Lincoln House Chambers

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Lincoln House Chambers fields advocates across a range of practice areas from its stylish, modern premises in Manchester's city center. It prides itself on its ethos of excellence in advocacy and in meeting the demands of its clients.

For 40 years this approach has allowed Lincoln House Chambers to maintain a lead over its rivals. Its team of advocates practices in a variety of regulatory and disciplinary fields plus civil litigation, where it has established practice teams with a particular strength to meet the demands for this type of work. Its criminal caseload includes many of the major criminal cases of the day. Planned expansion and organic growth now mean that there are 17 Queen's Counsel and 58 juniors in chambers. A number of members hold judicial appointments in tribunals and in the higher courts. Several members of chambers are qualified to accept work on a direct access basis.

The set: Considered a predominantly criminal and regulatory set, Lincoln House Chambers has an enviable reputation for its work in the prosecution and defence of regulatory crime and fraud. Additionally, chambers has developed a strong civil wing. There is particular expertise in inquiry work, inquests, professional disciplinary work, complex personal injury and industrial disease claims.

Members include specialists in health and safety, trading standards, environmental regulation and financial regulation. Lincoln House's reputation in these fields attracts a nationwide clientele.

Types of work undertaken: 

Crime: Chambers remains a strong resource for those needing advice and representation in all fields of criminal practice, members are regularly instructed in cases of the utmost gravity and public interest. Members are often involved at an early stage when strategic advice is required about the investigation itself, or challenging restraint orders. Chambers has attracted praise for its work in business crime & fraud.

Regulatory: Chambers has a deserved reputation as a leader in criminal regulatory work. A strong team is fielded in health and safety litigation and in waste and environmental hazard work. The team is routinely instructed in cases that give rise to fatalities and there is particular expertise in the niche area of corporate responsibility. Additionally, members of chambers have also appeared in cases that arise in a medical context.

The combination of specialisms available through chambers ensures any complex technical issues are understood and mastered. Members have advised for both the regulators and the professionals accused.

Inquiries & Inquests: Members are frequently instructed in issues arising in ancillary jurisdictions, notably inquests and public inquiries. Ten members of Chambers were instructed in the Manchester Arena Inquiry, Six members of chambers were instructed to act in the Hillsborough inquests (predominantly for senior police officers) and chambers has a presence in many of the more substantial public inquiries & inquest hearings nationally. Members have been instructed by the Home Office and Department of Health to undertake leading roles within substantial public and independent inquiries. The work undertaken in other regulatory areas (CQC, H&S, police and medical practitioner disciplinary) often extends to representation in Coroners Courts.

Civil: The civil team unites a number of fields of practice. The work covered includes general common law but there is an established specialist team with a national reputation that concentrates on complex personal injury, including industrial disease work (eg British coal respiratory disease litigation, miners' knee litigation, and surface dust) and catastrophic injury claims. Members have experience of the conduct of actions for and against the police, and the public law team regularly challenges unlawful decisions that arise in a criminal context by way of judicial review. Members also welcome instructions in a range of tribunals (e.g. immigration, VAT/employment/Traffic Commissioners).

Professional disciplinary: LHC barristers advise and appear regularly in General Medical Council cases (both prosecution and defence), nursing and dental councils, HCPC, accountancy issues through the AADB, or police disciplinary issues.

Members

Andrew Thomas QC 1989 2008 QC

Kate Blackwell QC 1992 2012 QC

Alistair Webster QC 1976 1995 QC

Guy Gozem QC 1972 1997 QC

Peter Wright QC 1981 1999 QC

James Pickup QC 1976 2000 QC

Paul Reid QC 1973 2001 QC

Simon Csoka QC 1991 2011 QC

Chris Daw QC 1993 2013 QC

Lisa Roberts QC 1993 2015 QC

Mark Ford QC 1991 2020 QC

Tim Storrie QC 1993 2020 QC

Mohammed Nawaz QC 1995 2021 QC

Alex Leach QC 2001 2021 QC

Abdul Iqbal QC 1994 2014 QC

John Harrison QC 1994 2016 QC

Simon Kealey QC 1991 2017 QC

Jeremy Lasker 1976

Andrew Nuttall 1978

Bob Elias 1979

Charles Bloomer 1985

Mark Stuart 1985

Richard Butcher 1985

Alan Taylor 1986

Ian McMeekin 1987

Kathryn Johnson 1989

Hugh Barton 1989

Neil Fryman 1989

Ivan Bowley 1990

Richard Simons 1991

Joe Boyd 1993

Henry Blackshaw 1993

Peter Warne 1993

Ged Doran 1993

Paul Williams 1994

Phil Holden 1994

Rick Holland 1994

Sam Riggs 1996

Shirlie Duckworth 1997

Katherine Pierpoint 1998

Louise Kitchin 1998

Rachel White 2000

Richard Dawson 2001

Mark Friend 2002

Richard English 2003

Katie Jones 2003

Alaha Faryl 2003

Austin Welch 2005

James Heyworth 2006

Simon Gurney 2006

Laura Barbour 2006

Joe Allman 2006

Lee Hughes 2006

Rachel Cooper 2007

Brendan O’Leary 2007

Emma Gilsenan 2008

Louise Cowen 2010

Leila Ghahhary 2010

Lucy Wright 2011

Heather Aspinall 2011

Sam Jones 2011

Lara McCaffrey 2011

Isobel Thomas 2012

Anam Khan 2013

Marianne Alton 2014

Ellen Shaw 2014

Matthew Howarth 2016

Anna Chestnutt 2016

Sarah Magill 2016

Victoria Lewis 2019

Thomas Worsfold 2019

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