About Us - Direct Access Barristers

Cobden House Chambers was formed in 1997.  We are based on Quay Street, Manchester, and operate nationwide.

Chambers has over 60 members practising in many areas of law, and five members of the family team now offer legal services direct to you.

The members of the team who are able to deal with your case directly are:



  • Carolyn Johnson

    Carolyn Johnson

    Carolyn is the Head of the Family Law Department at Cobden House Chambers. She undertakes all aspects of family law work that involves children including public law and private law proceedings continued...


  • Simon Nichol

    Simon Nichol

    Having previously been a partner in a busy city centre firm of solicitors, where he had built up a wide experience in many fields of practice including: crime, employment and immigration; Simon continued...


  • David Maddison

    David Maddison

    David Maddison graduated from Birmingham University in 1993, and went on to study the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. After working in Manchester solicitors’ continued...


  • Martin Callery

    Martin Callery

    Martin joined Cobden House Chambers after many years as a solicitor and is a former Principal Crown Prosecutor. He has a heavy weight practice dealing with cases of the utmost severity such as: continued...


  • Rebecca Hirst

    Rebecca Hirst

    Rebecca Hirst was called to the bar in 1999 and has practised as a barrister ever since. She has always practiced as a criminal barrister and has also practiced in immigration law. She deals with continued...


  • Nicholas Flanagan

    Nicholas Flanagan

    Nicholas is a specialist employment law practitioner. He undertakes all aspects of Employment Tribunal work, appearing for both employees and employers. Nicholas acts on a direct-access basis continued...


  • Martin Littler

    Martin Littler

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  • Stephen Pritchett

    Stephen Pritchett

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  • Lisa Wilson

    Lisa Wilson

    Associations Family Law Bar Association Child Concern Profile Lisa Wilson graduated from her LLB Law degree in 2008 and went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course in 2009. Prior to continued...

Please click on the photos above to read our profiles.

We are all accredited by the Bar Council for Public Direct Access Work.

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