Set Profile > Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC > Middlesbrough , The North

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC
Trinity Chambers
The North

Set overviews: England and Wales

Trinity Chambers is ‘one of the most renowned sets in the North East for good reason’. The set has built on a track record of family law, with recent growth in other practice areas, including employment. Recent recruits include former employment judge and now mediator Michael Malone, and Paul Reid (who joined from Fountain Chambers). In other recent news, Caroline T Goodwin QC has been elected chair of the Criminal Bar Association. In the ‘very good, knowledgeable and responsive’ clerks’ room, Tim Harris MBE joined as chambers director in October 2018, with Steve Walker (‘an experienced hand who knows the strengths of each tenant’), Steven Preen, Liam Gorman (‘very professional’) and the ‘excellent’ Chris Gibbin leading the civil, family, criminal, and Middlesbrough teams respectively. Offices in: Middlesbrough and Newcastle


Trinity Chambers, operating from premises in Newcastle upon Tyne and Middlesbrough, is an established yet progressive set covering a wide range of practice areas supported by an experienced and approachable clerking team.

The set: Trinity Chambers, established in 1954, is one of the leading sets of barristers chambers in the North of England. This reputation has been built on a strategic programme of rolling investment in technology, staff and facilities. Trinity€™s sites in Newcastle and Middlesbrough are each located close to the court centres. The premises in Newcastle, at the historic Custom House, provide state of the art facilities, including video link, extensive conferencing rooms and seminar facilities. The barristers provide an ongoing rolling programme of CPD training events. Many of Trinitys members sit as deputy district judges and Crown Court recorders. Trinity barristers deal with instructions and hearings across the UK, acting for a wide range of clients including solicitors’ firms, in-house counsel, insurers, blue chip companies, local authorities, police authorities and NHS trusts.

Types of work undertaken: Administrative and public: complex judicial review, including public procurement, regulatory, immigration, planning, prison law, education, housing and licensing.

Agriculture: wide range of agricultural-related cases including tenancies, common agricultural policy issues, livestock, conservation, trusts.

Business: insolvency, company, partnership and commercial disputes, directors’ duties, disqualifications, consumer credit, civil fraud, construction, financial mis-selling, sale of goods and services.

Chancery: contentious probate, Inheritance Act claims, trusts of land, property disputes, boundary disputes, housing, restrictive covenants, injunctive relief, Land Registry issues, landlord and tenant.

Costs: several members of the group sit as deputy district judges dealing with CCMCs, costs budgeting, relief from sanction, proportionality, conduct issues and appeals.

Crime: high-profile cases; instructed by the prosecution and defence in cases involving homicide, murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, serious fraud, motor offences, drugs, conspiracies, proceeds of crime, prison law appeals and courts martial.

Employment: national reputation for equal pay, discrimination, whistleblowing, redundancy, TUPE, dismissals, working time regulations and holiday pay.

Family and matrimonial finance: child care, adoption, honour violence, forced marriage, high-value matrimonial finance disputes and trusts of land.

Immigration: points-based system, entry clearance, UK Border Agency, asylum and human rights issues.

Licensing: committee hearings through to judicial review covering alcohol, taxis, premises, firearms, the sex industry, gaming and betting.

Mental health and Court of Protection: Care Act, community care, deprivation of liberty, capacity, inherent jurisdiction, vulnerable adults, welfare decisions, powers of attorney and financial abuse.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant and defendant clients across the UK, dealing with portal claims, small claims, fast-track and multi-track matters, expertise in credit hire. Several of the barristers dealing with clinical negligence, dental negligence and coroners inquests.

Planning and environment: complex planning inquiries, appeals, enforcement proceedings, village greens, renewable energy, injunctions, rights of way, gypsies and travellers, environmental protection.

Regulatory: fitness to practise hearings, including NMC, HCPC, GMC and GDC. Animal welfare, marine regulation, inquests and disclosure. The team work closely with local authorities in areas such as trading standards, health and safety, RIPA, courts martial and police discipline.

Alternative dispute resolution: including qualified mediators and chartered arbitrators.

Trinity Chambers abides by its equality and diversity policies, copies of which are available on request.


Department Name Email Telephone
Practice Director Tim Harris 01912321927
Business Development manager Chris Lucarelli 0191 232 1927
Civil Clerk Steve Walker 0191 232 1927
Teesside clerk Chris Gibbin 01642 247569
Criminal and regulatory clerks Liam Gorman 0191 232 1927
family clerks Ken McLafferty 0191 232 1927
family clerks Steven Preen 0191 232 1927
Criminal and regulatory Clerks Stephanie Foster 0191 232 1927
Civil/family clerks Fiona Bullock 01642 247569
family clerks Paula McClure 0191 232 1927
civil clerks Bethany Thompson 0191 232 1927
Members of Chambers HEDWORTH QC, Toby (1975)
Members of Chambers STAFFORD QC, Andrew (1980)*
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL QC, John (1981)
Member of chambers REED, Paul (1975)
Member of Chambers ADAMS, Jamie (1978)
Members of Chambers FITZGIBBON QC, Francis (1986)*
Members of Chambers GOODWIN QC, Caroline (1988)
Members of Chambers STONOR QC, Nicholas (1993)
Members of Chambers DUFFIELD, Stephen (1969)
Members of Chambers GATLAND, Glenn (1972)
Members of Chambers KNOX, Christopher (1974)
Members of Chambers HAWKS, Anthony (1975)
Members of Chambers CALLAN, David (1979)
Members of Chambers ENGELMAN, Philip (1979)*
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, John (1979)
Members of Chambers CROSS, Paul (1981)
Members of Chambers SMART, Jacqueline (1981)
Members of Chambers RICHARDSON, James (1982)
Members of Chambers WALSH, Peter (1982)
Members of Chambers McKENZIE, Lesley (1983)
Members of Chambers SPAIN, Timothy (1983)
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN, John (1984)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Susan (1987)
Members of Chambers ROUTLEDGE, Shaun (1988)
Members of Chambers RUTTER, Andrew (1990)
Members of Chambers SCOTT BELL, Ros (1993) *
Members of Chambers DUNN, Katherine (1993)
Members of Chambers GRAY, Justin (1993)
Members of Chambers HOLLAND, Charles (1994)
Members of Chambers CALLAN, Jane (1995)
Members of Chambers CAPPS, Deveral (1995)*
Members of Chambers SWEETING, Margaret (1996)
Member of Chambers CAULFIELD, Paul (1996)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Yvonne (1998)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Fiona (1998)
Member of Chambers CRAWLEY, Kevin (1998)*
Members of Chambers ALLAN, Nicola (1999)
Members of Chambers GOLDBERG, Simon (1999)
Members of Chambers HEDWORTH, Rachel (1999)
Members of Chambers KEMP, James (1999)
Members of Chambers KITCHING, Kossar (1999)
Member of Chambers RODGER, Jonathan (1999)
Members of Chambers MENDOZA, Elizabeth (1999)
Member of Chambers CURRER, Paul (2000)
Member of Chambers HIRST, Sue (2001)
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS, Ruth (2001)
Member of Chambers MATHER, Brian (2002)
Member of Chambers HEDWORTH, Joe (2002)
Member of Chambers STEVENS, Henry (2002)
Member of Chambers WOOD, Katherine (2002)
Member of Chambers ANDREWS, Natasha (2002)
Member of Chambers CORNBERG, Tony (2003)
Member of Chambers FOLEY, Jane (2003)
Member of Chambers ANDERSON, Jamie (2004)
Member of Chambers BRISSENDEN, Claire (2004)
Member of Chambers TINNION, Antoine (2004)
Member of Chambers COMBE, David (2005)
Member of Chambers STUBBS, Richard (2005)
Member of Chambers HOLT, Kim (2005)
Member of Chambers BYRNE, William (2006)
Member of Chambers HOGBEN, Helen (2006)
Member of Chambers MORGAN, Jamie (2006)
Member of Chambers STOKES-HERBST, Rebecca (2006)
Member of Chambers CLEGHORN, Marian (2007)
Member of Chambers CRAMMOND, Andrew (2008)
Member of Chambers MARWICK, James (2008)*
Member of Chambers SEHAT, Amanda (2009)
Member of Chambers BRIEN, Morgan (2010)
Member of Chambers MCHUGH, James (2010)
Member of Chambers GOODINGS, Patrick (2010)
Member of Chambers NAGEL, Laura (2012)
Member of Chambers SUTTLE, Rebecca (2012)
Member of Chambers CROWE, Matthew (2013)
Member of Chambers DUFFY, Stephen (2013)
Member of Chambers FENWICK, Kate (2013)
Member of Chambers RICHARDSON, Alice (2013)
Member of Chambers ADAMS, Verity (2013)
Member of Chambers MORTON, Grace (2014)
Member of Chambers KIDWELL, Nigel (2015)
Member of Chambers O'NEILL, Kieran (2017)
Member of Chambers MARSHALL, Helen (2017)
Member of Chambers LITTLEFAIR, Alex (2017)
Member of Chambers REED, Stephen (2017)
Member of Chambers NAJAH, Parissa (2017)
memeber of chambers HEGARTY, Chris (2018)
Member of Chambers KERFOOT, Paul (2018)
Member of Chambers SHERLOCK, Louisa (2018)
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