, Maxwell
Members of Chambers COX, Megan
Pupil LAND, Emily
Door Tenant GOLDREIN KC, Iain (1975)
Door Tenant HOWLING KC, Rex (1991)
Door Tenant LEE KC. Taryn (1992)
Door Tenant LUMLEY KC, Nicholas (1992)
Door Tenant KENT KC, Alan
Door Tenant ORR KC, Julian
Door Tenant HARTLEY KC, Richard
Door Tenant EDWARDS KC, Owen
Door Tenant AKUDOLU KC, Nneka
Door Tenant THORNE KC, Katy (1994)
Door Tenant BOLT, Matthew
Door Tenant JONES, Daniel
Door Tenant GRICE, Kevin (1997)
Door Tenant RALSTON, William (2000)
Door Tenant KNAPP, Stephen (1986)
Door Tenant DUNNE, David (2005)
Door Tenant PATON, Danielle (2007)
Door Tenant COUSINS, Andrew (2017)
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Katy Appleton photo Katy Appleton
Philip Astbury photo Philip Astbury
Steven Ball photo Steven Ball
Laura Bassinder photo Laura Bassinder Practice Areas Miss Bassinder has specific experience in personal injury claims arising…
Jamie Baxter photo Jamie Baxter Practice Areas Crime Mr Baxter is a specialist criminal practitioner who joined…
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Anthony Berry photo Anthony Berry Practice Areas Crime Practice Areas: Serious and Heavyweight Crime Murder Large-Scale Fraud…
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Neil Bisarya photo Neil Bisarya BA [Law tripos] Queens’ College, Cambridge University [MA Hons] Call: 1998 Lincoln’s…
Daniel Bramhall photo Daniel Bramhall
Hannah Brookfield photo Hannah Brookfield Miss Brookfield is an established practitioner and was called to the Bar…
Jonathan Brownson photo Jonathan Brownson
Brendan Burke photo Brendan Burke
James Byrne photo James Byrne
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Peter Causton photo Peter Causton
Tom Challinor photo Tom Challinor
Susan Clarke photo Susan Clarke
James Cliff photo James Cliff Practice Areas Civil Personal Injury James has considerable experience of all types…
Nick Cockrell photo Nick Cockrell
Matthew Conway photo Matthew Conway
Andrew Cousins photo Andrew Cousins Door Tenant
Alexandra Cracknell photo Alexandra Cracknell Practice Areas Family Miss Cracknell accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities,…
Timothy Cray photo Mr Timothy Cray
Frank Dillon photo Frank Dillon Practice Areas Crime Frank Dillon is a former solicitor and Higher Courts…
Simon Driver photo Simon Driver
Jonathan Duffy photo Jonathan Duffy
David Dunne photo David Dunne
Tom Fazackerley photo Tom Fazackerley Practice Areas Family Matrimonial Finance Private Law Children Cohabitee disputes   Legal…
Emma Fisher photo Emma Fisher Call: 2004 Practice Areas Civil Claimant and Defendant written work and court…
Andrew Ford photo Mr Andrew Ford Practice Areas Crime Heavy indictable work Prosecution and Defence.   ” Approachable…
Emma Freeman photo Emma Freeman
Mark Garside photo Mark Garside
Arthur Gibson photo Arthur Gibson Call: 1980 CPS Fraud Panel Level 3 Practice Areas Civil Personal Injury…
Megan Gilchrist photo Megan Gilchrist Miss Gilchrist was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of…
Peter Glenser photo Mr Peter Glenser AREAS OF WORK   Crime   Serious Crime Firearms Specialist Court Martial…
Iain Goldrein photo Iain Goldrein Practice Areas Civil Privacy and the Media – injunctive and “super” injunctive…
Kenneth Grant photo Kenneth Grant Graduate of the University of York BA (Hons) College of Law 1978…
Kevin Grice photo Kevin Grice Kevin Grice is a retired barrister who is a Door Tenant at…
Tim Grover photo Tim Grover
Peter Harthan photo Peter Harthan Personal Injury Peter Harthan is an experienced and proficient advocate practising across…
Richard Hartley photo Mr Richard Hartley Practice Areas He is a Civil Practitioner with a busy paper and…
Simon Holder photo Simon Holder Call: 1989 Practice Areas Civil Brain Injury Catastrophic Injury Clinical Negligence Employers…
Sarah Holt photo Sarah Holt Call: 1999 Practice Areas Crime Specialist criminal advocate with particular emphasis on…
Rex Howling photo Rex Howling Door Tenant
Kate Huyton photo Kate Huyton
Nicholas Johnson photo Nicholas Johnson Practice Areas Crime Mr Johnson is currently prosecuting in the case of…
Natasha Johnson photo Natasha Johnson Miss Johnson was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of…
Ben Jones photo Ben Jones
Alan Kent photo Mr Alan Kent
Jamil Khan photo Jamil Khan Call: 1986 Practice Areas Family Public law children cases including care and…
Peter Kidd photo Peter Kidd Call: 1987 Lincoln’s Inn LLB   2:1, Liverpool University Practice Areas Civil Personal…
Christopher Knagg photo Christopher Knagg Barrister specialising in civil law; personal injury; RTA; fatal accident litigation; employers’…
Stephen Knapp photo Stephen Knapp Barrister specialising in personal injury; industrial injury; licensing; professional negligence; contract; industrial…
Alex Langhorn photo Alex Langhorn Barrister
Hope Lappin photo Hope Lappin Family Miss Lappin Acts for both the Local Authority and parents in public…
Nigel Lawrence photo Nigel Lawrence Practice Areas Civil Personal injury Clinical negligence Coroners inquests Occupational health Regulatory…
Grant Lazarus photo Grant Lazarus
Taryn Lee photo Taryn Lee Door Tenant at 7 Harrington Street Chambers
Fraser Lindsay photo Fraser Lindsay Practice Areas Civil Catastrophic Injuries Mr. Lindsay has a wide experience of…
Teresa Loftus photo Teresa Loftus Barrister specialising in criminal law for both prosecution and defence. Undertakes serious…
Dorian Lovell-Pank photo Dorian Lovell-Pank Mr Lovell-Pank has defended in and prosecuted almost every kind of criminal…
Nicholas Lumley photo Nicholas Lumley Door Tenant
Joanna Mallon photo Joanna Mallon Call: 1996 Professional Memberships: Family Law Bar Association 7HS Family Committee Practice…
Neair Maqboul photo Neair Maqboul Call: 2004   Education and Qualifications: Law LLB (Hons) BVC   Memberships: Association…
Louise McCloskey photo Louise McCloskey
James McKeon photo James McKeon Barrister specialising in all aspects of personal injury, industrial injury and disease…
David McLachlan photo David McLachlan Barrister specialising in crime.
Holly Menary photo Holly Menary Barrister
Nicola Miles photo Nicola Miles Call: October 1999 Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Education University of Leicester…
Cheryl Mottram photo Cheryl Mottram
Katherine O Katherine O"Donohue Areas of Practice Miss O’Donohue has a general Common Law Civil practice…
Rachel Oakdene photo Rachel Oakdene Miss Oakdene joins chambers after being called to the Bar in July…
Margarett Parr photo Margarett Parr Family Miss Parr’s practice is primarily focused on family law, including ancillary…
Trevor Parry-Jones photo Trevor Parry-Jones
Danielle Paton photo Danielle Paton Counsel with a practice in civil, family and criminal law. Immigration, personal…
Michael Pickavance photo Michael Pickavance
David Polglase photo David Polglase
Nigel Power photo Nigel Power Practice Areas Crime Fraud Murder & Manslaughter Confiscation Regulatory Terrorism Firearms Appeals…
Richard Pratt photo Richard Pratt Areas of Practice In the first fifteen years of my practice I…
James Rae photo James Rae Call: 1976 Practice Areas Crime Murder / Manslaughter Local Government legislation Licensing…
William Ralston photo William Ralston Barrister specialising in civil: general common law and employment; personal injury, contract,…
Kevin Reade photo Kevin Reade
Martin Reid KC photo Martin Reid KC
Gary Reynolds photo Gary Reynolds
Helen Richardson photo Helen Richardson Civil – Personal Injury– RTA– Costs Litigation– Credit Hire– Public Liability– Contract–…
Henry Riding photo Henry Riding Call: 1981 Practice Areas Crime All areas of Criminal Law
Mark Roberts photo Mark Roberts
Daniel Rogers photo Daniel Rogers Year of Call 1997 Inner Temple   Nottingham University BA (Jt Hons:…
Paul Russell photo Paul Russell Barrister specialising in fields of personal injury and clinical negligence, being regularly…
Stephen Seed photo Stephen Seed
Rebecca Smith photo Rebecca Smith
Keith Sutton photo Keith Sutton Call: 1988 Practice Areas Crime Prosecution & Defence Serious crime (including confiscation…
Kate Symms photo Kate Symms Call: 1990 Practice Areas Family Private Law Child Cases Public Law Child…
Leszek  Szczesniak photo Leszek Szczesniak Leszek Szczesniak was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2018.…
Leanne Targett Parker photo Leanne Targett Parker
Gemma Thomas photo Gemma Thomas Areas of Practice A robust and principled barrister, since her call to…
Katharine Titchmarsh photo Katharine Titchmarsh
Nicola Turner photo Nicola Turner
Fiona Turner photo Fiona Turner CivilMiss Turner undertook a common law pupillage supervised by Daniel Rogers and…
Ian Unsworth photo Ian Unsworth Ian Unsworth QC is cited by Chambers UK and the Legal 500…
Rachael Wake photo Rachael Wake Practice Areas Family Care Miss Wake is experienced in public law applications,…
Alaric Walmsley photo Alaric Walmsley Alaric Walmsley is an experienced lawyer who specialises in crime, fraud and…
David Watson photo David Watson
Sarah Watters photo Sarah Watters Practice Areas Civil Personal Injury Contract RTA Credit hire   Family Public…
Jacqueline Whelan photo Jacqueline Whelan Jacqueline Whelan has a wealth of experience in family law including; –…
Peter Wilson photo Peter Wilson Peter joined Chambers in September 2019 following his successful completion of pupillage…
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Assistant Practising Director/Senior Department Clerk : 2
Senior Department Clerk : 1
Chambers Administrator : 1
Clerks : 8
Fees Clerks : 5
Junior Administrator : 2
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