Congratulations to Joseph O’Brien QC and Richard Thyne QC

March 21, 2022

Joseph O’Brien QC and Richard Thyne QC have today been appointed Queen’s Counsel by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Dominic Raab MP, following consideration by the independent Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. Their appointments mark the first time since the creation of the independent selection panel that two Sheffield barristers have been appointed in the same year.

Joseph O’Brien QC specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, employment, public law and human rights, adult social care and in the Court of Protection. He is described by Chambers and Partners as the ““the godfather of the Court of Protection” and identified as a Star Individual.

Richard Thyne QC is a specialist in criminal and regulatory law, inquests and judicial review. He is recommended in Legal 500, a Recorder, a CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor and sits on the Attorney General’s list of Counsel to the Crown.

Frances Heaton QC, Joint Head of Chambers at St John’s Buildings, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Richard and Joseph. They are both exceptional advocates and deserving recipients of this accolade. Their appointments are a boost to the diverse and thriving legal profession in Sheffield and the North of England and we are pleased to be at the very heart of that community.”

Richard Norton, Joint Head of Chambers at St John’s Buildings, said: “Richard and Joseph are being rewarded for years of work at the very vanguard of the Bar. Their quality and work ethic is exceptional and along with the rest of the team in Sheffield, the reputations they have created for themselves and for our Sheffield Chambers is second to none. We fully expect others to follow in their footsteps in coming years, having benefitted from working with Joseph and Richard and the team that has successfully supported them towards their appointments.”

Chris Ronan, Chief Executive of St John’s Buildings, said: “It is excellent to see our Sheffield Chambers going from strength to strength with the deserved appointments of Joseph and Richard. Their achievement continues several years of success for Chambers in ensuring our barristers reach their career objective of achieving the rank of Queen’s Counsel and we are determined to ensure we continue to offer our barristers every opportunity to reach their goals.”