Trinity Barristers in Chambers & Partners 2016

Barristers from a range of Trinity's practice groups have again been recognised in the recently published 2016 edition of Chambers & Partners:


Trinity Chambers offers a strong group of criminal barristers who are experienced in a diverse range of criminal cases across the North Eastern Circuit. Many members are Grade 4 qualified prosecutors who also defend, and some are also Recorders. Trinity's barristers also frequently appear beyond the North Eastern Circuit, in London and the Court of Appeal.

Toby Hedworth Q.C. Counts criminal and regulatory cases among his areas of specialism and he is also experienced in judicial review. He covers all kinds of criminal activity in his caseload and has worked on cases involving terrorism, homicide and white-collar crime. "He is a senior silk in Newcastle and operates at a high level. He is extremely well known in that part of the country."

Christopher Knox Credited for his wide criminal practice, with a focus on heavyweight homicide and financial crime cases. He prosecutes for the CPS and HMRC alongside his strong defence practice. He has developed an interest in cases that involve informants. "He is extremely tenacious and he knows his stuff. He is always up to date with law and his attention to detail is second to none. A formidable advocate.


A well-established set in Newcastle and Teesside, Trinity Chambers provides expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution in regional and national commercial cases. Counsel are regularly instructed in commercial property, company and contractual disputes. "The clerking team…is great. They come back straightaway."

Simon Goldberg He is an established practitioner with wide-ranging commercial expertise. Among his areas of expertise are sports disputes and cases concerning commercial fraud and shareholder issues."Very precise in front of a judge, with an authoritative style. He is confident and very solid."

Charles Holland Senior junior with extensive experience covering contractual and property disputes. Possesses particular expertise in disputes involving the leisure sector and licensed organisations.


Based in Newcastle and Middlesbrough the set is most recognised for its expertise in property, landlord and tenant law. Members act for local authorities, housing associations, care homes and other businesses as well as private individuals, conducting high-profile litigation, often in courts of higher instance. The set further has expertise in all other areas of chancery law, and regularly handles cases relating to civil fraud, probate and disputed wills. Community care matters are also very much to the fore at the set. "It is an extremely professional and friendly set and this runs across the entire workforce from reception staff through to the clerks and counsel. Administration and communication are excellent and I have always found the individuals here to be very accommodating and approachable."

Simon Goldberg Drawing from his experience in commercial law he possesses particular skills in shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims. He is also active in contentious probate, will disputes and forgery. "Simon Goldberg is proficient in his knowledge of the law and in his negotiating abilities. He interacts well with clients, he is approachable and friendly and is highly respected."


A strong North Eastern set with members based in both Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Trinity Chambers is instructed on cases across the full remit of family law and is widely recognised for its particular expertise in matrimonial finance and financial remedy claims. "They cannot be more helpful - always available and accommodating, they really go the extra mile and always keep in touch. They get all the little things right."

Nicholas Stonor Q.C. The head of the set's family team, Nicholas Stonor QC covers both care proceedings and matrimonial finance. He has a particular interest in complex child law including factitious illness, shaking, and cultural and religious issues."He is remarkable: a fantastically well-prepared lawyer with an understated but effective cross-examination technique." "He takes a very incisive line of questioning."

Timothy Spain Primarily acts on high-value ancillary and financial relief cases. He is widely recognised for his expertise in dealing with issues concerning private companies, partnerships, farms, hidden wealth and insolvency in divorce proceedings."He is excellent in court. He has a very strong cross-examination technique that delivers time after time."

James Richardson A family finance specialist with considerable expertise in ancillary relief and cohabitation claims. He acts for a wide range of clients, including high net worth individuals, notable sportsmen and women, business professionals and farmers."He is a fountain of knowledge; technically superb and extremely good in court."

Nicola Shaw Focuses on matrimonial finance and ancillary relief cases. She is noted for her expertise on the intersection between family law and trusts, with particular experience in TOLATA cases and the co-ownership of property under trust. "She can handle civil procedures which would make a lot of family lawyers wobbly at the knees. She's a real expert."

Christopher Knox Has an extensive ancillary relief practice, appearing in large financial disputes on behalf of a variety of high-profile clients. Solicitors praise the passion he displays for his work, noting that "he is an advocate for the high-end finance cases - but he is also the type of advocate who treats all cases like high-end cases; he's very dedicated.""He is very accommodating and approachable and always finds an answer. His cross-examination is superb."

Justin Gray Focuses on all areas of children work. He has a keen interest in private care proceedings with international elements such as adoption or abduction. He has acted on Court of Protection cases, judicial review and sensitive issues such as forced marriages."His advice and drafting skills are as good as anybody on the circuit. You just get the full package with him."


Michael Hill Acts for claimants and defendants in a broad range of clinical negligence claims. He previously practised as a dental surgeon, and is viewed as one of the go-to barristers in the area for dental negligence cases. "He understands all the issues. He's very impressive; efficient and approachable. His turnaround time is really good too."


Charles Holland A licensing specialist who regularly handles matters in relation to festivals, taxi licensing and sexual entertainment venues. He is especially experienced in acting for local authorities and statutory bodies."His paperwork is particularly impressive and thorough - he covers all angles and goes through the case in fine detail." "He is fast on his feet and pulls no punches if he thinks you're going down the wrong path."

Joan Smith Instructing solicitors seek her expert counsel and advocacy across a range of licensing matters. She is particularly adept at handling issues concerning taxis, firearms, alcohol and gambling.
"Fast, direct and well informed; she provides excellent advice." "She is very thorough in her research, is very approachable and has a very good manner with clients."


Jane Callan Has particular expertise in equal pay and discrimination matters. She typically represents both defendant health, government and business entities and claimant individuals and unions.
"She's very skilled and a quietly persuasive advocate."

Antoine Tinnion His work encompasses many varied matters such as whistleblowing, TUPE, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants, which he handles on behalf of both claimants and defendants in Employment Tribunals across the country. "His preparation is very thorough and his submissions to the Tribunal are excellent." "He is happy to go the extra mile and is particularly good in more complex cases."

Richard Stubbs Represents a broad range of clients, from unions and individual employees to corporates and NHS trusts, in matters concerning discrimination, TUPE, protected disclosures and unfair dismissal. In addition to his work at the Employment Tribunal, he has also appeared at the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. "He has proven to be knowledgeable, forceful and very impressive to clients."

Jamie Morgan His work covers all forms of unfair dismissal, discrimination claims and equal pay matters, for both defendant organisations and individual claimants. He also provides HR advice in order to help organisations minimise the chances that litigation against them will succeed."He's smart but he deals with clients in a very personable way and can speak to them in layman's terms."

Simon Goldberg Focuses on matters concerning equal pay, discrimination and breaches of restrictive covenants. "He is intelligent, insightful and objective."

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