Crime - Western (Bar)
This strong set is a popular choice for both representation and advice in relation to complex criminal cases. One of the largest sets on the Western Circuit, its members regularly appear for both for the defence and prosecution.
Client service: "They have really good-quality individuals, and a real culture of excellence."
Michael Fitton QC
Is highly recommended for both his fantastic judgement skills and his dexterity in managing complex cases. He is recognised for his expertise in cases involving significant forensic issues.
Expertise: "He is excellent; very understated, thorough and always calm. He also has very good jury skills and a very nice presentation manner."
Recent work: He successfully defended Lee McGinty against a murder charge in Bristol Crown Court.
Ignatius Hughes QC
He is praised for all-round expertise in criminal law. He has been instructed in a number of complex cases, including ones relating to murder, 'shaken baby syndrome' and serious sexual offences.
Expertise: "He is a natural advocate; if I had my back to the wall, he's the guy I'd instruct."
Commentators are fulsome in their praise for her dedication, impressive case management and advocacy skills. Her expertise encompasses serious crime, regulatory crime and fraud.
Expertise: "She has a terrific eye for detail and a great presence in court."
Recent work: She defended a client in the Winterbourne View Care Home case, relating to alleged abuses of residents of a care home.
He is a very strong and persuasive advocate who manages a mixed defence and prosecution practice. He is a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor and is on the CPS specialist rape panel.
Expertise: "He is very good advocate, very slick in court."
Recent work: He prosecuted Stephen Farrow in Bristol Crown Court, a much-publicised case concerning the murder of a vicar and a retired teacher.
Described by sources as one of the most able and inspirational juniors at the Bar, Robert Duval prosecutes and defends in a wide range of serious criminal cases, particularly those involving individuals with mental health problems.
Expertise: "He is extremely good, a wonderful advocate who is always highly prepared and very committed to his cases."
Prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases, from supply of drugs to murders. He is highlighted for his strong advocacy skills.
Expertise: "He is a robust and a fearless advocate. He will put his head above the parapet if the case demands it. He is not afraid of taking on other big hitters in court."
Recent work: He recently acted as junior in the defence of R v Restivo, involving novel legal points relating to bad character evidence.
Admired for her adroit handling of vulnerable clients, in particular minors. She both defends and prosecutes in serious criminal matters, and is a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor.
Expertise: "She is very tenacious, she handles cases very well and is always exactingly prepared."
Sources endorse him for his smooth and effective advocacy style. He both prosecutes and defends across a broad range of criminal matters ranging from sexual offences to serious violent offences.
Recent work: He represented Diane Gibson, grandmother of Big Brother 'star' Josie Gibson, convicted of possession of 3 kg of cocaine with intent to supply.