Clerking team

Chris Shaw

Senior Clerk – Civil, Commercial & Employment Clerk

Martin Craggs

Assistant Senior Clerk

Jennifer Carr

Civil Clerk

Matthew Smith

Civil Clerk

Amie Finch

Junior Civil Clerk

All aspects of personal injury, commercial litigation, professional and clinical negligence, defending civil actions against the police, environmental law (public enquiries and regulatory actions), and defamation.

Personal injury

Both Claimants and Defendants having acted for large unions and insurers and local authorities on work related accidents and diseases.

Civil Actions against the Police

Acted for the Chief Constables of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Humberside, Staffordshire, and the Metropolitan police in over 200 civil jury trials and many Court of Appeal hearings.

Environmental Law

Acted in some of the land mark cases in this field


Led a legal reading team for Associated Newspapers plc for many years gaining an in-depth practical experience.

Reported/Important Cases

Murray v Yorkshire Fund Managers (CA) 1998 1WLR 951

Gardiner Fire Ltd v Jones (CA) The Times Oct 22 1998

E.H.T Ltd v HUSCO Inc Q.B. and C.A. and AAA Arbitration
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2002

Thorpe v Ch Con Gtr Manchester Police (CA) 1989 1WLR 665

Kirkham v Ch Con Gtr Manchester Police (CA) 1990 Q.B. 283

Marks v Ch Con G.M.P. (CA) The Independent Jan 21 1992

Reid v Ch Con Merseyside The Times Feb 5 1996

Roche v Ch Con G.M.P. The Times Nov 10 2005

Smith Bros v Hyde MBC

Lancaster C.C. v Fats and Proteins UK Ltd

Sport, media, & entertainment

Eric is currently acting for the owners of a North West based football club in a number of different matters which include defamation and contractual issues.

Commercial & chancery litigation

General commercial work with an interest in intellectual property. Commercial litigation in High Court and Court of Appeal and engineering arbitrations here and in U.S.