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Legal 500 2020 Rankings

St John’s Buildings is delighted to have maintained its Tier 1 ranking in Legal 500, with individual members ranked across 11 practice areas.

The Set overview states: One of the largest chambers on the Northern and North Eastern circuits, St John’s Buildings is particularly strong in family law across Yorkshire and Lancashire. The set also has expertise in Court of Protection, defendant personal injury, criminal, Chancery, and employment work. Since our last guide, Lorraine Cavanagh QC has taken silk; former solicitor David Jones has joined the set’s employment group; and Jennifer Scully has officially been sworn in as a circuit judge. The ‘friendly and accommodating clerks’ are led by chief executive Chris Ronan. Tim Booth and Mark Robinson run the Sheffield and Chester operations respectively, while in Manchester, Mark Heald heads the crime team, Paul Laverty leads the family clerking, and Chris Shaw the civil team, which manages personal injury, employment, and commercial law. Offices in: Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Chester.

Some of the more notable comments for individual barristers include:

Richard Norton ‘Really puts claimants at ease in difficult and sensitive cases.’

Sally Harrison QC ‘In a league of her own – the star of the family Bar in the north.’

Lorraine Cavanagh QC ‘She is incredibly bright and fearless in court.’

Joseph O’Brien ‘He remains the king of Court of Protection work on circuit.’

David Flood ‘Especially good with lay clients.’

Samantha Hillas ‘She finds creative, effective, and pragmatic solutions.’

Ian Goldsack ‘An extremely thorough and tenacious barrister who provides comprehensive advice.’

Richard Thyne ‘Organised and collaborative with great understanding of the law.’

Daniel Frieze ‘Fast, accurate and comprehensive in the provision of written opinions.’

Pepin Aslett ‘Technically superb and a great advocate.’

Eleanor Keehan ‘Far beyond her year of call in all aspects.’

Laura Nash ‘A clever and articulate advocate who never backs down from a fight.’

Ghazan Mahmood ‘Particularly experienced in discrimination cases.’

Peter Harrison ‘Superb in conference and at joint settlement meetings.’

See the complete overview of our set and barrister rankings by visiting the Legal 500 website.