Business and Property Group

The Group provides an expert and comprehensive service to clients across a wide range of business and property work.

We aim to provide this service in a way that is focussed on the needs of our clients - both professional and lay - in order to ensure the best possible outcome. While we will grapple enthusiastically with the obscure technicalities when the case requires it, we will not lose sight of the fact that our clients will be concerned primarily with a practical solution to their particular difficulties.

The main focus of our work is litigation with members of the Group regularly appearing in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal as well as the specialist tribunals, such as the Land Registration, Tax and Residential Property Chambers. Interim remedies, such as injunctions, also comprise a significant part of our work. Many of our members appear in the leading directories as recommended in the fields of Chancery and Commercial Dispute Resolution. The areas that we cover include:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Company
  • Financial Services and Consumer Credit
  • Insolvency (Corporate and Personal)
  • Insurance
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Mortgages and Guarantees
  • Partnership and LLPs
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Property
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Estates

The pages of each individual member of the Group will provide you with details of their particular experience and help you to identify the barrister who will be best for your case. A number of our members are also CEDR accredited mediators: the ADR services that we offer can be found on our mediation webpage.

Further details can be obtained from our expert clerking team.

David Gilchrist
Head of Business and Property Group

What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers and Partners - 2024

9 St John Street is a strong set of barristers who regularly appear in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the First-tier Tribunal. This set's barristers handle a wide variety of property cases and company and insolvency matters. A source states: "They are very good for chancery matters."

Chambers and Partners 2024

Legal 500 - 2022

9 St John Street is a 'strong set' with an experienced Chancery, probate and tax offering with members covering a broad range of expertise. Key names to note include James Fryer-Spedding, who focuses on inheritance disputes, and Andrew Clark, who specialises in contentious trusts. Richard Price was previously a solicitor and is 'very knowledgeable' and has 'strong attention to detail'. Joanna Vicary is also noted.

'They are a very well respected set in Manchester. They have a strong chancery team and are able to deal with disputes of all complexities. They also have a strong mediation offering.'

'I think the whole set is good. They are bright, engaging and easy to work with.'

Legal 500 2022

Chambers and Partners - 2022

9 St John Street is "a strong set in the Manchester area for contentious trusts and probate work," according to an interviewee. This set's barristers also handle property cases and company and insolvency matters.
Client service: "The clerks are friendly and organised and instructions are always dealt with in accordance with timescales provided." 

Chambers and Partners 2022

Legal 500 - 2023

They have strength across many areas and counsel are excellent at working with instructing solicitors. The barristers themselves are easy to contact and are responsive.

Excellent set of chambers. A ‘go to’ set in the North West.

Legal 500 2023

Chambers and Partners - 2019

9 St John Street is respected for the broad chancery expertise it offers to instructing solicitors and clients. "They're a good set," says an interviewee, who adds: "They've got good practitioners, able people at all levels, and good strength and depth." Barristers at the set regularly handle traditional chancery matters, as well as commercial cases concerning professional negligence, property and partnership issues. "The counsel group is very responsive with good turnaround times," observes a solicitor: "They are extraordinarily good with clients, explaining things to lay clients, forming relationships with them and listening to them. They're very commercially-minded."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Chambers and Partners - 2018

9 St John Street has a prestigious reputation on the Northern Circuit for its coverage of commercial and traditional chancery work. Members appear in courtrooms and tribunals in connection with an array of disputes, concerning such topics as professional negligence, property, probate and taxation. Interviewees declare that the set has "a very strong group of practitioners" with "a very broad spectrum of expertise." 

Chambers and Partners 2018

Chambers and Partners - 2017

A well-renowned set with a significant reputation on the Northern Circuit for commercial and traditional chancery work. The set's members are involved in a range of high-profile matters and regularly deal with property disputes, company and commercial law, wills, trusts and contentious probate. It also offers a high-quality mediation service having a team of experienced mediators. "I rate them very highly and they have a set of very knowledgeable barristers," says one interviewee. "They're always very helpful, quick to come back, and they're good with clients, managing expectations well." 

Chambers and Partners 2017

Chambers and Partners  - 2016

"9 St John Street is home to a number of seasoned practitioners who cover a wide range of commercial and traditional chancery work both on the Northern Circuit and further afield. The set offers in-depth expertise in company law, partnership disputes, and contentious probate and trust cases."

"The clerking team is headed by Tony Morrissey. The clerks are efficient and flexible and it is genuinely a real pleasure to work with them."

Chambers and Partners 2016

Chambers and Partners - 2015

"9 St John Street offers specialist litigators with a good spread of experience at both silk and junior level. The team boasts nine Chancery and Commercial experts who can assist on an impressive array of commercial and traditional chancery matters, including contentious trust and probate matters as well as insolvency and partnership disputes."

"The clerking is good and they are not shy about giving estimates or talking money. As a set they don't rest on their laurels; they continue to perform well in the market." "They are modern, proactive and offer a high level of service."

Chambers and Partners 2015

Legal 500 - 2014

"9 St John Street is recommended for Chancery and commercial matters. Practitioners regularly deal with partnership, insolvency, company and probate disputes."

"9 St John Street recent workload includes contested boundaries and rights of way disputes."

Legal 500 2014

Legal 500 - 2015

"9 St John Street has 'good-quality barristers at all levels', and covers a broad spectrum of matters including professional negligence, wills and trusts, partnership disputes and all aspects of company law."

Legal 500 2015