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Wilberforce Chambers
Wilberforce Barristers

Set overviews: England and Wales

Humberside’s Wilberforce Barrister continues to do a range of work, much of it concerning crime and family law. After only recently taking silk, John Thackray has left chambers for the bench, sitting in the Crown Court in Grimsby. Strengthening chambers, former Hull solicitor Richard Lee, has transition to the Bar and joined the set’s family team. Phillip Paxton is the criminal clerk and practice manager, with Hayley Naylor the clerk responsible for the family and civil teams. Offices in: Hull

Wilberforce Chambers was established in 1965 in the heart of Hull Old Town. It is a prominent Barristers’ set with highly professional and dedicated teams that cover a range of specialist areas including criminal, family and civil law, offering advice and advocacy in both publicly and private funded work.

Department Name Email Telephone
Sally Collins
Richard Thompson
Jeremy Weston QC
Oliver Saxby QC
Richard Wright QC
Paul Genney
Steven Garth
Neil Cameron
Andrew Comaish
Jayne Bryan
Stephen Robinson
Nigel Clive
Sarah Fearon
Charlotte Baines
January Scott
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse
Alan Carnie
Naomi Madderson
Dale Brook
Gaynor Hall
Jonathan Wilson
Gavin Button
Debi Miller
Julia Baggs
Claire Holmes
Joanne Jenkins
Cathrine Kioko-Gilligan
Rebecca Miller
Gail Farrington
Richard Lee
Michael Masson
Francesca Steels
Joanna Hawkett
Neelam Mall
Michael Forrest
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sally Collins  photo Sally Collins Head of Chambers
 Oliver Saxby  photo Oliver Saxby
 Richard Thompson  photo Richard Thompson Head of Chambers
 Richard Wright  photo Richard Wright
Phil Paxton : Practice Manager

Equality and diversity

Wilberforce Chambers is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its work. All barristers are committed to observing the Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct in relation to non-discrimination in the acceptance of work, the carrying out of that work and all dealings with clients, colleagues, staff and others. Staff are committed to complying with this policy.

It is our policy to treat everyone equally and fairly regardless of their racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Wilberforce maintains a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through our Bar Access Programme we are actively involved in outreach and access initiatives to encourage and support people from diverse backgrounds in developing a career at the Bar. An important element of the Bar Access Programme is our on-going partnership with the Sutton Trust (the well-known charitable foundation whose aim is to promote social mobility) through which we support their various initiatives in the legal arena. We continue to run mini-pupillage/placement programmes for their Pathways to Law pupils and Pathways Plus students and a number of our Members are actively involved in a mentoring programme for Sutton Trust students.

We have also built strong relationships with the Legal Social Mobility Partnership, and the Pegasus and Bar Placement (Social Mobility Foundation) programmes, and provide support to the Barristers’ Benevolent Association and the Strand Trust (via sponsoring the King’s College London’s Trust Law prize, which rewards the student who obtains the best result in the LLB Law of Trusts examination each year).