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Oriel Chambers History

Barristers’ Services

Since 1965, Oriel Chambers’ members have offered advice, advocacy and drafting of the highest standard to the legal community, both locally and nationally. Our services are provided through seven specialist practice groups by our expert members. Through the dissolution of other Liverpool sets combined with organic growth, Oriel Chambers has over fifty members.

 

In January 2008 Oriel Chambers at Preston opened at premises located on Ribblesdale Place, Winckley Square. Its opening is indicative of Chambers continued growth and success along with its commitment to offer the best possible facilities and service to professional and lay clients located throughout Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond.

The Oriel Chambers Building

Oriel Chambers is a Grade 1 Listed Building located on Water Street, Liverpool. The building, a work by Peter Ellis, was built in 1864 and comprises 43,000 sq.ft set over 5-floors.

 

Oriel Chambers remains one of finest and most influential buildings of its age. One of the first office buildings to use an iron framework structure, its innovative design had a considerable influence on office buildings across the world, inspiring John Root's early Chicago skyscrapers and shaping the New York skyline we know today.

 

The building, and 16 Cook Street, featured in the ITV (Granada / Tyne Tees) television programme Grundy's Northern Pride, looking at John Grundy's favourite buildings in the north of England, which aired on 9 January 2007.

 

Oriel Chambers was named as one of Britain's fifty most inspiring buildings alongside Lloyds of London, Clifton Suspension Bride, Stonehenge and Hadrian's Wall in the Telegraph, Saturday 29th November 2008.

 

The Telegraph's architecture critic Ellis Woodman picked the structures that define the nation and noted Oriel Chambers as being: "one of only two known buildings by its architect, this office block was hated in its day but later lauded as an precursor to Modernism. Its slender cast-iron frame is faced in stone and interposed with projecting oriel windows, each just wide enough to accommodate a desk."