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UK-Bar Guide

Crime: International Criminal Law — London (Bar)

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Desmond de Silva QC

Goldsmith Chambers

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Desmond de Silva QC of Goldsmith Chambers
Leading practitioner who is known for his involvement in the most high-profile inquiries into international criminal law issues. A former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor, based in Sierra Leone, he attracts market praise for being "a towering figure" and "one of the first UK barristers to heavily get involved in this area of work."
Strengths: "He's a very clever man who is brilliant and very knowledgeable."

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Temple Garden Chambers

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Rodney Dixon QC of Temple Garden Chambers 
An "exceptional" barrister, highly esteemed for his "wealth of experience," who is well known for his representation of individuals, international governments and political leaders. He regularly appears before all international criminal courts, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), and also handles international criminal law matters before the UK courts. He boasts particular expertise in war crimes and humanitarian issues.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister who has long experience in international cases. He is a very good team player who provides invaluable support." "An excellent practitioner who guides you through the process."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the government of Comoros in bringing proceedings before the ICC concerning the attack on the Gaza Flotilla.

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St Philips Chambers

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Peter Haynes QC of St Philips Chambers
A "phenomenal" silk renowned for his expert representation of heads of state and governments in the most serious international criminal cases, including crimes against humanity and genocide. He practises exclusively in international criminal law and human rights, and has appeared before the ICTY, the ICC and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Strengths: "What he has forgotten about international criminal law and procedure is way more than most people know."

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25 Bedford Row

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David Hooper QC of 25 Bedford Row 
Highly regarded trial lawyer who is lauded by commentators for being "an experienced international criminal lawyer who is greatly respected for his dedication to his cases." Based at the ICC, he handles cases relating to war crimes or crimes against humanity that attract significant media interest.
Strengths: "He is a very affable and eloquent lawyer who is somebody that is able to draw communities together." "A fantastic lawyer who is absolutely brilliant in court. When he starts to speak people stop what they're doing and listen."
Recent work: Represented a former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Wayne Jordash QC of Doughty Street Chambers 
Renowned and "massively experienced" practitioner who is noted for his efforts in various high-profile ICL matters including those relating to human rights, war crimes and genocide. He has recently handled cases stemming from the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Interviewees praise his "very effective cross-examination" and his "ability to run a thorough and meticulous case." 
Strengths: "Wears his learning very lightly, is personable and charming in court, and is loved by judges and clients. Even his opponents like and respect him a great deal. When he says something in court, there is no basis to doubt it – he is utterly trusted by everyone in court." "The work he does is remarkable but he remains down to earth and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Prosecutor versus Yanukovych, a case regarding the crimes committed against protestors by the Ukrainian government between November 2013 and February 2014.

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9 Bedford Row

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Steven Kay QC of 9 Bedford Row 
Pre-eminent silk who is highly regarded by market sources for being "very professional and thorough." He boasts a vast depth of experience of handling ICC proceedings, particularly those involving significant and high-profile political figures. Kay regularly defends those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Strengths: "Strategically, there is no one better." "He has a very deep knowledge and understanding of criminal law and private prosecution."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning a claim for £2.2 billion damages against an Icelandic bank and its liquidators. The matter concerned charges of fraud and conspiracy to injure through the making of false allegations against clients to the SFO.

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Karim A. A. Khan QC

Temple Garden Chambers

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Karim Khan QC of Temple Garden Chambers 
A "superb lawyer" and "frighteningly clever master strategist," who has represented clients in international courts across the world. As a prosecutor for the ICTY and ICTR, he has vast experience of handling complex matters such as crimes against humanity, war crimes and contempt of court disputes. One market commentator says: "His ability to address and sum up the most complicated legal analysis in concise yet powerful words has become legendary."
Strengths: "Has an unparalleled experience of high profile cases and has appeared in all the international criminal courts set up in the past 20 years. The amount of work he puts in for each of his cases is phenomenal and makes him such a feared adversary." "He is eloquent and clients love him."
Recent work: Represented the Deputy President of Kenya against charges of crimes against humanity before the ICC in relation to the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008.

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Tim Moloney QC of Doughty Street Chambers 
Renowned silk that garners praise for his "understated but extremely effective" cross-examination. He handles complex ICL matters in tandem with his crime and extradition practices. Highly respected by market commentators for his depth of knowledge, he is particularly renowned for undertaking death penalty cases and for training individuals across the globe in international human rights.
Strengths: "He is an impressive practitioner who marshals the evidence very quickly and is able to keep a huge quantity of facts and evidence very clearly in his mind. The facts of the case are always at his fingertips. He's one of those silks that, once you've had a taste of working with him, you want more."
Recent work: Conducted the appeal of a man sentenced to death in Kenya for the widely publicised kidnap and murder of two British citizens Mr and Mrs Tebbutt.

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Garden Court Chambers

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Sareta Ashraph of Garden Court Chambers 
Experienced junior, highly regarded for her work as senior legal analyst on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. She has advised on contraventions occurring during civil wars and national conflicts, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Strengths: "Provides focused and incisive advice, and is an extremely effective advocate in the field of international law who has set out key findings concerning the notion of genocide. She has drawn attention to an area and issues that need to be kept in the spotlight."
Recent work: Represented a client accused of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008.

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9 Bedford Row

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Sara Bafadhel of 9 Bedford Row 
Respected barrister with experience of handling international criminal cases before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the ICC. She is known for her consultancy work and for her specialism in cases stemming from the Libyan conflict.
Strengths: A formidable lawyer with a razor-sharp legal mind. She is incredibly well organised and has a great deal of experience and understanding of international criminal law."
Recent work: Acted for one of four defendants tried in absentia for the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, and 21 others on 14 February 2005.

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Matrix Chambers

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Michelle Butler of Matrix Chambers 
"A solid expert and practitioner" that is highly regarded for the depth of her knowledge in international criminal matters. She has appeared before the ICTY and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and has represented governments, military officials and police officers, among others, who have been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Strengths: "A real pleasure to work with due to her knowledge of law, her creativity and organisation."
Recent work: Acted as counsel for Anneke Van Woudenberg, the Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch, when she was giving evidence on behalf of the prosecution in the ICC. The case concerned the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the ICC.

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Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers

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Toby Cadman of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers 
Experienced practitioner who is highly regarded for his experience advising on complex cases. Specialising in international humanitarian law, he has represented numerous individuals charged with war crimes and is often entrusted to lead inquiries into mass genocide and acts of terrorism.
Strengths: "Has a strong reputation and has really carved out his niche. He's a figure who will be around for a long time."

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Amal Clooney of Doughty Street Chambers
Renowned junior who attracts plaudits for her ability to handle complex proceedings in difficult cases. A human rights expert, she regularly advises and represents individuals and governments who are facing charges of crimes against humanity.
Strengths: "She's extremely intelligent, really bright, and an exceptional lawyer."
Recent work: Represented a group of Iraqi victims in their effort to secure accountability for the genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity perpetrated by ISIS against the Yazidi community.

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1MCB

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Iain Edwards of 1MCB
A "dedicated" and "very accomplished strategist" who attracts praise for his deep knowledge of international criminal law. He has spent a considerable amount of time representing individuals accused of genocide and crimes against humanity before the ICTR, and continues to be instructed by Rwandans facing similar charges. He has also appeared before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague.
Strengths: "Very level-headed and composed, he has a great deal of experience which he brings to bear when formulating his strategic decisions." "He works very hard and is a careful and precise advocate. He has a nice, charming style and is able to make his points succinctly."
Recent work: Acted for Jovica Stanišić who was charged with persecution, murder and deportation as crimes against humanity, and of war crimes, arising out of the conflicts in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina in the early 1990s. The case was heard in the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.

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Gillian Higgins

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9 Bedford Row

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Gillian Higgins of 9 Bedford Row
An experienced junior who is held to be a "very committed advocate," she is particularly adept at defending those charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. She maintains a particularly strong affiliation with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
Strengths: "She has a reputation as a very canny operator. Strategically, she is second to none in terms of her approach to cases."
Recent work: Acting as Counsel for Alfred Musema in review proceedings at the United Nations Mechanism For International Criminal Tribunals.

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Crown Office Row

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Catriona Murdoch of Crown Office Row 
A junior praised for the depth of her knowledge of international criminal law, who has a keen comprehension of ECHR jurisprudence. Market sources note her tenacity and hard working approach.
Strengths: "Very attentive and willing to go the extra mile. She is able to work to tight timescales and is not afraid of good old hard graft." 
Recent work: Acted for the former Prefét of Butare, Nteziryayo, one of the six co-accused in the longest international criminal trial in history. The Appeals Chamber ordered a substantial reduction to sentence resulting in Nteziryayo’s release in 2016, 18 years after his initial arrest.

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Goldsmith Chambers

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Paul Mylvaganam of Goldsmith Chambers 
A "brain on legs" and " an extremely competent lawyer" who is highly regarded for his expertise in ICL and white-collar crime matters. He is praised by market sources for his sensitive and warm approach to clients.
Strengths: "Super-clever and super-smooth," "he is someone who shows rare dedication to the issues involved." "Extremely experienced and knowledgeable, he is someone whose presence is appreciated by all around him."
Recent work: Acted in Government of Comoros v International Criminal Court, an international maritime piracy case that followed a United Nations inquiry into the illegal boarding of a ship and the killing of a number of aid workers off the Gaza coast.

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Steven Powles of Doughty Street Chambers 
A highly respected practitioner based in The Hague, who has assisted various parties and individuals in proceedings before the ICC, the SCSL and the ICTY, and has also advised the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is particularly well versed in handling matters relating to human rights, false imprisonment and war crimes. Commentators note his "very grounded" and client-friendly approach to his work.
Strengths: "Incredibly committed." "He has a wonderful manner in court that could best be described as understated but highly effective."
Recent work: Represented a lawyer accused of leading a conspiracy to procure false testimony on behalf of his client, who had been on trial at the ICC for war crimes.

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Garden Court Chambers

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Richard Reynolds of Garden Court Chambers 
Experienced junior with expertise in handling cases with human rights elements. His practice is particularly focused on fair trial rights in international criminal proceedings and investigations into deaths during incarcerations in international conflict zones.
Strengths: "The advice he gives is very good, as it's not too complicated or esoteric. Instead, it's accessible, easily digestible and practical."
Recent work: Represented a high-profile Kurdish prisoner in his claim against Turkey. The prisoner is currently serving a life sentence following his conviction in 2004 for seeking to destroy the unity of the Turkish State.

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Outer Temple Chambers

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Paul Rogers of Outer Temple Chambers
Well regarded junior who is praised by market sources for his expertise in prosecuting international criminal matters. He boasts vast experience of prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity including those involving genocide, torture and cruel treatment. Rogers has multiple years' experience as Senior Appeals and Trial Counsel for the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY.
Recent work: Acted as Senior Trial Attorney in the first re-trial before the ICTY of the case of Prosecutor v Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj. The case concerned charges of murder, cruel treatment and torture.

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Red Lion Chambers

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Nina Tavakoli of Red Lion Chambers 
A "hard-working team player" with "exceptional legal skills" who attracts plaudits for her "ability to quickly identify key components of issues and prepare clear and concise written submissions." She has experience of handling serious international criminal cases, including those relating to genocide and war crimes.
Strengths: "Very bright and extremely committed to her cases and clients, she will go the extra mile to ensure the delivery of exceptionally high-quality work. She is a barrister who confronts challenges." "Bright, articulate and unrelenting in getting the best result for her client." "She has excellent interpersonal skills reflected in her capacity to listen closely to her clients. Nina helps them to talk about topics which they find confusing or painful, or which they feel ashamed about."
Recent work: Acted as junior prosecution counsel in the appeal of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, against his convictions for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Sierra Leone’s ten-year civil war.

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Red Lion Chambers

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David Young of Red Lion Chambers 
"Highly skilled advocate" who attracts praise for his "very appealing way with judges." He has significant experience of handling international criminal matters, including serious cases such as terrorism.
Strengths: "Handles defence investigations in a skilful, persuasive and tenacious manner, securing the co-operation of, and information from, authorities in order to present and marshal his client’s case adequately." "He is an excellent barrister and a good team manager who always knows his cases inside out."
Recent work: Represented a client facing accusations of a number of terrorism offences relating to alleged terrorist activity in Kenya, Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia over many years.

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