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Lisa Linklater appears in precedent corporate insolvency decision of Norris J
20 February 2017

Lisa Linklater has represented the applicant administrators in the recently reported decision of Norris J in the Leeds District Registry in Re Graico Property Co Ltd (in administration) [2016] EWHC 2827 (Ch) (reporte...

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David Toal successfully acts for General Medical Council at Fitness to Practice Hearing
16 February 2017

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Council in a Fitness to Practice hearing against a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. The hearing lasted for 7 days and related to allegations...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in Autofocus trial over 'widespread perversion of justice'
13 February 2017

John Charles Rees QC and Guy Vickers from Exchange Chambers are acting for Accident Exchange in a trial against seven former Autofocus employees for contempt of court at the Royal Courts of Justice. In ...

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Personal Injury Newsletter - January 2017
27 January 2017

In the January 2017 edition: Dr Kevin Naylor on the doctrine of fully informed consent in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. ...

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Success for Lawrence McDonald at Court of Appeal
12 December 2016

Lawrence McDonald from Exchange Chambers has successfully acted for his client at both the court of first instance and the Court of Appeal. In the case of Armchair Answercall Limited (the appellant) and People in Mind Limited (the respondent), ...

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Carly Sandbach appears in Court of Appeal
12 December 2016

Carly Sandbach from Exchange Chambers appeared in the Court of Appeal in the case of Simpson v Simpson & Ors last week. Acting for Graeme and Glenys Simpson, the case was heard by Lord Justice Jackson, Lord Justice Patten and L...

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Record Rankings in Chambers UK
3 November 2016

Exchange Chambers has secured its highest ever rankings in this year’s Chambers UK. With a number of Band 1 rankings across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers is praised for its “stellar reputation” and “broad sele...

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Exchange Chambers Annual Insolvency Conference 2016
19 October 2016

Join us for our annual Insolvency Conference 2016 with talks from six members of our specialist Insolvency Department. We are also pleased to welcome back our Professorial Associate, Professor...

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Personal Injury Newsletter - October 2016
12 October 2016

In the October 2016 edition of the Personal Injury Newsletter:   The Keys to the House: Interim Payments for Accommodation - Amanda Yip QC SKR and its implications in catast...

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Welsh lawyers asked to help competition law awareness
11 October 2016

Lawyers in Wales are being asked to help promote awareness of new competition law compliance materials to their business clients. Over 60 law firms headquartered in Wales will be contacted by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), and encouraged to share the CMA’s competition law information with thei...

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Exchange Chambers raises £11,700 for The Joshua Tree
3 October 2016

Exchange Chambers has raised £11,700 through its first fundraising initiative for The Joshua Tree, the Set’s official charity. The Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds based Chambers arranged an online auction thanks to a wide ...

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Exchange Chambers targets further expansion in Leeds
29 September 2016

Exchange Chambers has signalled its intent to further expand in Leeds by taking an additional 2000 sq ft of space at Oxford House, Oxford Row. Exchange Chambers opened in Leeds in 2010 and now has 29 barristers covering a wide range of practice areas including ...

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Property Law Bulletin - September 2016
28 September 2016

In the September edition of our Property Law Bulletin: Flood Fire Damage to Property and the Non-negligent Defendant - Anthony Elleray QC Residential Possession Proceedings - the End of the Shorthol...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in HSE traffic management prosecution
20 September 2016

The Health and Safety Executive prosecution of alleged failings in traffic management procedures during resurfacing works at Queen’s Drive, Liverpool, begins today at Liverpool Crown Court. John Jones...

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General Dental Council appointment for Ashley Serr
20 September 2016

Ashley Serr from Exchange Chambers has been appointed to the General Dental Council (GDC) as a legal advisor to their fitness to practice panel. The GDC regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the United Kingdom setting and enforcing standards of dental practice...

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Record Legal 500 2016 rankings for Exchange Chambers
15 September 2016

Exchange Chambers has secured its highest ever rankings in the newly released, Legal 500, out this week. The Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds based Set is described as a “...

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Steven Fennell shortlisted for Insolvency Barrister of the Year Award
27 July 2016

Steven Fennell from Exchange Chambers has been shortlisted for the prestigious Insolvency Barrister of the Year Award at the Turnaro...

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Case Note: McDonald (by her litigation friend Duncan J McDonald) v McDonald and others [2016] UKSC 28
20 July 2016

The Supreme Court has held that where a private sector owner brings a claim for possession against a residential occupier, a court is not required to consider the proportionality of evicting the occupier in the light of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights....

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Success for Giles Maynard-Connor at Court of Appeal
13 July 2016

Giles Maynard-Connor from Exchange Chambers has secured a success for his clients at the Court of Appeal. Giles represented the respondents in the case of Turvill v Bird [2016] EWCA Civ 703. A summary of t...

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Yorkshire and Humber-based lawyers asked to help raise competition law awareness
15 June 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it is drafting in the support of law firms in Yorkshire and the Humber to improve familiarity with competition rules particularly among their SME clients.   Commenting on the CMA’s ongoing drive to boost awareness of, and compliance with, c...

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Alfred Weiss successfully defends in case involving measure of damages where a chattel is converted
16 May 2016

In Sami v Lone, a multi-track claim heard at the Leeds County Court on 9th May 2015, the Court was faced with the question of how to assess damages where a chattel had been unlawfully converted but there was no claim for loss of profits or other special damages arising out of the conversion.  The owner of...

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Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited fined £2.6m in case prosecuted by Adrian Farrow
6 May 2016

HHJ Mark Brown, the Honorary Recorder of Preston imposed a fine of £2.6m and costs on part of the Balfour Beatty Group in relation to breaches of Health and Safety legislation in a case prosecuted by Adrian Farrow at Presto...

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Northeast lawyers asked to help raise competition law awareness
26 April 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today announced that it is drafting in the support of law firms in the Northeast of England to improve familiarity with competition rules particularl...

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David Went recommended in Who's Who Legal: UK Bar 2016
11 April 2016

David Went from Exchange Chambers has been included in the list of the UK’s leading competition law barristers by Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2016 - David is the only barrister outside London to have been included in the list.   ...

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Exchange Chambers boosts Manchester commercial team with new tenant
23 March 2016

Exchange Chambers has continued the expansion of its commercial department in Manchester by welcoming barrister James Malam as a tenant. James, who was called to the...

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North West lawyers asked to help raise competition law awareness
17 March 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today announced that it is drafting in the support of law firms in the Northwest of England to improve familiarity with competition rules particularly among their SME clients.   Commenting on the CMA’s ongoing drive to boost awareness of, and compliance w...

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Exchange Chambers hosts first Environmental Forum
12 February 2016

John Wyn Williams and Mark Rhind yesterday hosted Exchange Chambers’ first Environmental Forum.  The forum included talks on a range of topical environm...

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Adrian Farrow comments on the new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines
8 February 2016

The latest Sentencing Council guidelines for Health and Safety breaches came into effect on 1st February and Adrian Farrow has prosecuted one of the first cases under the new regime. Babcock Rail Ltd were fined £400,000 an...

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Exchange Chambers barristers appointed as silks
12 January 2016

Nick Johnson and David Mohyuddin from Exchange Chambers have been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC). The two barristers are among 107 new Silks appointed by the Queen following consideration by an independent selection panel....

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David Toal Successful in GMC Proceedings Against Doctor
21 December 2015

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Counsel in a Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing against Doctor Arpad Adorjan. The Doctor faced a large number of allegations relating to his care of a Patient whilst he was working as Resident Medical Officer...

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David Toal acts for GMC in Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing
1 December 2015

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Counsel in a Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing against Doctor Robert Lawton. The Panel considered an allegation that in March 2011 Dr Lawton engaged in sexual conduct with Miss A without her consent and agai...

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Exchange Chambers welcomes internationally renowned competition law specialist
9 September 2015

Exchange Chambers has expanded its commercial service offering with the arrival of competition and EU law specialist David Went from Sidley Austin in London. David, who will be based at the Set’s Leeds Chambers, was named in Global Competition Review’s list of the leading 40 competition law specialist...

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Andrew Williams joins Exchange Chambers
18 August 2015

Exchange Chambers has continued its expansion by welcoming property and commercial specialist Andrew Williams as its latest member. Andrew, who was called to the Bar in 1994, joins Exchange Chambers from Atlantic Chambers.  Commenting on his decision to join Exchange Chambers, Andrew Williams said:...

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John Wyn Williams attends UKELA Annual Conference
6 July 2015

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers attended the Annual Conference of UKELA at Liverpool University between the 2nd and 5th July 2015. At the conference, solicitors and barristers from firms and Chambers nationwide discussed environmental issues relating to water. The Environment Agency was ...

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Adrian Farrow acts for businessman in HSE prosecution
21 May 2015

Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers acted for businessman, Mohammed Shafi Karbhari, who was prosecuted by HSE following an incident in which a Lithuanian worker died while working at a building he owned. The worker, Ivars Bahmanis, a 55 year old Lithuanian national living and working in Blackburn, was involved i...

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Mark Cawson QC addresses Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
18 May 2015

Mark Cawson QC has addressed the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce on Claims to Enforce Business Sale and Share Warranties – Some Practical Lessons. It is increasingly common for warranties to be given on the sale of a business or a shareholding in a company.  This has res...

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Ashley Serr successfully acts for the Secretary of State
11 May 2015

In Raj and Knoll v SoS for the Home Office the High Court has today handed down the first Tier 2  Sponsorship license case decision. Ashley Serr from Exchange Chambers successfully acted for the Secretary of State – please click on the link for the full judgment. ...

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Successful HSE prosecution for Mark Ainsworth
31 March 2015

Mark Ainsworth from Exchange Chambers acted for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a case in which an ice cream firm was fined £7,500 after part of a worker's finger was cut off while cleaning a machine. The 60-year-old employee, who does not want to be named, had her left index finger sliced off belo...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in high profile environmental case
16 March 2015

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have prosecuted and defended in a high profile environmental case. Businessman John Albert Gizzi was ordered to pay more than £100,000 at court and given a 15 month suspended jail sentence for illegally dumping 1,000 tonnes of rubbish. Gizzi, described in Mold Crown...

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Guy Vickers in “ongoing battle” at Court of Appeal
12 March 2015

Guy Vickers from Exchange Chambers appeared once more in the latest round of what the Court of Appeal have often dubbed the “ongoing battle” between insurance companies and the car hire industry, Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management [2015] EWCA Civ 93. ...

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Bennett v. Winterburn [2015] UKUT 0059 (TCC) Parking easements by prescription, ouster and forcible user By Bruce Walker, Exchange Chambers
25 February 2015

Parking easements by prescription are awkward claims.  If the claim ousts the freeholder from his land, it fails.  If use is objected to, it becomes contentious (“vi”) and the claim fails.  Both points arose in Bennett v. Winterburn....

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Exchange Chambers member appointed to expert advisory group in prestigious European project
23 February 2015

Lisa Linklater of Exchange Chambers’ commercial department has been appointed as a member of the prestigious expert advisory group on a project on Security Rights & the European Insolvency Regulation.  The expert advisory group includes legal experts from London, Spain, Poland, Germany, the Netherl...

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David Temkin secures non-custodial sentence in Health & Safety mountain fatality case
18 February 2015

David Temkin of Exchange Chambers represented Mr Tim Melling at Carlisle Crown Court. Mr Melling faced prosecution for serious Health & Safety breaches. For nearly three decades, Mr Melling operated a highly successful English Language School in the Lake District. As part of the school’s extra-curricular activi...

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Adrian Farrow acts for national newsagents and convenience store business
18 November 2014

Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers has acted for a national newsagents and convenience store business with over 12,000 staff, in a case brought by Wirral Council. The case against Martin McColl Ltd  (now McColl’s Retail Group PLC) stemmed from a failure to carry out risk assessments for shop staff wo...

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Mark Rhind acts for doctor cleared of all allegations at Fitness to Practice Hearing
28 October 2014

Mark Rhind from Exchange Chambers has acted for a doctor who was cleared of all allegations after a 12 day Fitness to Practice Hearing before the General Medical Council at the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service in Manchester. The doctor, a senior Registrar, had been accused of impairment by reason of miscondu...

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Alison Graham Wells to address Kreston International
27 October 2014

Alison Graham Wells from Exchange Chambers is today delivering a talk to Kreston International about current trends and recent legal developments relating to VAT and other indirect taxes. Kreston International is a global network of independent accounting firms with the reputation for providing trusted compliance...

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Adrian Farrow prosecutes for HSE
24 October 2014

Acting for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a Darwen-based scrap metal firm that has been fined for health and safety failings after workers suffered from lead poisoning.  One 48-year-old man from Darwen, who has asked not to be named, was admitted to...

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RECORD LEGAL 500 RANKINGS FOR EXCHANGE CHAMBERS
2 October 2014

Exchange Chambers has achieved its highest ever rankings in The Legal 500 United Kingdom. The Set has strengthened its position at the top of the rankings for the Northern Circuit while also climbing to its highest ever ranking for the North Eastern Circuit.  Members of Exchange Chambers are also ranked 47 t...

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Two new pupils for Exchange Chambers
1 October 2014

Exchange Chambers is delighted to welcome two new pupils to Chambers. Joining as a common law pupil is Katie Ayers.  Katie graduated from Worcester College, Oxford, in 2009 with a degree in philosophy, psychology and physiology. After a year of travel, she worked as an investment banking analyst at NM Rothsc...

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Silk joins Exchange Chambers in Leeds
19 August 2014

Exchange Chambers has welcomed its first Silk in Leeds with the arrival of Christopher Tehrani QC. Chris is a specialist criminal, judicial review and regulatory Barrister. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and took Silk earlier this year.   He joins Exchange Chambers from New Park Court Chambers in Leed...

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Stephen McNally acts for General Medical Council
12 August 2014

Stephen McNally from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Council in a hearing which has seen a doctor struck off the medical register. Dr Shahid Ayyoub, 57, repeatedly stroked a patient’s breasts during a prol...

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Jason MacAdam represents doctor facing misconduct allegations
18 July 2014

Jason MacAdam from Exchange Chambers,  instructed by the MPS before the MPTS Fitness to Practise Panel, has represented a doctor facing misconduct allegations. The majority of allegations were admitted and insight on the part of the doctor was established. The GMC sought erasure as the appropriate s...

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Jason MacAdam represents consultant surgeon
18 July 2014

Jason MacAdam from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Berrymans on behalf of the MPS, has represented a consultant surgeon at a Coroner’s Inquest. Despite submissions made by the family's solicitor to the Coroner that a conclusion of gross negligence should be recorded, the Coroner acceded to Mr MacAdam's sub...

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Peter plans for the future with career change
7 July 2014

One of the property industry’s leading planning advisers has switched careers and joined Exchange Chambers as a barrister. ...

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HSE Prosecution for Mark Ainsworth
26 June 2014

Acting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Mark Ainsworth from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd after an employee had part of a finger amputated when his left hand became trapped in unguarded machinery in June 2012. ...

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Worker’s floor slip led to loss of fingertips
17 June 2014

A Leeds-based company represented by Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has been sentenced after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand when it came into contact with the drive chain of a conveyor at a Newcastle factory. The 26-year-old, of Longbenton, Newcastle, was clearing up after completing a job ...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in Court of Appeal Mitchell case
16 June 2014

The Court of Appeal will hear three appeals relating to the ambit of the decision in Mitchell over the next two days, 16 and 17 June 2014. The Court ruled last November in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers (k...

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Steven Fennell joins Exchange Chambers
29 May 2014

Exchange Chambers has continued its expansion in Leeds by welcoming former solicitor Steven Fennell as a new member.  Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1996, as an insolvency practitioner in 1999, and a solicitor advocate in 2013.  He became a CE...

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Exchange Chambers’ latest member is building on years of experience
23 April 2014

Highly regarded construction solicitor David Fearon has been called to the Bar and joined Exchange Chambers as a barrister, having previously been a partner at DLA, Halliwells and Kennedys. David qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and as a solicitor advoc...

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Health and safety prosecution for Michael Lavery
3 April 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a four star hotel for a series of health and safety breaches after a beautician was turned into a human torch as she manicured an elderly woman’s nails. Julia McKeown spent three weeks in hospital undergoin...

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Jason MacAdam defends police officer in misconduct hearing
4 March 2014

Jason MacAdam, a barrister at Exchange Chambers, defended a serving police officer who was alleged to have taken prohibited drugs, anabolic steroids. The evidence presented to the panel was the subject of successful challenge on the basis of non conformation with Force protocols ...

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UK’S Highest Appeal Court rules in favour of AVIVA Insurance UK Ltd
25 February 2014

In a decision that will save the insurance industry upwards of £50 million a year, the Supreme Court -  the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases – has refused  West Midlands Travel Limited permission to appeal a case it lost at the Court of Appeal last year. Edward Bartley Jones Q...

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Leading Silk's Health and Safety Practice
17 February 2014

Leading silk John Jones QC continues to develop a successful and specialist Health and Safety practice to complement his well-established and renowned criminal offering. In recent years, John has developed a successful track record in defending Health and Safety actions – a practice he has built from the fo...

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John Wyn Williams joins Exchange Chambers
12 February 2014

Exchange Chambers has further strengthened its regulatory expertise with the arrival of John Wyn Williams as its latest member. Called to the Bar in 1992, John joins Exchange Chambers from Linenhall Chambers.  As a senior regulatory barrister, he has acted for a number of companies and Local Authorities deal...

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Michael Lavery defends company CEO in HSE prosecution
21 January 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has acted for a company CEO in a Health and Safety (HSE) prosecution at Minshull Crown Court, Manchester. Mansfield Soft Furnishings Ltd and David Mansfield were prosecuted by the HSE after up to 30 employees were exposed to the airborne fibres at Meadowcroft Mill on Bury Roa...

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Stephen Connolly quoted in The Lawyer Magazine
4 December 2013

Exchange Chambers barrister Stephen Connolly has been quoted in The Lawyer Magazine’s latest report on the regional Bar. The report, in which Exchange Chambers is credited with being one of the largest regional Sets, focuses specifically on the impact of the Jackson reforms on civil litigation. &ldq...

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