Personal Injury

9 St John Street has an impressive pedigree in personal injury work. The current set is the successor to chambers established in King Street, Manchester and notable former members include Rose LJ, Smith LJ and Swift J.

Chambers appears in the current edition of Chambers & Partners’ Directory in the top rank of personal injury sets on the Northern Circuit. It offers a full range of practitioners in the field from Silks to Juniors and members have developed particular subspecialisms including catastrophic injury work, industrial disease claims, and low impact and fraudulent road traffic claims.

Chambers offers impressive and extensive conference and seminar facilities (including state of the art video-conferencing).

Members accept instructions from Claimants and Defendants alike and act for Trade Unions, insurers, public bodies and private clients. Members will act on a conditional fee basis and are prepared to accept instruction by direct access in appropriate cases. Several members of Chambers are nominated insurers panel members. The Group is not merely regional but nationally regarded and members conduct cases throughout England and Wales.

The personal injury group is committed to providing a service of the highest quality and has agreed written service standards with several Solicitors. All members of the group will accept instructions and return papers by e-mail.

The members of the group pride themselves not only on their high professional standards but also on their accessibility and approachability. The group embodies a teamwork approach which is particularly evident in relation to the provision of seminars. A list of seminars is available on request.

Please contact the senior civil clerk, Tony Morrissey, for more details of how we can assist you service your clients' needs better on 0161 955 5176 or

Michael Lemmy
Head of Personal Injury Group

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What the Legal Directories say:

Chambers and Partners - 2022

9 St John Street is a highly regarded set on the Northern Circuit, and its members are regularly instructed to act for both claimants and defendants, including several insurers and public bodies, in complex catastrophic and fatal injury cases. Additional areas of expertise for the team include industrial disease matters and employers' liability claims. The set is also noted for its expert handling of cases arising from RTAs, and its barristers are frequently called upon to handle claims involving allegations of fraud.

Client service: 
"The senior civil clerk, Tony Morrissey, is extremely good, and everyone on his team is very easy to engage with." "The clerks are always willing to go above and beyond to accommodate my needs." "The clerking team is continually fantastic. Everyone is helpful, thorough, efficient and quick to respond."

Chambers and Partners 2022

Legal 500 - 2022

9 St John Street has a broad personal injury practice, with members acting for both claimants and defendants, as well as for trade unions, insurers, public bodies and private clients. Head of chambers Christopher Kennedy QC has a defendant focussed practice, while Matthew Snarr is a key individual to note and undertakes a wide variety of catastrophic injury work and health and safety work. Julie-Anne Luck also has an established multi-track personal injury practice dealing with a wide Set.

'9 St John Street benefit from not having grown too quickly, as they retain only the best barristers across different practice areas.'

'A great set who have a myriad of counsel with strength and depth to provide a fantastic service whether acting for claimant or defendant. There is always a member of the team available to assist with a one off issue or problem.'

Legal 500 2022

Chambers and Partners - 2020

9 St John Street is a highly sought-after set for complex and high-value personal injury matters. It houses a number of experienced barristers noted for their expert handling of claims on the Northern Circuit, as well as across the rest of England and Wales. The set is regularly called upon to act for both claimants and defendants, and counts several major insurers, private individuals, public bodies and trade unions among its enviable clientele. Members are experienced in the handling of a variety of personal injury matters, with areas of particular strength for the set including catastrophic injury, industrial disease and fraudulent claims. Instructing solicitors describe the set as "extremely professional," adding that "the barristers have their clients' best interests at the heart of all they do.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Legal 500 - 2020

The personal injury team at 9 St John Street is particularly notable for its defendant work, especially regarding fraudulent insurance claims, although several members also have strong claimant practices. The set is praised by clients for its 'good strength in depth', particularly at the senior junior level

Legal 500 2020

Chambers and Partners - 2019

Respected Manchester set, well known for its handling of complex personal injury claims on behalf of both defendant and claimant clients. Members specialise in catastrophic injury, international personal injury and insurance fraud claims, and also offer expertise in industrial disease cases. The set's clients include insurers, private clients, trade unions and public bodies. Although predominantly handling cases on the Northern Circuit, 9 St John Street has a national reputation and regularly conducts cases across the breadth of England and Wales.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Chambers and Partners - 2018

9 St John Street enjoys a prominent position on the North West personal injury circuit. Its silks and juniors are instructed by both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of catastrophic injury claims. Clients include private individuals, trade unions, insurance companies and government bodies. Members are additionally noted for their sub-specialisms in industrial disease, RTAs, human rights abuse, travel law and fraudulent claims.

Chambers and Partners 2018

Chambers & Partners - 2017

9 St John Street occupies a strong position as a well-regarded set for a broad range of personal injury work. The barristers here are regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants to act in multi-track and fast-track personal injury claims relating to catastrophic injuries,RTAs and industrial disease. The set also offers expertise in more specialist areas such as fraudulent claims, accidents abroad and cases involving psychological damages.

Chambers & Partners 2017

Chambers and Partners - 2016

9 St John Street is a well-regarded set with a broad range of experience in representing both claimants and defendants in complex and serious personal injury cases, including industrial disease and catastrophic injury claims. One source enthuses that "it is a very strong set with a long history; it is well led and clerked, with a strong team boasting a number of different skill sets."

Client service: "The clerks are very accommodating and put you with the right person. They go out of their way to assist you." "Senior clerk Tony Morrissey is excellent, very accommodating and good at maintaining a close working relationship." 

Chambers and Partners 2016

Chambers and Partners - 2015

“The personal injury group at 9 St John Street is well regarded for providing a broad range of expertise, encompassing both claimant and defendant work in complex cases. Practitioners have considerable experience in brain and spinal injuries and amputations. The set also receives high praise for the organisation and knowledge of its clerks.”

“Client service: “This is a very good clerking team; very accessible and very pleasant to deal with.” “They are always prompt.”

Chambers and Partners 2015

Legal 500 - 2015

“9 St John Street, which is 'full of talent', is 'excellent at covering all areas of personal injury' and wins particular praise for its 'short-notice advocacy availability'. Members undertake all types of complex and high-value cases, including claims involving occupational disease, brain and spinal injuries, and amputations and chronic pain, while other areas of strength are insurance fraud and cases involving accidents abroad.”

Legal 500 2015

Legal 500 - 2014

“9 St John Street's personal injury team is particularly strong in insurance fraud cases relating to road traffic accidents. Members are frequently instructed by defendant insurers in cases involving fraud rings.”

Legal 500 2014

Chambers and Partners - 2014

“9 St John Street draws praise not just for its member’s range of expertise across the personal injury field, but also for the professionalism of its clerking. This Manchester based set is regarded as a go to for both claimants and defendants on the Northern Circuit.

Client service: "The clerking team is very efficient, respectful and helpful."

Chambers and Partners 2014

Chambers and Partners - 2013

“9 St John Street has a strong personal injury team. Its members receive instructions from both claimants and defendants, and are experts on the full range of personal injury law.”

Chambers and Partners 2013

Chambers and Partners - 2012

“Chambers handles a broad range of personal injury work for claimants and defendants, and is recognised for its specialist team dealing with instructions in the fraudulent claims area.”

Chambers and Partners 2012

What the clients say:

Roger Brooks, Partner - Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP

“Strength in depth makes for a very reliable service. The Group has some outstanding individuals. Excellent clerking.”

Roger Brooks, Partner Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP

Andrew Underwood, Partner - Keoghs

"I always found the Personal Injury Group adept at a teamwork approach on complex cases, with a clear focus on the commercial consequences of their advice and the issues involved. A safe pair of hands.”

Andrew Underwood, Partner Keoghs

Paul Stephens, Partner - Weightmans

“Meticulous preparation and incisive advice from Counsel is the norm, coupled with genuine approachability and very responsive clerking. The service from this set is first class.”

Paul Stephens, Partner Weightmans

Pauline Chandler, Partner - Pannone LLP

“I have used 9 St John Street Chambers Personal Injury Group for over 30 years and they have always given good, friendly and efficient service with obliging clerking and first class advice and advocacy.”

Pauline Chandler, Partner Pannone LLP

Senior Partner - Thompsons

“I have worked closely with 9 St John Street for over 25 years and I have always found them very professional and efficient.”

Senior Partner Thompsons

David Bott, Senior Partner - Bott and Company Solicitors

“When we started in 2001 we decided to only use barristers’ chambers that had the right qualities in their personnel and attitudes. 9 St John Street were one of the first chambers that we approached as it was clear that they had Clerks who understood what we needed as a business and the range of Barristers within the Personal Injury team was and continues to be excellent. They are flexible, businesslike, pragmatic and expert. We have always used 9 St John Street and cannot envisage that changing.”

David Bott, Senior Partner Bott and Company Solicitors

Lorraine Carolan, Partner - DWF LLP

“The service they afford the claims validation team is first rate. The clerks are always helpful and go above and beyond the call of duty. 9 St John Street Counsel are always our first choice for fraud trials and applications in the North of England.”

Lorraine Carolan, Partner DWF LLP