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About Us

One of the fastest growing and most sought-after Barrister’s Chambers in the UK. Kenworthy’s Chambers is a diverse, forward-thinking, leading set for the northwest.

Our Members

Kenworthy’s Chambers has over 50 Barristers, two of which are Silks having been appointed to the King's Counsel (KC) as a mark of their outstanding ability. We are Manchester’s leading chambers on diversity, with 20% of our Barristers identifying as black, Asian, or mixed race.

Our members are fully compliant with the code of conduct regulations as directed by the Bar Standards Board and treat all cases with sensitivity and confidentiality. Chambers works to retain the Legal Services Commission's Quality Mark for the Bar and is committed to maintaining quality standards in every aspect of running the business.

Our Location

Our Manchester Barristers are based inside an impressive Grade II listed building of high gothic style, designed in 1880 by eminent Salford-born architect, Thomas Worthington. The tower-topped Arlington House boasts a Boardroom, two Lecture Theatres, and several Conferencing Rooms suitable for mediation. If you have a conference, meeting, or mediation to organise you can book facilities at Kenworthy’s in Salford, Manchester, by calling our Practice Manager Maria Rushworth on 0161 832 4036 or emailing


Kenworthy’s provides Manchester Barristers, Lawyers and Solicitors with a programme of lectures, seminars, and bespoke courses on all the major areas of law throughout the year.

Kenworthy’s training events are delivered by practicing Barristers, contribute towards CPD points and provide legal professionals with a chance to refresh their knowledge of the law and gain insight into new areas of practice.

Barristers at Kenworthy’s Chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board - to learn more read our Terms of Service and Business.

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Our History


In 1987, 26 Cross Street Chambers took their team of 12 Barristers specialising in Criminal, Family and Civil Litigation and moved into Kenworthy’s buildings, changing their name to Kenworthy’s Chambers. Sue Barlow and Maria Rushworth, who was one of the first female Senior Clerks in Manchester, were recruited from Barclays Bank to improve the professionalism of the clerking team.


In 1989 Gita Patel, the first Hindu woman at the Northern Circuit Bar, joined Kenworthy’s Chambers. Gita Patel was the first of many hires that helped make Kenworthy’s the diverse set of Chambers it is celebrated as today.


By 2000, the Manchester Chambers had grown to 20 members, through smart recruitment of Solicitors with strong market knowledge, contacts, and a desire to transfer to the Bar.


In 2001 Mark Schwenk joined Kenworthy’s Chambers, shortly followed by George Brown and together they established the Immigration Department.


In 2002, Kenworthy’s bought and renovated the tower-topped Arlington house. The impressive Grade II listed building was designed by eminent Salford-born architect, Thomas Worthington, in 1880. Over the last 20 years, Kenworthy’s has diversified the portfolio of work and increased the income generated, whilst maintaining a consistent voluntary presence at local law centres and immigration advice services.


The Civil Litigation and Costs team gained traction when Margaret McDonald joined the team in 2011.


Kenworthy’s strengthened its profile and reach by recruiting Senior Civil Clerk, Michael Jones, along with several Personal Injury and Consumer Credit Barristers in Josephine Scally, Joannah Webster, Adam Lewis, and Yasser Iqbal from Palmyra Chambers in Warrington in 2016.

Judicial Positions

Many members of chambers have been appointed into prestigious judicial positions over the years. Alan Wilson was appointed as her Majesty’s Coroner for Blackpool and Flyde, independent of local and central government, to investigate any sudden or unexplained deaths. Paul Holmes was appointed as the Judge of Employment Tribunals in the Newcastle region. Margaret McDonald was appointed as a Part-Time Deputy District Judge. Shazia Khan was appointed as Part-Time Tribunal Judge of the First-Tier Immigration and Asylum Chamber.


In February 2022, Patrick Cassidy was appointed as her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde. Richard Lees was appointed as a Deputy District Judge for the Northern Circuit in October 2022 by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable Lord Burnett of Maldon. In January 2023, Jonathan Greer was appointed as both an Employment Judge and an Immigration Judge.

Barristers at Kenworthy’s Chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board - to learn more read our Terms of Service and Business.

Further Information

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