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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016


Originally established in 1966 by Peter Stanley-Price QC at 30 Park Square with Francis Laking as Senior Clerk, as an annexe to 5 King’s Bench Walk.

Chambers became fully independent on Circuit in 1976. Chambers moved to more substantial premises at 1 & 2 Park Square in 1972, to Park Cross Street in 1986 and ultimately relocated to 16 Park Place in 1999.

Former barristers include:

Mr Justice Ognall
Mr Justice Potts
Mr Justice Mortimer (of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong)
Lady Justice Black

Previous Heads of Chambers:

Peter Stanley Price QC – until 1968. Appointed Judge at Central Criminal Court
Douglas Forester Paton QC – until 1971. Appointed County Court and then Circuit Judge
Derek Clarkson QC – until 1977. Appointed Circuit Judge
Barry Mortimer QC – until 1985. Appointed HCJ – Hong Kong
Gilbert Gray QC and Humphrey Potts QC – appointed HCJ 1986
Gilbert Gray QC
Brian Walsh QC. Appointed Recorder of Leeds 1996
James Stewart QC (Appointed Recorder of Bradford 2009) and Robert Smith QC
Robert Smith QC – present

Current serving Judges:

HHJ Paul Worsley QC
HHJ John Lodge
First Tier Tribunal Judge Saffer
HHJ David Hatton QC
The Recorder of Middlesborough, HHJ Simon Bourne-Arton QC
HHJ Tom Bayliss QC
HHJ Julian Smith
HHJ Simon Phillips QC
HHJ James Adkin
HHJ Amanda Rippon
In addition a further 14 members of chambers have been elevated to the Circuit Bench.


1966-1976 Francis Laking (on circuit)
1976-2001 Roy Kemp – retired
2001-2006 Terry Creathorn – now Senior Clerk at Byrom Street, Manchester
2006-2010- Jo Pickersgill
2011 – 2014 Michael Meeson (Chief Executive)
2014 – Tim Coulson (Chambers Director)