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UK-Bar Guide

Crime — London (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Members of premier crime set 2 Bedford Row prosecute and defend the full range of criminal offences, tackling everything from summary matters in the Magistrates' Court to the most serious cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. It has a reputation as a go-to set for heavy-duty publicly and privately funded criminal cases, including terrorism, sexual offences and homicide matters. Barristers frequently handle high-profile matters, such as the prosecution of Thomas Mair, who murdered Jo Cox MP. An interviewee notes: "They provide you with nothing short of an exemplary and professional service."

Client service: "The clerking team offers rapid and accurate advice around the clock." Senior clerk John Grimmer is described as a "doyen of clerks" and "an institution in the clerking world."

SILKS

Brian Altman QC
Pre-eminent silk whose experience as former First Senior Treasury Counsel cemented his status as a highly in-demand prosecutor of some of the most noteworthy murder and terrorism cases of recent years. He now boasts a flourishing defence practice, and undertakes work in murder and drug trafficking cases among others. He is highlighted by sources as a "force of nature" in serious criminal trials.
Strengths: "Amazingly thorough and someone with an unrivalled attention to detail." "If anyone will make it work, Brian will. You can't stop him."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a man for historic sexual abuse and murder.

William Clegg QC
A distinguished silk renowned for his criminal defence practice and his skills as an appellate advocate. He is singled out for his skilled defence of high-profile private individuals facing serious charges, including murder and rape. Clegg is something of a fixture in reported cases, having appeared in a number of important matters before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "One of the genuine heavyweight criminal advocates who features in nearly all of the big cases."
Recent work: Successfully defended an assistant headteacher accused of three counts of rape by an underage pupil.

Mark Milliken-Smith QC
Frequently instructed in complex and high-profile serious crime cases, he is a barrister with particular expertise in defence work who is praised for his intellect. He is recognised for his work in cases involving violent crime including gang violence, sex offences and murder. He is praised for his "powerful presence in court" and his ability to handle a wide range of criminal, commercial and regulatory matters.
Strengths: "Excellent with clients: he has a lovely manner and is very user-friendly." "Mark has a brilliant brain and is a barrister with an easy and polished manner who is a pleasure to watch in court."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Mervyn Conn, a music promoter, for historic rape allegations against multiple victims.

Jim Sturman QC
Specialises in defending high-profile individuals facing serious allegations, and attracts high praise for both his client-handling skills and his smooth advocacy style. He often handles sexual offences cases and is singled out by sources for his experience in corporate manslaughter and motoring cases.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working with a bedside manner that gives huge confidence to clients and enormous support to instructing solicitors." "The most fearless advocate - he has a bold courtroom style and he really fights the client's corner on very difficult cases." "He is measured, careful, clever and brilliant."
Recent work: Represented Arthur Simpson-Kent, who was charged with murdering former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children.

Richard Whittam QC
Former First Senior Treasury Counsel renowned and respected by commentators for his tenacity, work ethic and superior jury advocacy. He is a leading prosecutor who has acted in several significant cases including matters of terrorism and allegations of historic sexual abuse. Whittam is highlighted as a "class act" who has the ability to smoothly handle complex criminal prosecutions.
Strengths: "He's fantastic: he guided us through the practical and strategic aspects of an incredibly complex issue and his client care was astounding." "Richard handled what was a very high-profile case with a light touch and great skill. He was unfazed by the press frenzy."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Thomas Mair for the murder of Jo Cox MP.

Ian Stern QC
Heads up the regulatory group at chambers but also has a thriving criminal practice. He frequently represents professional clients in criminal proceedings, such as gross negligence and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "A very polished and unflappable advocate who has a measured and easy style that juries find attractive." "An impressive advocate with a delicate touch who always makes the right decisions."
Recent work: Represented an optometrist accused of gross negligence manslaughter after failing to recognise a life-threatening condition in a patient who died four months after a routine eye-check.

Christine Agnew QC

Stephen Vullo QC

Tracy Ayling QC

Richard Kovalevsky QC

Michael Wolkind QC

Louise Sweet QC

Dean Armstrong QC

JUNIORS

Dean George
Notable criminal junior praised by the market for his intellectual acumen and advocacy skills. He is a "tough advocate" with expertise in the handling of serious criminal matters, such as murder and firearms cases.
Strengths: "One of the best juniors at the Bar, his work ethic, his ability with clients and his abilities on technical legal points make him the total package." "He is canny and charming."
Recent work: Acted in R v Miah and Another, a high-profile case concerning the murder of a three month old child in the East End.

Maria Dineen
An experienced junior capable of handling serious criminal matters, including organised crime, armed robbery and murder cases. She is highlighted by interviewees for the strength of her advocacy.
Strengths: "A class act who is thorough and methodical, and whose written work matches the extraordinary standard of her advocacy." "She's devastating in cross-examination."
Recent work: Defended in R v Arthur Simpson-Kent, a high-profile murder of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children.

Craig Rush
Acclaimed criminal junior with a strong history of defending complex cases. He is particularly adept at handling privately funded criminal matters such as those involving homicide or firearms. He is also highlighted for his expertise in blackmail cases.
Strengths: "Craig never fails to identify what makes a client tick and immediately puts them at ease. He is also ultra impressive on his feet, juries just get him." "Excellent trial advocate, tactically astute, and has a great rapport with clients."
Recent work: Acted in R v Matthew Smith, involving the murder of a pregnant woman and the related infanticide charges.

Charles Langley

Shauna Ritchie

Charles Conway

Ashraf Khan

Samuel Magee

Michael Levy

Andrew McGee

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Noted for its strength and depth, 2 Hare Court is a strong and established set offering a selection of market-leading lawyers who prosecute and defend the largest of cases. Examples of their work include Operation Bullfinch and the prosecution of Richard Huckle, charged with abusing young children while residing in Malaysia. Interviewees praise the set for having "dependable" and "first class" counsel who display "strength across the board" and provide "extremely high-quality service."

Client service: Director of clerking Julian Campbell is noted for his "razor sharp" and "commercially aware" leadership. Senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside also attracts praise for his "very professional" approach.

SILKS

Jonathan Laidlaw QC
An impressive and highly regarded silk with over 15 years of Treasury Counsel experience, who now specialises only in private defence work spanning the areas of general crime, business crime and regulatory work, among others. He is widely praised for his first-class work in high-profile cases including his defence of Rebekah Brooks.
Strengths: "As big a name as there is." "He's straightforward in his approach and radiates authority in court."
Recent work: Advised Chief Constable Boutcher on Operation Kenova, an inquiry regarding allegations of murder carried out by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

Orlando Pownall QC
A big name silk who, following a successful tenure as Treasury Counsel, now specialises in representing individuals charged in the most high-profile and significant cases. Interviewees name him as a "superstar" of the Criminal Bar due to his skilful advocacy, and praise him for his handling of both general and financial criminal cases.
Strengths: "A powerhouse who will fight for the client to his last breath." "He is really effective, clear and concise."
Recent work: Represented former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson at his trial on two charges of sexual activity with a child.

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC
An accomplished silk who attracts praise for her private criminal and heavyweight fraud practice. A former Treasury Counsel, she now specialises in defending individuals against allegations of serious crime. She is noted for her sensitive handling of vulnerable clients in serious harassment cases.
Strengths: "She is extremely intelligent, she prepares very well and her client care is amazing." "A street-fighting defence counsel who gets great results and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented an individual accused of severe child sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable girls in care in Oxford. The case arose out of Operation Bullfinch.

Martin Hicks QC
A talented silk with a broad criminal practice that takes in both domestic and international cases. He has appeared in some of the most high-profile trials of recent years, including the trials of two Daily Mirror journalists. Interviewees praise him for his "absolutely charming" manner while handling tough cases for clients.
Strengths: "One of the best cross-examiners of witnesses in the profession," who is "a great tactician."
Recent work: Represented one of two brothers involved in the execution-style murder by shooting of Jason Powery in Grand Cayman.

Jonathan Rees QC
A highly regarded and experienced practitioner who in his time as Treasury Counsel was entrusted to prosecute highly complex and challenging cases, including the Sarah Sands murder. He is lauded by market sources as a barrister who always "fights his corner hard and is always very extensive and thorough in his preparation."
Strengths: "Dedicated, thoughtful and thorough, his deadly skill is masked by a self-deprecating and modest style which is very attractive to juries."
Recent work: Prosecuted Stephen Port, a serial sex killer who murdered four young gay males he had met on dating app 'Grindr'.

Peter Wright QC
An impressive practitioner who attracts praise for his determination and courtroom skills, and is extremely experienced in both prosecution and defence matters. Sources note that he is well respected for his work running the full gamut of serious crime including terrorism, robbery and murder cases.
Strengths: "Shows good attention to detail and is excellent tactically."

Brian O'Neill QC
A strong silk who handles both prosecution and defence work. His practice spans a broad range of criminal matters, and he has undoubted expertise in serious and complex cases.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and he doesn't pull his punches."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Richard Huckle for 71 counts of child abuse committed against 23 young children over a period of eight to nine years when he was living in Malaysia.

Brendan Kelly QC

Oliver Glasgow QC

Martin Heslop QC

JUNIORS

Craig Ferguson
A well-respected junior with a broad criminal defence practice. Well versed in advising and representing professional individuals facing criminal charges, he attracts praise for his advocacy style and his client-handling skills.
Strengths: "Very well prepared and knows what he is talking about." "He's very precise in all he does and liked by clients as he can put them at ease very quickly."

David Whittaker
An established practitioner with a full criminal practice that takes in both privately funded and legally aided work. He has recently been instructed in serious drugs, sexual assault and fraud matters.
Strengths: "A brilliant and assured junior who deals with a number of complex general criminal matters."
Recent work: Represented one of eight defendants indicted for their involvement in a conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

Sarah Przybylska
A top-notch junior known for her "very thorough preparation" and "considered and sensible advice." She has experience in high-profile criminal matters including drug trafficking and rape.
Strengths: "Hard-working and highly skilled." "Good on the detail and a team player, she is everything you could want from a junior." "You can't pull the wool over her eyes."
Recent work: Defended in R v Grix, a case involving a near-fatal wounding following a dispute between drug traffickers.

Scott Ivill

Christopher Ware

Zubair Ahmad

James Buchanan

Angus Bunyan

Leon Kazakos

Peter Lownds

Harry Bentley

Gudrun Young

Quinn Hawkins

Naeem Mian

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A top-notch set highly regarded for its private prosecution expertise and for "levels of service that go beyond the exceptional." Members are held in the highest regard for handling the most serious of criminal matters before the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The set's repertoire includes handling serious sexual offences, violent crime and firearms cases on behalf of defendants as well as the CPS. It also offers significant capabilities in corporate crime and regularly handles corruption and rate-fixing cases. One source notes: "6KBW is a set that prides itself on producing the best-quality work and excellent client service."

Client service: "The clerks go above and beyond. They respond to requests instantaneously, manage client expectations well and are excellent at negotiating fee structures." Andrew Barnes is the senior clerk.

SILKS

David Perry QC
A high-profile advocate who is particularly renowned for having been instructed in the most significant appeals of recent times. Market sources single him out as a "superstar" of the Bar. He is highly experienced in acting for both the prosecution and the defence in only the most challenging and complex criminal matters, both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "He is like a swan in water: effective without losing his sense of decorum."
Recent work: Acted in R v Docherty, a Supreme Court appeal regarding imprisonment for public protection sentencing.

Aftab Jafferjee QC
An excellent prosecutor who undertakes all manner of serious criminal matters. He is lauded by interviewees for the expert defence he provides in high-profile cases.
Strengths: "Very thorough, effective and experienced." "He's good on technical evidence, is very determined and juries like him."
Recent work: Successfully defended Kofi Mercer against charges of murder at the Central Criminal Court.

John Ryder QC
A well-regarded silk who specialises in defending the most complex and serious cases from violent crime to substantial fraud. He is also well known for his depth of experience in handling international criminal matters, particularly those in the Cayman Islands. Market sources single him out as "one of the best in the profession" due to his "extraordinary ability to turn a case around with a closing speech."
Strengths: "Amazingly talented and a brilliant strategist, he is a spectacular advocate who has juries absolutely eating out of the palm of his hand." "A very polished performer in court, he's someone who oozes confidence." "He's charismatic, riveting, charming, and has a really strong sense of justice."
Recent work: Defended a 16 year old client charged with manslaughter.

Simon Denison QC
A fantastic barrister and former Treasury Counsel who possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of serious and complex crime, and has a particularly impressive understanding of challenging homicide and attempted murder briefs. He also has experience with gang-related and drug offences. Sources describe him as "a very good operator" who "everyone always has total confidence in."
Strengths: "Thorough, quietly spoken, effective and affable." "He prosecutes in a very understated style that is absolutely deadly."
Recent work: Prosecuted a two-handed murder by stabbing at the Central Criminal Court.

Duncan Penny QC
Senior Treasury Counsel, extremely experienced in the prosecution of high-profile murders, who handled both the retrial of Barry George and the prosecution of those who murdered Ben Kinsella. Interviewees praise him for his ability to cut through large amounts of complex information in order to reach the essential parts of a case.
Strengths: "Thinks very technically and strategically about what needs to be said." "He is a very skilled prosecutor who acts in all the big cases."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Trevor Timon, a case regarding the murder of Oliver Dearlove.

Sasha Wass QC
A renowned advocate instructed in many of the most high-profile cases of recent years, including those of Rosemary West and Rolf Harris. She is particularly au fait with briefs involving murder and sexual offences. Sources praise her as "a fierce advocate in sex and fraud cases."
Strengths: "She is exceptionally talented and clients love her."
Recent work: Defended Jonathan Simpson against harassment charges.

Duncan Atkinson QC

Sarah Whitehouse QC

Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

Jacob Hallam QC

Gareth Patterson QC

Alison Morgan
Well-regarded Junior Treasury Counsel who is lauded by interviewees for her "tenacious advocacy" as both prosecution and defence counsel. She has recently been instructed in multiple challenging and high-profile matters, including terrorism and firearms cases.
Strengths: "Her attention to detail is outstanding."
Recent work: Prosecuted Sally Lane and John Letts on charges of funding terrorism. It was alleged that the pair transferred money to their son Jack Letts, labelled 'Jihadi Jack', one of the first white Britons to join ISIS.

Simon Ray
A junior who has regularly undertaken high-profile cases across the full spectrum of serious crime. He is also highly experienced in assisting City clients with criminal advice. Market sources praise him for his "ability to mop up a huge amount of material and get to grips with it," as well as the "experience and skill" he brings to private cases.
Strengths: "Has a lovely manner with judges and clients." "He has an understated yet extremely effective style of advocacy."
Recent work: Represented a teacher charged with a string of historic sex offences perpetrated on two pupils during the 1980s.

Mark Weekes

Timothy Cray

Paul Jarvis

Ben Lloyd

Peter Ratliff

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann

Kate Wilkinson

Alistair Richardson

Louis Mably

Martyn Bowyer

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

QEB Hollis Whiteman is an outstanding set recognised for "delivering quality at every level" that possesses an impressive team of barristers. Members regularly prosecute and defend high-profile, serious criminal cases and offer additional experience in regulatory cases. An example of the leading work undertaken is R v Sellu, a high-profile appeal of a gross negligence manslaughter conviction, which resulted in the court issuing new guidelines for similar cases.

Client service: "The clerking is characterised by effortless efficiency." Senior clerk Chris Emmings is praised for being "organised, affable, friendly and sensible."

SILKS

Crispin Aylett QC
A star individual who is enormously respected for his abilities as a prosecutor. In recent times he has undertaken several complex and high-profile murder cases, along with other matters such as terrorism and firearms offences. Interviewees highlight his expertise in the most serious criminal matters, including those relating to sexual allegations and joint-enterprise murder.
Strengths: "An absolutely fantastic silk" who is "a very effective, top-class prosecutor."

Eleanor Laws QC
An outstanding silk who specialises in serious crime and has particular expertise in murder and sexual offences. Her recent work includes acting as both prosecution and defence counsel in cases concerning historic sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Market sources praise her for her "untiring dedication to her work" and note that she has made an "art form out of cross-examination."
Strengths: "Has a forensic mind when it comes to pulling apart the issues in a case." "She is an expert tactician, her legal knowledge is near unparalleled and she has a commanding court presence."
Recent work: Successfully defended Thady Duff, a student at the Royal Agricultural University, against a charge of multiple incident gang rape.

William Boyce QC
A fantastic silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court who stands out for his impressive track record in complex and high-profile cases. His experience includes World War II war crimes investigations, murder trials and a range of fraud cases. Sources are impressed by his "Rolls-Royce service" and knowledgeable approach.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and user-friendly." "He is a delightful old-school advocate who really engages with the jury."
Recent work: Acted in R v Khalid Rashad, successfully prosecuting a man for possession of explosive substances and ammunition after an extensive counterterrorism investigation.

Edward Brown QC
Well-regarded silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel praised by interviewees for his ability to support clients through difficult trials. He is a highly experienced criminal practitioner who is also a strong regulatory lawyer. Brown is highly thought of for his exemplary cross-examinations and skilful advocacy in serious criminal cases.
Strengths: "A masterful prosecutor and a barrister of real humanity." "His research is detailed and his drafting is superb."
Recent work: Prosecuted Ben Butler for the murder of his six year old daughter, twelve months after she had been returned to him by the Family Court High Court Judge.

Mark Ellison QC
Former First Treasury Counsel who has great experience of handling a raft of serious criminal matters including cases relating to murder, terrorism, official secrets and fraud. He is particularly recognised for his experience of police corruption cases.
Strengths: "A phenomenal advocate with a tremendous reputation."
Recent work: Represented a colorectal surgeon in an appeal against charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

Adrian Darbishire QC
A highly regarded barrister who specialises in serious cases including corporate crime, sexual offences and corruption. He also garners praise for his experience of handling health and safety matters.
Strengths: "Very supportive and happy to work collaboratively." "He's a sought-after person; if you get him on a case, you've done pretty well."
Recent work: Defended a partner of a global law firm subject to private prosecution in respect of allegations of people trafficking and fraud.

Zoe Johnson QC
A fantastic silk with expertise in both serious crime and professional discipline matters. Interviewees describe her as "very compelling and persuasive" and "able to handle emotionally-charged cases with real sensitivity." Johnson has been instructed in matters relating to terrorism, homicide, child murder and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "She has real gravitas in court: she commands the room and makes her arguments with really impressive articulation."
Recent work: Successfully defended a GP against a charge of gross negligence manslaughter. The charge was brought following the death of a child at five months from a rare disease which had gone undiagnosed despite the evidence of symptoms.

David Spens QC
Praised for his advocacy, he has vast experience of both serious general crime and financial crime. He is a defence specialist who has represented those accused of murder and sex crime, as well as those charged with protest offences. A number of his cases have attracted media attention, one example being Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials. He is highly regarded for his "old-school charm and frightening intelligence" and is seen as a silk who "has the wisdom and authority to achieve what others cannot."
Strengths: "Very thorough and someone with a great eye for detail, he's also very good with clients." "His ability to apply forensic skill and judgement to crimes of serious violence is excellent and he has an engaging manner with client, judge and jury." "He's really the master of his brief - absolutely everything is crossed and dotted."
Recent work: Represented a young woman who suffocated her two month old child to death, leaving the body in a rubbish bin.

David Jeremy QC

Sean Larkin QC

Philip Evans QC

JUNIORS

Ben FitzGerald
A leading junior with in-depth experience across the full spectrum of criminal matters, who acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. He has been instructed in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times and attracts praise for his "meticulous approach" and "terrific attention to detail."
Strengths: "One of the most outstanding juniors at the Criminal Bar, with an exceptionally sharp legal mind and a really effective style of advocacy. He really stands head and shoulders above others of his call." "His presentation of arguments in court is measured and extremely effective."
Recent work: Prosecuted Foyjur Rahman, accused of being one of the armed assailants of a Bangladeshi man in a historic attack in a residential street in Islington.

Jocelyn Ledward
An "absolutely outstanding junior with the mind of a legal machine," who specialises in complex crime and fraud defence. She has been instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and violent disorder. Sources highlight her "immense intellect" and her "ability to master the arguments early on."
Strengths: "Ridiculously bright, very hard-working and someone with a very professional manner in court." "She's tactically fantastic."
Recent work: Prosecuted Patrick Adams and his wife for the historic shooting of their former friend.

Nicholas Corsellis
A superb junior lauded for his ability to prosecute and defend a broad range of serious criminal matters, including drugs and murder cases. Sources highlight him as a "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients.
Strengths: "A class act" who is "very clever."
Recent work: Represented the lead defendant in the £20 million Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

Linda Strudwick
A highly regarded junior who attracts praise for her "very thorough and clear" advocacy. She is well versed in both prosecution and defence across the full spectrum of criminal cases, such as manslaughter, drugs and rape.
Strengths: "A fully prepared fantastic advocate who exudes confidence." "She's a very thorough and hard-working junior."
Recent work: Prosecuted three 18 year olds charged with a drug and gang related shooting of a member of another gang on a London street.

Rachna Gokani
An in-demand junior who is regularly entrusted with complex and challenging instructions, who has appeared before the Court of Appeal. She has recently been instructed in several serious criminal actions, as well as financial criminal cases.
Strengths: "Hard-working and knows the cases inside out." "She is a bright and capable junior who punches above her weight."
Recent work: Instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey to advise on the application of the English Sentencing Guidelines for sexual assault and rape in Jersey.

Edward Henry
A well-regarded junior and excellent advocate who specialises in all areas of general crime. He is particularly known for his expertise in serious organised crime, and is highly respected for his mastery of complex legal issues such as expert evidence and abuse of process. Sources praise him for his "strategic thinking" and "excellent analysis of the issues."
Strengths: "At his finest when he is on his feet. He has an eloquence to his submissions, and he conveys his argument concisely and in an attractive manner." "Edward commands the respect of judges and his peers, and it is a real pleasure to listen to him in court."
Recent work: Represented a client on two drugs conspiracies, tried together, in a cut-throat defence with those above and below him on the indictment. He was the only one of the principal defendants to be acquitted.

Benn Maguire
A terrific advocate who specialises in defending those accused of serious crime, including cases of homicide, historic sex abuse and firearms offences. Market sources highlight his ability to provide a "very reassuring presence" to clients. He is also known for his work on appellate matters.
Strengths: "He is able to get to the real nuts and bolts of a case very quickly and commands the respect of both judges and juries."
Recent work: Prosecuted Jeffrey Wiltshire and Rosalin Baker on charges of infanticide after they staged their young daughter's death on a London bus.

Philip Stott

Julian Evans

Paul Wakerley

Philip McGhee

Paul Raudnitz

Fallon Alexis

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An "absolutely superb" set with a top-flight crime team praised for its expertise across the full range of serious criminal matters. Members are renowned for handling cases concerning murder, terrorism, serious fraud, corruption, historic abuse and organised crime, and have a niche expertise in extradition law. Their track record includes defending some of the most high-profile criminal matters of recent years, examples of clients being Max Clifford and several individuals implicated in Operation Elveden, which looked into inappropriate payments made to public officials. Individuals here are highly regarded for their outstanding advocacy and high-quality client care at both senior and junior levels. One interviewee notes: "3 Raymond Buildings is a great set full of brilliant people."

Client service: The clerks' room is described as "always on top of communications" and "a pleasure to work with." "The team is very efficient and reasonable." It is led by Eddie Holland.

SILKS

Patrick Gibbs QC
Described as "absolutely superb all round," he is noted for his excellent reputation as one of the most highly regarded advocates across all areas of serious crime work. He has been instructed in some of the most significant cases in recent years, including Operation Elveden and the trial of Constance Briscoe. Well versed in both advisory work and litigation, he is highly respected for his intellectual acumen, and described by market observers as "the barrister's barrister" who "has everything, and no apparent weaknesses or flaws."
Strengths: "He's the real deal - sophisticated, completely unflappable and meticulously detailed." "So brilliant he is out of this world" and "impressive in all departments."

Alexander Cameron QC
An "effective and charismatic" silk who attracts praise for his strategic advice and intelligent advocacy. Offering his services for both publicly and privately funded work, he has worked on numerous high-profile and complex cases, including those relating to homicide, drug and sexual offences.
Strengths: "A go-to silk for complex crime, he is a great jury advocate and a wonderful speechmaker." "An extremely astute QC whose strategic judgement is impeccable. He has a brilliant legal brain and is a commanding presence in court."

Richard Horwell QC
A former First Senior Treasury Counsel who is instructed in complex and high-profile cases. He has a practice rich in fraud, drugs, terrorism and sex cases, and has experience of representing the Crown in matters of national security. Sources commend him for his "forensic mind" and "very persuasive" advocacy.
Strengths: "A commanding advocate who is utterly dedicated to getting the best result for his clients." "He is experienced, talented and he has such a sharp mind; he doesn't miss anything."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in an inquest into the death of a man who never regained consciousness after being restrained by police in a mental health hospital.

Hugo Keith QC
A very highly regarded silk who has a broad practice encompassing expertise in all areas of criminal law, including extradition and criminal public law alongside serious crime. He undertakes the most challenging cases, many of them privately, and is praised for his "smooth advocacy."
Strengths: "He is tenacious and works hard for his clients to get good results on tricky cases."

Trevor Burke QC
Regularly advising high-profile individuals, he has a fantastic reputation as an all-round specialist in serious criminal matters. He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. Burke has been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree.
Strengths: "Trevor is great in court and has a fantastic track record in general crime." "He's an accomplished performer."
Recent work: Defended the chauffeur whose client was the undercover reporter known as the ‘fake sheikh’. The chauffeur was accused of perverting the course of justice.

Michael Borrelli QC
Specialising in complex defence work, he has been party to some of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent times. He is particularly experienced in defending those charged with homicide offences that attract significant media attention. Sources highlight his "tenacious" advocacy and note that juries appreciate his charming style.
Strengths: "Very stylish and effective," "he is a fantastic tactician who masters papers quickly." "Cross-examination is his most powerful tool."
Recent work: Represented the first defendant in a two-handed murder involving planned torture and execution by shooting.

Michael Bromley-Martin QC
A first-class advocate who boasts vast experience across all areas of serious crime along with niche expertise in assisting police officers charged with criminal proceedings. Market sources praise him for his "meticulous preparation."
Strengths: "A phenomenal cross-examiner" who is "absolutely tenacious and thinks outside the box. He's excellent on the law."
Recent work: Secured the only acquittal in a trial of three defendants charged with the murder of a 25 year old woman in North London.

Hugh Davies QC
Experienced in both prosecuting and defending, and has developed expertise in the area of child sex exploitation via the internet or extra-jurisdictional contact. He also has an exceptional knowledge of the niche area of cyber crime.
Strengths: "Clever and meticulous," "he is very hard-working and measured in his delivery."
Recent work: Acted in R v PC Paul Adey and Others, defending a police officer against charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice following evidence given in relation to the death of Kingsley Burrell. The officer was said to have lied as to the circumstances of restraint.

Jane Humphryes QC
Experienced at handling the full range of serious criminal cases, she is particularly well known for her expertise in handling sex offences. She is praised for her ability to manage the court.
Strengths: "Fearless in court and only pursues the best points."
Recent work: Acted in R v B, a case involving an allegation of rape of two women by a professional man, following the potential administration of a date rape drug.

James Lewis QC
Highly regarded silk whose practice includes serious criminal matters with an international angle, as well as extradition expertise. He is highly capable of handling complex cases and litigation.
Strengths: "His incredible knowledge of a vast range of topics, his warm and skilful client manner and his extreme user-friendliness never cease to amaze."
Recent work: Represented a Saudi Arabian national charged with slavery and exploitation of servants in the UK.

John Hardy QC

James Hines QC

Alisdair Williamson QC
Well regarded silk with particular expertise in the defence of individuals, often high-profile, who have been charged with sexual assaults. He also regularly defends firearms and fraud cases, among other matters. His practice frequently sees him appearing before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, in addition to representing clients in disciplinary hearings. He is particularly praised by sources for his jury and client manner.
Strengths: "So personable, with a sharp legal mind and a great manner with instructing solicitors and clients."

JUNIORS

Neil Saunders
A leading junior who is highly respected by his peers and described as "one of the great players in the field." He both prosecutes and defends all areas of serious crime and fraud, and was heavily involved in Operation Elveden. He is praised for his extremely persuasive advocacy which is "plainly silk standard."
Strengths: "Offers gravitas and efficacy in equal measure." "In terms of his client care and the way he prepares the case, you can't fault him."

William Emlyn Jones
Junior barrister with experience of both prosecuting and defending criminal trials, who has a flourishing private practice. He has significant expertise in complex and high-profile murder trials, and also undertakes challenging terrorism work. Interviewees praise him for being "a first-rate communicator" who is "totally dedicated, incredibly well prepared" and "a joy to work with."
Strengths: "A fluent and convincing advocate" who is "totally dedicated, incredibly well prepared, and someone whose client care skills are exemplary."
Recent work: Prosecuted a man accused of the murders of four young men whom he met on homosexual dating websites.

Richard Wormald
A standout junior who is extremely experienced in all matters of serious crime. He has experience of both prosecuting and defending, and has recently been instructed in highly significant cases involving multiple murders, firearms offences and perversion of the course of justice. Market sources praise him for his deep knowledge of bribery and corruption matters.
Strengths: "A very intellectual barrister who makes brilliant tactical choices and wins the most impossible cases."
Recent work: Acted for the first defendant in R v Jason Moore. The case concerned charges of murder at the Central Criminal Court.

Matthew Butt
Skilled criminal defence practitioner with additional experience of prosecution work. He undertakes a broad spectrum of criminal briefs, and has recently been instructed in cases ranging from domestic violence to rape. Butt is lauded for his experience working on serious criminal cases and for his expertise in firearms cases.
Strengths: "A strong-minded and fully committed barrister who is really making his mark."
Recent work: Represented a former colonel of the Nepalese army charged with the commission of war crimes during Nepal's civil war in 2005.

Guy Ladenburg

Luke Ponte

Heather Oliver

Nicholas Yeo

Edmund Gritt

Bo-Eun Jung

Robert Morris

Kevin Baumber

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

25 Bedford Row is a user-friendly set highly regarded for its capabilities across all areas of complex criminal defence work. Chambers is praised for offering a bench of expert silks and juniors who are described by commentators as being "always excellently prepared." Members here enjoy a reputation for "caring about clients and putting their interests at the forefront of their representation." They have recently acted in the case of R v James Warnock, a high-profile child murder and exploitation case.

Client service: "An excellent clerking service" that makes "every effort to accommodate both the client's and solicitor's needs." Senior clerk Guy Williams is lauded for his experienced and flexible clerking, as well as for "never recommending someone who isn't right for a particular case."

SILKS

Jeremy Dein QC
An incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime. He is often entrusted with high-profile cases that have attracted significant media attention, including the 'shopping trolley killing'. Market sources praise him as a "very strong silk in the criminal field" who is "both clever and hard-working."
Strengths: "Incredibly capable and both authoritative and approachable."
Recent work: Acted in R v Ben Lewis, a high-profile case concerning a youth camp owner charged with multiple counts of possession of indecent images.

Courtenay Griffiths QC
A highly regarded silk with an impressive practice spanning both domestic and international criminal law. He is an expert in serious violent crime matters and has handled numerous homicide and terrorism cases. Interviewees regularly highlight him for his ability to run difficult cases.
Strengths: "A very attractive, understated advocate" who is "well known for his beautiful closing speeches."
Recent work: Defended a client against charges of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, kidnap and perverting the course of justice.

Paul Mendelle QC
Respected and impressive silk with extensive experience of the most serious and high-profile criminal cases. He has handled numerous murder cases, including those relating to gangland warfare, and has also played a significant part in Operation Elveden. He is described by sources as "very canny" and "extremely focused on the needs of his clients."
Strengths: "An extremely astute and strategic operator" who "fearlessly defends his clients."
Recent work: Represented a client in a five-handed gangland contract killing.

Paul Hynes QC
A diligent and "intellectually gifted barrister" who regularly defends serious criminal cases, such as firearms, drugs and terrorism matters. He is regarded as being "excellent on the law" and "brilliant in front of juries."
Strengths: "A genuinely inspiring barrister" who is "clever, jury-friendly and has good judgement as well as the light touch which is so important in terrorism cases." "He is diligent and fights his corner well."
Recent work: Defended a client charged with involvement in the 'Poppy Day Plot', an allegation of preparing for an act of terrorism involving a beheading on the streets of London.

George Carter-Stephenson QC
"A tremendously impressive, heavyweight silk" with vast experience across a broad spectrum of criminal matters, including complex murder and conspiracy to commit murder cases.
Strengths: "He is one of the hardest-working silks in the market which shows in the results he achieves."
Recent work: Acted in R v Imar Farjani & Others, a multi-handed high-profile murder trial in the Central Criminal Court.

Paul Keleher QC

Tyrone Smith QC

Jo Sidhu QC

Peter Doyle QC

John Cooper QC

Rudi Fortson QC

JUNIORS

Aisling Byrnes
An excellent junior who attracts praise from market observers for her handling of factually sensitive and emotive cases. She focuses her practice on all areas of serious crime, and has particular expertise in sexual offences and domestic violence cases. Byrnes has recently been instructed in serious criminal cases including those relating to historic abuse, grievous bodily harm and child abduction.
Strengths: "An accessible barrister who instils immediate confidence in her clients with her robust advocacy and her commitment to fighting their corner."
Recent work: Represented a city financier charged with raping a young woman.

Adrian Eissa

Arlette Piercy

Sebastian Gardiner

Nicola Howard

Ronald Jaffa

Ben Smitten

Emma Akuwudike

Michael Neofytou

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A fantastic set that is renowned for having an "incredibly clever" team of silks frequently instructed in complex general crime and, more particularly, financial crime matters. Cases concerning manslaughter, sexual and drug offences and all other forms of serious criminal wrongdoing are handled by members who are known for being "consistently excellent." One commentator notes: "There is no one in Cloth Fair who isn't first-class." Members often act for the most high-profile clients and recently had involvement in the 'Fake Sheikh' case concerning charges of perverting the course of justice.

Client service: The clerks are praised as "absolutely on top of their game." One solicitor says: "I can't recall the clerks at Cloth Fair ever having made a mistake in clerking." Nick Newman is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Nicholas Purnell QC
An "incredibly clever" practitioner highly respected by market observers, who has vast experience of all areas of criminal law, both general and financial. Recently, he has handled some incredibly high-profile cases, including those involving historic sex abuse, terrorism, corporate manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Interviewees highlight him for having "vastly detailed knowledge" that brings home results for clients.
Strengths: "He can effortlessly hold a courtroom and is incredibly clever."

John Kelsey-Fry QC
A pre-eminent silk who is "an absolutely terrific jury advocate" with "a very charismatic manner." He is particularly well known for his representation of private clients in the most serious general crime and financial crime cases. Kelsey-Fry has been instructed in some of the most headline-grabbing matters of recent years, handling cases relating to homicide, corruption, perverting the course of justice and affray.
Strengths: "The best trial lawyer out there" and "an outstanding advocate with excellent judgement."
Recent work: Represented Jay Rutland, the property tycoon, over charges of facilitating the movement of an international fugitive across international borders.

Ian Winter QC
An impressive and proactive practitioner who handles purely privately-funded matters. His recent work includes advising on charges ranging from blackmail to allegations of sexual offences. Market sources praise him for his "ability to quickly focus on the key strategic points" of a case.
Strengths: "Second to none and brings everything you would expect to the table." "He is terrific, hard-working and charismatic. Juries love him and judges respect him."

Alison Pople QC

Clare Sibson QC

JUNIORS

Jonathan Barnard
An "extremely industrious and very client-focused" junior held to be among the leading legal minds at the Criminal Bar. He is highly experienced at handling both private prosecutions and private defence work, often leading on his own. In recent times he has been instructed in matters including sexual offences and perverting the course of justice.
Strengths: "He's really great to work with and a great all-rounder. Just fantastic."

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A strong multidisciplinary set with capabilities across the full range of serious criminal cases, which regularly acts for both publicly and privately funded clients. Its members, who are described as being "among the leading lights in the profession," have further expertise in matters related to extradition, human rights, public law and civil liberties. An example of the leading work undertaken by them is R v Jogee, a landmark Supreme Court appeal concerning the doctrine of joint enterprise.

Client service: Crime team leaders Tom Street and Richard Vile are praised for their "eagerness to help and respond." "You can always rely on the clerks to arrange cover for unexpected hearings."

SILKS

Edward Fitzgerald QC
An excellent practitioner and pre-eminent figure at the Bar who comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise in extradition matters, an area where he is considered "head and shoulders above the vast majority of other silks." He has considerable expertise in an array of criminal matters, including murder, and is also renowned for his international criminal law expertise.
Strengths: "He's a first-class performer" who is "a go-to barrister who has the respect of the court."

Rebecca Trowler QC
An exceptional silk who is regularly instructed as defence counsel in high-profile and challenging criminal matters, including murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Market sources highlight her for being "amazingly well prepared" and "a pleasure to work with."
Strengths: "Has in-depth knowledge and is very much involved in the preparation of the case from the outset. She is a QC who is truly part of the team from the beginning."
Recent work: Represented Stephen Fossi against charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

Joel Bennathan QC
A first-rate silk with in-depth experience across all areas of serious crime, who is particularly good at cases with complex legal arguments. He regularly handles appeal cases and is noted for his expertise in terrorism matters. Bennathan is praised as an "eloquent advocate who can grasp the attention of the judge or jury as needed."
Strengths: "A hard-working, excellent advocate who is very good with clients." "He is a ridiculously clever barrister who is very good at putting clients at ease."
Recent work: Successfully defended Haseeb Hamayoon, a man accused of plotting to decapitate a soldier or policeman on Remembrance Sunday. This was one of the most serious terrorist allegations of recent years.

Tim Moloney QC
An excellent advocate who is highly praised for his exceptional client-handling abilities and legal knowledge. He is highlighted as "a class performer with a tactical brain" who is "court smart" and "always on top of the materials." Moloney is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. In addition, he is well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments.
Strengths: "An immensely personable and extremely knowledgeable silk who gives great confidence to clients due to his fearless presentation of arguments in court." "He's an all-rounder who can turn his hand to anything."
Recent work: Prosecuted a high-profile case concerning a married couple accused of funding terrorism when they sent money to their son to enable him to escape from ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.

James Wood QC
A skilled practitioner who is highly sought after for terrorism cases and highlighted by market sources as an "unstoppable appellate advocate." Committed to both private and publicly funded work, his practice also consists of challenging and complex cases relating to murder and drug offences.
Strengths: "His intellect is intimidating, his advocacy is fearless and tactically he is incredibly astute. The most anxious and demanding clients feel safe in his hands and juries listen to what he has to say even when it is unpalatable."
Recent work: Represented Tarik Hassane against charges of conspiracy to murder police officers and soldiers. This case involved the largest ever MI5 and anti-terrorism police investigation into ISIS-inspired plots on the mainland of the UK.

Francis FitzGibbon QC
A persuasive silk with a practice that is focused upon heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters have included cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. He receives praise for his impressive ability to absorb cases in great detail in a short timeframe.
Strengths: "He is very good on the law and has excellent interpersonal skills." "His easy way with witnesses disguises a subtle determination to press home his point which ultimately pays dividends with the jury."
Recent work: Acted in R v Wheatley, a case involving the murder of a vulnerable adult.

Isabella Forshall QC
A brilliant silk who is renowned for her handling of complex cases involving homicides, and in particular infanticide. She is also extremely well known for her mastery of substantial sexual offence cases. Market sources note the strength of her advocacy and her excellent client care.
Strengths: "She is very helpful, down-to-earth, hard-working and extremely committed."
Recent work: Acted for Liban Abdi, a man accused of a campaign of sexual offences against stranger victims aged from 19 to 76 years old.

Andrew Hall QC

Christopher Sallon QC

Adrian Waterman QC

Kirsty Brimelow QC

Sarah Elliott QC

David Hislop QC

David Bentley QC

Peter Carter QC

JUNIORS

Benjamin Newton
An experienced junior widely regarded as a "top barrister" and "brilliant advocate" who garners praise for his sensitive cross-examinations and skilful client care. He often acts as defence counsel and has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years.
Strengths: "Incredibly intelligent and great both on paper and in court, where he uses humour to disarm juries." "He is extremely articulate, down-to-earth and very easy to work with." "It is incredibly impressive how he gets on top of the details of cases early on and gives very considered explanations for tactical decisions."
Recent work: Represented a client in a gross negligence manslaughter case, following the death of Adam Hird, who was restrained by security staff at a London nightclub in 2014 and suffered positional asphyxiation.

Richard Thomas
An excellent junior highlighted for his ability to "talk to clients at a level they can understand." He is regularly instructed in extremely complex cases that attract significant media attention, including those relating to terrorism, burglary and corruption.
Strengths: "Super intelligent, quick-thinking and a man respected by Crown Court judges." "He is an extremely thorough and conscientious lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in a number of terrorism cases, including R v Rahman and Others, R v Abdalraouf Abdallah and R v Yaqub Rae.

Paul Taylor
A fantastic, hard-working advocate who is highly regarded for his specialism and expertise in appellate work. He attracts plaudits for his preparation and intellect, and has been instructed in some of the most complex and challenging appeals of recent years, including those relating to fresh evidence, murders and historic sexual offences. Taylor is also particularly renowned for his expertise in fitness to plead cases, particularly those relating to psychiatric issues.
Strengths: "He's meticulous in his directions to instructing solicitors, he brings great energy to the legal team and he goes the extra mile when preparing for cases."
Recent work: Represented a high-profile client in an appeal against a murder conviction.

Liam Walker

Piers Marquis

Lauren Soertsz

Kate O'Raghallaigh

Emma Goodall

Nichola Higgins

David Rhodes

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Matrix Chambers is widely regarded as "a very good outfit" that fields "fantastic" advocates who are especially renowned for their intellectual acumen. It has strong capability across the full range of general criminal law, with additional strength in related areas such as international criminal law, financial crime, regulatory law and extradition. The set is especially well regarded for its handling of serious fraud matters, and has a "thorough understanding of cases where commercial and criminal law cross over." They are equally at home prosecuting or defending serious crime cases and frequently receive instructions in high-profile and politically sensitive cases due to their enviable expertise in human rights and civil liberties. The set often undertakes international work, including recently R v Donna Vasyli, an appeal against a murder conviction in the Bahamas.

Client service: Senior practice manager Paul Venables and assistant practice manager Steve Willey attract praise for being "really user-friendly. They are excellent at diary management, and hard but fair negotiators." "The clerks are really responsive, very straightforward, and people who completely understand about urgency and confidentiality."

SILKS

Ken Macdonald QC
A former Director of Public Prosecutions with vast experience of handling domestic and international crime, who attracts praise from interviewees for his formidable advocacy. He frequently assists clients in strategically liaising with prosecution authorities.
Strengths: "Gives sound and practical advice and uses his knowledge and connections to navigate sensitive issues." "He is a masterful tactician who demonstrates a huge amount of insight as well as a very genuine interest in his clients and their cases."

Clare Montgomery QC
An excellent advocate with experience of both defending and prosecuting. Interviewees praise her for her client care and no-nonsense approach to cases. She is a noted criminal appellate lawyer and has further expertise in extradition work.
Strengths: "Exhibits real quality from the beginning to the end of a case." "She's extremely good at getting to the heart of highly complex material quickly and providing incisive intelligent input." "Clare is at the top of her profession: she has an unparalleled knowledge of the law and gives practical and commercial advice."
Recent work: Defended Deborah Winzar, a nurse convicted of killing her paraplegic husband.

Ben Emmerson QC
Famed for his involvement in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years, he is highlighted by commentators for his skilled advocacy and intellect. He is also renowned for his international criminal practice and he regularly appears at the ICC.
Strengths: "Ben is an extraordinary advocate and a real lawyer's lawyer. He can also really articulate matters to a client."

Tim Owen QC
Has a practice encompassing the full spectrum of criminal law, be it general crime or fraud. Sources describe him as "an intellectual lawyer and a great jury advocate." He regularly appears before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Tim is fantastic on the law." "He is a very bright black-letter lawyer."
Recent work: Defended Rurik Jutting in his trial before the Hong Kong High Court for the sadistic torture and murder of two Indonesian women in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong in October 2014.

Alex Bailin QC

Danny Friedman QC

Mark Summers QC

Alison Macdonald QC

Matthew Ryder QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A strong set of chambers that is highly recommended for having skilled advocates who provide an excellent service. Chambers offers breadth and depth in complex criminal matters including sexual offences and fraud. An example of instructions received by members is Kelly and Others, a prosecution of 12 men accused of exploitation and serious sexual offences against boys in care.

Client service: The clerks provide "an excellent service" and "genuinely try to provide solicitors with the best counsel for the case." Senior clerk Mark Bennett is highlighted for being "brilliant" and "brutally efficient."

SILKS

Rosina Cottage QC
A highly regarded silk with extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending the full spectrum of violent and sexual offences cases. She is particularly renowned for her handling of victims, witnesses and defendants who are subject to Special Measures, as well as those who are suffering from emotional vulnerability or mental impairment. Market sources note her strong presence in court and formidable advocacy.
Strengths: "She is a class act" who "sees the issues immediately and commands respect in any courtroom. No one messes around in her presence."
Recent work: Prosecuted teachers employed by St Paul's School from the 1970s to 1990s on charges of historic child sex abuse, as part of Operation Winthorpe.

David Etherington QC
A highly renowned silk lauded by interviewees for being "incredibly talented." He possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of criminal law including fraud. Market sources highlight him for his "persuasively charming" advocacy style.
Strengths: "David is an outstanding and well-reasoned defence advocate whose oral advocacy is clever, concise and delivered with both flair and courtesy."
Recent work: Defended Stephen Port against charges of murder, rape and sexual assault.

Max Hill QC
Head of chambers Max Hill is a "particularly excellent" silk with a prosecution background, who now also represents the defence in some of the most serious and high-profile matters around, including murder and terrorism cases. Impressed sources highlight his "ability to separate the wheat from the chaff very effectively."
Strengths: "A very impressive and focused barrister with the ability to bridge the gap between the dock and the bench."
Recent work: Prosecuted in R v Khan and Khan, a case involving a plot to behead US servicemen in East Anglia.

Jeremy Benson QC

Kate Bex QC

Gillian Jones QC

JUNIORS

Michelle Nelson
A well-regarded junior with a flourishing practice, who prosecutes and defends serious criminal matters including terrorism and joint-enterprise murder cases. She attracts praise for her "tenacious and effective" advocacy and her strength with juries.
Strengths: "An exceptionally gifted and hard-working barrister" who is "frighteningly good." "Michelle is an extremely hard worker who misses absolutely nothing in terms of her preparation."
Recent work: Prosecuted in R v David West, a case involving the murder of a father by a son in circumstances of agreed historic bullying by the father.

Jennifer Dempster
An "incredibly knowledgeable and professional" junior specialising in the defence of those charged with counts of serious crime and fraud. She has recently been instructed in a wide variety of complex criminal cases, including those concerning murder, sexual offences and kidnapping. Highlighted as "an effective cross-examiner," she is particularly good at handling young defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "A hard-working and incredibly talented advocate who has impressive client care skills." "She makes rapid assessments and her understanding of details is amazing."
Recent work: Defended Joseph Ashman, alleged to be the boss of a highly organised drugs gang, in a case concerning one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in the UK.

Tom Forster
An experienced junior with particular expertise in defence work. He has undertaken numerous complex cases of the most serious nature, including matters relating to child prostitution and other serious organised crime.
Strengths: "He is a straight-talking lawyer who makes succinct points logically and clearly."

Adam Wiseman

Tom Payne

David Walbank

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A notable set highly regarded for its wealth of experience of handling complex and high-profile criminal defence cases. Its practitioners are highlighted for their expertise in a broad range of general crime, including manslaughter and terrorism matters. Sources note the set's particular strength in terms of its silks, who regularly undertake serious criminal cases, such as those relating to Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. Members at the set were recently involved in R v Jogee, the Supreme Court appeal that redefined joint enterprise cases.

Client service: Senior clerk Marc King "never lets the instructing solicitor down" and is described by one source as being "the best in the business for getting the work through the door."

SILKS

Charles Bott QC
An "immensely impressive" and "tremendously hard-working" silk who regularly defends in a broad range of criminal cases, including manslaughter and serious fraud matters. Sources highlight his "mathematician-like ability to deal with complexities in a case" and praise him for "knowing his brief backwards."
Strengths: "A top-drawer silk who is both sharp-witted and personable in equal measure." "He is always professional and really, really hard-working."
Recent work: Represented a teacher accused of offences of terrorism arising from assistance given to those who fought for ISIS in Syria.

Alan Kent QC

Nigel Lambert QC

Christopher Henley QC

Colin Aylott QC

Matthew Sherratt QC

JUNIORS

Mark Harries

William England

Roxanne Morrell

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A well-regarded set recognised for its strength at both senior and junior levels that is home to "professional, courteous and experienced barristers." Solicitors appreciate the fact that "there are many quality barristers to choose from at the set." Members regularly handle publicly and privately funded criminal cases, and offer expertise in complex and high-profile matters. One source highlights the team for being "extremely competent and easy to contact." Recent highlights include the Cahill and McCann cases involving historic abuse at a Catholic children's home.

Client service: "The clerks are efficient, helpful, easy to contact and quick to respond." They are praised for "playing a vital part in ensuring the success of each case" and "always going above and beyond to assist."

SILKS

John Price QC

Mark Fenhalls QC

Paul Bogan QC

Allison Hunter QC

Tim Clark QC

JUNIORS

Kate Lumsdon

Rupert Pardoe

Rina-Marie Hill

Hugh Forgan

Eloise Marshall

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A well-respected set which is home to high-quality barristers who frequently undertake serious criminal cases, acting for both the prosecution and defence. Sources highlight the set's strength across the full spectrum of criminal work, and particularly commend it for its specialism in modern slavery cases. Members regularly handle serious criminal work and have noted expertise in cases concerning homicide and sexual offences. Recently, they represented a Sun journalist charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Client service: The clerks' room is well respected by market sources for offering a "very responsive and effective service." Angela May leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Mukul Chawla QC
A highly respected silk who is a highly prominent figure at the Criminal Bar. A former standing counsel to HM Customs & Excise, he is heavily lauded for his intellectual ability. He has experience of handling matters of significant public interest, including complex terrorism and corruption cases. Market sources particularly commend him for his work prosecuting serious fraud cases.
Strengths: "One of the great silks - a lovely guy and a great jury advocate." "He's an excellent silk who has done some great work."
Recent work: Instructed as prosecution counsel in R v Tappuni & Obayda, which concerned corruption by an employed consultant for the World Bank.

Alexandra Healy QC
Both prosecutes and defends the most complex criminal and fraud cases. Recently, she has handled challenging murder, sexual offences and child abuse cases, and was also involved in matters arising from Operation Elveden. She also has extensive experience of handling serious drugs and arson cases.
Strengths: "A really personable and sensible individual" who is "at the top of her game."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a two-handed murder case with additional charges of perverting the course of justice arising out of the disposal of evidence.

Mark Bryant-Heron QC

William Hughes QC

Richard Jory QC

JUNIORS

Mary Poku

Nicholas Dunham

Clare Huntley

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Highlighted for its size and scope, the set regularly handles high-profile criminal cases, including firearms, drugs and fraud matters. Its members are praised for their "breadth of experience and expertise" and for "getting the job done to the highest standard possible." They are particularly recommended for their acumen in heavyweight prosecution work. Recent matters include acting in the 'Aylesbury sex ring' case involving the grooming, sexual exploitation and rape of young girls.

Client service: "The set is very expertly clerked and run like an effective business." The clerks, led by Stephen Ball, are "very accommodating and always extremely helpful."

SILKS

Oliver Blunt QC
Pre-eminent defence silk of vast experience who is highlighted for his "outstanding knowledge of criminal law procedure." Praised for his attitude and the quality of his jury advocacy, he continues to excel in all areas of general criminal law including complex murders, multi-handed robberies and incidents stemming from serious organised crime. One interviewee spoke of his "real charm with the jury."
Strengths: "Very much at the top of the tree but firmly grounded when dealing with solicitors and clients." "A phenomenal lawyer who can leave you awestruck."
Recent work: Defended the lead appellant in R v Lewis Johnson and Others, the first post-Jogee joint enterprise murder appeal.

Sally O'Neill QC
A "methodical, effective and hard-working" barrister highly acclaimed for her courtroom performances. She is particularly well known for her mastery of serious sexual offence and infanticide cases, most notably those involving 'baby shaking', an area where she is commended for her handling of vulnerable witnesses. O'Neill also excels in serious and complex murder and manslaughter cases, among others.
Strengths: "A very classy advocate who stands for no nonsense and certainly takes no prisoners." "She quickly gains the confidence of the judge and jury as a result of her very measured and effective style."
Recent work: Prosecuted a case arising out of the murder and dismemberment of Neill Buchel.

Lisa Wilding QC

Philippa McAtasney QC

Charles Sherrard QC

Giles Cockings QC

Stephen Moses QC

JUNIORS

Caroline Haughey

Jon Swain

Alexia Power

Lisa Wilson

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly regarded set whose members are respected for their wide-ranging experience which encompasses homicide, theft and terrorism cases. Members are typically instructed by defendants, often in cases involving significant media attention including, recently, the defence of footballer Ched Evans in his retrial for rape. According to interviewees, "the barristers are extremely reliable and have great talent." One source says: "They are highly professional and I would have confidence instructing them in any case."

Client service: Led by director of clerking Colin Cook, "the clerks are easy to get on with, reliable, extremely well organised and quick to respond to calls and e-mails, even out of hours." "They work to a very high, professional standard but at the same time are down-to-earth, extremely approachable, and always willing to accommodate any reasonable requests."

SILKS

Henry Blaxland QC
A tremendous defence specialist who attracts plaudits from market commentators for his dedication and attention to detail. A master of both serious crime and fraud cases, he comes particularly highly recommended for his expertise in terrorism matters and for his ability as an appellate advocate. Market sources praise him for his ability to handle complex cases and describe him as "a formidable advocate with unbelievable intellect."
Strengths: "One of the most eminent silks in the country" who is "enormously persuasive, very clever, and someone with an economy of style that is irresistible."
Recent work: Represented a young client charged with assisting acts of terrorism by helping people to travel to fight in Syria.

Judy Khan QC
An excellent advocate well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases, who is highly praised for her incredibly persuasive manner and very likeable courtroom manner. She is particularly experienced in handling substantial murders and sex offences.
Strengths: "One of the most accessible and plain speaking QCs at the Bar - clients love her straightforward, no-fuss approach." "She has a sense of compassion for her clients which shines through."
Recent work: Defended one of eight youths charged with murder and Section 18 causing grievous bodily harm.

James Scobie QC
An "upfront and brave" practitioner highly praised for his ability to communicate with vulnerable clients. His practice encompasses all areas of serious crime, taking in murder and manslaughter cases as well as those relating to sexual offences. Many of the matters he handles attract significant media interest.
Strengths: "Looks at every possibility when advising on a client’s defence." "He offers some serious firepower."
Recent work: Represented father and son Brian and Paul Reader, who both faced charges in connection with the high-profile Hatton Garden heist.

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
A "very smooth operator" with vast experience of all areas of serious crime, and particular expertise in handling criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. He is highly proficient at conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials.
Strengths: "He's a service-minded barrister fully focused on winning."
Recent work: Defended Suhaid Majeed against charges of plotting an ISIS-inspired terrorist conspiracy to murder a soldier or police officer.

Stephen Kamlish QC
A hard-working practitioner who has regularly been instructed in the most high-profile serious crime cases of recent years. As an example, he represented the family of Stephen Lawrence throughout the initial private prosecution of his alleged killers and acted for them in the inquiry which followed. He is a specialist in handling murder and terrorism cases, and frequently receives plaudits for the strength of his strong advocacy.
Strengths: "Utterly fearless and easy to communicate with." "He is the counsel you go to if you want to go to war."

Kieran Vaughan QC
A top silk and criminal heavyweight who comes highly regarded due to his exceptional legal mind and effective jury advocacy. He has extensive experience in terrorism, homicide and sexual offence cases, and he is frequently instructed in matters of significant public interest.
Strengths: "He's calm, unflappable and great in front of the judiciary."
Recent work: Represented Patrick Foster, one of four students charged with the rape of a fellow student at the Royal Agricultural College.

Michael Turner QC

Icah Peart QC

Peter Wilcock QC

Rajiv Menon QC

Dexter Dias QC

Bernard Tetlow QC

Michael Ivers QC

JUNIORS

Brenda Campbell

Anya Lewis

Terry Munyard

Peter Rowlands

Hossein Zahir

Alex Rose

Dafna Spiro

Keir Monteith

Tom Wainwright

Mark Gatley

Di Middleton

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A well-reputed set renowned for its excellent service and expertise across the full range of criminal matters, from serious violent crime to gang-related matters. Known for both its high-profile prosecution and defence work, the set offers its services to both publicly and privately funded clients. Its barristers are highlighted by sources for their "real knowledge and understanding," and have been involved in a number of important recent matters. Examples include prosecuting R v Beadman and Harlow, a case which involved the high-profile murder of Kayleigh Haywood following online grooming.

Client service: The clerks are commended for being "very proactive and accommodating" as well as "professional and pragmatic." "They are extremely organised, easily contactable and very helpful." Dale Jones is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Jonathan Caplan QC
A brilliant lawyer who attracts praise for his "great advocacy style" and "excellence with clients." He has a strong practice both domestically and internationally, and regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Commentators praise him for his noteworthy performance during the 'phone hacking' trials.
Strengths: "Thoughful, calm and a brilliant appeals advocate." "He's understated, he makes every point extremely well and he inspires trust in the client."
Recent work: Represented a teacher accused of historic sexual abuse in a retrial after 12 years of imprisonment.

Miranda Moore QC

Graham Trembath QC

JUNIORS

Deanna Heer

Denis Barry

Catherine Rabaiotti

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Bickerstaff QC
A hard-working and dedicated silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile criminal cases. She is highly regarded by market sources for her expertise in sexual offences and is noted for being "very approachable."
Strengths: "A tenacious barrister who is great at cross-examination." "An extremely hard-working advocate who is great with juries."
Recent work: Successfully defended a university student accused of gang rape of a female student following a college May Ball at the Royal Agricultural University.

Abbas Lakha QC
An approachable and hard-working specialist defence advocate highly experienced in handling complex homicides and drugs offences, as well as fraud cases. He is also particularly familiar with the intricacies of appellate work. Market sources describe him as "a real credit to chambers and the Criminal Bar."
Strengths: "Abbas is extremely impressive on his feet, and his ability to work through papers and identify the issues faced by the defendant is fantastic." "Clients like him because of his evident desire to achieve the best possible result in every case."
Recent work: Defended in R v Kinse Aidid and Others, a case involving the brutal murder of a Somali woman by two love rivals at a drugs den in North London.

Anthony Berry QC

Justin Rouse QC

Max Hardy

David Hughes

Samantha Cohen

Tessa Shroff

Daniel Higgins

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Mayo QC
A highly regarded silk with capabilities as both prosecution and defence counsel. He continues to handle the most grave and complex cases, including multi-handed murders, robberies and sexual offences. Mayo is also commended for his additional expertise in serious financial crime matters.
Strengths: "He is very hard-working and he pays amazing attention to detail."
Recent work: Represented a qualified nurse who was charged with attempting to murder her elderly mother by a lethal overdose of insulin.

Richard Christie QC

Andrew Trollope QC

Natasha Wong QC

Gideon Cammerman QC

Sarah Vine

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Heywood QC
The current First Senior Treasury Counsel, who is praised by commentators for his skilful prosecution style. In his role he undertakes only the most serious and complex cases, and as a result has vast experience of homicide, organised crime and terrorism cases, to name but a few. He is also experienced in handling appellate matters.
Strengths: "He is the top Treasury Counsel and quite rightly a star."
Recent work: Prosecuted a seven-handed gang-murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. The case arose out of a feud between two notorious Hackney gangs.

Sarah Forshaw QC
A dedicated silk who has acted in all manner of serious cases including those relating to murders and drug importation offences. She is particularly renowned for her expertise in defending those charged with sexual offences, in particular historic sexual offences. She regularly handles cases concerning sexual assaults and gang rape.
Strengths: "She really understands the cases and is meticulous in her preparation."
Recent work: Successfully defended Max Clifford, a former celebrity publicist, against charges of historic sexual offending.

Jonathan Higgs QC

Anthony Orchard QC

Rishi Nathwani

Jonathan Polnay

Susan Rodham

Charlotte Newell

James Martin

Orla Daly

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Senior Statesmen

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ken Macdonald QC 
A former Director of Public Prosecutions with vast experience of handling domestic and international crime, who attracts praise from interviewees for his formidable advocacy. He frequently assists clients in strategically liaising with prosecution authorities.
Strengths: "Gives sound and practical advice and uses his knowledge and connections to navigate sensitive issues." "He is a masterful tactician who demonstrates a huge amount of insight as well as a very genuine interest in his clients and their cases."

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Senior Statesmen

Michael Mansfield QC

Mansfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Mansfield QC of Mansfield Chambers 
A pre-eminent figure at the Criminal Bar who has had an illustrious career acting in numerous celebrated cases. He was most recently in the news for his ongoing attempts to privately prosecute former prime minister Tony Blair for the Iraq War. In the past he has also acted for the families of Mark Duggan and Stephen Lawrence, and represented Barry George, the man cleared of the murder of Jill Dando.
Strengths: "Michael is legendary." "He has an old-fashioned style and deserves a lot of credit for the things he's done for the profession."

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Senior Statesmen

Nicholas Purnell QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Purnell QC
An "incredibly clever" practitioner highly respected by market observers, who has vast experience of all areas of criminal law, both general and financial. Recently, he has handled some incredibly high-profile cases, including those involving historic sex abuse, terrorism, corporate manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Interviewees highlight him for having "vastly detailed knowledge" that brings home results for clients.
Strengths: "He can effortlessly hold a courtroom and is incredibly clever."

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Star Individuals

Crispin Aylett QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Crispin Aylett QC 
A star individual who is enormously respected for his abilities as a prosecutor. In recent times he has undertaken several complex and high-profile murder cases, along with other matters such as terrorism and firearms offences. Interviewees highlight his expertise in the most serious criminal matters, including those relating to sexual allegations and joint-enterprise murder.
Strengths: "An absolutely fantastic silk" who is "a very effective, top-class prosecutor."

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Star Individuals

Henry Blaxland QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Blaxland QC 
A tremendous defence specialist who attracts plaudits from market commentators for his dedication and attention to detail. A master of both serious crime and fraud cases, he comes particularly highly recommended for his expertise in terrorism matters and for his ability as an appellate advocate. Market sources praise him for his ability to handle complex cases and describe him as "a formidable advocate with unbelievable intellect."
Strengths: "One of the most eminent silks in the country" who is "enormously persuasive, very clever, and someone with an economy of style that is irresistible."
Recent work: Represented a young client charged with assisting acts of terrorism by helping people to travel to fight in Syria.

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Star Individuals

Edward Fitzgerald QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Fitzgerald QC 
An excellent practitioner and pre-eminent figure at the Bar who comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise in extradition matters, an area where he is considered "head and shoulders above the vast majority of other silks." He has considerable expertise in an array of criminal matters, including murder, and is also renowned for his international criminal law expertise.
Strengths: "He's a first-class performer" who is "a go-to barrister who has the respect of the court."

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Star Individuals

Patrick Gibbs QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Gibbs QC 
Described as "absolutely superb all round," he is noted for his excellent reputation as one of the most highly regarded advocates across all areas of serious crime work. He has been instructed in some of the most significant cases in recent years, including Operation Elveden and the trial of Constance Briscoe. Well versed in both advisory work and litigation, he is highly respected for his intellectual acumen, and described by market observers as "the barrister's barrister" who "has everything, and no apparent weaknesses or flaws."
Strengths: "He's the real deal - sophisticated, completely unflappable and meticulously detailed." "So brilliant he is out of this world" and "impressive in all departments."

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Star Individuals

Mark A. Heywood QC

5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Heywood QC 
The current First Senior Treasury Counsel, who is praised by commentators for his skilful prosecution style. In his role he undertakes only the most serious and complex cases, and as a result has vast experience of homicide, organised crime and terrorism cases, to name but a few. He is also experienced in handling appellate matters.
Strengths: "He is the top Treasury Counsel and quite rightly a star."
Recent work: Prosecuted a seven-handed gang-murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. The case arose out of a feud between two notorious Hackney gangs.

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Star Individuals

John Kelsey-Fry QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Kelsey-Fry QC 
A pre-eminent silk who is "an absolutely terrific jury advocate" with "a very charismatic manner." He is particularly well known for his representation of private clients in the most serious general crime and financial crime cases. Kelsey-Fry has been instructed in some of the most headline-grabbing matters of recent years, handling cases relating to homicide, corruption, perverting the course of justice and affray.
Strengths: "The best trial lawyer out there" and "an outstanding advocate with excellent judgement."
Recent work: Represented Jay Rutland, the property tycoon, over charges of facilitating the movement of an international fugitive across international borders.

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Star Individuals

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Laidlaw QC 
An impressive and highly regarded silk with over 15 years of Treasury Counsel experience, who now specialises only in private defence work spanning the areas of general crime, business crime and regulatory work, among others. He is widely praised for his first-class work in high-profile cases including his defence of Rebekah Brooks.
Strengths: "As big a name as there is." "He's straightforward in his approach and radiates authority in court." 
Recent work: Advised Chief Constable Boutcher on Operation Kenova, an inquiry regarding allegations of murder carried out by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

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Star Individuals

Clare Montgomery QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Montgomery QC 
An excellent advocate with experience of both defending and prosecuting. Interviewees praise her for her client care and no-nonsense approach to cases. She is a noted criminal appellate lawyer and has further expertise in extradition work.
Strengths: "Exhibits real quality from the beginning to the end of a case." "She's extremely good at getting to the heart of highly complex material quickly and providing incisive intelligent input." "Clare is at the top of her profession: she has an unparalleled knowledge of the law and gives practical and commercial advice."
Recent work: Defended Deborah Winzar, a nurse convicted of killing her paraplegic husband.

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Star Individuals

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Perry QC 
A high-profile advocate who is particularly renowned for having been instructed in the most significant appeals of recent times. Market sources single him out as a "superstar" of the Bar. He is highly experienced in acting for both the prosecution and the defence in only the most challenging and complex criminal matters, both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "He is like a swan in water: effective without losing his sense of decorum."
Recent work: Acted in R v Docherty, a Supreme Court appeal regarding imprisonment for public protection sentencing.

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Star Individuals

Orlando Pownall QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Orlando Pownall QC 
A big name silk who, following a successful tenure as Treasury Counsel, now specialises in representing individuals charged in the most high-profile and significant cases. Interviewees name him as a "superstar" of the Criminal Bar due to his skilful advocacy, and praise him for his handling of both general and financial criminal cases.
Strengths: "A powerhouse who will fight for the client to his last breath." "He is really effective, clear and concise."
Recent work: Represented former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson at his trial on two charges of sexual activity with a child.

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Star Individuals

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Winter QC 
An impressive and proactive practitioner who handles purely privately-funded matters. His recent work includes advising on charges ranging from blackmail to allegations of sexual offences. Market sources praise him for his "ability to quickly focus on the key strategic points" of a case.
Strengths: "Second to none and brings everything you would expect to the table." "He is terrific, hard-working and charismatic. Juries love him and judges respect him."

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian Altman QC
Pre-eminent silk whose experience as former First Senior Treasury Counsel cemented his status as a highly in-demand prosecutor of some of the most noteworthy murder and terrorism cases of recent years. He now boasts a flourishing defence practice, and undertakes work in murder and drug trafficking cases among others. He is highlighted by sources as a "force of nature" in serious criminal trials.
Strengths: "Amazingly thorough and someone with an unrivalled attention to detail." "If anyone will make it work, Brian will. You can't stop him."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a man for historic sexual abuse and murder.

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Ali Naseem Bajwa QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC 
A "very smooth operator" with vast experience of all areas of serious crime, and particular expertise in handling criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. He is highly proficient at conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials. 
Strengths: "He's a service-minded barrister fully focused on winning."
Recent work: Defended Suhaid Majeed against charges of plotting an ISIS-inspired terrorist conspiracy to murder a soldier or police officer.

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Joel Bennathan QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joel Bennathan QC 
A first-rate silk with in-depth experience across all areas of serious crime, who is particularly good at cases with complex legal arguments. He regularly handles appeal cases and is noted for his expertise in terrorism matters. Bennathan is praised as an "eloquent advocate who can grasp the attention of the judge or jury as needed."
Strengths: "A hard-working, excellent advocate who is very good with clients." "He is a ridiculously clever barrister who is very good at putting clients at ease."
Recent work: Successfully defended Haseeb Hamayoon, a man accused of plotting to decapitate a soldier or policeman on Remembrance Sunday. This was one of the most serious terrorist allegations of recent years.

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Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC 
An accomplished silk who attracts praise for her private criminal and heavyweight fraud practice. A former Treasury Counsel, she now specialises in defending individuals against allegations of serious crime. She is noted for her sensitive handling of vulnerable clients in serious harassment cases.
Strengths: "She is extremely intelligent, she prepares very well and her client care is amazing." "A street-fighting defence counsel who gets great results and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented an individual accused of severe child sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable girls in care in Oxford. The case arose out of Operation Bullfinch.

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Blunt QC 
Pre-eminent defence silk of vast experience who is highlighted for his "outstanding knowledge of criminal law procedure." Praised for his attitude and the quality of his jury advocacy, he continues to excel in all areas of general criminal law including complex murders, multi-handed robberies and incidents stemming from serious organised crime. One interviewee spoke of his "real charm with the jury."
Strengths: "Very much at the top of the tree but firmly grounded when dealing with solicitors and clients." "A phenomenal lawyer who can leave you awestruck."
Recent work: Defended the lead appellant in R v Lewis Johnson and Others, the first post-Jogee joint enterprise murder appeal.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Boyce QC 
A fantastic silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court who stands out for his impressive track record in complex and high-profile cases. His experience includes World War II war crimes investigations, murder trials and a range of fraud cases. Sources are impressed by his "Rolls-Royce service" and knowledgeable approach.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and user-friendly." "He is a delightful old-school advocate who really engages with the jury."
Recent work: Acted in R v Khalid Rashad, successfully prosecuting a man for possession of explosive substances and ammunition after an extensive counterterrorism investigation.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Brown QC 
Well-regarded silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel praised by interviewees for his ability to support clients through difficult trials. He is a highly experienced criminal practitioner who is also a strong regulatory lawyer. Brown is highly thought of for his exemplary cross-examinations and skilful advocacy in serious criminal cases.
Strengths: "A masterful prosecutor and a barrister of real humanity." "His research is detailed and his drafting is superb."
Recent work: Prosecuted Ben Butler for the murder of his six year old daughter, twelve months after she had been returned to him by the Family Court High Court Judge.

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Alexander Cameron QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Cameron QC 
An "effective and charismatic" silk who attracts praise for his strategic advice and intelligent advocacy. Offering his services for both publicly and privately funded work, he has worked on numerous high-profile and complex cases, including those relating to homicide, drug and sexual offences.
Strengths: "A go-to silk for complex crime, he is a great jury advocate and a wonderful speechmaker." "An extremely astute QC whose strategic judgement is impeccable. He has a brilliant legal brain and is a commanding presence in court."

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Mukul Chawla QC

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mukul Chawla QC 
A highly respected silk who is a highly prominent figure at the Criminal Bar. A former standing counsel to HM Customs & Excise, he is heavily lauded for his intellectual ability. He has experience of handling matters of significant public interest, including complex terrorism and corruption cases. Market sources particularly commend him for his work prosecuting serious fraud cases.
Strengths: "One of the great silks - a lovely guy and a great jury advocate." "He's an excellent silk who has done some great work."
Recent work: Instructed as prosecution counsel in R v Tappuni & Obayda, which concerned corruption by an employed consultant for the World Bank.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Clegg QC 
A distinguished silk renowned for his criminal defence practice and his skills as an appellate advocate. He is singled out for his skilled defence of high-profile private individuals facing serious charges, including murder and rape. Clegg is something of a fixture in reported cases, having appeared in a number of important matters before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "One of the genuine heavyweight criminal advocates who features in nearly all of the big cases."
Recent work: Successfully defended an assistant headteacher accused of three counts of rape by an underage pupil.

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Rosina Cottage QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosina Cottage QC 
A highly regarded silk with extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending the full spectrum of violent and sexual offences cases. She is particularly renowned for her handling of victims, witnesses and defendants who are subject to Special Measures, as well as those who are suffering from emotional vulnerability or mental impairment. Market sources note her strong presence in court and formidable advocacy.
Strengths: "She is a class act" who "sees the issues immediately and commands respect in any courtroom. No one messes around in her presence."
Recent work: Prosecuted teachers employed by St Paul's School from the 1970s to 1990s on charges of historic child sex abuse, as part of Operation Winthorpe.

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Dein QC 
An incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime. He is often entrusted with high-profile cases that have attracted significant media attention, including the 'shopping trolley killing'. Market sources praise him as a "very strong silk in the criminal field" who is "both clever and hard-working."
Strengths: "Incredibly capable and both authoritative and approachable."
Recent work: Acted in R v Ben Lewis, a high-profile case concerning a youth camp owner charged with multiple counts of possession of indecent images.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Ellison QC 
Former First Treasury Counsel who has great experience of handling a raft of serious criminal matters including cases relating to murder, terrorism, official secrets and fraud. He is particularly recognised for his experience of police corruption cases.
Strengths: "A phenomenal advocate with a tremendous reputation."
Recent work: Represented a colorectal surgeon in an appeal against charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Emmerson QC 
Famed for his involvement in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years, he is highlighted by commentators for his skilled advocacy and intellect. He is also renowned for his international criminal practice and he regularly appears at the ICC.
Strengths: "Ben is an extraordinary advocate and a real lawyer's lawyer. He can also really articulate matters to a client."

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David Etherington QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Etherington QC 
A highly renowned silk lauded by interviewees for being "incredibly talented." He possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of criminal law including fraud. Market sources highlight him for his "persuasively charming" advocacy style.
Strengths: "David is an outstanding and well-reasoned defence advocate whose oral advocacy is clever, concise and delivered with both flair and courtesy."
Recent work: Defended Stephen Port against charges of murder, rape and sexual assault.

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Courtenay Griffiths QC

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Courtenay Griffiths QC 
A highly regarded silk with an impressive practice spanning both domestic and international criminal law. He is an expert in serious violent crime matters and has handled numerous homicide and terrorism cases. Interviewees regularly highlight him for his ability to run difficult cases.
Strengths: "A very attractive, understated advocate" who is "well known for his beautiful closing speeches."
Recent work: Defended a client against charges of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, kidnap and perverting the course of justice.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Hicks QC 
A talented silk with a broad criminal practice that takes in both domestic and international cases. He has appeared in some of the most high-profile trials of recent years, including the trials of two Daily Mirror journalists. Interviewees praise him for his "absolutely charming" manner while handling tough cases for clients.
Strengths: "One of the best cross-examiners of witnesses in the profession," who is "a great tactician."
Recent work: Represented one of two brothers involved in the execution-style murder by shooting of Jason Powery in Grand Cayman.

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Max Hill QC 
Head of chambers Max Hill is a "particularly excellent" silk with a prosecution background, who now also represents the defence in some of the most serious and high-profile matters around, including murder and terrorism cases. Impressed sources highlight his "ability to separate the wheat from the chaff very effectively."
Strengths: "A very impressive and focused barrister with the ability to bridge the gap between the dock and the bench."
Recent work: Prosecuted in R v Khan and Khan, a case involving a plot to behead US servicemen in East Anglia.

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Richard Horwell QC

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Horwell QC 
A former First Senior Treasury Counsel who is instructed in complex and high-profile cases. He has a practice rich in fraud, drugs, terrorism and sex cases, and has experience of representing the Crown in matters of national security. Sources commend him for his "forensic mind" and "very persuasive" advocacy.
Strengths: "A commanding advocate who is utterly dedicated to getting the best result for his clients." "He is experienced, talented and he has such a sharp mind; he doesn't miss anything."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in an inquest into the death of a man who never regained consciousness after being restrained by police in a mental health hospital.

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Aftab Jafferjee QC

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aftab Jafferjee QC 
An excellent prosecutor who undertakes all manner of serious criminal matters. He is lauded by interviewees for the expert defence he provides in high-profile cases.
Strengths: "Very thorough, effective and experienced." "He's good on technical evidence, is very determined and juries like him."
Recent work: Successfully defended Kofi Mercer against charges of murder at the Central Criminal Court.

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Stephen Kamlish QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Kamlish QC 
A hard-working practitioner who has regularly been instructed in the most high-profile serious crime cases of recent years. As an example, he represented the family of Stephen Lawrence throughout the initial private prosecution of his alleged killers and acted for them in the inquiry which followed. He is a specialist in handling murder and terrorism cases, and frequently receives plaudits for the strength of his strong advocacy.
Strengths: "Utterly fearless and easy to communicate with." "He is the counsel you go to if you want to go to war."

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugo Keith QC 
A very highly regarded silk who has a broad practice encompassing expertise in all areas of criminal law, including extradition and criminal public law alongside serious crime. He undertakes the most challenging cases, many of them privately, and is praised for his "smooth advocacy." 
Strengths: "He is tenacious and works hard for his clients to get good results on tricky cases."

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judy Khan QC 
An excellent advocate well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases, who is highly praised for her incredibly persuasive manner and very likeable courtroom manner. She is particularly experienced in handling substantial murders and sex offences.
Strengths: "One of the most accessible and plain speaking QCs at the Bar - clients love her straightforward, no-fuss approach." "She has a sense of compassion for her clients which shines through."
Recent work: Defended one of eight youths charged with murder and Section 18 causing grievous bodily harm.

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Eleanor Laws QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eleanor Laws QC 
An outstanding silk who specialises in serious crime and has particular expertise in murder and sexual offences. Her recent work includes acting as both prosecution and defence counsel in cases concerning historic sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Market sources praise her for her "untiring dedication to her work" and note that she has made an "art form out of cross-examination."
Strengths: "Has a forensic mind when it comes to pulling apart the issues in a case." "She is an expert tactician, her legal knowledge is near unparalleled and she has a commanding court presence."
Recent work: Successfully defended Thady Duff, a student at the Royal Agricultural University, against a charge of multiple incident gang rape.

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Mendelle QC 
Respected and impressive silk with extensive experience of the most serious and high-profile criminal cases. He has handled numerous murder cases, including those relating to gangland warfare, and has also played a significant part in Operation Elveden. He is described by sources as "very canny" and "extremely focused on the needs of his clients."
Strengths: "An extremely astute and strategic operator" who "fearlessly defends his clients."
Recent work: Represented a client in a five-handed gangland contract killing.

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Mark Milliken-Smith QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Milliken-Smith QC 
Frequently instructed in complex and high-profile serious crime cases, he is a barrister with particular expertise in defence work who is praised for his intellect. He is recognised for his work in cases involving violent crime including gang violence, sex offences and murder. He is praised for his "powerful presence in court" and his ability to handle a wide range of criminal, commercial and regulatory matters.
Strengths: "Excellent with clients: he has a lovely manner and is very user-friendly." "Mark has a brilliant brain and is a barrister with an easy and polished manner who is a pleasure to watch in court."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Mervyn Conn, a music promoter, for historic rape allegations against multiple victims.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Moloney QC 
An excellent advocate who is highly praised for his exceptional client-handling abilities and legal knowledge. He is highlighted as "a class performer with a tactical brain" who is "court smart" and "always on top of the materials." Moloney is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. In addition, he is well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments.
Strengths: "An immensely personable and extremely knowledgeable silk who gives great confidence to clients due to his fearless presentation of arguments in court." "He's an all-rounder who can turn his hand to anything."
Recent work: Prosecuted a high-profile case concerning a married couple accused of funding terrorism when they sent money to their son to enable him to escape from ISIS-controlled territory in Syria.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Owen QC 
Has a practice encompassing the full spectrum of criminal law, be it general crime or fraud. Sources describe him as "an intellectual lawyer and a great jury advocate." He regularly appears before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Tim is fantastic on the law." "He is a very bright black-letter lawyer."
Recent work: Defended Rurik Jutting in his trial before the Hong Kong High Court for the sadistic torture and murder of two Indonesian women in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong in October 2014.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Rees QC 
A highly regarded and experienced practitioner who in his time as Treasury Counsel was entrusted to prosecute highly complex and challenging cases, including the Sarah Sands murder. He is lauded by market sources as a barrister who always "fights his corner hard and is always very extensive and thorough in his preparation."
Strengths: "Dedicated, thoughtful and thorough, his deadly skill is masked by a self-deprecating and modest style which is very attractive to juries."
Recent work: Prosecuted Stephen Port, a serial sex killer who murdered four young gay males he had met on dating app 'Grindr'.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Ryder QC 
A well-regarded silk who specialises in defending the most complex and serious cases from violent crime to substantial fraud. He is also well known for his depth of experience in handling international criminal matters, particularly those in the Cayman Islands. Market sources single him out as "one of the best in the profession" due to his "extraordinary ability to turn a case around with a closing speech."
Strengths: "Amazingly talented and a brilliant strategist, he is a spectacular advocate who has juries absolutely eating out of the palm of his hand." "A very polished performer in court, he's someone who oozes confidence." "He's charismatic, riveting, charming, and has a really strong sense of justice."
Recent work: Defended a 16 year old client charged with manslaughter.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Scobie QC 
An "upfront and brave" practitioner highly praised for his ability to communicate with vulnerable clients. His practice encompasses all areas of serious crime, taking in murder and manslaughter cases as well as those relating to sexual offences. Many of the matters he handles attract significant media interest.
Strengths: "Looks at every possibility when advising on a client’s defence." "He offers some serious firepower."
Recent work: Represented father and son Brian and Paul Reader, who both faced charges in connection with the high-profile Hatton Garden heist.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jim Sturman QC 
Specialises in defending high-profile individuals facing serious allegations, and attracts high praise for both his client-handling skills and his smooth advocacy style. He often handles sexual offences cases and is singled out by sources for his experience in corporate manslaughter and motoring cases.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working with a bedside manner that gives huge confidence to clients and enormous support to instructing solicitors." "The most fearless advocate - he has a bold courtroom style and he really fights the client's corner on very difficult cases." "He is measured, careful, clever and brilliant."
Recent work: Represented Arthur Simpson-Kent, who was charged with murdering former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children.

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Rebecca Trowler QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Trowler QC 
An exceptional silk who is regularly instructed as defence counsel in high-profile and challenging criminal matters, including murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Market sources highlight her for being "amazingly well prepared" and "a pleasure to work with."
Strengths: "Has in-depth knowledge and is very much involved in the preparation of the case from the outset. She is a QC who is truly part of the team from the beginning."
Recent work: Represented Stephen Fossi against charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

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Richard Whittam QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Whittam QC 
Former First Senior Treasury Counsel renowned and respected by commentators for his tenacity, work ethic and superior jury advocacy. He is a leading prosecutor who has acted in several significant cases including matters of terrorism and allegations of historic sexual abuse. Whittam is highlighted as a "class act" who has the ability to smoothly handle complex criminal prosecutions.
Strengths: "He's fantastic: he guided us through the practical and strategic aspects of an incredibly complex issue and his client care was astounding." "Richard handled what was a very high-profile case with a light touch and great skill. He was unfazed by the press frenzy."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Thomas Mair for the murder of Jo Cox MP.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Wood QC 
A skilled practitioner who is highly sought after for terrorism cases and highlighted by market sources as an "unstoppable appellate advocate." Committed to both private and publicly funded work, his practice also consists of challenging and complex cases relating to murder and drug offences.
Strengths: "His intellect is intimidating, his advocacy is fearless and tactically he is incredibly astute. The most anxious and demanding clients feel safe in his hands and juries listen to what he has to say even when it is unpalatable."
Recent work: Represented Tarik Hassane against charges of conspiracy to murder police officers and soldiers. This case involved the largest ever MI5 and anti-terrorism police investigation into ISIS-inspired plots on the mainland of the UK.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Wright QC 
An impressive practitioner who attracts praise for his determination and courtroom skills, and is extremely experienced in both prosecution and defence matters. Sources note that he is well respected for his work running the full gamut of serious crime including terrorism, robbery and murder cases.
Strengths: "Shows good attention to detail and is excellent tactically."

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Jane Bickerstaff QC

9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Bickerstaff QC 
A hard-working and dedicated silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile criminal cases. She is highly regarded by market sources for her expertise in sexual offences and is noted for being  "very approachable."
Strengths: "A tenacious barrister who is great at cross-examination." "An extremely hard-working advocate who is great with juries."
Recent work: Successfully defended a university student accused of gang rape of a female student following a college May Ball at the Royal Agricultural University.

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Michael Borrelli QC

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Borrelli QC 
Specialising in complex defence work, he has been party to some of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent times. He is particularly experienced in defending those charged with homicide offences that attract significant media attention. Sources highlight his "tenacious" advocacy and note that juries appreciate his charming style.
Strengths: "Very stylish and effective," "he is a fantastic tactician who masters papers quickly." "Cross-examination is his most powerful tool." 
Recent work: Represented the first defendant in a two-handed murder involving planned torture and execution by shooting.

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Bott QC 
An "immensely impressive" and "tremendously hard-working" silk who regularly defends in a broad range of criminal cases, including manslaughter and serious fraud matters. Sources highlight his "mathematician-like ability to deal with complexities in a case" and praise him for "knowing his brief backwards."
Strengths: "A top-drawer silk who is both sharp-witted and personable in equal measure." "He is always professional and really, really hard-working."
Recent work: Represented a teacher accused of offences of terrorism arising from assistance given to those who fought for ISIS in Syria.

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Michael Bromley-Martin QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Bromley-Martin QC 
A first-class advocate who boasts vast experience across all areas of serious crime along with niche expertise in assisting police officers charged with criminal proceedings. Market sources praise him for his "meticulous preparation."
Strengths: "A phenomenal cross-examiner" who is "absolutely tenacious and thinks outside the box. He's excellent on the law."
Recent work: Secured the only acquittal in a trial of three defendants charged with the murder of a 25 year old woman in North London.

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Trevor Burke QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Trevor Burke QC 
Regularly advising high-profile individuals, he has a fantastic reputation as an all-round specialist in serious criminal matters. He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. Burke has been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree.
Strengths: "Trevor is great in court and has a fantastic track record in general crime." "He's an accomplished performer."
Recent work: Defended the chauffeur whose client was the undercover reporter known as the ‘fake sheikh’. The chauffeur was accused of perverting the course of justice.

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Jonathan Caplan QC

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Caplan QC 
A brilliant lawyer who attracts praise for his "great advocacy style" and "excellence with clients." He has a strong practice both domestically and internationally, and regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Commentators praise him for his noteworthy performance during the 'phone hacking' trials.
Strengths: "Thoughful, calm and a brilliant appeals advocate." "He's understated, he makes every point extremely well and he inspires trust in the client."
Recent work: Represented a teacher accused of historic sexual abuse in a retrial after 12 years of imprisonment.

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George Carter-Stephenson QC

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Carter-Stephenson QC 
"A tremendously impressive, heavyweight silk" with vast experience across a broad spectrum of criminal matters, including complex murder and conspiracy to commit murder cases.
Strengths: "He is one of the hardest-working silks in the market which shows in the results he achieves." 
Recent work: Acted in R v Imar Farjani & Others, a multi-handed high-profile murder trial in the Central Criminal Court.

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Adrian Darbishire QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Darbishire QC 
A highly regarded barrister who specialises in serious cases including corporate crime, sexual offences and corruption. He also garners praise for his experience of handling health and safety matters.
Strengths: "Very supportive and happy to work collaboratively." "He's a sought-after person; if you get him on a case, you've done pretty well."
Recent work: Defended a partner of a global law firm subject to private prosecution in respect of allegations of people trafficking and fraud.

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Davies QC 
Experienced in both prosecuting and defending, and has developed expertise in the area of child sex exploitation via the internet or extra-jurisdictional contact. He also has an exceptional knowledge of the niche area of cyber crime.
Strengths: "Clever and meticulous," "he is very hard-working and measured in his delivery."
Recent work: Acted in R v PC Paul Adey and Others, defending a police officer against charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice following evidence given in relation to the death of Kingsley Burrell. The officer was said to have lied as to the circumstances of restraint.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Denison QC 
A fantastic barrister and former Treasury Counsel who possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of serious and complex crime, and has a particularly impressive understanding of challenging homicide and attempted murder briefs. He also has experience with gang-related and drug offences. Sources describe him as "a very good operator" who "everyone always has total confidence in."
Strengths: "Thorough, quietly spoken, effective and affable." "He prosecutes in a very understated style that is absolutely deadly."
Recent work: Prosecuted a two-handed murder by stabbing at the Central Criminal Court.

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Francis FitzGibbon QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis FitzGibbon QC 
A persuasive silk with a practice that is focused upon heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters have included cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. He receives praise for his impressive ability to absorb cases in great detail in a short timeframe.
Strengths: "He is very good on the law and has excellent interpersonal skills." "His easy way with witnesses disguises a subtle determination to press home his point which ultimately pays dividends with the jury."
Recent work: Acted in R v Wheatley, a case involving the murder of a vulnerable adult.

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Isabella Forshall QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Isabella Forshall QC 
A brilliant silk who is renowned for her handling of complex cases involving homicides, and in particular infanticide. She is also extremely well known for her mastery of substantial sexual offence cases. Market sources note the strength of her advocacy and her excellent client care.
Strengths: "She is very helpful, down-to-earth, hard-working and extremely committed."
Recent work: Acted for Liban Abdi, a man accused of a campaign of sexual offences against stranger victims aged from 19 to 76 years old.

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Forshaw QC 
A dedicated silk who has acted in all manner of serious cases including those relating to murders and drug importation offences. She is particularly renowned for her expertise in defending those charged with sexual offences, in particular historic sexual offences. She regularly handles cases concerning sexual assaults and gang rape.
Strengths: "She really understands the cases and is meticulous in her preparation."
Recent work: Successfully defended Max Clifford, a former celebrity publicist, against charges of historic sexual offending.

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Alexandra Healy QC

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexandra Healy QC 
Both prosecutes and defends the most complex criminal and fraud cases. Recently, she has handled challenging murder, sexual offences and child abuse cases, and was also involved in matters arising from Operation Elveden. She also has extensive experience of handling serious drugs and arson cases.
Strengths: "A really personable and sensible individual" who is "at the top of her game."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a two-handed murder case with additional charges of perverting the course of justice arising out of the disposal of evidence.

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Jane Humphryes QC

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Humphryes QC 
Experienced at handling the full range of serious criminal cases, she is particularly well known for her expertise in handling sex offences. She is praised for her ability to manage the court.  
Strengths: "Fearless in court and only pursues the best points."
Recent work: Acted in R v B, a case involving an allegation of rape of two women by a professional man, following the potential administration of a date rape drug.

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Hynes QC 
A diligent and "intellectually gifted barrister" who regularly defends serious criminal cases, such as firearms, drugs and terrorism matters. He is regarded as being "excellent on the law" and "brilliant in front of juries."
Strengths: "A genuinely inspiring barrister" who is "clever, jury-friendly and has good judgement as well as the light touch which is so important in terrorism cases." "He is diligent and fights his corner well."
Recent work: Defended a client charged with involvement in the 'Poppy Day Plot', an allegation of preparing for an act of terrorism involving a beheading on the streets of London.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zoe Johnson QC 
A fantastic silk with expertise in both serious crime and professional discipline matters. Interviewees describe her as "very compelling and persuasive" and "able to handle emotionally-charged cases with real sensitivity." Johnson has been instructed in matters relating to terrorism, homicide, child murder and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "She has real gravitas in court: she commands the room and makes her arguments with really impressive articulation."
Recent work: Successfully defended a GP against a charge of gross negligence manslaughter. The charge was brought following the death of a child at five months from a rare disease which had gone undiagnosed despite the evidence of symptoms.

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Abbas Lakha QC 
An approachable and hard-working specialist defence advocate highly experienced in handling complex homicides and drugs offences, as well as fraud cases. He is also particularly familiar with the intricacies of appellate work. Market sources describe him as "a real credit to chambers and the Criminal Bar."
Strengths: "Abbas is extremely impressive on his feet, and his ability to work through papers and identify the issues faced by the defendant is fantastic." "Clients like him because of his evident desire to achieve the best possible result in every case."
Recent work: Defended in R v Kinse Aidid and Others, a case involving the brutal murder of a Somali woman by two love rivals at a drugs den in North London.

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Lewis QC 
Highly regarded silk whose practice includes serious criminal matters with an international angle, as well as extradition expertise. He is highly capable of handling complex cases and litigation.
Strengths: "His incredible knowledge of a vast range of topics, his warm and skilful client manner and his extreme user-friendliness never cease to amaze."
Recent work: Represented a Saudi Arabian national charged with slavery and exploitation of servants in the UK.

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187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Mayo QC 
A highly regarded silk with capabilities as both prosecution and defence counsel. He continues to handle the most grave and complex cases, including multi-handed murders, robberies and sexual offences. Mayo is also commended for his additional expertise in serious financial crime matters.
Strengths: "He is very hard-working and he pays amazing attention to detail." 
Recent work: Represented a qualified nurse who was charged with attempting to murder her elderly mother by a lethal overdose of insulin.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian O'Neill QC 
A strong silk who handles both prosecution and defence work. His practice spans a broad range of criminal matters, and he has undoubted expertise in serious and complex cases.
Strengths: "Very tenacious and he doesn't pull his punches."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Richard Huckle for 71 counts of child abuse committed against 23 young children over a period of eight to nine years when he was living in Malaysia.

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Sally O'Neill QC

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sally O'Neill QC 
A "methodical, effective and hard-working" barrister highly acclaimed for her courtroom performances. She is particularly well known for her mastery of serious sexual offence and infanticide cases, most notably those involving 'baby shaking', an area where she is commended for her handling of vulnerable witnesses. O'Neill also excels in serious and complex murder and manslaughter cases, among others.
Strengths: "A very classy advocate who stands for no nonsense and certainly takes no prisoners." "She quickly gains the confidence of the judge and jury as a result of her very measured and effective style."
Recent work: Prosecuted a case arising out of the murder and dismemberment of Neill Buchel.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duncan Penny QC 
Senior Treasury Counsel, extremely experienced in the prosecution of high-profile murders, who handled both the retrial of Barry George and the prosecution of those who murdered Ben Kinsella. Interviewees praise him for his ability to cut through large amounts of complex information in order to reach the essential parts of a case.
Strengths: "Thinks very technically and strategically about what needs to be said." "He is a very skilled prosecutor who acts in all the big cases."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Trevor Timon, a case regarding the murder of Oliver Dearlove.

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Simon Russell Flint QC

Reform Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Russell Flint QC of Reform Chambers 
An excellent advocate and a leading figure at the Bar who has vast experience of both defending and prosecuting heavyweight criminal cases including homicides and serious drug offences. He is known for his work both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "Charm personified, he's loved by juries." "He's a hard worker who's delightful to work with, good with clients and an effective jury advocate, and who has a real presence in court."
Recent work: Represented the defendant, Thomas Mair, in the high-profile murder of Jo Cox MP.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Ryder QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Spens QC 
Praised for his advocacy, he has vast experience of both serious general crime and financial crime. He is a defence specialist who has represented those accused of murder and sex crime, as well as those charged with protest offences. A number of his cases have attracted media attention, one example being Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials. He is highly regarded for his "old-school charm and frightening intelligence" and is seen as a silk who "has the wisdom and authority to achieve what others cannot."
Strengths: "Very thorough and someone with a great eye for detail, he's also very good with clients." "His ability to apply forensic skill and judgement to crimes of serious violence is excellent and he has an engaging manner with client, judge and jury." "He's really the master of his brief - absolutely everything is crossed and dotted."
Recent work: Represented a young woman who suffocated her two month old child to death, leaving the body in a rubbish bin.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Stern QC
Heads up the regulatory group at chambers but also has a thriving criminal practice. He frequently represents professional clients in criminal proceedings, such as gross negligence and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "A very polished and unflappable advocate who has a measured and easy style that juries find attractive." "An impressive advocate with a delicate touch who always makes the right decisions."
Recent work: Represented an optometrist accused of gross negligence manslaughter after failing to recognise a life-threatening condition in a patient who died four months after a routine eye-check.

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Kieran Vaughan QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kieran Vaughan QC 
A top silk and criminal heavyweight who comes highly regarded due to his exceptional legal mind and effective jury advocacy. He has extensive experience in terrorism, homicide and sexual offence cases, and he is frequently instructed in matters of significant public interest.
Strengths: "He's calm, unflappable and great in front of the judiciary." 
Recent work: Represented Patrick Foster, one of four students charged with the rape of a fellow student at the Royal Agricultural College.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sasha Wass QC 
A renowned advocate instructed in many of the most high-profile cases of recent years, including those of Rosemary West and Rolf Harris. She is particularly au fait with briefs involving murder and sexual offences. Sources praise her as "a fierce advocate in sex and fraud cases."
Strengths: "She is exceptionally talented and clients love her."
Recent work: Defended Jonathan Simpson against harassment charges.

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Christine Agnew QC

2 Bedford Row

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Christine Agnew QC

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2 Bedford Row

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Tracy Ayling QC

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Bailin QC

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Berry QC

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Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC

Drystone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC of Drystone Chambers

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Richard Christie QC

187 Fleet Street

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Richard Christie QC

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Jonathan Goldberg QC

North Square Chambers

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Jonathan Goldberg QC of North Square Chambers

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Hall QC

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Jonathan Higgs QC

5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Higgs QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Jeremy QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Keleher QC

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2 Hare Court

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Brendan Kelly QC

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Kent QC

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Richard Kovalevsky QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Kovalevsky QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sean Larkin QC

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Anthony Metzer QC

Goldsmith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Metzer QC of Goldsmith Chambers

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5 Paper Buildings

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Miranda Moore QC

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Cloth Fair Chambers

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Alison Pople QC

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23 Essex Street

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John Price QC

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Christopher Sallon QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Christopher Sallon QC

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Oliver Saxby QC

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Six Pump Court

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Oliver Saxby QC of Six Pump Court

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25 Bedford Row

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Tyrone Smith QC

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Graham Trembath QC

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Trembath QC

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Michael Turner QC

Garden Court Chambers

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Michael Turner QC

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2 Bedford Row

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Stephen Vullo QC

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Adrian Waterman QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Waterman QC

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lisa Wilding QC

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Michael Wolkind QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Wolkind QC

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Duncan Atkinson QC

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duncan Atkinson QC

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Kirsty Brimelow QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kirsty Brimelow QC

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Mark Bryant-Heron QC

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Foundry Chambers

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Mark Bryant-Heron QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Doyle QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Elliott QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Evans QC

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23 Essex Street

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Mark Fenhalls QC

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Danny Friedman QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Danny Friedman QC

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Oliver Glasgow QC

2 Hare Court

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Oliver Glasgow QC

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Henry Grunwald QC

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Charter Chambers

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Henry Grunwald QC

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David Hislop QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

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David Hislop QC

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William Hughes QC

Foundry Chambers

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William Hughes QC

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Nigel Lambert QC

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Carmelite Chambers

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Nigel Lambert QC

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Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

6KBW College Hill

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Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

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Philippa McAtasney QC

Furnival Chambers

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Philippa McAtasney QC

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33 Bedford Row

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David Nathan QC of 33 Bedford Row

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Anthony Orchard QC

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5 King's Bench Walk

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Anthony Orchard QC

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Garden Court Chambers

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Icah Peart QC

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Charles Sherrard QC

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Furnival Chambers

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Charles Sherrard QC

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25 Bedford Row

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Jo Sidhu QC

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Andrew Trollope QC

187 Fleet Street

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Andrew Trollope QC

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Sarah Whitehouse QC

6KBW College Hill

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Sarah Whitehouse QC

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Garden Court Chambers

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Peter Wilcock QC

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Dean Armstrong QC

2 Bedford Row

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Dean Armstrong QC

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Red Lion Chambers

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Jeremy Benson QC

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David Bentley QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

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David Bentley QC

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23 Essex Street

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Paul Bogan QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Peter Carter QC

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Giles Cockings QC

Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Cockings QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Cooper QC

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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Davis QC

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William Harbage QC

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Harbage QC of The 36 Group

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Farringdon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Henderson QC of Farringdon Chambers

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Martin S Heslop QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Heslop QC

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Andrew Jefferies QC

Mansfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Jefferies QC of Mansfield Chambers

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Foundry Chambers

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Richard Jory QC

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Jerome Lynch QC

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Charter Chambers

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Jerome Lynch QC

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Church Court Chambers

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Amjad Malik QC of Church Court Chambers

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Stephen Moses QC

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Furnival Chambers

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Stephen Moses QC

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Church Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lewis Power QC of Church Court Chambers

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Nicholas Rhodes QC

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Charter Chambers

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Nicholas Rhodes QC

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Bernard Richmond QC

Lamb Building

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Bernard Richmond QC of Lamb Building

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Rouse QC

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Sibson QC

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Summers QC

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise Sweet QC

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dexter Dias QC

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25 Bedford Row

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Rudi Fortson QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Hardy QC

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Christopher Henley QC

Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Henley QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Hines QC

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Ivers QC

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Garden Court Chambers

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Rajiv Menon QC

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Nadine Radford QC

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3 Temple Gardens

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Nadine Radford QC

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Mansfield Chambers

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Sam Stein QC of Mansfield Chambers

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Bernard Tetlow QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bernard Tetlow QC

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New Silk

Colin Aylott QC

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Colin Aylott QC

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New Silk

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Bex QC

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New Silk

Gideon Cammerman QC

187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gideon Cammerman QC

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New Silk

23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Clark QC

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New Silk

5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Cotter QC

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New Silk

Martin Goudie QC

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Charter Chambers

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Martin Goudie QC

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New Silk

6KBW College Hill

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Jacob Hallam QC

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New Silk

Allison Hunter QC

23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Allison Hunter QC

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New Silk

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gillian Jones QC

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New Silk

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louis Mably

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New Silk

Alison Macdonald QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alison Macdonald QC

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New Silk

2 Hare Court

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Naeem Mian

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New Silk

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Di Middleton

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New Silk

Gareth Patterson QC

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gareth Patterson QC

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New Silk

Mathew Sherratt QC

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Sherratt QC

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New Silk

Brian St Louis QC

15 New Bridge Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian St Louis QC of 15 New Bridge Street

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New Silk

Alisdair Williamson QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alisdair Williamson QC
Well regarded silk with particular expertise in the defence of individuals, often high-profile, who have been charged with sexual assaults. He also regularly defends firearms and fraud cases, among other matters. His practice frequently sees him appearing before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, in addition to representing clients in disciplinary hearings. He is particularly praised by sources for his jury and client manner.
Strengths: "So personable, with a sharp legal mind and a great manner with instructing solicitors and clients."

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New Silk

Natasha Wong QC

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187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Natasha Wong QC

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Star Individuals

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Saunders 
A leading junior who is highly respected by his peers and described as "one of the great players in the field." He both prosecutes and defends all areas of serious crime and fraud, and was heavily involved in Operation Elveden. He is praised for his extremely persuasive advocacy which is "plainly silk standard."
Strengths: "Offers gravitas and efficacy in equal measure." "In terms of his client care and the way he prepares the case, you can't fault him."

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Barnard 
An "extremely industrious and very client-focused" junior held to be among the leading legal minds at the Criminal Bar. He is highly experienced at handling both private prosecutions and private defence work, often leading on his own. In recent times he has been instructed in matters including sexual offences and perverting the course of justice.
Strengths: "He's really great to work with and a great all-rounder. Just fantastic."

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aisling Byrnes 
An excellent junior who attracts praise from market observers for her handling of factually sensitive and emotive cases. She focuses her practice on all areas of serious crime, and has particular expertise in sexual offences and domestic violence cases. Byrnes has recently been instructed in serious criminal cases including those relating to historic abuse, grievous bodily harm and child abduction. 
Strengths: "An accessible barrister who instils immediate confidence in her clients with her robust advocacy and her commitment to fighting their corner."
Recent work: Represented a city financier charged with raping a young woman.

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Jennifer Dempster

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jennifer Dempster 
An "incredibly knowledgeable and professional" junior specialising in the defence of those charged with counts of serious crime and fraud. She has recently been instructed in a wide variety of complex criminal cases, including those concerning murder, sexual offences and kidnapping. Highlighted as "an effective cross-examiner," she is particularly good at handling young defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "A hard-working and incredibly talented advocate who has impressive client care skills." "She makes rapid assessments and her understanding of details is amazing."
Recent work: Defended Joseph Ashman, alleged to be the boss of a highly organised drugs gang, in a case concerning one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in the UK.

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William Emlyn Jones

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Emlyn Jones 
Junior barrister with experience of both prosecuting and defending criminal trials, who has a flourishing private practice. He has significant expertise in complex and high-profile murder trials, and also undertakes challenging terrorism work. Interviewees praise him for being "a first-rate communicator" who is "totally dedicated, incredibly well prepared" and "a joy to work with."
Strengths: "A fluent and convincing advocate" who is "totally dedicated, incredibly well prepared, and someone whose client care skills are exemplary."
Recent work: Prosecuted a man accused of the murders of four young men whom he met on homosexual dating websites.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Ferguson 
A well-respected junior with a broad criminal defence practice. Well versed in advising and representing professional individuals facing criminal charges, he attracts praise for his advocacy style and his client-handling skills. 
Strengths: "Very well prepared and knows what he is talking about." "He's very precise in all he does and liked by clients as he can put them at ease very quickly."

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben FitzGerald 
A leading junior with in-depth experience across the full spectrum of criminal matters, who acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. He has been instructed in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times and attracts praise for his "meticulous approach" and "terrific attention to detail."
Strengths: "One of the most outstanding juniors at the Criminal Bar, with an exceptionally sharp legal mind and a really effective style of advocacy. He really stands head and shoulders above others of his call." "His presentation of arguments in court is measured and extremely effective."
Recent work: Prosecuted Foyjur Rahman, accused of being one of the armed assailants of a Bangladeshi man in a historic attack in a residential street in Islington.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jocelyn Ledward 
An "absolutely outstanding junior with the mind of a legal machine," who specialises in complex crime and fraud defence. She has been instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and violent disorder. Sources highlight her "immense intellect" and her "ability to master the arguments early on."
Strengths: "Ridiculously bright, very hard-working and someone with a very professional manner in court." "She's tactically fantastic."
Recent work: Prosecuted Patrick Adams and his wife for the historic shooting of their former friend.

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9 Gough Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Little of 9 Gough Square
An exceptional Treasury Counsel who regularly appears at the Old Bailey and the Supreme Court, often as a leading junior. He is entrusted with only the most serious and complex cases, including matters of homicide and terrorism. Sources make particular note of his "excellent decision-making and communication skills."
Strengths: "A formidable performer who is very strong in court." "He is the real deal, who has blazed his own trail and done incredibly well." "Tom is one of the most able and reliable members of the Bar and especially good at managing client expectations."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Thomas Mair, the man charged with the murder of Jo Cox MP.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alison Morgan 
Well-regarded Junior Treasury Counsel who is lauded by interviewees for her "tenacious advocacy" as both prosecution and defence counsel. She has recently been instructed in multiple challenging and high-profile matters, including terrorism and firearms cases.
Strengths: "Her attention to detail is outstanding."
Recent work: Prosecuted Sally Lane and John Letts on charges of funding terrorism. It was alleged that the pair transferred money to their son Jack Letts, labelled 'Jihadi Jack', one of the first white Britons to join ISIS.

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Nelson 
A well-regarded junior with a flourishing practice, who prosecutes and defends serious criminal matters including terrorism and joint-enterprise murder cases. She attracts praise for her "tenacious and effective" advocacy and her strength with juries.
Strengths: "An exceptionally gifted and hard-working barrister" who is "frighteningly good." "Michelle is an extremely hard worker who misses absolutely nothing in terms of her preparation."
Recent work: Prosecuted in R v David West, a case involving the murder of a father by a son in circumstances of agreed historic bullying by the father.

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Band 1

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Newton 
An experienced junior widely regarded as a "top barrister" and "brilliant advocate" who garners praise for his sensitive cross-examinations and skilful client care. He often acts as defence counsel and has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years.
Strengths: "Incredibly intelligent and great both on paper and in court, where he uses humour to disarm juries." "He is extremely articulate, down-to-earth and very easy to work with." "It is incredibly impressive how he gets on top of the details of cases early on and gives very considered explanations for tactical decisions."
Recent work: Represented a client in a gross negligence manslaughter case, following the death of Adam Hird, who was restrained by security staff at a London nightclub in 2014 and suffered positional asphyxiation.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Ray 
A junior who has regularly undertaken high-profile cases across the full spectrum of serious crime. He is also highly experienced in assisting City clients with criminal advice. Market sources praise him for his "ability to mop up a huge amount of material and get to grips with it," as well as the "experience and skill" he brings to private cases.
Strengths: "Has a lovely manner with judges and clients." "He has an understated yet extremely effective style of advocacy."
Recent work: Represented a teacher charged with a string of historic sex offences perpetrated on two pupils during the 1980s.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Thomas 
An excellent junior highlighted for his ability to "talk to clients at a level they can understand." He is regularly instructed in extremely complex cases that attract significant media attention, including those relating to terrorism, burglary and corruption.
Strengths: "Super intelligent, quick-thinking and a man respected by Crown Court judges." "He is an extremely thorough and conscientious lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in a number of terrorism cases, including R v Rahman and Others, R v Abdalraouf Abdallah and R v Yaqub Rae.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Whittaker 
An established practitioner with a full criminal practice that takes in both privately funded and legally aided work. He has recently been instructed in serious drugs, sexual assault and fraud matters.
Strengths: "A brilliant and assured junior who deals with a number of complex general criminal matters."
Recent work: Represented one of eight defendants indicted for their involvement in a conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

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Richard Wormald

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wormald 
A standout junior who is extremely experienced in all matters of serious crime. He has experience of both prosecuting and defending, and has recently been instructed in highly significant cases involving multiple murders, firearms offences and perversion of the course of justice. Market sources praise him for his deep knowledge of bribery and corruption matters.
Strengths: "A very intellectual barrister who makes brilliant tactical choices and wins the most impossible cases."
Recent work: Acted for the first defendant in R v Jason Moore. The case concerned charges of murder at the Central Criminal Court.

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Butt 
Skilled criminal defence practitioner with additional experience of prosecution work. He undertakes a broad spectrum of criminal briefs, and has recently been instructed in cases ranging from domestic violence to rape. Butt is lauded for his experience working on serious criminal cases and for his expertise in firearms cases.
Strengths: "A strong-minded and fully committed barrister who is really making his mark."
Recent work: Represented a former colonel of the Nepalese army charged with the commission of war crimes during Nepal's civil war in 2005.

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Nicholas Corsellis

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Corsellis 
A superb junior lauded for his ability to prosecute and defend a broad range of serious criminal matters, including drugs and murder cases. Sources highlight him as a "real grafter" who is very well experienced in representing professional clients. 
Strengths: "A class act" who is "very clever."
Recent work: Represented the lead defendant in the £20 million Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

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Band 2

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Maria Dineen 
An experienced junior capable of handling serious criminal matters, including organised crime, armed robbery and murder cases. She is highlighted by interviewees for the strength of her advocacy.
Strengths: "A class act who is thorough and methodical, and whose written work matches the extraordinary standard of her advocacy." "She's devastating in cross-examination."
Recent work: Defended in R v Arthur Simpson-Kent, a high-profile murder of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children.

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Band 2

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Forster
An experienced junior with particular expertise in defence work. He has undertaken numerous complex cases of the most serious nature, including matters relating to child prostitution and other serious organised crime.
Strengths: "He is a straight-talking lawyer who makes succinct points logically and clearly."

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dean George 
Notable criminal junior praised by the market for his intellectual acumen and advocacy skills. He is a "tough advocate" with expertise in the handling of serious criminal matters, such as murder and firearms cases.
Strengths: "One of the best juniors at the Bar, his work ethic, his ability with clients and his abilities on technical legal points make him the total package." "He is canny and charming."
Recent work: Acted in R v Miah and Another, a high-profile case concerning the murder of a three month old child in the East End.

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Band 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rachna Gokani 
An in-demand junior who is regularly entrusted with complex and challenging instructions, who has appeared before the Court of Appeal. She has recently been instructed in several serious criminal actions, as well as financial criminal cases.
Strengths: "Hard-working and knows the cases inside out." "She is a bright and capable junior who punches above her weight."
Recent work: Instructed by the Attorney General of Jersey to advise on the application of the English Sentencing Guidelines for sexual assault and rape in Jersey.

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Band 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Henry 
A well-regarded junior and excellent advocate who specialises in all areas of general crime. He is particularly known for his expertise in serious organised crime, and is highly respected for his mastery of complex legal issues such as expert evidence and abuse of process. Sources praise him for his "strategic thinking" and "excellent analysis of the issues."
Strengths: "At his finest when he is on his feet. He has an eloquence to his submissions, and he conveys his argument concisely and in an attractive manner." "Edward commands the respect of judges and his peers, and it is a real pleasure to listen to him in court."
Recent work: Represented a client on two drugs conspiracies, tried together, in a cut-throat defence with those above and below him on the indictment. He was the only one of the principal defendants to be acquitted.

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Band 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benn Maguire 
A terrific advocate who specialises in defending those accused of serious crime, including cases of homicide, historic sex abuse and firearms offences. Market sources highlight his ability to provide a "very reassuring presence" to clients. He is also known for his work on appellate matters.
Strengths: "He is able to get to the real nuts and bolts of a case very quickly and commands the respect of both judges and juries."
Recent work: Prosecuted Jeffrey Wiltshire and Rosalin Baker on charges of infanticide after they staged their young daughter's death on a London bus.

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Band 2

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Przybylska 
A top-notch junior known for her "very thorough preparation" and "considered and sensible advice." She has experience in high-profile criminal matters including drug trafficking and rape.
Strengths: "Hard-working and highly skilled." "Good on the detail and a team player, she is everything you could want from a junior." "You can't pull the wool over her eyes."
Recent work: Defended in R v Grix, a case involving a near-fatal wounding following a dispute between drug traffickers.

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Band 2

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Rush 
Acclaimed criminal junior with a strong history of defending complex cases. He is particularly adept at handling privately funded criminal matters such as those involving homicide or firearms. He is also highlighted for his expertise in blackmail cases.
Strengths: "Craig never fails to identify what makes a client tick and immediately puts them at ease. He is also ultra impressive on his feet, juries just get him." "Excellent trial advocate, tactically astute, and has a great rapport with clients."
Recent work: Acted in R v Matthew Smith, involving the murder of a pregnant woman and the related infanticide charges.

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Band 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Linda Strudwick 
A highly regarded junior who attracts praise for her "very thorough and clear" advocacy. She is well versed in both prosecution and defence across the full spectrum of criminal cases, such as manslaughter, drugs and rape.
Strengths: "A fully prepared fantastic advocate who exudes confidence." "She's a very thorough and hard-working junior."
Recent work: Prosecuted three 18 year olds charged with a drug and gang related shooting of a member of another gang on a London street.

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Taylor 
A fantastic, hard-working advocate who is highly regarded for his specialism and expertise in appellate work. He attracts plaudits for his preparation and intellect, and has been instructed in some of the most complex and challenging appeals of recent years, including those relating to fresh evidence, murders and historic sexual offences. Taylor is also particularly renowned for his expertise in fitness to plead cases, particularly those relating to psychiatric issues.
Strengths: "He's meticulous in his directions to instructing solicitors, he brings great energy to the legal team and he goes the extra mile when preparing for cases."
Recent work: Represented a high-profile client in an appeal against a murder conviction.

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Band 3

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zubair Ahmad

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Buchanan

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Angus Bunyan

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brenda Campbell

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Cray

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Eissa

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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Forte

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Harries

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Caroline Haughey

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Caroline Haughey

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5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Deanna Heer

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Scott Ivill

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Jarvis

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leon Kazakos

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Langley

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anya Lewis

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Lloyd

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Lownds

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Lumsdon

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Piers Marquis

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Terry Munyard

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rishi Nathwani

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rupert Pardoe

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Arlette Piercy

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Polnay

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Ratliff

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Rowlands

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Esther Schutzer-Weissmann

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Liam Walker

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Ware

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Weekes

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Wiseman

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wood

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5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Denis Barry

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5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Connolly

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Band 4

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Evans

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Sebastian Gardiner

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sebastian Gardiner

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Howard

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ronald Jaffa

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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Flavia Kenyon

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Guy Ladenburg

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Martin

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Kate O'Raghallaigh

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate O'Raghallaigh

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Band 4

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Payne

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mary Poku

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Band 4

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Luke Ponte

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shauna Ritchie

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Susan Rodham

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Rose

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Smitten

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lauren Soertsz

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dafna Spiro

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Stott

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4 Breams Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stuart Trimmer of 4 Breams Buildings

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187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Vine

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Wakerley

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hossein Zahir

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Akuwudike

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Band 5

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fallon Alexis

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Band 5

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Conway

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Foundry Chambers

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Nicholas Dunham

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Carmelite Chambers

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William England

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Charter Chambers

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Julia Flanagan

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Emma Goodall

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9 Bedford Row

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Max Hardy

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Doughty Street Chambers

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Nichola Higgins

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23 Essex Street

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Rina-Marie Hill

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9 Bedford Row

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David Hughes

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Foundry Chambers

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Clare Huntley

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2 Bedford Row

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Ashraf Khan

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2 Bedford Row

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Samuel Magee

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

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Philip McGhee

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Carmelite Chambers

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Roxanne Morrell

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5 King's Bench Walk

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Charlotte Newell

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Heather Oliver

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Charter Chambers

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Paul Phillips

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5 St Andrew's Hill

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Gary Pons

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Catherine Rabaiotti

5 Paper Buildings

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Catherine Rabaiotti

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

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Paul Raudnitz

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Doughty Street Chambers

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David Rhodes

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5 St Andrew's Hill

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John Warrington

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6KBW College Hill

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Kate Wilkinson

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Nicholas Yeo

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Kevin Baumber

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2 Hare Court

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Harry Bentley

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Christopher Bertham

3 Temple Gardens

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Christopher Bertham

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6KBW College Hill

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Martyn Bowyer

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9 Bedford Row

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Samantha Cohen

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5 King's Bench Walk

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Orla Daly

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Alexander Dos Santos

Charter Chambers

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Alexander Dos Santos

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23 Essex Street

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Hugh Forgan

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Garden Court Chambers

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Mark Gatley

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Edmund Gritt

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2 Hare Court

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Quinn Hawkins

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9 Bedford Row

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Daniel Higgins

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Bo-Eun Jung

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Drystone Chambers

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Zarif Khan of Drystone Chambers

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2 Bedford Row

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Michael Levy

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23 Essex Street

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Eloise Marshall

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5 St Andrew's Hill

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Christopher May

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2 Bedford Row

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Andrew McGee

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Church Court Chambers

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Kevin Molloy of Church Court Chambers

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Garden Court Chambers

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Keir Monteith

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

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Robert Morris

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25 Bedford Row

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Michael Neofytou

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Furnival Chambers

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Alexia Power

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Alistair Richardson

6KBW College Hill

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Alistair Richardson

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9 Bedford Row

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Tessa Shroff

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Furnival Chambers

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Jon Swain

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Garden Court Chambers

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Tom Wainwright

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Red Lion Chambers

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David Walbank

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Furnival Chambers

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Lisa Wilson

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Julian Woodbridge

1 King's Bench Walk

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Julian Woodbridge of 1 King's Bench Walk

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2 Hare Court

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Gudrun Young

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