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About Byrom Street Chambers

Byrom Street Chambers is a specialist set of Chambers located in Manchester’s recently developed Spinningfields area, close to the new Civil Justice Centre. All members of Chambers practise also from our recently refurbished Chambers at Crown Office Chambers, London, where consultations are regularly held.

The premises at Byrom Street are modern, purpose-built and designed with particular attention to the needs of all clients.  Facilities include large, comfortable conference rooms, two video-conferencing suites, the latest information technology with wireless connection and an extensive library. All facilities have been designed with the disabled user in mind.
Byrom Street is a forward thinking set with traditional values, dedicated to the work of Leading and Senior Junior Counsel with extensive expertise in high value and complex cases. Chambers provides a highly individual and personalised service with an emphasis on client needs. This is made possible by Chambers’ small size.

Chambers’ strategic plan of recruiting only specialist Counsel of the highest calibre is well recognised and welcomed by our clients. We believe that Byrom Street is Manchester's centre of excellence. Our philosophy of client care involves caring about the case and taking care of the client. 

With this reputation for quality and service, members offer advice and advocacy in a range of specialisations and can provide the depth of cover necessary to conduct litigation in the most complex of cases. We practise predominantly in the fields of personal injury (with an emphasis on catastrophic cases, group and class actions, clinical negligence and disease litigation), health and safety, medical law, professional liability, commercial litigation, employment, human rights and civil fraud.

We are consistently ranked in the top tier of the independent legal directories with all members being recognised as leaders in their field.
Five members of Chambers currently sit as Deputy Judges of the High Court, one member as the Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man, 11 members sit as Recorders, one member sits on the Mental Health Review Tribunal, one member sits on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and one member sits as a Deputy Coroner
Former members of Chambers include Lady Justice Smith, Lord Justice Leveson, Mrs Justice Swift, Mr Justice King and His Honour Judge Stewart QC.
Members of Chambers appear in courts at all levels and their breadth of expertise is clear from the following sample of cases:


  • Sienkiewicz and Willmore (Supreme Court) - Causation
  • Thompstone v Tameside (CA) - Landmark case on Periodical Payments/Indexation
  • Re: RK (European Court of Human Rights and HL) - Negligent diagnosis of non-accidental injury leading to removal of child from family
  • Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd (European Court of Justice) - Case involving competition and Free Movement of Goods - multi billion pound case. Likely to be a landmark decision on European Free Movement of Goods and licensing of premiership football and other sporting events.
  • Barker v St Gobain (HL) - Asbestos disease
  • Fairchild v Glenhaven (HL) - Asbestos disease
  • Sowden v Lodge (CA) - Local Authority funding of care
  • White v White & MIB (HL) – Incompatibility between the MIB Agreement and an EEC Insurance Directive
  • Tomlinson v Congleton (HL) - Occupier’s Liability
  • Miners’ Respiratory cases - Longest personal injury case on record
  • Margereson & Hancock v JW Roberts Ltd (CA) - Environmental asbestos exposure
  • Smart v East Cheshire NHS Trust - Leading case in cost-capping
  • Hart v Haygarth Jones & Sons - Solicitors’ negligence
  • Roberts v MOD (Inquest and civil claim) - Soldier lacking body armour
  • Wright v MOD (Inquest and civil claims) - Kajaki minefield incident - lack of evacuation helicopters, mine maps and effective training
  • PTSD group actions against the Ministry of Defence.
  • First ever Structured Settlement
  • Largest ever dependency claim
  • Reay & Hope  v BNFL (Sellafield litigation) - Leukaemia in children
  • Alcock v Chief Constable of South Yorks (HL) – Nervous shock
  • White v Chief Constable of South Yorks (HL) – Nervous shock
  • Shipman Inquiry
  • Alder Hey Inquiry
  • Hillsborough Inquiry
  • North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry
  • First Bishops Disciplinary Tribunal
  • In sports law represented the FIA, Premiership footballers and clubs, and the Football League on anti-doping issues before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  • Eastwood and Williams v Magnox (HL) – Survival of cause of action following unfair dismissal


Lightwater Valley - Inquest and subsequent prosecution on behalf of the one individual identified as being responsible for the accident




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