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Wilberforce Chambers
Wilberforce Barristers
7-9 BISHOP LANE,
KINGSTON UPON HULL
HU1 1PA
England

Crime (general and fraud)

Wilberforce Barristers' Michele Stuart-Lofthouse – a new recruit from the recently closed Zenith Chambers – has considerable experience as a led junior in serious sexual offences, both defence and prosecution, including child prostitution, firearms, and conspiracies relating to robbery and drugs, as well as cases involving vulnerable complainants and defendants.

Leading Juniors

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse - Wilberforce BarristersMichele is a hard-working junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Family and children law

Wilberforce Barristers is 'the go-to set' for child law matters in the Hull and Grimsby area with several members who will 'provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients' needs are met'. Joanne Jenkins has expertise in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence in relation to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and fabricated and induced illness; other members of chambers are involved in cases involving issues such as internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Joanne Jenkins - Wilberforce BarristersJoanne is a very thorough and tenacious advocate who is always meticulously prepared. She is very experienced in both Public Law and Private Law Children matters. She will fight her clients corner regardless of whether she represents the Local Authority, Parents or Children.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Wilberforce Chambers in Hull is well known for its expertise in family law, and is also adept at handling civil, regulatory and criminal law matters. In recent chambers news, Wayne Stevens is the new senior clerk, with Sharon Andrews the clerk responsible for the family team; the criminal team was bolstered by the arrival of Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; and Gail Farrington joined the set's family team from St Mary’s Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are always helpful even when requests for counsel are made last minute.’

The clerks are excellent and have a lovely telephone manner. They are always willing to assist and will go out of their way to help cover hearings.’

‘The Clerks are very friendly, willing to go the extra mile and will always assist even at very short notice!’

The service from all clerks and chambers staff is excellent.’

‘Very helpful chambers. All members of staff are happy to help.’

‘Very pleasant and efficient.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers Clerks always approach any query in a friendly yet professional manner. They will do all they can assist to offer assistance.’

Set:

‘A set with growing strength and a number of absolute stars.’

‘Overall Wilberforce Chambers is a very good chambers with an excellent family set, including some highly capable, specialised and experienced family barristers.’

‘The chambers as a whole has strength in depth in respect of child protection lawyers. There is always counsel availability when required by the Local Authority to deal with urgent, complex family public law cases.’

‘They have many excellent family barristers whom I would not hesitate to instruct. The quality of the barristers who begin there as pupils are a testament to that. The set are committed to encouraging good multi-disciplinary practice and collaboration by all practitioners in the field of family law. They organised an annual conference with national speakers and presentations, they provide training opportunities and social events for the legal community.’

‘This chambers hosts a very strong set of well respected advocates.’

‘Very competent set and very user friendly.’

‘Very friendly and do their best to accommodate needs. Good training sessions too.’

Wilberforce Chambers are a very strong regional chambers who have increased their depth and experience over the last 2 to 5 years with a number of well regarded junior Counsel and Leading Counsel joining their ranks recently.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is the go to set for child law matters in the Hull/Grimsby area with several members specialising in this area who will all provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients’ needs are met.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers service is nothing short of brilliant. The Chambers strive to help in any way possible. The Chambers are friendly, fast at responding and bend over backwards to help.’

‘Wilberforce is a very strong set. They are the first chambers I make contact with when I need to instruct Counsel.’

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Wilberforce Barristers' Michele Stuart-Lofthouse – a new recruit from the recently closed Zenith Chambers – has considerable experience as a led junior in serious sexual offences, both defence and prosecution, including child prostitution, firearms, and conspiracies relating to robbery and drugs, as well as cases involving vulnerable complainants and defendants.

Leading Juniors

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse - Wilberforce BarristersMichele is a hard-working junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

Wilberforce Barristers is 'the go-to set' for child law matters in the Hull and Grimsby area with several members who will 'provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients' needs are met'. Joanne Jenkins has expertise in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence in relation to allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and fabricated and induced illness; other members of chambers are involved in cases involving issues such as internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Joanne Jenkins - Wilberforce BarristersJoanne is a very thorough and tenacious advocate who is always meticulously prepared. She is very experienced in both Public Law and Private Law Children matters. She will fight her clients corner regardless of whether she represents the Local Authority, Parents or Children.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Wilberforce Chambers in Hull is well known for its expertise in family law, and is also adept at handling civil, regulatory and criminal law matters. In recent chambers news, Wayne Stevens is the new senior clerk, with Sharon Andrews the clerk responsible for the family team; the criminal team was bolstered by the arrival of Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, formerly of the now defunct Zenith Chambers; and Gail Farrington joined the set's family team from St Mary’s Chambers.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks are always helpful even when requests for counsel are made last minute.’

The clerks are excellent and have a lovely telephone manner. They are always willing to assist and will go out of their way to help cover hearings.’

‘The Clerks are very friendly, willing to go the extra mile and will always assist even at very short notice!’

The service from all clerks and chambers staff is excellent.’

‘Very helpful chambers. All members of staff are happy to help.’

‘Very pleasant and efficient.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers Clerks always approach any query in a friendly yet professional manner. They will do all they can assist to offer assistance.’

Set:

‘A set with growing strength and a number of absolute stars.’

‘Overall Wilberforce Chambers is a very good chambers with an excellent family set, including some highly capable, specialised and experienced family barristers.’

‘The chambers as a whole has strength in depth in respect of child protection lawyers. There is always counsel availability when required by the Local Authority to deal with urgent, complex family public law cases.’

‘They have many excellent family barristers whom I would not hesitate to instruct. The quality of the barristers who begin there as pupils are a testament to that. The set are committed to encouraging good multi-disciplinary practice and collaboration by all practitioners in the field of family law. They organised an annual conference with national speakers and presentations, they provide training opportunities and social events for the legal community.’

‘This chambers hosts a very strong set of well respected advocates.’

‘Very competent set and very user friendly.’

‘Very friendly and do their best to accommodate needs. Good training sessions too.’

Wilberforce Chambers are a very strong regional chambers who have increased their depth and experience over the last 2 to 5 years with a number of well regarded junior Counsel and Leading Counsel joining their ranks recently.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers is the go to set for child law matters in the Hull/Grimsby area with several members specialising in this area who will all provide an excellent service to ensure that all clients’ needs are met.’

‘Wilberforce Chambers service is nothing short of brilliant. The Chambers strive to help in any way possible. The Chambers are friendly, fast at responding and bend over backwards to help.’

‘Wilberforce is a very strong set. They are the first chambers I make contact with when I need to instruct Counsel.’

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
Family team Gavin Button
Family team Jeremy Weston QC
Criminal team Richard Wright QC
Criminal team Oliver Saxby QC
Criminal team Paul Genney
Criminal team Steven Garth
Civil team Neil Cameron
Family team Sally Collins
Criminal team Richard Thompson
Criminal team Nigel Clive
Criminal team Stephen Robinson
Criminal team Charlotte Baines
Civil & Family team January Scott
Criminal team Michele Stuart-Lofthouse
Criminal team Dale Brook
Family team Alan Carnie
Family team Jonathan Wilson
Criminal and Family team Julia Baggs
Family team Debi Miller
Criminal team Claire Holmes
Family team Joanne Jenkins
Criminal team Cathrine Kioko-Gilligan
Criminal, Family & Civil team Michael Masson
Family team Rebecca Miller
Family team Gail Farrington
Civil team Robert Hastie
Family team Richard Lee
Criminal team Rachel Scott
Criminal, Family and Civil team Michael Forrest
Criminal, Family and Civil team Amber Hobson
Criminal, Family and Civil team Chloe Ogley
Family team Rachel Woad
Photo Name Position Profile
 Charlotte Baines  photo Charlotte Baines Barrister – criminal law
 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
Wayne Stevens : Senior Clerk

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).