7 Harrington Street Chambers


Chambers UK Bar Rankings and Editorial

7 Harrington St Chambers

Chambers UK Bar Rankings and Editorial 



A large and well-established criminal law set in the North West of England that focuses specifically on high-profile fraud cases. Members at the set split their time evenly between prosecution and defence work. They are frequently involved in headline-making serious crime cases in Liverpool and elsewhere. The set has recently acted for the prosecution in a series of serious cases including the murder of a policeman and an appeal centred on the old law of joint enterprise killing.
Client service: "The chambers is excellent and they have efficient and reliable staff." John Kilgallon is the practice director at the set.


Nigel Power QC

Knowledgeable across the full spectrum of serious crime, Nigel Power QC exhibits notable strength in homicide cases, as well as large-scale fraud and criminal confiscations.
Strengths: "Nigel is an excellent trial QC and, due to his speedy analysis of evidence, he runs the trial effectively and controls the impact of the prosecution evidence well." "He is extremely conscientious, prompt with his advice and a tireless force when it comes to preparation."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a defendant charged with kidnapping, blackmail, assault and perverting the course of justice.


Nicholas Johnson QC

Has considerable experience as both prosecutor and defender in a broad range of serious criminal cases. He is particularly known for his ability to handle challenging homicide cases, including murder, gross negligence manslaughter and gangland executions. He is also instructed in cases concerning drugs, serious sexual offences and health and safety.
Strengths: "Nicholas is excellent, he is very good at collating information and understanding complex evidence in a clear way." "An innovative leading counsel who is the man to go to if highly complex legal submissions are required."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a six-handed gangland murder case involving the targeted assassination of a man outside a pub in Manchester.


Ian Unsworth QC

Demonstrates considerable expertise across a range of serious crime matters, in which he acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. He regularly acts in high-profile murder cases as well as complex drug offences.
Strengths: "A big name criminal barrister in Liverpool who has handled some of the biggest and most important cases on circuit and beyond."
Recent work: Acted in R v Clayton Williams, which concerned allegations of murder and attempted GBH.


Richard Pratt QC

Head of chambers who is skilled as both prosecution and defence counsel for a range of criminal matters. He is particularly experienced in crimes of violence, including assault, manslaughter and murder.
Strengths: "He is a confident performer and if the work is heavy and gruesome, you want Richard there fighting for you."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a man accused of the rape and murder of an ex-girlfriend and the murder of her mother.



Jonathan Duffy

An experienced defence practitioner with a good number of Court of Appeal appearances under his belt. He is on the list of approved counsel authorised to represent defendants and victims before the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
Strengths: "Jonathan is a really safe pair of hands and a good solid advocate who commands respect."
Recent work: Successfully defended a person accused of rape.

Ian Whitehurst

Experienced criminal advocate whose expertise in organised crime includes gang-related homicide, drug conspiracies, corruption, conspiracy to supply firearms and armed robbery. He also takes on cases concerning violent crimes and public disorder. He is equally adept at handling both prosecution and defence work.
Strengths: "Ian is a real fighter, but smart with it too."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Thomas McDonough. This concerned death by dangerous driving and whether car modifications impaired the defendant's ability to drive properly.

The Regions (Bar), Financial Crime
Band 2

Ian Whitehurst of 7 Harrington St Chambers
Instructed in a raft of financial crime cases, such as those involving allegations of Ponzi schemes and advanced fee fraud. He also handles broader criminal cases such as those concerning allegations of homicide and sexual offences. His experience spans work as both a prosecutor and defence counsel.
Strengths: "An approachable and practical criminal counsel."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v Matthews, a fraudulent trading case arising from the government's Green Deal energy scheme.

Northern/North Eastern (Bar), Health and Safety
Band 1

Nigel Lawrence QC of 7 Harrington St Chambers

Regulatory crime specialist who regularly prosecutes health and safety cases involving non-fatal injuries and workplace deaths for the HSE, local authorities and other regulatory entities. His work stems from a broad range of sectors, including construction, nuclear, railway and munitions. He also represents defendants and appears at inquests.
Strengths: "Nigel knows health and safety regulations backwards and could recite them in his sleep. He is hugely focused and has complete control over the facts."
Recent work: Represented the prosecution in proceedings against a zoo after an employee was killed by a tiger.

Band 2

James McKeon of 7 Harrington St Chambers

Maintains a broad criminal and regulatory practice, which includes expertise in a wide range of health and safety matters. He is frequently instructed by the HSE in enforcement proceedings. He also acts on behalf of NHS trusts in a wide range of medical matters.

The Regions, Sport

Band 1

Ian Unsworth QC of 7 Harrington St Chambers Works extensively in sports and serious crime, serving as a leading advocate in anti-doping matters. Also instructed by the RFU for rugby disciplinary hearings. He regularly acts on behalf of individuals and agent companies. 

Strengths: "Ian Unsworth is a leading figure in the field." "He is well prepared, thorough and meticulous in his attention to detail."

Family/Matrimonial, Northern
Band 2

Kevin Reade of 7 Harrington St Chambers Well known for his diverse practice, representing clients in both matrimonial finance and private children cases.

Strengths: "Very good for finance. His advocacy on the day is brilliant - he's one of the best advocates in Liverpool."

Tom Fazackerley of 7 Harrington St Chambers Has notable experience of advising clients, particularly high net worth individuals, on divorce and financial remedy matters.

Strengths: "Tom is an articulate and formidable advocate who has excellent negotiation skills and a fabulous bedside manner." "He is extremely personable, calm and compassionate with clients.

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