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Legal 500 2014 Leading Set
We are very pleased to have Chambers feature so prominently in the new Legal 500 2014.
7 Harrington Street is recognised as "one of the largest sets in the country, with ‘strength in depth of experienced and quality counsel' who are ‘efficient and accessible'. The family team recently won a new local authority consortium contract to represent four local authorities on public law child care proceedings. The set also has a strong civil practice that covers Chancery and commercial, personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. Regulatory is also an expanding area for chambers, and it was bolstered at the senior end when Nigel Lawrence QC (standing counsel to the HSE) took silk in 2014. Practice director John Kilgallon, is ‘very approachable', and his team ‘deals with all issues without delay'.
REGIONAL BAR: NORTHERN CIRCUIT
The large size of 7 Harrington Street’s crime team is an indication of its strength in this practice area. There is a fairly even split between prosecution and defence work covering a broad spectrum of offences, including large-scale fraud. Head of chambers Richard Pratt QC recently represented a defendant in a case concerning the masked murder of a businessman who was shot on his driveway.
CRIME - LEADING SILKS
Richard Pratt QC - ‘Prosecutes and defends in high-profile murder, fraud and money laundering cases.’
Nicholas Johnson QC - ‘Always available to discuss a case.’
Nigel Power QC - ‘Experienced in cases involving complex DNA evidence.’
Stephen Riordan QC - ‘He has an excellent client manner.’
Ian Unsworth QC - ‘Diligent and hardworking.’
CRIME - LEADING JUNIORS
Jonathan Duffy - ‘Well known for his appellate work.'
Ian Whitehurst - ‘An asset to any defence team.’
Within Family and children law,
7 Harrington Street has a strong reputation in family law and public law children care cases. Kevin Reade recently acted in a case which involved human rights issues after a judge had authorised the removal of a child from his mother’s care.
FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW - LEADING JUNIORS
Christine Bispham - ‘Experienced in family-related injury compensation claims.’
Joanna Mallon - ‘Represents local authorities, parents and children in all aspects of children law.’
Kevin Reade - ‘A financial remedy specialist with an interest in cases involving companies.’
Many members of 7 Harrington Street have an emphasis on defendant work, but the set also handles instructions from various claimant solicitors in the North West.
PERSONAL INJURY AND CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - LEADING JUNIORS
Peter Gregory - ‘Experienced in cases involving issues of medical causation.'
Tim Grover - ‘Recommended for high-value multi-track claims.’
James McKeon - ‘Specialises in Motor Insurers Bureau cases.’
’Within Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing,
In addition to expertise in police disciplinary cases, 7 Harrington Street’ regulatory team has a strong reputation in health and safety disputes. New silk Nigel Lawrence QC successfully prosecuted Greater Manchester Police and two senior firearms officers following the shooting of a fellow officer during a training exercise.
REGULATORY, HEALTH AND SAFETY, AND LICENSING - LEADING SILKS
Nigel Lawrence QC - ‘Recommended for health and safety enforcement.’