Exchange Chambers barristers to sit as judges

Exchange Chambers, which is based in Liverpool, sees three of its barristers appointed to sit as judges (recorders)

Jonathan I’Anson
Jonathan I’Anson, chief executive of Exchange Chambers


Three barristers from Exchange Chambers have been appointed as recorders which are similar to circuit judges.

Andrew Vinson and Kristian Cavanagh have been deployed to the Northern Circuit while Ayesha Smart will sit as a recorder on the North Eastern Circuit.

Exchange is based in Liverpool and also has chambers in Manchester and Leeds. Chief executive Jonathan I’Anson said: “I would like to congratulate Andrew, Kristian and Ayesha on their well-deserved appointments at recorders.”

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Recorders can sit on both the Crown and County Courts but typically sit part-time in the Crown Court where they usually handle less complex or serious matters coming before the court.

In total, King Charles has appointed 163 Recorders on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Alex Chalk KC MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon.

The appointments will take effect on May 30.

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