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UK-Bar Guide

Crime — London (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

"One of the top chambers in London in respect of criminal defence work," 2 Bedford Row is a "brilliant" set boasting a bench of "exceptional" criminal advocates who demonstrate "a real strength and depth of experience and skill." It has "a wide spectrum of specialisms, meaning that it can service all areas of crime, no matter how complex." Members regularly prosecute and defend the most complex and high-profile matters, including homicide, terrorism and sex offences, handling cases that are both privately and publicly funded.

Client service: The set's "friendly and efficient" clerks "provide an attentive and same-day service to every query" and "respond positively to any challenge." They are particularly praised for their "courtesy and efficiency in negotiating fees and recommending certain barristers for certain cases." "Legendary" senior clerk John Grimmer is credited for the set's impressive reputation in this regard, and is described by clients as "one of the key clerks at the Criminal Bar" and someone who is "second to none."

SILKS

Brian Altman QC
Pre-eminent silk whose experience as former First Senior Treasury Counsel contributes to his status as a highly in-demand prosecutor of some of the most noteworthy murder and terrorism cases of recent years. He also boasts a flourishing defence practice, and undertakes work on murder and drug trafficking cases among others. Interviewees praise him for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail.
Strengths: "His work is just outstanding and his judgement is impeccable, and he certainly deserves to be rated extremely highly." "What I found when I was in court is that he commands an awful lot of respect because it's deserved." "He's incredibly thorough and hard-working."
Recent work: Led the prosecution in the high-profile case of John Downey, a suspected IRA terrorist charged with the Hyde Park bombing in 1982.

William Clegg QC
A distinguished silk renowned for his criminal defence practice and his skills as an appellate advocate. Described as "one of the doyens of the Criminal Bar," he is singled out for his skilled defence of high-profile private individuals facing serious charges, including murder and rape. He 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: "He is a class act whose vast experience commands respect from everyone." "He has such an astute mind" and is "fantastic in court."
Recent work: Represented Professor Gennadij Raivich, a 'professional' sperm donor, against allegations of sexual assault.

Mark Milliken-Smith QC
Frequently instructed in complex and high-profile serious crime cases, he is a barrister with a 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 also has a particular specialism in criminal cases stemming from the sporting world.
Strengths: "A powerful guy to have on your team. He is very imposing and commands massive respect in court and with clients." "He's sharp and concise."
Recent work: Defended in a 'honey trap murder' case where the first defendant seduced the victim then conspired with others to rob and murder him.

Jim Sturman QC
Specialises in defending high-profile individuals facing serious allegations, and attracts high praise for both his client-handling skills and smooth advocacy style. He often handles sexual offences cases and has developed a particular niche in the area of 'revenge porn'.
Strengths: "He has consistently been at the top of his game for a number years, and is always in the first choice bracket in cases that are challenging. One of the Galácticos of the Bar." "A brilliant team member who it's great to have on board." "Incredibly hard-working with a bedside manner that gives huge confidence to clients and enormous support to instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Represented Tania Clarence following the murder of her three seriously disabled children. The case focused on the argument of diminished responsibility, and Ms Clarence ultimately received a Hospital Order.

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.
Strengths: "He has all the aptitude that you'd expect from someone who was Senior Treasury Counsel, and is efficient and well prepared." "He's extremely hard-working and prepares all of his cases extremely well." "I don't know if he kills people with kindness, but he's so reasonable and so fair that the jury wonder how he could possibly be wrong."
Recent work: Prosecuted a well-known 'hate preacher' who was inciting support for terrorism and terrorist organisations.

Ian Stern QC
Heads up the Regulatory Group at the chambers but also has a thriving criminal practice. He often acts in criminal proceedings in the regulatory and professional disciplinary sector.
Strengths: "A go to guy for cases involving fatal shootings," he's "calm and fearless but not in a way which causes offense. Juries, witnesses and judges all warm to him."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Anthony Long, the police marksman accused of killing Azelle Rodney, who was facing a murder charge relating to the incident.

Tracy Ayling QC

Richard Kovalevsky QC

Stephen Vullo QC

Dean Armstrong QC

Christine Agnew QC

Louise Sweet QC

JUNIORS

Dean George
Notable criminal junior praised by the market for his intellectual acumen and advocacy skills. He is particularly experienced in handling complex, document-heavy serious crime cases, including murders and firearms offences.
Strengths: "He's a clever defence advocate who is wise and wily." "He is a very accomplished junior who provided me with excellent support, ideas and arguments." "One of the hardest workers. He's underestimated by co-defendants and prosecution counsel and then, out of nowhere, he turns them over."
Recent work: Defended a teenager accused of stabbing the son of a Ghanaian diplomat having allegedly identified him as a member of a rival gang.

Craig Rush
Acclaimed criminal junior with a strong history of defending complex cases. He often undertakes high-profile, privately funded work, and is singled out by commentators for his experience in homicide cases and incidents involving serious organised crime.
Strengths: "Very strong in serious crime." "He's a very good guy to work with."
Recent work: Defended an individual within the Traveller community charged with carrying out an execution following a long-running feud.

Timothy Kendal

Maria Dineen

Shauna Ritchie

Valerie Charbit

Charles Conway

Ashraf Khan

Samuel Magee

Charles Langley

Michael Levy

Howard Godfrey QC

Simon Baker

Michael Wolkind QC

Andrew McGee

Since publication, Nigel Lithman has moved in-house.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An "extremely experienced, well connected and personable" set "dedicated to providing honest advice," 2 Hare Court is made up of an "exceptional stable" of long-established silks and incredibly bright juniors. The individuals here are experienced in both prosecution and defence and have undertaken some of the most substantial and high-profile serious crime cases of the last year, including the defence of international cricketer Chris Cairns and the prosecution of Sarah Sands, who murdered an elderly paedophile who had been abusing her children. They have among their ranks numerous former and current Treasury Counsel, and are described as "fighters: they'll go in there and scrap for your client."

Client service: The set's clerking team is led by the "incredibly supportive and highly efficient" director of clerking Julian Campbell who is ably assisted by "fantastic" senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside. Both are praised for their dedication, and one impressed client states: "They have always gone beyond the call of duty to assist me when they can." Practice clerk Tara Johnson is also singled out for praise, and is described as "absolutely outstanding" by market commentators.

SILKS

Jonathan Laidlaw QC
A "standout" silk with over 15 years of Treasury Counsel experience, he now specialises only in private defence work which spans the areas of general crime, business crime, fraud and regulatory work, among others. Sources are impressed by his ability and experience, labelling him "superb," "a class act" and "incredibly impressive."
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate. Calm and collaborative, he offers superb client care." "He is commendably straightforward in his approach yet commands huge authority and credibility in court. He is very hands-on and easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented a notorious property developer in Liverpool who was alleged to be the financier and organiser of a sizeable countrywide heroin operation.

Orlando Pownall QC
A "phenomenal" leading silk who, following a successful tenure as Treasury Counsel, now specialises in representing individuals charged in the most high-profile and significant cases, including the Chris Cairns perjury case. Considered a "legend" of the Criminal Bar by market observers, he attracts significant praise for his advocacy and client-handling skills.
Strengths: "His advocacy is second to none and he is a delight to work with." "A very accomplished chap who is smooth and persuasive." "A man with a very bright mind."
Recent work: Defended an individual who had been charged with murder as a result of a 'joint enterprise' stabbing.

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC
An accomplished silk described by market observers as "the complete criminal barrister." A former Treasury Counsel, she now specialises in defending individuals against allegations of serious crime. She is highly praised for her attention to detail, and also lauded for her expertise in the cross-examination of expert witnesses across multiple disciplines.
Strengths: "She has a fearless disposition and is academically very strong." "A streetfighting defence counsel who gets great results and is excellent with clients." "She is very skilled and very articulate. She's both very good on paper and very good in person."
Recent work: Represented Paul Gadd (also known as Gary Glitter) for historic sexual abuse allegations against girls under the age of 15.

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. Described as an "impressive" practitioner, he is highly praised for his approach in court and his client communication skills.
Strengths: "Martin provided me with constant reassurance and excellent legal advice." "He ran the show and we all had total confidence in him." "He has a very silky touch and is disarmingly languid. He is just the classic hand of steel in a velvet glove."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual claiming to belong to a religious sect who was charged with the murder of his mother and GBH of his partner. After a plea of guilty the defendant was sentenced to a minimum term of 20 years' imprisonment.

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 a "fantastic" barrister who is considered by commentators to be a "terrific asset" to his set.
Strengths: "He's very thorough and always makes the time to go through everything. His legal analysis, his consideration of the relevant issues, and his ability to get on with the members of the team and focus on the relevant issues are very impressive. He is to be trusted with the most serious cases."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an individual charged with the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in the course of an attempt to steal his bike.

Peter Wright QC
Attracts praise for his determination and courtroom skills, and is extremely experienced in both prosecution and defence. He handles the full gamut of serious crime including terrorism, robbery and murder cases.
Strengths: "He's a real fighter and a great barrister." "He's what I'd call a proper jury advocate."

Brendan Kelly QC
A highly praised silk who has tackled all manner of serious criminal work over the course of his career. He is singled out by market observers for his impressive courtroom presence and demeanour.
Strengths: "Mr Kelly is a powerful advocate whom it is a delight to work with." "A man with big character who is fantastic on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged with a conspiracy to murder his wife. The case is currently awaiting appeal.

Brian O'Neill QC
A strong silk who handles both prosecution and defence work. He has experience in all serious crime cases, with particular expertise in complex murder cases.
Strengths: "He's very thorough. He reads his cases, he's very organised, and he shows great attention to detail." "He is incredibly conscientious and naturally charismatic." "An extremely robust prosecutor."
Recent work: Defended an individual accused of four counts of murder following a revenge attack using a firebomb, which in a case of mistaken identity killed a mother and her three teenage children. The defendant was found guilty of manslaughter.

Oliver Glasgow QC
A new silk considered by interviewees to be "a real star of the future." He is a current Senior Treasury Counsel with a varied criminal practice across all areas of serious crime. He often acts for high-profile individuals.
Strengths: "He's a real class act and a really consummate prosecutor."
Recent work: Prosecuted barrister Constance Briscoe for perverting the course of justice following the deliberate manufacture of evidence in a previous trial.

Naeem Mian QC

JUNIORS

David Whittaker
Receiving instructions on both privately funded and legally aided work, he is praised by market observers for his vast experience across all areas of criminal law, from murder and manslaughter to complex fraud. He is also singled out for his experience in cases concerning terrorism and serious organised crime.
Strengths: "One of the Bar's outstanding criminal juniors. He is extremely hard-working, meticulous, and someone who has both good judgement and great presence in court."
Recent work: Represented a businessman accused of thefts of Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn libation cups at a value of more than £25 million.

Craig Ferguson
A highly experienced and well-reputed junior with a varied practice spanning all areas of criminal defence. 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 client-friendly, very astute and a pleasure to work with." "An absolute class act." "Superb regulatory and criminal barrister."

Angus Bunyan

Leon Kazakos

Sarah Przybylska

James Buchanan

Peter Lownds

Scott Ivill

Christopher Ware

Quinn Hawkins

Zubair Ahmad

Martin S Heslop QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A "well established" set "at the top of its game," which although perhaps best known for its prosecution work also boasts a flourishing defence practice, particularly in the private market. It houses an impressive collection of practitioners, and counts a vast number of treasury counsel among its ranks. The "first class" individuals here are regularly instructed in the most substantial and significant criminal cases, and have made numerous notable appearances before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Sources say: "6KBW is bursting with counsel who are both good advocates and exceptional lawyers. It has huge depth of quality."

Client service: A "responsive" and "professional" clerks room that "goes way beyond the call of duty to provide an excellent service to clients." Senior clerk Andrew Barnes leads the "efficient" team, and comes highly recommended as he is "a pleasure to work with, reasonable and highly approachable." First junior clerk Richard Summerscales is also singled out for praise, and is described as "always polite, courteous, obliging and prompt. He is prepared to be flexible when required and has a refreshing 'can-do' mentality."

SILKS

David Perry QC
A "stellar" advocate considered to be a "maestro" of the Criminal Bar, who is particularly renowned for having been instructed in the most significant appeals of recent times. 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: "You don't want to be on the other side against him. His reputation is fully deserved and there's no sign of his star waning." "The outstanding appellate advocate at the Criminal Bar" and "a go-to person for really difficult advisory work."
Recent work: Instructed by the Government Legal Department to appeal a decision made by the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands regarding the acquittal of an individual charged with complex firearms offences.

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.
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate who is skilled at taking both judge and jury with him." "He's incisive, right to the point and very articulate."
Recent work: Successfully defended a Sun journalist charged with making payments to a prison officer in return for information regarding high-profile prisoner Jon Venables.

Simon Denison QC
"Hugely experienced" practitioner 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.
Strengths: "He is very methodical in the way he prosecutes cases." "He's very effective and very tenacious." "A class act."
Recent work: Prosecuted a joint enterprise murder with eight defendants on the indictment.

Duncan Penny QC
Senior Treasury Counsel who is much admired by market observers for his approach to cases. He is extremely experienced in the prosecution of high-profile murders, and handled both the retrial of Barry George and the prosecution of those who murdered Ben Kinsella.
Strengths: "A very passionate lawyer. He's very, very clever and excellent with clients." "A real star prosecutor."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the alleged murder of a Serco security guard committed by a prisoner in the cells of Blackfriars Crown Court.

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, and is praised by market commentators for her "skill over a range of different type of offences."
Strengths: "She is a fearsome advocate who prepares thoroughly and effectively, but remains light on her feet. She is immensely clever and astute, and has the ability to charm a jury with her lively and engaging approach. It really is a winning combination. I will not hesitate to use her again when a client simply demands the best there is."
Recent work: Defended a former senior political aide who was charged with the possession of indecent images of children.

Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

Duncan Atkinson QC

Jacob Hallam QC
An "excellent" new silk who is recognised for his efficacy acting on complex criminal matters, including cases which attract media attention. Recently, he has been instructed in numerous complex murder, sexual offence and corruption cases.
Strengths: "He is a safe pair of hands in homicide work, capable of calm and devastating cross-examination." "A seriously good advocate." "He's very personable, an excellent drafter, and just a very, very bright man."
Recent work: Prosecuted the Bishop of Lewes and his deputy for historic sex offences committed while they ran a scheme for aspirant clergymen. One defendant pleaded guilty, and another was convicted after trial.

Louis Mably QC
"Strong" Senior Treasury Counsel with a broad experience of all areas of general crime, and a particular proficiency in corruption offences. Described as a "wonderful" practitioner, he has also been involved in matters centred on terrorism offences and assisted suicide. He also has a niche expertise in assisting European courts with various matters.
Strengths: "If something intellectually is a problem, you turn to Louis Mably." "Clever, clever, clever and fantastically hard-working."
Recent work: Represented the UK government at the ECHR in an appeal by the failed suicide bombers of 21 July 2005 in London.

Gareth Patterson QC

JUNIORS

Miranda Hill
A respected junior with significant experience of both serious crime and fraud. She is well versed in both prosecution and defence work and has handled complex cases including those relating to murder, perverting the course of justice and bribery.
Strengths: "She's calm, clever, a delight to work with and a brilliant drafter." "Offers great client care."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of News UK to advise in respect of police investigations into the unlawful interception of voicemails.

Alison Morgan
Well-regarded Junior Treasury Counsel who receives numerous plaudits from market observers for her ability as both prosecution and defence counsel. She has recently been instructed in multiple challenging and high-profile matters, including terrorism and firearms cases.
Strengths: "Has outstanding attention to detail and the ability to take judges into her confidence with her command of evidence and applicable law." "Very sensible, very steady and very reliable indeed."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a series of cases where individuals were charged with sending menacing and threatening messages to female MPs and campaigners, including threats to rape.

Simon Ray
An "unflappable" junior with an "excellent reputation" 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. Commentators praise him highly for his client-handling skills and jury advocacy.
Strengths: "He's incredibly calm but authoritative, and inspires confidence in clients through his very measured and reasoned approach." "He has an understated yet extremely effective advocacy style and is superb with clients. He has sound judgement and is loved by clients."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a senior barrister and former Recorder who had repeatedly breached a restraining order against his ex-wife. Despite being convicted on five out of six counts, he received only a suspended sentence following mitigation.

Paul Jarvis

Ben Lloyd

Sarah Whitehouse QC

Timothy Cray

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann

Mark Weekes

Peter Ratliff

Kate Wilkinson

Alistair Richardson

Aftab Jafferjee QC
A "very, very effective" prosecutor who continues to undertake all manner of serious criminal matters. He is highly respected by market observers for his incisive cross-examination and smooth advocacy style, and is masterful as both a trial and an appellate advocate.
Strengths: "He's immaculate. He's an example of a very good lawyer and a very good advocate." "He's eloquent, smooth, and juries love him. It is difficult to spot a weakness in him."

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An exceptional, "top-end" set with a long-standing reputation for professionalism and efficiency. It attracts the most significant and substantial criminal instructions on both the prosecution and defence sides, and has additional expertise in such areas as inquests, professional discipline and regulatory law, among others. The very talented barristers here are known for their superior advocacy skills and their approachability.

Client service: The clerks are led by the "very approachable and sensible" Chris Emmings. His "old-school criminal clerking team" is praised for its flexibility and efficiency. "They're very good at that personal touch and keeping up with the solicitors." Faye Patis is also singled out for praise, and is labelled "sensible" and "professional."

SILKS

Crispin Aylett QC
An "excellent lawyer and a fine advocate" who is "devastatingly effective." He is particularly well known for his "superb" skills as a prosecutor, with one impressed source stating: "The best prosecutor in London in my opinion." In recent times he has undertaken several complex and high-profile murder cases, along with other matters such as terrorism and firearms offences.
Strengths: "He's a brilliant, gifted advocate" and "an especially penetrating cross-examiner."

Edward Brown QC
Well-regarded silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel who attracts high praise for his advocacy skills. He's a highly experienced criminal practitioner who is also a strong regulatory lawyer. His recent work includes has seen him prosecute both a terrorist facilitator and a child murderer.
Strengths: "Gloriously understated, he's a very, very effective advocate who gets great results." "A lovely advocate."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a defendant accused of murdering a man who was acquitted 15 years previously of the murder of the defendant's sister.

Adrian Darbishire QC
An "outstanding" barrister who specialises in serious cases including corporate crime, sexual offences and corruption cases. Described as "utterly brilliant" by sources, he is also highly experienced in health and safety work.
Strengths: "A charming, sparkling advocate. He's a strong strategist and a terrific drafter." "He has the ability to understand the complexities of a case and ensure that a jury fully understands what is happening during a trial." "An imaginative and collaborative lawyer - working with him is a dream."
Recent work: Successfully defended a consultant paediatrician charged with indecent assault on a young patient in the course of clinical examination.

Zoe Johnson QC
An "up-and-coming" silk with expertise in both serious crime and professional discipline matters. She is praised by market commentators for her advocacy and strong work ethic, and has recently been instructed in matters relating to terrorism, homicide, child murder and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "She is just awesome. She's so bright, so hard-working and she's got such good judgement."

Eleanor Laws QC
A well-respected 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.
Strengths: "Outstanding. Astonishing performance, breathtaking cross-examination and closing speech. I would have thought the go-to silk for all sexual allegations. Brilliant."

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 of them being Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials.
Strengths: "He's a very good tactician who is very good in front of the jury and very well respected by the judiciary."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual accused of murdering a man who had allegedly previously kidnapped and tortured him after the theft of a kilogram of cocaine.

William Boyce QC
An extremely talented 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.
Strengths: "He's an excellent cross examiner - he's thoroughly tenacious, modest to a fault and has supremely good judgment." "He's exceptionally bright and hardworking."
Recent work: Acted for Mahmoud Aziz amid allegations of dishonest handling of stolen pharmaceuticals.

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 noted for his expertise as a prosecutor and has been involved in a number of high profile matters relating to police corruption.
Strengths: "He is a consummate prosecutor - he designed the strategy for a very, very difficult case and proved himself to be a superb advocate, a fantastic strategist, and someone who is extremely hardworking." "He's a fantastic all rounder and a pleasure to work with; he's really delightful." "He's very effective and an extremely likeable and popular guy."
Recent work: Acted for Chevron in an on-going police and HSE investigation into an explosion that caused four deaths at Pembroke Refinery.

David Jeremy QC

Philip Evans QC

Sean Larkin QC

JUNIORS

Ben FitzGerald
A popular junior with in-depth experience across the full spectrum of criminal matters, who acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. Lauded by sources for his work ethic and "no-nonsense" approach to advocacy, he has been instructed in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times.
Strengths: "He has an outstanding ability to explain complex issues in a readily understandable way. There is a real sophistication to his advocacy." "He handled a client who could have been tricky extremely well, and had a very nice courtroom manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted a teenage girl accused of infanticide having murdered her son seconds after his birth.

Jocelyn Ledward
An "astonishingly capable" prosecutor and a very fine defence counsel who specialises in complex crime and fraud. She has been instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and violent disorder.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and able to think on her feet. She gains clients' trust very quickly and is tactically astute." "An extremely hard-working barrister. She puts in the hours at short notice and still turns things around very quickly."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted the three principal defendants accused of the murder of a professional poker player following a 'honey trap' plot.

Edward Henry
A "terrific" junior with a "phenomenal" track record 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, including expert evidence and abuse of process. He regularly receives plaudits from market sources for his client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He runs a silk's practice as a junior. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great jury advocate." "He has good legal skills and is convincing in court."
Recent work: Acted in R v Brown, a complex drugs conspiracy case.

Rachna Gokani
An "excellent" practitioner who is regularly entrusted with complex and challenging instructions, already having appeared before the Court of Appeal. She has handled matters across the full spectrum of serious crime, including cases of historic sexual assault, domestic violence and false imprisonment.
Strengths: "She has fantastic judgement and is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Successfully defended a newspaper tycoon charged with six counts of rape.

Benn Maguire
A "strong junior" who specialises in defending those accused of serious crime, including cases of homicide, historic sex abuse and firearms offences. Highly regarded by his peers, he is also known for his work on appellate matters.
Strengths: "Benn's a tremendous advocate. He's one of those barristers in court that everyone seems to spin around."
Recent work: Represented Clive Goodman in the 'phone hacking' trial.

Nicholas Corsellis

Julian Evans

Linda Strudwick

Paul Wakerley

Fallon Alexis

Philip McGhee

Philip Stott

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

"A premiership set" with an "outstanding selection of advocates," its members provide stellar advocacy and advisory work, and excel in both legally aided and privately funded prosecution and defence work. They superbly handle the full gamut of serious criminal cases, and have great experience in the most high-profile terrorism and sexual offence work. Market observers particularly admire them for their attention to detail and their high-quality advocacy, with one individual commenting: "The thing that sums up 3RB barristers is their class. They are extremely polished in terms of the way they perfect and draft skeleton arguments and legal submissions. The level of thought and preparation is first-rate."

Client service: The set's clerking team, led by senior clerk Eddie Holland, is considered to be "highly efficient" and "flexible." Market observers state: "The clerking is great, and given that they're quite a big set that says an awful lot about the quality of that clerks room. Compared to some other sets of their size, they're just head and shoulders above the competition."

SILKS

Patrick Gibbs QC
A "brilliant" silk with an excellent reputation 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 a "highly intelligent, superb all-round performer" who "grasps everything about a case very quickly."
Strengths: "He is completely reliable, very calm under pressure and his judgement is just second to none." "He's a tremendous jury advocate, and his knowledge of the law is extraordinary."
Recent work: Successfully defended one of the G4S security guards charged with the manslaughter of Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga.

Trevor Burke QC
Specialising in all areas of serious crime and regularly advising high-profile individuals, he is described as a "very, very smooth and accomplished silk." He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. He has also been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree.
Strengths: "Tremendously versatile, polished, great with clients and someone with very good judgement." "He's hugely impressive in front of a jury and good at managing himself in the cut and thrust of the courtroom."
Recent work: Responsible for the successful acquittal of a Sun journalist charged of corruption during Operation Elveden.

Alexander Cameron QC
An outstanding and highly respected silk who attracts significant praise for his "hugely impressive" work ethic and excellent jury 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 complete star and has been throughout his career. He has an awful lot of charm, works very, very hard, and is a real performer in court." "Extremely astute QC whose strategic judgement is impeccable. A brilliant legal brain who has a commanding presence in court." "A go-to man for complex crime who is a great jury advocate and a wonderful speechmaker."
Recent work: Defended a mentally vulnerable individual charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

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.
Strengths: "Very classy. His presentation and drafting are faultless. He's fantastic, and is meticulous both in his preapration and attention to detail.
Strengths: Represented Max Clifford at his trial at Southwark Crown Court and at his appeal against sentence.

Hugo Keith QC
Has a broad practice encompassing expertise in all areas of criminal law, including extradition and criminal public law alongside serious crime. Often undertaking the most challenging cases, he is praised for his courtroom presence and intellectual prowess.
Strengths: "He's fantastic in front of a jury and his attention to detail is unparalleled." "An exceptional barrister with far-reaching expertise who is often instructed in some of the most challenging international cases." "Extremely clever and has a brilliant rapport with the judiciary."

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. He is singled out by commentators for his advocacy and witness-handling skills.
Strengths: "He's a very polished and stylish advocate who excels at cross-examination." "He's at the very top of his game and is universally respected by all solicitors."
Recent work: Represented a gunman who had murdered an aspiring rapper in a case of mistaken identity.

Michael Bromley-Martin QC
An "effective" silk who boasts vast experience across all areas of serious crime along with niche expertise in assisting police officers charged with criminal proceedings. He is praised for his advocacy style as well as his work ethic.
Strengths: "He is one of the very best jury advocates around." "He was instructed at short notice and he was still completely on top of the facts."
Recent work: Successfully defended a man accused of the attempted murder of an armed police officer.

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 cybercrime.
Strengths: "Very, very classy and very, very calm." "He's involved in the most serious and complex cases. If it is a high-profile, demanding case, with a high-profile, demanding client, then Hugh Davies is the one you would turn to."
Recent work: Acted as leading counsel for a former chief reporter of the News of the World who was charged with phone hacking in a high-profile trial.

Jane Humphryes QC
A "fearless advocate" who is "extremely diligent," she has vast experience of all areas of serious crime. She is particularly well known for her expertise in handling sex offences. Market observers comment on her approachability and her client-handling skills.
Strengths: "Thorough, conscientious, passionate about defending her clients and extremely hard-working." "Extremely approachable and has a real knack with lay clients."
Recent work: Represented an individual accused of sexual offences involving his young and vulnerable niece.

James Lewis QC
"Incredibly experienced" silk whose practice includes serious criminal matters with an international angle, as well as extradition and fraud cases. Market observers are impressed with his intellectual acumen and say that he is "strong, smart and fearless."
Strengths: "He has great authority and is very persuasive in court." "Very comprehensive, both in terms of reading around the case to understand it in greater detail and in thinking of all methods to meet the client's objectives."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual charged with the theft of extremely lucrative intellectual property.

Helen Malcolm QC

Simon Farrell QC

John Hardy QC

James Hines QC

Alisdair Williamson QC
A "majestic" practitioner 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. He is particularly praised by sources for his jury and client manner.
Strengths: "His quality of advocacy in cross-examination is of the first order." "Always the first choice for defendants facing allegations of rape or sexual assault." "He's got a very reassuring manner with clients, and an excellent jury manner."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with two acts of historic sex abuse, including homosexual child abuse and the rape and torture of his then wife. The defendant was acquitted of both charges.

JUNIORS

Neil Saunders
A leading junior who is highly respected by his peers and described as "one of life's eternal geniuses." He both prosecutes and defends all areas of serious crime and fraud, and was heavily involved in Operation Elveden. Commentators single him out for his in-depth knowledge and shrewd approach in the courtroom.
Strengths: "He's masterful and very well respected by judges and prosecutors alike, as well as co-defending counsel." "Neil Saunders has an unequalled practice as a leading junior and his knowledge of the law and presentation of legal arguments is universally respected. His breadth of practice attests to his versatility."
Recent work: Defended a university student who was charged with growing cannabis in his halls of residence, among other offences. A non-custodial sentence was secured.

William Emlyn Jones
An "excellent" 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. He is praised by commentators for his advocacy and client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He's a first-rate performer. He is good all round and particularly fantastic in his preparation."
Recent work: Prosecuted a man accused of the murders of four young men whom he met on homosexual dating websites.

Richard Wormald
A "fantastic 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 murder, firearms offences and perverting the court of justice. His advocacy skills come highly recommended.
Strengths: "Absolutely first-class and a brilliant cross-examiner." "He's very accessible, works hard, has real flair in advocacy, and is someone who actually really cares about the clients."
Recent work: Represented the Crown in the successful prosecution of a four-handed murder at Central Criminal Court.

Matthew Butt
Skilled criminal defence practitioner with additional experience of prosecution work, who is considered to be a "rising star" by sources. He undertakes a broad spectrum of criminal briefs, and has recently been instructed in cases ranging from domestic violence to rape. Commentators further note his expertise in firearms offences and cases of universal jurisdiction.
Strengths: "He's got really good judgement and is also a real fighter. He is the person you really want to have on your side." "A robust, fearless and persuasive advocate, with exemplary communication and client care skills." "He's thorough and bright."
Recent work: Represented a former colonel of the Nepalese army charged with the commission of war crimes during Nepal's civil war in 2005.

Saba Naqshbandi
Well-regarded junior with a varied practice that encompasses serious crime, international crime and fraud. She is regularly instructed to defend private prosecutions, and further undertakes an impressive amount of complex advisory work.
Strengths: "Very polished and very versatile."
Recent work: Advised on the production order applications that have arisen as a result of the phone hacking investigations.

Guy Ladenburg

Luke Ponte

Nicholas Yeo

Heather Oliver

Robert Morris

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Specialist defence set 25 Bedford Row is known for the wide range of its criminal work and for being particularly strong in cases that are highly complex. Its barristers offer their services to both legally aided and publicly funded clients, and have defended individuals in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years, including Operation Elveden, the Poppy Day plot and the Marks & Spencer 'shopping trolley killing'. They are "counsel of very high calibre," both at silk and junior level, who are praised for their client-handling skills and effective courtroom performances. One interviewee states: "The advocacy at 25 Bedford Row has always been top-notch. I need them to command respect from the clients and they always deliver in that regard."

Client service: The "always accessible" Guy Williams leads a clerking team that receives plaudits for its service delivery. One source comments: "The communication from the clerks is particularly impressive and they are always accommodating." "When they deal with instructing solicitors, it's with respect." They attract further plaudits for their reliability and efficiency, and for "bringing order to what otherwise could be a chaotic existence."

SILKS

Jeremy Dein QC
An "extremely charming" defence practitioner considered to be "a formidable and worthy opponent," 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'. He is highly recommended by commentators for his attention to detail and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "He's immensely reassuring when you've got a murder case with a strong forensic element as he's not at all frightened of facing scientific issues and leading them to the advantage of his client. A great jury advocate who is academically very bright." "He is very strong, has a very nice manner with the jury, and always gives his clients 100%."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who had been charged with the murder of his partner and had proceeded to dispose of her body in a suitcase in a canal.

Courtenay Griffiths QC
A "popular" 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. He attracts significant praise for his approach in court, and is described as "a sensitive jury performer."
Strengths: "A very powerful advocate who is eminently likeable, hugely talented, and someone who excels across a wide variety of different cases." "A super jury advocate."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who strangled a trainee lawyer to death while he was staying as a lodger in her family home.

Paul Mendelle QC
Respected 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. He also played a significant part in Operation Elveden.
Strengths: "A hard-working, excellent advocate who is very good with clients." "A very reliable performer who has good judgement."
Recent work: Represented the principal defendant in a four-handed drug-related murder case. The case involved significant and complex legal arguments based on hearsay and bad character evidence.

George Carter-Stephenson QC
Specialist crime and fraud practitioner with vast experience across a broad spectrum of criminal matters. He has recently been instructed in complex murder and conspiracy to commit murder cases.
Strengths: "A real fighter and an attractive character who commands respect even from the most difficult to deal with clients."
Recent work: Represented an individual accused of involvement in a multi-handed gangland murder of a 21 year old.

Tyrone Smith QC

Paul Keleher QC

Jo Sidhu QC

Paul Hynes QC

John Cooper QC

Rudi Fortson QC

JUNIORS

Aisling Byrnes
A strong 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. She is also singled out for her attention to detail, particularly in cases which involve complex pieces of evidence.
Strengths: "Very sensitive, very passionate, very understanding but also tough when she needs to be. She gives very robust, direct advice and her advocacy style is very good." "She was very good with a client in horrendous emotional circumstances."
Recent work: Represented an engineer charged with the sexual assault of a woman on the London Underground. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.

Adrian Eissa

Arlette Piercy

Sebastian Gardiner

Ben Smitten

Nicola Howard

Ronald Jaffa

Osman Osman

Emma Akuwudike

Michael Neofytou

Peter Doyle QC

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A niche "superset" made up of six "fantastic individuals" who all possess "seriously excellent reputations." Members have experience of both pure crime and financial crime cases of the most serious and high-profile nature, the majority of which are privately funded. In recent times they have handled cases concerning murder, historic sexual offences and corporate manslaughter. A number of their clients are companies and individuals at risk of public exposure, such as 'fake sheikh' Mazher Mahmood and those involved in the 'phone hacking' trials.

Client service: A "bespoke service" is provided by the clerks, who are capably led by senior clerk Nick Newman. They are praised by sources for their organisation and their diary management.

SILKS

John Kelsey-Fry QC
A pre-eminent silk considered by market sources to be "stellar." He is particularly known for his representation of private clients in the most serious general crime and financial crime cases. He has been instructed in some of the most headline-grabbing cases of recent years, handling cases relating to homicide, corruption, perverting the course of justice and affray. Commentators praise him for his brilliant advocacy and excellent legal mind.
Strengths: "He's obviously fantastic and incredibly charismatic." "He is a superstar. In particular cases and areas he is second to none. He has a superb courtroom manner and an ability to see points that no one else would." "The best advocate in the land. He is brilliant on advisory work and also in court."
Recent work: Provided pre-trial advice to Mazher Mahmood following his charge for perverting the course of justice following the Tulisa Contostavlos trial.

Nicholas Purnell QC
"Hugely impressive" practitioner highly respected by market observers, who has vast experience of all areas of criminal law, both general and financial. Most recently he has handled some incredibly high-profile cases, including those involving historic sex abuse, terrorism, corporate manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. He attracts praise for his ability to work well with colleagues and provide straightforward advice.
Strengths: "He's really excellent and has a great command about him." "Everyone knows his reputation and that he is fantastic to work with."

Ian Winter QC
"Outstanding" silk handling purely privately funded cases. His recent work includes advising on charges ranging from blackmail to allegations of sexual offences. He is highly recommended by sources on account of his strategic approach to advice and his straightforward advocacy.
Strengths: "Ruthlessly effective." "Analytical and user-friendly." "I think for certain clients he is the person that they want. He's no-nonsense, he gets to the point, he won't sugar-coat the advice, and that's what you need. If there's a way out in a case, he will find it."
Recent work: Successfully defended a member of the Bar of Gibraltar charged with perverting the course of justice.

Alison Pople QC

Clare Sibson QC

JUNIORS

Jonathan Barnard
A "fantastic junior" considered by market observers 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 as a leading junior. In recent times he has been instructed in matters including sexual offences and perverting the course of justice.
Strengths: "He's completely reliable and has got a very impressive courtroom manner. His written work is fantastic and he's incredibly intelligent." "A polished performer who expertly dissects the other side both on paper and in court."
Recent work: Defended a doctor facing a private prosecution regarding an illegal abortion clinic in Northern England. This was a landmark case on gender abortion issues.


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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with "a wealth of talent" that brings "an enlightened and aware approach to the work it does." Its members are "trustworthy and efficient" and offer expertise in all areas of criminal law, taking particular pride in their dedication to crime involving issues relating to human rights and civil liberties. They also have further expertise in areas such as extradition, civil law and public law. "Client-focused" in their approach, they act for both publicly and privately funded clients, and often appear before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Doughty Street Chambers also has an acclaimed international criminal law practice, and its advocates appear with regularity in cases before the ICC. Sources say: "The set has a fantastic reputation. Generally I'd expect anyone from there to be high quality."

Client service: A "high calibre" set of staff led by the "extremely helpful" business development director Maurice MacSweeney, who attracts high praise from sources. One commentator states: "Maurice is very business-minded, and I think he's a massive credit to Doughty Street." The clerks here are described as "user-friendly" and "organised."

SILKS

Edward Fitzgerald QC
A pre-eminent figure at the Bar who comes highly recommended by market commentators for being "a fantastic lawyer and a fantastic human being" with a "brilliant reputation." He has considerable expertise in a vast array of criminal matters, including murder, and is also renowned for his international criminal law expertise.
Strengths: "Hugely impressive, he has brought about changes in the law through his skilled and persuasive advocacy. He's very experienced and capable of handling the most difficult cases with meticulous care." "Once he gets himself involved in a client's cause, he takes it on as though the cause were personal to him and he is just relentless."
Recent work: Represented an individual in an appeal against his conviction for the murder of his wife's lover.

Joel Bennathan QC
A celebrated 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 cases. Commentators say he is "conscientious" and praise him for his jury advocacy, client manner and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "His manner with clients is very personable. He can explain difficult legal and evidential points to clients so that they understand."
Recent work: Represented an individual who had planned to decapitate a soldier or policeman on Remembrance Day.

Tim Moloney QC
An "outstanding" practitioner who is highly praised for his exceptional advocacy skills, client-handling abilities and intellectual acumen. Considered a "true professional," he is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. He is also well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments.
Strengths: "A phenomenal academic lawyer with an incredible grasp of detail." "He is dedicated and passionate, has astonishing recall and attention to detail, and possesses a truly incisive mind. He is able to put people at ease immediately and approaches clients and professionals with courtesy and respect."
Recent work: Involved in R v Jogee, the landmark case on the doctrine of joint enterprise before the Supreme Court.

James Wood QC
A skilled practitioner who is highly sought after for terrorism cases. Committed to both private and publicly funded work, his practice also consists of challenging and complex cases relating to murder and drug offences.
Strengths: "One of the all-time greats. At his best, he is a force of nature." "Has intellect and gravitas. He's very good with clients and taken seriously by judges."
Recent work: Defended an individual accused of attempted murder, Section 18 GBH and possessing a weapon.

Francis FitzGibbon QC
A "committed" silk with an "excellent" practice that is focused upon heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters have included cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. Praised as a "fine academic lawyer," he is further noted for his expertise in cases involving complex medical and scientific expert evidence.
Strengths: "He grasps the detail, does the work and in the right case comes across as being a man the jury can trust." "He seems to be someone who has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Defended an individual who, while suffering from depression, murdered his next-door neighbour following a long-running dispute.

Isabella Forshall QC
A "super" defence counsel described as "dedicated" and "hard-working," 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. Her court manner and client-handling skills are highly acclaimed by sources.
Strengths: "She's a lovely opponent who is very measured, very calm and very thoughtful."
Recent work: Represented an individual tried as a result of Operation Bullfinch who had been accused by three vulnerable complainants of various sexual offences. He was acquitted of any direct sexual offending.

Rebecca Trowler QC
A rising silk who is regularly instructed as defence counsel in high-profile and challenging criminal matters, including murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She is "a good tactician" who is "calm under pressure," and highly praised for her jury advocacy. Interviewees comment on her dedication to her clients: "I really admire the fact that she sees herself as a rock in support of her client's position."
Strengths: "Strategic, intelligent and has a strong courtroom presence." "I liken her to a chess grand master in that she is always three moves ahead of the opposition."
Recent work: Represented a transvestite with a severe personality disorder who was charged with the murder of her transsexual neighbour. The defendant was convicted with a life sentence, but the sentence was reduced after a successful appeal.

JUNIORS

Benjamin Newton
An "incredibly diligent" junior highly regarded by solicitors who comes strongly recommended for his advocacy and preparation skills. He often acts as defence counsel, and has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years. By way of example, he acted for Trenton Oldfield, the man who disrupted the Boat Race, and Reverend Vickery House, who was charged with sexual offences.
Strengths: "Tactically astute and a great advocate." "He is thoroughly prepared and excellent with the clients." "An excellent advocate in the higher courts" who is "very hard-working and very client-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Tremeloes guitarist Rick Westwood, who was charged with a historic indecent assault on a girl then aged 16.

Richard Thomas
An "absolutely fantastic" junior who was described by one impressed commentator as "one of the best junior counsel at the Bar." He is regularly instructed in extremely complex cases which attract significant media attention, including those relating to terrorism, burglary and corruption.
Strengths: "So clever. He's great on the law and the speed at which he comes up with things is just fantastic."
Recent work: Junior counsel in R v Doyle, also known as the Hatton Garden heist.

Paul Taylor
An "outstanding" 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. He is also particularly renowned for his expertise in fitness to plead cases, particularly when related to psychiatric issues.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of appeal authorities and is a very persuasive advocate." "He is ruthlessly well prepared and extremely committed."
Recent work: Acted for an individual appealing a conviction for rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment on the grounds that the complainant retracted her evidence and failed to attend trial. Her evidence was allowed to be adduced at trial as hearsay.

Piers Marquis

Nichola Higgins

David Rhodes

Lauren Soertsz

Liam Walker

Emma Goodall

Adrian Waterman QC

Christopher Sallon QC

Andrew Hall QC

David Hislop QC

Patrick O'Connor QC

Kirsty Brimelow QC

Sarah Elliott QC

David Bentley QC

Peter Carter QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A "cerebral and intellectual set" whose practice centres on complex, challenging and revolutionary criminal cases as opposed to traditional criminal matters. Its members are famed for their "modern and contemporary dynamic" and undertake a unique combination of constitutional and administrative criminal work, along with cases that relate to crime in the context of human rights and civil liberties. They are also known for their work on protest cases, international criminal law and extradition, with members regularly appearing before the ICC, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Commentators say that the individuals here are "client-focused, responsive and good to work with."

Client service: "The most friendly and professional set of clerks," according to one interviewee. Offering a unique business set-up, the clerks are known for placing their full focus on their allocated practice areas, and are considered to be "responsive and helpful" by those who encounter them. The criminal clerking team is capably led by practice manager Paul Venables.

SILKS

Ben Emmerson QC
Famed for his involvement in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years, he is considered by those in market to be a "tremendous" and an "absolutely fantastic" practitioner. He is also renowned for his international criminal practice and regularly appears at the ICC.
Strengths: "An absolute star." "Extremely authoritative."

Clare Montgomery QC
An "exceptional" silk with experience of both defending and prosecuting, who has "an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." She receives plaudits for her "innovative" and "inventive" approach, and is most often tasked with matters that involve substantial and challenging questions of law or fact. She is a noted criminal appellate lawyer and has further expertise in extradition work.
Strengths: "She's a class act. She's amazingly quick to pick up on all of the issues but also just very, very good on her feet." "Incredibly bright and very clear-sighted." "She is one of the finest minds at the Bar, full stop."
Recent work: Instructed by the DPP of the Bahamas in respect of an appeal made to overturn a murder conviction.

Tim Owen QC
Has a practice encompassing the full spectrum of criminal law, be it general crime or fraud. He is applauded by sources for his exceptional advocacy, and impresses both as a jury advocate and an appellate advocate. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is the consummate advocate and he commands tremendous respect from the Bench." "He's exceptional, very bright, very well respected and an extremely good barrister."
Recent work: Represented Dennis Slade in a successful appeal against his conviction for conspiracy to murder, setting a precedent for the use of the Batvox voice recognition method.

Alex Bailin QC

Julian Knowles QC

Danny Friedman QC

Mark Summers QC

Alison Macdonald QC

Ken Macdonald QC
A former Director of Public Prosecutions with vast experience of handling domestic and international crime. He is very good at assisting clients in strategically liaising with prosecution authorities.
Strengths: "An extraordinarily polished trial advocate."
Recent work: Advised an individual who had helped his father to commit suicide, subsequently making representations to the DPP as to why it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.

Matthew Ryder QC
An experienced criminal advocate particularly highly regarded for his terrorism expertise. He regularly acts in high-profile cases and is extremely experienced in protest matters and cases relating to the actions of undercover police officers.
Strengths: "Very, very clever, fantastic on the paperwork and someone with a very nice way about him in court."
Recent work: Represented the defendant, a senior partner of a solicitors' firm, who was charged with immigration offences after being caught by an undercover sting operation conducted by BBC documentary 'Panorama'.

JUNIORS

Joanna Buckley
An impressive young junior praised by market observers for her intellectual acumen. She is particularly well known for her exceptional work during the 'phone hacking' trials.
Strengths: "Super bright, so clever, efficient and fantastic to work with." "She's very bright and is going to be a complete star."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual facing a charge of criminal damage and common assault. The common assault charge was dropped following a legal argument to exclude identification evidence under Section 78 of PACE.

Since publication, Julian Knowles has moved in-house.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with an exceptional stable of "thoroughbred" advocates, both juniors and silks, who are "hard-working, excellent practitioners and very worthy opponents. You know that if you're up against Red Lion, you're going to get a decent fight." Members act for both the prosecution and defence, and regularly handle cases of the most challenging nature, some of which attract a significant amount of media. Instructing solicitors say: "The tenants, the quality of the results and their client service is always very good."

Client service: The set has an "efficient" and "responsive" clerking team known for being particularly appreciative of the needs of clients. Sources say: "They want to help you. They understand where you're coming from in terms of trying to avoid problems and are practical and easy to deal with."

SILKS

David Etherington QC
Highly respected and experienced silk who is considered by commentators to be in a "league of his own." An "elegant wordsmith," he possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of criminal law including fraud. Interviewees praise his jury advocacy in particular.
Strengths: "He has real flair and is a very elegant advocate." "A class act with a great jury manner who knows how to handle a judge." "Good-humoured, succinct and to the point."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with the unlawful manslaughter of his friend during a game of Punch 4 Punch. The defendant was acquitted.

Max Hill QC
Head of chambers Max Hill is "a quality performer" 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. He attracts praise from market commentators for his calm approach and his sound advocacy.
Strengths: "He is thorough, unrelenting and he gets results." "He never wilts under pressure, he's brilliant on the law, and he's just so smooth in court."
Recent work: Prosecuted a former Metropolitan Police firearms officer who was charged with the fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney.

Rosina Cottage QC
An "excellent" practitioner and vastly experienced prosecution and defence counsel who is "meticulous" in her handling of 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.
Strengths: "An excellent cross-examiner who is firm but fair." "She has a lovely style in court -she's unassuming but powerful." "If you've got a case that involves vulnerable people, special measures or medical evidence relating to that vulnerable person, she's your person."
Recent work: Prosecuted an extremely high-profile case of a cult leader charged with sexual offences, child neglect and false imprisonment. The defendant was convicted and jailed for 23 years.

Gillian Jones QC
A "brilliant" practitioner who is described by market sources as "bright, hard-working and fun." Often instructed as a leading junior, she is highly experienced in cases of murder and manslaughter, and also undertakes cold case work. She attracts plaudits for both her advocacy and her upbeat attitude.
Strengths: "Hard-working, intelligent, highly capable and very amusing with it. She's going to go far."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with joint enterprise murder of an individual who was found in his basement.

Jeremy Benson QC

Anthony Arlidge QC

Riel Karmy-Jones QC

Kate Bex QC

JUNIORS

Jennifer Dempster
A renowned 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. Described as "a superb advocate" with "amazing client care," she is particularly good at handling young defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "Excellent jury advocate who inspires the confidence of the client and the court and is a top-notch junior." "She's superb both with the clients and in front of juries."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged in a multi-handed conspiracy to murder. The case arose out of a campaign of harassment against the victim, who was ultimately shot in the chest but survived.

Tom Forster
A defence specialist who has undertaken numerous complex cases of the most serious nature, including matters relating to child prostitution and other serious organised crime.
Strengths: "He is excellent with clients. He's really clever, hard-working and sensible. He's realistic about his cases and keeps people calm." "Very bright and a good all-rounder."
Recent work: Defended a case involving an organised crime gang charged with kidnapping an individual at gunpoint and demanding money for his safe return.

Michelle Nelson

Tom Payne

Rufus D'Cruz

Adam Wiseman

David Walbank

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A specialist defence set with a long-established history of handling serious criminal law cases, particularly those relating to financial crime. It possesses a strong bench of practitioners who carry out both international and domestic work, some of which is subject to intense media scrutiny. Recent work has included terrorism, murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases, and members have been involved in matters relating to Operation Elveden and Operation Weeting. They were also involved in R v Penton & Others, which concerned the murder of antique dealer and 'Antiques Roadshow' regular Michael Griffiths.

Client service: A highly regarded clerking team capably led by Marc King that is praised for its responsiveness and commerciality.

SILKS

Charles Bott QC

Alan Kent QC

Nigel Lambert QC

Christopher Henley QC

Matthew Sherratt QC

Colin Aylott QC

Mark Harries

William England

Roxanne Morrell

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A large set with a nationwide reputation that offers assistance to both privately and publicly funded individuals. Its members are noted for their dedication - "they afford each case the same level of effort and respect" - and handle both prosecution and defence work. Offering a "very high standard of advocacy," they undertake criminal cases of all different types, many of which attract high media interest. Murder, sexual offences and corporate manslaughter cases all form the staple diet of the set.

Client service: Led by their "tireless" chambers director Richard Fowler, this strong clerking team has earned a reputation for being "professional, helpful and reliable." They are respected for their intuition, with one source stating that "they're very helpful when it comes to identifying the right advocates for the personality of the client." Junior clerks Adam Chapman and Jack Shah are also singled out for praise for their strong organisational skills.

SILKS

Simon Russell Flint QC
A "standout" silk who remains a leading figure at the Bar, and who has vast experience of both defending and prosecuting heavyweight criminal cases including homicides and serious drug offences. Known for his work both domestically and internationally, he is recognised by market observers for his "charming manner" and superior jury advocacy.
Strengths: "A very stylish, well-rounded and experienced silk who has a very nice style with a jury."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a gang-related murder with six teenage defendants. One defendant was convicted of murder, while five others were convicted of related offences.

John Price QC

Mark Fenhalls QC

Paul Bogan QC

Allison Hunter QC

Rupert Pardoe

Kate Lumsdon

Rina-Marie Hill

Ahmed Hossain

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly regarded set with long-standing crime and fraud practices of a high standard. Its barristers undertake complex matters in all areas of general crime, including cases of misconduct in public office and corruption. They have also developed a growing expertise in cases of human trafficking and modern slavery. Members both prosecute and defend and tackle a regular diet of murder, manslaughter, sexual offences and child abuse cases.

Client service: The clerks, headed by Angela May, are "easy to deal with and efficient." They are highly regarded for their intuition, organisation and unfaltering promotion of the set's junior counsel.

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 jury advocacy and intellectual ability. He has experience of handling matters of significant public interest, including complex terrorism and corruption cases.
Strengths: "He's a very, very polished performer who has a nice understated style which appeals to both judges and juries."
Recent work: Instructed by the Home Office in a judicial review of a decision by the Home Secretary to refuse to accede to requests for mutual assistance from a US district court for materials held by MI5.

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. Drug trafficking and serious organised crime cases are also a specialism.
Strengths: "She is well prepared, takes absolutely no prisoners and is incredibly bright."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with the sexual abuse of six different child victims.

Mark Bryant-Heron QC

William Hughes QC

Richard Jory QC

JUNIORS

Alexandra Ward
Reputed junior who is particularly strong on sexual offences and road traffic incidents, along with fraud, bribery and corruption cases. She has been praised by judges and fellow practitioners alike for her impressive technical ability and her attention to detail.
Strengths: "She is tenacious, forward-thinking and a tactical advocate. She is brilliant with clients and is an all-rounder."
Recent work: Acted in R v Harold Chinegwundoh, a case concerning fitness to plead.

Mary Poku

Nicholas Dunham

Clare Huntley

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with very fine barristers that handles everything from advisory work to appellate cases. Its members are praised for their client handling, with one interviewee stating: "If you instruct them you know the client will be looked after, and that they'll do a good job in terms of results." Members here have been entrusted with some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, including the prosecution of Rolf Harris, the murder of Sarah Payne and the case of 'M25 rapist' Antoni Imiela. They are known for their deft handling of terrorism, sexual offence and people-trafficking cases, and are good at all levels of call. An interviewee says: "We know their barristers well and feel assured that if one can't cover a case, there'll be another who will do it just as well."

Client service: Described by instructing solicitors as "one of the strengths of chambers," senior clerk Stephen Ball is the head of the clerking team. He and his team are noted for their innovation and dedication to providing a first-class service.

SILKS

Oliver Blunt QC
Pre-eminent defence silk of vast experience who is "a quality performer," according to his peers. Praised for his attitude and 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.
Strengths: "He displays impeccable charm with the jury and in the courtroom. Once he has his teeth in a case he doesn't let go until the fight is won." "An extremely talented and experienced silk."

Lisa Wilding QC

Sally O'Neill QC
An experienced practitioner who is highly acclaimed for her courtroom performances. An "astute advocate," she is particularly well known for her mastery of serious sexual offence and infanticide cases, most notably those involving 'baby shaking'. Her handling of the potentially vulnerable witnesses involved in such cases was much commented upon. She also excels in serious and complex murder and manslaughter cases, among others.
Strengths: "She's very polished. Juries tend to like and trust her, because she has a direct way of communication with them which appeals to them." "She's a really formidable and fair opponent."

Philippa McAtasney QC

Giles Cockings QC

Stephen Moses QC

Caroline Haughey

Jon Swain

Alexia Power

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with "a drive to assist the underdog," Garden Court Chambers is an "extremely capable set that has been at the forefront of many decisions which have changed criminal law." The full spread of criminal work is tackled and chambers has specialist knowledge of terrorism and protest cases. Evidencing this, members here acted in only the second ever prosecution for the possession of a chemical weapon, and represented the defendants of the Occupy Democracy protest. Murder, manslaughter and theft cases are also to the fore and individuals at the set recently had roles in the trial concerning the notorious Hatton Garden heist. Other areas of expertise include baby-shaking cases.

Client service: Senior clerk Colin Cook is particularly singled out for praise, with one solicitor stating: "One always feels that he is giving serious thought to appropriate counsel and one is being well looked after." He and his fellow clerks are praised for their "flexible" approach to fees, and they "regularly display no hesitation in assigning a matter to counsel on a pro bono basis."

SILKS

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
A renowned advocate with vast experience of all areas of serious crime, and particular expertise in handling criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. Highly proficient in conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials, he attracts praise from sources for his courtroom manner and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "A really charming and persuasive advocate." "He has a phenomenal legal brain that is perfectly suited for defence work." "His judgement on cases is excellent. He is great with clients and user-friendly to solicitors."
Recent work: Represented a London university student, originally from Serbia, charged with preparing to travel to Syria to commit acts of terrorism.

Henry Blaxland QC
A highly experienced 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.
Strengths: "Undoubtedly one of the leading criminal appeal lawyers in the country." "He has one of the best legal minds in the market and his attention to detail on cases is overwhelming."
Recent work: Represented a woman who was jointly charged, alongside her lesbian partner, with the murder of that partner's eight year old daughter. The defendant was convicted of manslaughter, with the sentence reduced to 15 years on appeal.

Stephen Kamlish QC
An "absolutely first-class" 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 is praised for both his combative advocacy style and his client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He is beyond compare in terms of cross-examination." "Absolutely superb and very fluent." "I can't overstress how good Stephen was. He was that good that you would have actually paid to watch him."
Recent work: Successfully represented a defendant charged in a gang-related eight-handed murder.

Judy Khan QC
A "super practitioner" well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases, who is highly praised for her "amazing" judgement and superior advocacy. She is particularly experienced in handling substantial murders and sex offences.
Strengths: "She is one of the most accessible and plain-speaking QCs at the Bar. Clients love her straightforward, no-fuss approach."
Recent work: Has spent the last two years leading a team of barristers on the Hillsborough inquests.

James Scobie QC
A "popular" silk who is considered by sources to be "a real powerhouse in the courtroom." Described as an "excellent tactician," he is most 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: "Really enthusiastic, great with the clients, good to work with and just totally fearless." "A natural and gifted advocate who is confident and courageous in any situation." "His hard work stands out, and he has the ability to absorb and distil a lot of information very quickly. He's a great jury advocate and is loved by clients."
Recent work: Represented one of four defendants charged with the premeditated murder of New Forest woman Pennie Davis.

Michael Turner QC
A strong defence counsel specialising in serious crime. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in baby-shaking cases.
Strengths: "Dedicated, incredibly hard-working and robust in court."

Kieran Vaughan QC
A criminal heavyweight who comes highly regarded due to his exceptional legal mind and effective jury advocacy. He is a "pragmatic" individual with extensive experience in terrorism, homicide and sexual offence cases, who has been instructed in matters of significant public interest such as the Hatton Garden heist and the appeal of Ched Evans.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, very sharp, and someone who combines intellectual talent with a very approachable manner." "Kieran is constantly working. He never stops thinking about the case and has an eye for detail which is second to none."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who, having been charged with a murder committed on Christmas Day in Leicester Square, had fled to Jamaica for over a year. Despite being seen with a gun on CCTV moments before the murder, the defendant was acquitted in a 'cut-throat' defence.

Peter Wilcock QC

Icah Peart QC

Anya Lewis

Terry Munyard

Peter Rowlands

Brenda Campbell

Alex Rose

Dafna Spiro

Hossein Zahir

Dexter Dias QC

Bernard Tetlow QC

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An impressive set that has been around for a century and more. It undertakes both privately and publicly funded work, and handles all types of serious crime from murder to perverting the course of justice. Commentators describe it as "a very, very proficient prosecution set that also offers fantastic defence counsel." Its members are regularly instructed in high-profile matters, as evidenced by their involvement in Operations Yewtree and Elveden, and handle cases concerning gang-related and serious organised crime. They are "reliable practitioners" who are "focused and attract good-quality work."

Client service: "The set is very well run, and the clerks are very pleasant and amenable." Instructing solicitors praise their organisation and treatment of clients. One particularly impressed source states: "The clerking is excellent. They remember that solicitors are the source of work, and they appreciate who we answer to. They cover any changes, and they are on top of their diaries." The highly experienced and equally highly respected senior clerk Dale Jones leads the team.

SILKS

Jonathan Caplan QC
An "absolutely first-class" silk who is acclaimed by market commentators for his advocacy skills. Has a strong practice both domestically and internationally, and regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Commentators praise him for his noteworthy efforts during the 'phone hacking' trials.
Strengths: "Phenomenally good, particularly on his feet. He's a fantastic orator." "A very persuasive advocate who is very experienced."
Recent work: Successfully defended famous radio DJ Neil Fox, who had been charged with historic sex offences.

Graham Trembath QC

Miranda Moore QC

Julian Christopher QC

Deanna Heer

Timothy Hunter

Catherine Rabaiotti

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Abbas Lakha QC
A 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. His recent cases have included the defence of the murderer of soldier Lee Rigby.
Strengths: "A consummate operator."
Recent work: Represented a defendant convicted of baby shaking. This was an appeal on the basis of fresh medical evidence.

Anthony Berry QC

Jane Bickerstaff QC

Justin Rouse QC

David Hughes

Lawrence Selby

Max Hardy

Karina Arden

Samantha Cohen

Tessa Shroff

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Simon Mayo QC
An "excellent" practitioner 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. He attracts particularly high praise from market observers for his attention to detail and fine jury advocacy.
Strengths: "He is the most meticulous silk at the Criminal Bar, whose attention to detail is the reason why he wins cases. He has a succinct style to his cross-examination and closing speeches." "An accomplished advocate who has a sound legal mind and is very pleasant with it."
Recent work: Defended Lewis Daynes in an extremely high-profile case concerning the murder of 14 year old Breck Bednar, whom Daynes had groomed online.

Richard Christie QC

Gideon Cammerman QC

Roderick Price

Andrew Trollope QC

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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Mark Heywood QC
The current First Senior Treasury Counsel and a man described by market sources as being "absolutely amazing." 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 regularly called upon to advise on appellate matters.
Strengths: "You can't get better than Mark Heywood. He's a beautiful advocate with great strategic awareness, who is lovely to work with and a very charming man." "One of the best lawyers, if not the best lawyer in the country." "A very steady, firm prosecutor."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual charged with multiple rapes of prostitutes. The defendant was convicted on every count and received life imprisonment.

Jonathan Higgs QC

Sarah Forshaw QC
A "formidable" silk who is highly regarded by market commentators for her noteworthy practice, and 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 defending those charged with sexual offences, in particular historical sexual offences. She regularly handles cases concerning sexual assaults and gang rape.
Strengths: "She's a silk who reads every piece of paper. She's demanding on those she works with and she's got great client rapport. Juries love her." "Brilliant. An amazing advocate who's comfortable with the clients, takes an uncompromising approach to case presentation and develops a very good rapport with the jury."
Recent work: Successfully defended a young professional footballer accused of raping a teenage girl in a field during the early hours of the morning. The jury acquitted within 30 minutes.

Ian Glen QC

Jonathan Polnay

Rishi Nathwani

Charlotte Newell

Susan Rodham

James Martin

Since publication, Ian Glen has left this practice.

Anthony Orchard QC

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Mark Cotter QC

John Warrington

Dominic Connolly

Gary Pons

Christopher May

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Star Individuals

Crispin Aylett QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Crispin Aylett QC 
An "excellent lawyer and a fine advocate" who is "devastatingly effective." He is particularly well known for his "superb" skills as a prosecutor, with one impressed source stating: "The best prosecutor in London in my opinion." In recent times he has undertaken several complex and high-profile murder cases, along with other matters such as terrorism and firearms offences.
Strengths: "He's a brilliant, gifted advocate" and "an especially penetrating cross-examiner." 

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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 considered by those in market to be a "tremendous" and an "absolutely fantastic" practitioner. He is also renowned for his international criminal practice and regularly appears at the ICC.
Strengths: "An absolute star." "Extremely authoritative."

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Edward Fitzgerald QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Fitzgerald QC 
A pre-eminent figure at the Bar who comes highly recommended by market commentators for being "a fantastic lawyer and a fantastic human being" with a "brilliant reputation." He has considerable expertise in a vast array of criminal matters, including murder, and is also renowned for his international criminal law expertise. 
Strengths: "Hugely impressive, he has brought about changes in the law through his skilled and persuasive advocacy. He's very experienced and capable of handling the most difficult cases with meticulous care." "Once he gets himself involved in a client's cause, he takes it on as though the cause were personal to him and he is just relentless."
Recent work: Represented an individual in an appeal against his conviction for the murder of his wife's lover.

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Patrick Gibbs QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Gibbs QC 
A "brilliant" silk with an excellent reputation 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 a "highly intelligent, superb all-round performer" who "grasps everything about a case very quickly."
Strengths: "He is completely reliable, very calm under pressure and his judgement is just second to none." "He's a tremendous jury advocate, and his knowledge of the law is extraordinary."
Recent work: Successfully defended one of the G4S security guards charged with the manslaughter of Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga.

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Mark A. Heywood QC

5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Heywood QC 
The current First Senior Treasury Counsel and a man described by market sources as being "absolutely amazing." 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 regularly called upon to advise on appellate matters.  
Strengths: "You can't get better than Mark Heywood. He's a beautiful advocate with great strategic awareness, who is lovely to work with and a very charming man." "One of the best lawyers, if not the best lawyer in the country." "A very steady, firm prosecutor."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual charged with multiple rapes of prostitutes. The defendant was convicted on every count and received life imprisonment.

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John Kelsey-Fry QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Kelsey-Fry QC 
A pre-eminent silk considered by market sources to be "stellar." He is particularly known for his representation of private clients in the most serious general crime and financial crime cases. He has been instructed in some of the most headline-grabbing cases of recent years, handling cases relating to homicide, corruption, perverting the course of justice and affray. Commentators praise him for his brilliant advocacy and excellent legal mind.  
Strengths: "He's obviously fantastic and incredibly charismatic." "He is a superstar. In particular cases and areas he is second to none. He has a superb courtroom manner and an ability to see points that no one else would." "The best advocate in the land. He is brilliant on advisory work and also in court."
Recent work: Provided pre-trial advice to Mazher Mahmood following his charge for perverting the course of justice following the Tulisa Contostavlos trial.

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Jonathan Laidlaw QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Laidlaw QC 
A "standout" silk with over 15 years of Treasury Counsel experience, he now specialises only in private defence work which spans the areas of general crime, business crime, fraud and regulatory work, among others. Sources are impressed by his ability and experience, labelling him "superb," "a class act" and "incredibly impressive."
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate. Calm and collaborative, he offers superb client care." "He is commendably straightforward in his approach yet commands huge authority and credibility in court. He is very hands-on and easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented a notorious property developer in Liverpool who was alleged to be the financier and organiser of a sizeable countrywide heroin operation.

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Clare Montgomery QC

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Montgomery QC 
An "exceptional" silk with experience of both defending and prosecuting, who has "an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." She receives plaudits for her "innovative" and "inventive" approach, and is most often tasked with matters that involve substantial and challenging questions of law or fact. She is a noted criminal appellate lawyer and has further expertise in extradition work.
Strengths: "She's a class act. She's amazingly quick to pick up on all of the issues but also just very, very good on her feet." "Incredibly bright and very clear-sighted." "She is one of the finest minds at the Bar, full stop."  
Recent work: Instructed by the DPP of the Bahamas in respect of an appeal made to overturn a murder conviction.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Perry QC 
A "stellar" advocate considered to be a "maestro" of the Criminal Bar, who is particularly renowned for having been instructed in the most significant appeals of recent times. 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: "You don't want to be on the other side against him. His reputation is fully deserved and there's no sign of his star waning." "The outstanding appellate advocate at the Criminal Bar" and "a go-to person for really difficult advisory work."
Recent work: Instructed by the Government Legal Department to appeal a decision made by the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands regarding the acquittal of an individual charged with complex firearms offences.

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Orlando Pownall QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Orlando Pownall QC 
A "phenomenal" leading silk who, following a successful tenure as Treasury Counsel, now specialises in representing individuals charged in the most high-profile and significant cases, including the Chris Cairns perjury case. Considered a "legend" of the Criminal Bar by market observers, he attracts significant praise for his advocacy and client-handling skills.
Strengths: "His advocacy is second to none and he is a delight to work with." "A very accomplished chap who is smooth and persuasive." "A man with a very bright mind."
Recent work: Defended an individual who had been charged with murder as a result of a 'joint enterprise' stabbing.

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Nicholas Purnell QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Purnell QC 
"Hugely impressive" practitioner highly respected by market observers, who has vast experience of all areas of criminal law, both general and financial. Most recently he has handled some incredibly high-profile cases, including those involving historic sex abuse, terrorism, corporate manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. He attracts praise for his ability to work well with colleagues and provide straightforward advice.
Strengths: "He's really excellent and has a great command about him." "Everyone knows his reputation and that he is fantastic to work with."

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Winter QC 
"Outstanding" silk handling purely privately funded cases. His recent work includes advising on charges ranging from blackmail to allegations of sexual offences. He is highly recommended by sources on account of his strategic approach to advice and his straightforward advocacy.
Strengths: "Ruthlessly effective." "Analytical and user-friendly." "I think for certain clients he is the person that they want. He's no-nonsense, he gets to the point, he won't sugar-coat the advice, and that's what you need. If there's a way out in a case, he will find it."
Recent work: Successfully defended a member of the Bar of Gibraltar charged with perverting the course of justice.

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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 contributes to his status as a highly in-demand prosecutor of some of the most noteworthy murder and terrorism cases of recent years. He also boasts a flourishing defence practice, and undertakes work on murder and drug trafficking cases among others. Interviewees praise him for his meticulous preparation and attention to detail.
Strengths: "His work is just outstanding and his judgement is impeccable, and he certainly deserves to be rated extremely highly." "What I found when I was in court is that he commands an awful lot of respect because it's deserved." "He's incredibly thorough and hard-working."
Recent work: Led the prosecution in the high-profile case of John Downey, a suspected IRA terrorist charged with the Hyde Park bombing in 1982.

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Ali Naseem Bajwa QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC 
A renowned advocate with vast experience of all areas of serious crime, and particular expertise in handling criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. Highly proficient in conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials, he attracts praise from sources for his courtroom manner and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "A really charming and persuasive advocate." "He has a phenomenal legal brain that is perfectly suited for defence work." "His judgement on cases is excellent. He is great with clients and user-friendly to solicitors."
Recent work: Represented a London university student, originally from Serbia, charged with preparing to travel to Syria to commit acts of terrorism.

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Joel Bennathan QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joel Bennathan QC 
A celebrated 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 cases. Commentators say he is "conscientious" and praise him for his jury advocacy, client manner and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "His manner with clients is very personable. He can explain difficult legal and evidential points to clients so that they understand."
Recent work: Represented an individual who had planned to decapitate a soldier or policeman on Remembrance Day.

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Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC 
An accomplished silk described by market observers as "the complete criminal barrister." A former Treasury Counsel, she now specialises in defending individuals against allegations of serious crime. She is highly praised for her attention to detail, and also lauded for her expertise in the cross-examination of expert witnesses across multiple disciplines.
Strengths: "She has a fearless disposition and is academically very strong." "A streetfighting defence counsel who gets great results and is excellent with clients." "She is very skilled and very articulate. She's both very good on paper and very good in person."
Recent work: Represented Paul Gadd (also known as Gary Glitter) for historic sexual abuse allegations against girls under the age of 15.

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Henry Blaxland QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Blaxland QC 
A highly experienced 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.
Strengths: "Undoubtedly one of the leading criminal appeal lawyers in the country." "He has one of the best legal minds in the market and his attention to detail on cases is overwhelming."
Recent work: Represented a woman who was jointly charged, alongside her lesbian partner, with the murder of that partner's eight year old daughter. The defendant was convicted of manslaughter, with the sentence reduced to 15 years on appeal.

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Blunt QC 
Pre-eminent defence silk of vast experience who is "a quality performer," according to his peers. Praised for his attitude and 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.  
Strengths: "He displays impeccable charm with the jury and in the courtroom. Once he has his teeth in a case he doesn't let go until the fight is won." "An extremely talented and experienced silk." 

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Boyce QC
An extremely talented 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.
Strengths: "He's an excellent cross examiner - he's thoroughly tenacious, modest to a fault and has supremely good judgment." "He's exceptionally bright and hardworking."
Recent work: Acted for Mahmoud Aziz amid allegations of dishonest handling of stolen pharmaceuticals.

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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 who attracts high praise for his advocacy skills. He's a highly experienced criminal practitioner who is also a strong regulatory lawyer. His recent work includes has seen him prosecute both a terrorist facilitator and a child murderer.
Strengths: "Gloriously understated, he's a very, very effective advocate who gets great results." "A lovely advocate."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a defendant accused of murdering a man who was acquitted 15 years previously of the murder of the defendant's sister.

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Trevor Burke QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Trevor Burke QC 
Specialising in all areas of serious crime and regularly advising high-profile individuals, he is described as a "very, very smooth and accomplished silk." He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. He has also been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree.
Strengths: "Tremendously versatile, polished, great with clients and someone with very good judgement." "He's hugely impressive in front of a jury and good at managing himself in the cut and thrust of the courtroom."
Recent work: Responsible for the successful acquittal of a Sun journalist charged of corruption during Operation Elveden.

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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 outstanding and highly respected silk who attracts significant praise for his "hugely impressive" work ethic and excellent jury 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 complete star and has been throughout his career. He has an awful lot of charm, works very, very hard, and is a real performer in court." "Extremely astute QC whose strategic judgement is impeccable. A brilliant legal brain who has a commanding presence in court." "A go-to man for complex crime who is a great jury advocate and a wonderful speechmaker."
Recent work: Defended a mentally vulnerable individual charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

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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 jury advocacy and intellectual ability. He has experience of handling matters of significant public interest, including complex terrorism and corruption cases.
Strengths: "He's a very, very polished performer who has a nice understated style which appeals to both judges and juries."
Recent work: Instructed by the Home Office in a judicial review of a decision by the Home Secretary to refuse to accede to requests for mutual assistance from a US district court for materials held by MI5.

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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. Described as "one of the doyens of the Criminal Bar," he is singled out for his skilled defence of high-profile private individuals facing serious charges, including murder and rape. He 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: "He is a class act whose vast experience commands respect from everyone." "He has such an astute mind" and is "fantastic in court."
Recent work: Represented Professor Gennadij Raivich, a 'professional' sperm donor, against allegations of sexual assault.

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Dein QC 
An "extremely charming" defence practitioner considered to be "a formidable and worthy opponent," 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'. He is highly recommended by commentators for his attention to detail and intellectual acumen.
Strengths: "He's immensely reassuring when you've got a murder case with a strong forensic element as he's not at all frightened of facing scientific issues and leading them to the advantage of his client. A great jury advocate who is academically very bright." "He is very strong, has a very nice manner with the jury, and always gives his clients 100%."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who had been charged with the murder of his partner and had proceeded to dispose of her body in a suitcase in a canal.

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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 noted for his expertise as a prosecutor and has been involved in a number of high profile matters relating to police corruption.
Strengths: "He is a consummate prosecutor - he designed the strategy for a very, very difficult case and proved himself to be a superb advocate, a fantastic strategist, and someone who is extremely hardworking." "He's a fantastic all rounder and a pleasure to work with; he's really delightful." "He's very effective and an extremely likeable and popular guy."
Recent work: Acted for Chevron in an on-going police and HSE investigation into an explosion that caused four deaths at Pembroke Refinery.

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David Etherington QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Etherington QC 
Highly respected and experienced silk who is considered by commentators to be in a "league of his own." An "elegant wordsmith," he possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of criminal law including fraud. Interviewees praise his jury advocacy in particular.
Strengths: "He has real flair and is a very elegant advocate." "A class act with a great jury manner who knows how to handle a judge." "Good-humoured, succinct and to the point."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with the unlawful manslaughter of his friend during a game of Punch 4 Punch. The defendant was acquitted.

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Courtenay Griffiths QC

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Courtenay Griffiths QC 
A "popular" 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. He attracts significant praise for his approach in court, and is described as "a sensitive jury performer."
Strengths: "A very powerful advocate who is eminently likeable, hugely talented, and someone who excels across a wide variety of different cases." "A super jury advocate."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who strangled a trainee lawyer to death while he was staying as a lodger in her family home.

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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. Described as an "impressive" practitioner, he is highly praised for his approach in court and his client communication skills.
Strengths: "Martin provided me with constant reassurance and excellent legal advice." "He ran the show and we all had total confidence in him." "He has a very silky touch and is disarmingly languid. He is just the classic hand of steel in a velvet glove."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual claiming to belong to a religious sect who was charged with the murder of his mother and GBH of his partner. After a plea of guilty the defendant was sentenced to a minimum term of 20 years' imprisonment.

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Max Hill QC 
Head of chambers Max Hill is "a quality performer" 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. He attracts praise from market commentators for his calm approach and his sound advocacy.
Strengths: "He is thorough, unrelenting and he gets results." "He never wilts under pressure, he's brilliant on the law, and he's just so smooth in court."
Recent work: Prosecuted a former Metropolitan Police firearms officer who was charged with the fatal shooting of Azelle Rodney.  

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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.
Strengths: "Very classy. His presentation and drafting are faultless. He's fantastic, and is meticulous both in his preapration and attention to detail.
Strengths: Represented Max Clifford at his trial at Southwark Crown Court and at his appeal against sentence.

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Aftab Jafferjee QC

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aftab Jafferjee QC
A "very, very effective" prosecutor who continues to undertake all manner of serious criminal matters. He is highly respected by market observers for his incisive cross-examination and smooth advocacy style, and is masterful as both a trial and an appellate advocate.
Strengths: "He's immaculate. He's an example of a very good lawyer and a very good advocate." "He's eloquent, smooth, and juries love him. It is difficult to spot a weakness in him."

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Stephen Kamlish QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Kamlish QC 
An "absolutely first-class" 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 is praised for both his combative advocacy style and his client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He is beyond compare in terms of cross-examination." "Absolutely superb and very fluent." "I can't overstress how good Stephen was. He was that good that you would have actually paid to watch him." 
Recent work: Successfully represented a defendant charged in a gang-related eight-handed murder.

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugo Keith QC 
Has a broad practice encompassing expertise in all areas of criminal law, including extradition and criminal public law alongside serious crime. Often undertaking the most challenging cases, he is praised for his courtroom presence and intellectual prowess.
Strengths: "He's fantastic in front of a jury and his attention to detail is unparalleled." "An exceptional barrister with far-reaching expertise who is often instructed in some of the most challenging international cases." "Extremely clever and has a brilliant rapport with the judiciary."

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Mendelle QC 
Respected 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. He also played a significant part in Operation Elveden.  
Strengths: "A hard-working, excellent advocate who is very good with clients." "A very reliable performer who has good judgement."
Recent work: Represented the principal defendant in a four-handed drug-related murder case. The case involved significant and complex legal arguments based on hearsay and bad character evidence.

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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 a 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 also has a particular specialism in criminal cases stemming from the sporting world.
Strengths: "A powerful guy to have on your team. He is very imposing and commands massive respect in court and with clients." "He's sharp and concise."
Recent work: Defended in a 'honey trap murder' case where the first defendant seduced the victim then conspired with others to rob and murder him.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Moloney QC 
An "outstanding" practitioner who is highly praised for his exceptional advocacy skills, client-handling abilities and intellectual acumen. Considered a "true professional," he is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. He is also well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments.
Strengths: "A phenomenal academic lawyer with an incredible grasp of detail." "He is dedicated and passionate, has astonishing recall and attention to detail, and possesses a truly incisive mind. He is able to put people at ease immediately and approaches clients and professionals with courtesy and respect."
Recent work: Involved in R v Jogee, the landmark case on the doctrine of joint enterprise before the Supreme Court.

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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. He is applauded by sources for his exceptional advocacy, and impresses both as a jury advocate and an appellate advocate. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is the consummate advocate and he commands tremendous respect from the Bench." "He's exceptional, very bright, very well respected and an extremely good barrister."
Recent work: Represented Dennis Slade in a successful appeal against his conviction for conspiracy to murder, setting a precedent for the use of the Batvox voice recognition method.

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2 Hare Court

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 a "fantastic" barrister who is considered by commentators to be a "terrific asset" to his set.
Strengths: "He's very thorough and always makes the time to go through everything. His legal analysis, his consideration of the relevant issues, and his ability to get on with the members of the team and focus on the relevant issues are very impressive. He is to be trusted with the most serious cases."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an individual charged with the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in the course of an attempt to steal his bike.

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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.
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate who is skilled at taking both judge and jury with him." "He's incisive, right to the point and very articulate."
Recent work: Successfully defended a Sun journalist charged with making payments to a prison officer in return for information regarding high-profile prisoner Jon Venables.

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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 smooth advocacy style. He often handles sexual offences cases and has developed a particular niche in the area of 'revenge porn'. 
Strengths: "He has consistently been at the top of his game for a number years, and is always in the first choice bracket in cases that are challenging. One of the Galácticos of the Bar." "A brilliant team member who it's great to have on board." "Incredibly hard-working with a bedside manner that gives huge confidence to clients and enormous support to instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Represented Tania Clarence following the murder of her three seriously disabled children. The case focused on the argument of diminished responsibility, and Ms Clarence ultimately received a Hospital Order.

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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. 
Strengths: "He has all the aptitude that you'd expect from someone who was Senior Treasury Counsel, and is efficient and well prepared." "He's extremely hard-working and prepares all of his cases extremely well." "I don't know if he kills people with kindness, but he's so reasonable and so fair that the jury wonder how he could possibly be wrong."
Recent work: Prosecuted a well-known 'hate preacher' who was inciting support for terrorism and terrorist organisations.

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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. Committed to both private and publicly funded work, his practice also consists of challenging and complex cases relating to murder and drug offences.  
Strengths: "One of the all-time greats. At his best, he is a force of nature." "Has intellect and gravitas. He's very good with clients and taken seriously by judges."
Recent work: Defended an individual accused of attempted murder, Section 18 GBH and possessing a weapon.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Wright QC 
Attracts praise for his determination and courtroom skills, and is extremely experienced in both prosecution and defence. He handles the full gamut of serious crime including terrorism, robbery and murder cases.
Strengths: "He's a real fighter and a great barrister." "He's what I'd call a proper jury advocate."

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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. He is singled out by commentators for his advocacy and witness-handling skills.  
Strengths: "He's a very polished and stylish advocate who excels at cross-examination." "He's at the very top of his game and is universally respected by all solicitors."
Recent work: Represented a gunman who had murdered an aspiring rapper in a case of mistaken identity.

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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 
An "effective" silk who boasts vast experience across all areas of serious crime along with niche expertise in assisting police officers charged with criminal proceedings. He is praised for his advocacy style as well as his work ethic.  
Strengths: "He is one of the very best jury advocates around." "He was instructed at short notice and he was still completely on top of the facts."
Recent work: Successfully defended a man accused of the attempted murder of an armed police officer.

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Jonathan Caplan QC

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Caplan QC 
An "absolutely first-class" silk who is acclaimed by market commentators for his advocacy skills. Has a strong practice both domestically and internationally, and regularly appears before the Court of Appeal. Commentators praise him for his noteworthy efforts during the 'phone hacking' trials.
Strengths: "Phenomenally good, particularly on his feet. He's a fantastic orator." "A very persuasive advocate who is very experienced." 
Recent work: Successfully defended famous radio DJ Neil Fox, who had been charged with historic sex offences.

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George Carter-Stephenson QC

25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Carter-Stephenson QC 
Specialist crime and fraud practitioner with vast experience across a broad spectrum of criminal matters. He has recently been instructed in complex murder and conspiracy to commit murder cases.
Strengths: "A real fighter and an attractive character who commands respect even from the most difficult to deal with clients."
Recent work: Represented an individual accused of involvement in a multi-handed gangland murder of a 21 year old. 

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Rosina Cottage QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosina Cottage QC 
An "excellent" practitioner and vastly experienced prosecution and defence counsel who is "meticulous" in her handling of 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.
Strengths: "An excellent cross-examiner who is firm but fair." "She has a lovely style in court -she's unassuming but powerful." "If you've got a case that involves vulnerable people, special measures or medical evidence relating to that vulnerable person, she's your person."
Recent work: Prosecuted an extremely high-profile case of a cult leader charged with sexual offences, child neglect and false imprisonment. The defendant was convicted and jailed for 23 years.

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Adrian Darbishire QC

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Darbishire QC 
An "outstanding" barrister who specialises in serious cases including corporate crime, sexual offences and corruption cases. Described as "utterly brilliant" by sources, he is also highly experienced in health and safety work.
Strengths: "A charming, sparkling advocate. He's a strong strategist and a terrific drafter." "He has the ability to understand the complexities of a case and ensure that a jury fully understands what is happening during a trial." "An imaginative and collaborative lawyer - working with him is a dream."
Recent work: Successfully defended a consultant paediatrician charged with indecent assault on a young patient in the course of clinical examination.

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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 cybercrime. 
Strengths: "Very, very classy and very, very calm." "He's involved in the most serious and complex cases. If it is a high-profile, demanding case, with a high-profile, demanding client, then Hugh Davies is the one you would turn to."
Recent work: Acted as leading counsel for a former chief reporter of the News of the World who was charged with phone hacking in a high-profile trial.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Denison QC 
"Hugely experienced" practitioner 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.
Strengths: "He is very methodical in the way he prosecutes cases." "He's very effective and very tenacious." "A class act."
Recent work: Prosecuted a joint enterprise murder with eight defendants on the indictment.

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Francis FitzGibbon QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis FitzGibbon QC 
A "committed" silk with an "excellent" practice that is focused upon heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters have included cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. Praised as a "fine academic lawyer," he is further noted for his expertise in cases involving complex medical and scientific expert evidence.
Strengths: "He grasps the detail, does the work and in the right case comes across as being a man the jury can trust." "He seems to be someone who has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Defended an individual who, while suffering from depression, murdered his next-door neighbour following a long-running dispute.

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Isabella Forshall QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Isabella Forshall QC 
A "super" defence counsel described as "dedicated" and "hard-working," 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. Her court manner and client-handling skills are highly acclaimed by sources.
Strengths: "She's a lovely opponent who is very measured, very calm and very thoughtful."
Recent work: Represented an individual tried as a result of Operation Bullfinch who had been accused by three vulnerable complainants of various sexual offences. He was acquitted of any direct sexual offending.

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Forshaw QC 
A "formidable" silk who is highly regarded by market commentators for her noteworthy practice, and 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 defending those charged with sexual offences, in particular historical sexual offences. She regularly handles cases concerning sexual assaults and gang rape.
Strengths: "She's a silk who reads every piece of paper. She's demanding on those she works with and she's got great client rapport. Juries love her." "Brilliant. An amazing advocate who's comfortable with the clients, takes an uncompromising approach to case presentation and develops a very good rapport with the jury." 
Recent work: Successfully defended a young professional footballer accused of raping a teenage girl in a field during the early hours of the morning. The jury acquitted within 30 minutes.

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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. Drug trafficking and serious organised crime cases are also a specialism.
Strengths: "She is well prepared, takes absolutely no prisoners and is incredibly bright."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with the sexual abuse of six different child victims.

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Jane Humphryes QC

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Humphryes QC 
A "fearless advocate" who is "extremely diligent," she has vast experience of all areas of serious crime. She is particularly well known for her expertise in handling sex offences. Market observers comment on her approachability and her client-handling skills.
Strengths: "Thorough, conscientious, passionate about defending her clients and extremely hard-working." "Extremely approachable and has a real knack with lay clients."
Recent work: Represented an individual accused of sexual offences involving his young and vulnerable niece.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zoe Johnson QC 
An "up-and-coming" silk with expertise in both serious crime and professional discipline matters. She is praised by market commentators for her advocacy and strong work ethic, and has recently been instructed in matters relating to terrorism, homicide, child murder and gross negligence manslaughter.
Strengths: "She is just awesome. She's so bright, so hard-working and she's got such good judgement."

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brendan Kelly QC 
A highly praised silk who has tackled all manner of serious criminal work over the course of his career. He is singled out by market observers for his impressive courtroom presence and demeanour.
Strengths: "Mr Kelly is a powerful advocate whom it is a delight to work with." "A man with big character who is fantastic on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged with a conspiracy to murder his wife. The case is currently awaiting appeal.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judy Khan QC 
A "super practitioner" well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases, who is highly praised for her "amazing" judgement and superior advocacy. She is particularly experienced in handling substantial murders and sex offences.
Strengths: "She is one of the most accessible and plain-speaking QCs at the Bar. Clients love her straightforward, no-fuss approach."
Recent work: Has spent the last two years leading a team of barristers on the Hillsborough inquests.

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Abbas Lakha QC 
A 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. His recent cases have included the defence of the murderer of soldier Lee Rigby.
Strengths: "A consummate operator."
Recent work: Represented a defendant convicted of baby shaking. This was an appeal on the basis of fresh medical evidence.

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Eleanor Laws QC

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eleanor Laws QC 
A well-respected 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.
Strengths: "Outstanding. Astonishing performance, breathtaking cross-examination and closing speech. I would have thought the go-to silk for all sexual allegations. Brilliant."

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Lewis QC 
"Incredibly experienced" silk whose practice includes serious criminal matters with an international angle, as well as extradition and fraud cases. Market observers are impressed with his intellectual acumen and say that he is "strong, smart and fearless."
Strengths: "He has great authority and is very persuasive in court." "Very comprehensive, both in terms of reading around the case to understand it in greater detail and in thinking of all methods to meet the client's objectives."
Recent work: Prosecuted an individual charged with the theft of extremely lucrative intellectual property.

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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. He is very good at assisting clients in strategically liaising with prosecution authorities.
Strengths: "An extraordinarily polished trial advocate."
Recent work: Advised an individual who had helped his father to commit suicide, subsequently making representations to the DPP as to why it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.

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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 representation of the families in the Hillsborough inquest. 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: "A complete fighter for his cause. Juries love him."

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187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Mayo QC 
An "excellent" practitioner 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. He attracts particularly high praise from market observers for his attention to detail and fine jury advocacy.
Strengths: "He is the most meticulous silk at the Criminal Bar, whose attention to detail is the reason why he wins cases. He has a succinct style to his cross-examination and closing speeches." "An accomplished advocate who has a sound legal mind and is very pleasant with it."  
Recent work: Defended Lewis Daynes in an extremely high-profile case concerning the murder of 14 year old Breck Bednar, whom Daynes had groomed online.

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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. He has experience in all serious crime cases, with particular expertise in complex murder cases.  
Strengths: "He's very thorough. He reads his cases, he's very organised, and he shows great attention to detail." "He is incredibly conscientious and naturally charismatic." "An extremely robust prosecutor."
Recent work: Defended an individual accused of four counts of murder following a revenge attack using a firebomb, which in a case of mistaken identity killed a mother and her three teenage children. The defendant was found guilty of manslaughter.

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Sally O'Neill QC

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sally O'Neill QC 
An experienced practitioner who is highly acclaimed for her courtroom performances. An "astute advocate," she is particularly well known for her mastery of serious sexual offence and infanticide cases, most notably those involving 'baby shaking'. Her handling of the potentially vulnerable witnesses involved in such cases was much commented upon. She also excels in serious and complex murder and manslaughter cases, among others.
Strengths: "She's very polished. Juries tend to like and trust her, because she has a direct way of communication with them which appeals to them." "She's a really formidable and fair opponent."

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duncan Penny QC 
Senior Treasury Counsel who is much admired by market observers for his approach to cases. He is extremely experienced in the prosecution of high-profile murders, and handled both the retrial of Barry George and the prosecution of those who murdered Ben Kinsella. 
Strengths: "A very passionate lawyer. He's very, very clever and excellent with clients." "A real star prosecutor."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning the alleged murder of a Serco security guard committed by a prisoner in the cells of Blackfriars Crown Court.

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7BR

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Rumfitt QC of 7BR 
An experienced practitioner who is well known for his involvement in the 'phone hacking' trials. He is praised by market commentators for the quality of his advocacy. 
Strengths: "Pugnacious, direct, extremely effective and hard-working."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual in the final 'phone hacking' trial.

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Simon Russell Flint QC

23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Russell Flint QC 
A "standout" silk who remains a leading figure at the Bar, and who has vast experience of both defending and prosecuting heavyweight criminal cases including homicides and serious drug offences. Known for his work both domestically and internationally, he is recognised by market observers for his "charming manner" and superior jury advocacy.  
Strengths: "A very stylish, well-rounded and experienced silk who has a very nice style with a jury."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a gang-related murder with six teenage defendants. One defendant was convicted of murder, while five others were convicted of related offences.

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Ryder QC 
An experienced criminal advocate particularly highly regarded for his terrorism expertise. He regularly acts in high-profile cases and is extremely experienced in protest matters and cases relating to the actions of undercover police officers.
Strengths: "Very, very clever, fantastic on the paperwork and someone with a very nice way about him in court." 
Recent work: Represented the defendant, a senior partner of a solicitors' firm, who was charged with immigration offences after being caught by an undercover sting operation conducted by BBC documentary 'Panorama'.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Scobie QC 
A "popular" silk who is considered by sources to be "a real powerhouse in the courtroom." Described as an "excellent tactician," he is most 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: "Really enthusiastic, great with the clients, good to work with and just totally fearless." "A natural and gifted advocate who is confident and courageous in any situation." "His hard work stands out, and he has the ability to absorb and distil a lot of information very quickly. He's a great jury advocate and is loved by clients."
Recent work: Represented one of four defendants charged with the premeditated murder of New Forest woman Pennie Davis.

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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 of them being Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials.
Strengths: "He's a very good tactician who is very good in front of the jury and very well respected by the judiciary."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual accused of murdering a man who had allegedly previously kidnapped and tortured him after the theft of a kilogram of cocaine.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Stern QC 
Heads up the Regulatory Group at the chambers but also has a thriving criminal practice. He often acts in criminal proceedings in the regulatory and professional disciplinary sector.
Strengths: "A go to guy for cases involving fatal shootings," he's "calm and fearless but not in a way which causes offense. Juries, witnesses and judges all warm to him."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Anthony Long, the police marksman accused of killing Azelle Rodney, who was facing a murder charge relating to the incident.

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Rebecca Trowler QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Trowler QC 
A rising silk who is regularly instructed as defence counsel in high-profile and challenging criminal matters, including murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She is "a good tactician" who is "calm under pressure," and highly praised for her jury advocacy. Interviewees comment on her dedication to her clients: "I really admire the fact that she sees herself as a rock in support of her client's position."
Strengths: "Strategic, intelligent and has a strong courtroom presence." "I liken her to a chess grand master in that she is always three moves ahead of the opposition."
Recent work: Represented a transvestite with a severe personality disorder who was charged with the murder of her transsexual neighbour. The defendant was convicted with a life sentence, but the sentence was reduced after a successful appeal.

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Michael Turner QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Turner QC 
A strong defence counsel specialising in serious crime. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in baby-shaking cases. 
Strengths: "Dedicated, incredibly hard-working and robust in court."

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Kieran Vaughan QC

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kieran Vaughan QC 
A criminal heavyweight who comes highly regarded due to his exceptional legal mind and effective jury advocacy. He is a "pragmatic" individual with extensive experience in terrorism, homicide and sexual offence cases, who has been instructed in matters of significant public interest such as the Hatton Garden heist and the appeal of Ched Evans. 
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, very sharp, and someone who combines intellectual talent with a very approachable manner." "Kieran is constantly working. He never stops thinking about the case and has an eye for detail which is second to none."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who, having been charged with a murder committed on Christmas Day in Leicester Square, had fled to Jamaica for over a year. Despite being seen with a gun on CCTV moments before the murder, the defendant was acquitted in a 'cut-throat' defence.

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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, and is praised by market commentators for her "skill over a range of different type of offences."
Strengths: "She is a fearsome advocate who prepares thoroughly and effectively, but remains light on her feet. She is immensely clever and astute, and has the ability to charm a jury with her lively and engaging approach. It really is a winning combination. I will not hesitate to use her again when a client simply demands the best there is."
Recent work: Defended a former senior political aide who was charged with the possession of indecent images of children.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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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Jane Bickerstaff QC

9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Bickerstaff QC

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Bott 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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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Coffey QC

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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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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Kent QC

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Julian Knowles QC

High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division)

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Knowles 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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Helen Malcolm QC

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Malcolm 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

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Miranda Moore QC

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Price QC

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Christopher Sallon QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Sallon QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jo Sidhu QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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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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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Christine Agnew QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christine Agnew 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

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Bryant-Heron QC

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Richard Christie QC

187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Christie QC

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Julian Christopher QC

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Christopher 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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Simon Farrell QC

A

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Farrell QC

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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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Henry Grunwald QC

A

Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Grunwald QC

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David Hislop QC

A

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Hislop QC

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William Hughes QC

Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Hughes QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Hynes QC

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Nigel Lambert QC

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Lambert QC

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Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dorian Lovell-Pank QC

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33 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Nathan QC of 33 Bedford Row

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Anthony Orchard QC

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Orchard QC

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alison Pople QC 

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Nicholas Rhodes QC

A

Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Rhodes QC

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Oliver Saxby QC

A

Six Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Saxby QC of 6 Pump Court

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Andrew Trollope QC

187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Trollope QC

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Vullo QC

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Wilcock QC

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Dean Armstrong QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dean Armstrong QC

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Benson QC

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David Bentley QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Bentley QC

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Bogan QC

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Bourne QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Carter 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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Brendan Finucane QC

Snaresbrook Crown Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brendan Finucane QC of Outer Temple Chambers

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Howard Godfrey QC

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Howard Godfrey QC

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William Harbage QC

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Harbage QC of 36 Bedford Row

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Martin S Heslop QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin S 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

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Jory QC

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Jerome Lynch QC

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jerome Lynch QC

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Church Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amjad Malik QC of 36 Bedford Row

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Philippa McAtasney QC

Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philippa McAtasney QC

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Icah Peart 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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Bernard Richmond QC

Lamb Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bernard Richmond QC of Lamb Building

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Mansfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sam Stein QC of Mansfield Chambers

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Summers QC

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Sarah Whitehouse QC

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Whitehouse QC

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David Aaronberg QC

15 New Bridge Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Aaronberg QC of 15 New Bridge Street

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Anthony Arlidge QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Arlidge QC

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dexter Dias QC

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rudi Fortson QC

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Jonathan Goldberg QC

North Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Goldberg QC of North Square Chambers

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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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Patrick O'Connor QC

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick O'Connor QC

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Nadine Radford QC

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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nadine Radford QC

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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

Duncan Atkinson QC

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duncan Atkinson 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

Giles Cockings QC

Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Cockings 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

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Evans QC

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New Silk

Oliver Glasgow QC

2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Glasgow QC 
A new silk considered by interviewees to be "a real star of the future." He is a current Senior Treasury Counsel with a varied criminal practice across all areas of serious crime. He often acts for high-profile individuals. 
Strengths: "He's a real class act and a really consummate prosecutor." 
Recent work: Prosecuted barrister Constance Briscoe for perverting the course of justice following the deliberate manufacture of evidence in a previous trial.

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New Silk

Martin Goudie QC

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Goudie QC

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New Silk

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jacob Hallam QC 
An "excellent" new silk who is recognised for his efficacy acting on complex criminal matters, including cases which attract media attention. Recently, he has been instructed in numerous complex murder, sexual offence and corruption cases.
Strengths: "He is a safe pair of hands in homicide work, capable of calm and devastating cross-examination." "A seriously good advocate." "He's very personable, an excellent drafter, and just a very, very bright man."
Recent work: Prosecuted the Bishop of Lewes and his deputy for historic sex offences committed while they ran a scheme for aspirant clergymen. One defendant pleaded guilty, and another was convicted after trial.

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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 
A "brilliant" practitioner who is described by market sources as "bright, hard-working and fun." Often instructed as a leading junior, she is highly experienced in cases of murder and manslaughter, and also undertakes cold case work. She attracts plaudits for both her advocacy and her upbeat attitude.
Strengths: "Hard-working, intelligent, highly capable and very amusing with it. She's going to go far."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with joint enterprise murder of an individual who was found in his basement.

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New Silk

Riel Karmy-Jones QC

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Riel Karmy-Jones QC

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New Silk

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louis Mably QC 
"Strong" Senior Treasury Counsel with a broad experience of all areas of general crime, and a particular proficiency in corruption offences. Described as a "wonderful" practitioner, he has also been involved in matters centred on terrorism offences and assisted suicide. He also has a niche expertise in assisting European courts with various matters. 
Strengths: "If something intellectually is a problem, you turn to Louis Mably." "Clever, clever, clever and fantastically hard-working."
Recent work: Represented the UK government at the ECHR in an appeal by the failed suicide bombers of 21 July 2005 in London.

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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

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Naeem Mian QC

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New Silk

Stephen Moses QC

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Moses QC

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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

9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Rouse 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

Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Sibson 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

2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise Sweet QC

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New Silk

Alisdair Williamson QC

A

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alisdair Williamson QC 
A "majestic" practitioner 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. He is particularly praised by sources for his jury and client manner.
Strengths: "His quality of advocacy in cross-examination is of the first order." "Always the first choice for defendants facing allegations of rape or sexual assault." "He's got a very reassuring manner with clients, and an excellent jury manner."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with two acts of historic sex abuse, including homosexual child abuse and the rape and torture of his then wife. The defendant was acquitted of both charges.

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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 life's eternal geniuses." He both prosecutes and defends all areas of serious crime and fraud, and was heavily involved in Operation Elveden. Commentators single him out for his in-depth knowledge and shrewd approach in the courtroom.
Strengths: "He's masterful and very well respected by judges and prosecutors alike, as well as co-defending counsel." "Neil Saunders has an unequalled practice as a leading junior and his knowledge of the law and presentation of legal arguments is universally respected. His breadth of practice attests to his versatility."
Recent work: Defended a university student who was charged with growing cannabis in his halls of residence, among other offences. A non-custodial sentence was secured.

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Cloth Fair Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Barnard 
A "fantastic junior" considered by market observers 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 as a leading junior. In recent times he has been instructed in matters including sexual offences and perverting the course of justice.  
Strengths: "He's completely reliable and has got a very impressive courtroom manner. His written work is fantastic and he's incredibly intelligent." "A polished performer who expertly dissects the other side both on paper and in court."  
Recent work: Defended a doctor facing a private prosecution regarding an illegal abortion clinic in Northern England. This was a landmark case on gender abortion issues.

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aisling Byrnes 
A strong 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. She is also singled out for her attention to detail, particularly in cases which involve complex pieces of evidence. 
Strengths: "Very sensitive, very passionate, very understanding but also tough when she needs to be. She gives very robust, direct advice and her advocacy style is very good." "She was very good with a client in horrendous emotional circumstances."  
Recent work: Represented an engineer charged with the sexual assault of a woman on the London Underground. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.

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Jennifer Dempster

Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jennifer Dempster 
A renowned 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. Described as "a superb advocate" with "amazing client care," she is particularly good at handling young defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "Excellent jury advocate who inspires the confidence of the client and the court and is a top-notch junior." "She's superb both with the clients and in front of juries."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged in a multi-handed conspiracy to murder. The case arose out of a campaign of harassment against the victim, who was ultimately shot in the chest but survived.

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William Emlyn Jones

3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Emlyn Jones 
An "excellent" 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. He is praised by commentators for his advocacy and client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He's a first-rate performer. He is good all round and particularly fantastic in his preparation."
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 highly experienced and well-reputed junior with a varied practice spanning all areas of criminal defence. 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 client-friendly, very astute and a pleasure to work with." "An absolute class act." "Superb regulatory and criminal barrister."

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben FitzGerald 
A popular junior with in-depth experience across the full spectrum of criminal matters, who acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. Lauded by sources for his work ethic and "no-nonsense" approach to advocacy, he has been instructed in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times.
Strengths: "He has an outstanding ability to explain complex issues in a readily understandable way. There is a real sophistication to his advocacy." "He handled a client who could have been tricky extremely well, and had a very nice courtroom manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted a teenage girl accused of infanticide having murdered her son seconds after his birth.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Miranda Hill 
A respected junior with significant experience of both serious crime and fraud. She is well versed in both prosecution and defence work and has handled complex cases including those relating to murder, perverting the course of justice and bribery. 
Strengths: "She's calm, clever, a delight to work with and a brilliant drafter." "Offers great client care."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of News UK to advise in respect of police investigations into the unlawful interception of voicemails.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jocelyn Ledward
An "astonishingly capable" prosecutor and a very fine defence counsel who specialises in complex crime and fraud. She has been instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter and violent disorder.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and able to think on her feet. She gains clients' trust very quickly and is tactically astute." "An extremely hard-working barrister. She puts in the hours at short notice and still turns things around very quickly." 
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted the three principal defendants accused of the murder of a professional poker player following a 'honey trap' plot.

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9 Gough Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Little of 9 Gough Square 
An exceptional Treasury Counsel who is "a real star in the making." Regularly appearing 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. He is also extremely well versed in appellate work.
Strengths: "He is highly intelligent, has good tactical and strategic nous, and is very good with opponents, judges and his leaders. He works extremely hard." "Strategically fantastic and a man with a lovely manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted an ISIS-led conspiracy to murder soldiers and police officers on the streets of London.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alison Morgan 
Well-regarded Junior Treasury Counsel who receives numerous plaudits from market observers for her ability as both prosecution and defence counsel. She has recently been instructed in multiple challenging and high-profile matters, including terrorism and firearms cases.
Strengths: "Has outstanding attention to detail and the ability to take judges into her confidence with her command of evidence and applicable law." "Very sensible, very steady and very reliable indeed."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a series of cases where individuals were charged with sending menacing and threatening messages to female MPs and campaigners, including threats to rape.

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Ray 
An "unflappable" junior with an "excellent reputation" 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. Commentators praise him highly for his client-handling skills and jury advocacy.
Strengths: "He's incredibly calm but authoritative, and inspires confidence in clients through his very measured and reasoned approach." "He has an understated yet extremely effective advocacy style and is superb with clients. He has sound judgement and is loved by clients."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a senior barrister and former Recorder who had repeatedly breached a restraining order against his ex-wife. Despite being convicted on five out of six counts, he received only a suspended sentence following mitigation.

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Whittaker 
Receiving instructions on both privately funded and legally aided work, he is praised by market observers for his vast experience across all areas of criminal law, from murder and manslaughter to complex fraud. He is also singled out for his experience in cases concerning terrorism and serious organised crime.
Strengths: "One of the Bar's outstanding criminal juniors. He is extremely hard-working, meticulous, and someone who has both good judgement and great presence in court." 
Recent work: Represented a businessman accused of thefts of Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn libation cups at a value of more than £25 million.

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Richard Wormald

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wormald 
A "fantastic 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 murder, firearms offences and perverting the court of justice. His advocacy skills come highly recommended. 
Strengths: "Absolutely first-class and a brilliant cross-examiner." "He's very accessible, works hard, has real flair in advocacy, and is someone who actually really cares about the clients."
Recent work: Represented the Crown in the successful prosecution of a four-handed murder at 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, who is considered to be a "rising star" by sources. He undertakes a broad spectrum of criminal briefs, and has recently been instructed in cases ranging from domestic violence to rape. Commentators further note his expertise in firearms offences and cases of universal jurisdiction.
Strengths: "He's got really good judgement and is also a real fighter. He is the person you really want to have on your side." "A robust, fearless and persuasive advocate, with exemplary communication and client care skills." "He's thorough and bright."
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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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Forster 
A defence specialist who has undertaken numerous complex cases of the most serious nature, including matters relating to child prostitution and other serious organised crime.
Strengths: "He is excellent with clients. He's really clever, hard-working and sensible. He's realistic about his cases and keeps people calm." "Very bright and a good all-rounder."
Recent work: Defended a case involving an organised crime gang charged with kidnapping an individual at gunpoint and demanding money for his safe return.

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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 particularly experienced in handling complex, document-heavy serious crime cases, including murders and firearms offences.
Strengths: "He's a clever defence advocate who is wise and wily." "He is a very accomplished junior who provided me with excellent support, ideas and arguments." "One of the hardest workers. He's underestimated by co-defendants and prosecution counsel and then, out of nowhere, he turns them over."
Recent work: Defended a teenager accused of stabbing the son of a Ghanaian diplomat having allegedly identified him as a member of a rival gang.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rachna Gokani 
An "excellent" practitioner who is regularly entrusted with complex and challenging instructions, already having appeared before the Court of Appeal. She has handled matters across the full spectrum of serious crime, including cases of historic sexual assault, domestic violence and false imprisonment.  
Strengths: "She has fantastic judgement and is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Successfully defended a newspaper tycoon charged with six counts of rape.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Henry 
A "terrific" junior with a "phenomenal" track record 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, including expert evidence and abuse of process. He regularly receives plaudits from market sources for his client-handling skills.
Strengths: "He runs a silk's practice as a junior. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great jury advocate." "He has good legal skills and is convincing in court."
Recent work: Acted in R v Brown, a complex drugs conspiracy case.

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benn Maguire 
A "strong junior" who specialises in defending those accused of serious crime, including cases of homicide, historic sex abuse and firearms offences. Highly regarded by his peers, he is also known for his work on appellate matters.
Strengths: "Benn's a tremendous advocate. He's one of those barristers in court that everyone seems to spin around."
Recent work: Represented Clive Goodman in the 'phone hacking' trial.

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Saba Naqshbandi

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Saba Naqshbandi 
Well-regarded junior with a varied practice that encompasses serious crime, international crime and fraud. She is regularly instructed to defend private prosecutions, and further undertakes an impressive amount of complex advisory work.
Strengths: "Very polished and very versatile."
Recent work: Advised on the production order applications that have arisen as a result of the phone hacking investigations.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Newton 
An "incredibly diligent" junior highly regarded by solicitors who comes strongly recommended for his advocacy and preparation skills. He often acts as defence counsel, and has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years. By way of example, he acted for Trenton Oldfield, the man who disrupted the Boat Race, and Reverend Vickery House, who was charged with sexual offences.
Strengths: "Tactically astute and a great advocate." "He is thoroughly prepared and excellent with the clients." "An excellent advocate in the higher courts" who is "very hard-working and very client-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Tremeloes guitarist Rick Westwood, who was charged with a historic indecent assault on a girl then aged 16.

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Rush 
Acclaimed criminal junior with a strong history of defending complex cases. He often undertakes high-profile, privately funded work, and is singled out by commentators for his experience in homicide cases and incidents involving serious organised crime.
Strengths: "Very strong in serious crime." "He's a very good guy to work with."
Recent work: Defended an individual within the Traveller community charged with carrying out an execution following a long-running feud.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Taylor 
An "outstanding" 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. He is also particularly renowned for his expertise in fitness to plead cases, particularly when related to psychiatric issues.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of appeal authorities and is a very persuasive advocate." "He is ruthlessly well prepared and extremely committed."
Recent work: Acted for an individual appealing a conviction for rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment on the grounds that the complainant retracted her evidence and failed to attend trial. Her evidence was allowed to be adduced at trial as hearsay.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Thomas 
An "absolutely fantastic" junior who was described by one impressed commentator as "one of the best junior counsel at the Bar." He is regularly instructed in extremely complex cases which attract significant media attention, including those relating to terrorism, burglary and corruption.  
Strengths: "So clever. He's great on the law and the speed at which he comes up with things is just fantastic."
Recent work: Junior counsel in R v Doyle, also known as the Hatton Garden heist.

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexandra Ward 
Reputed junior who is particularly strong on sexual offences and road traffic incidents, along with fraud, bribery and corruption cases. She has been praised by judges and fellow practitioners alike for her impressive technical ability and her attention to detail.
Strengths: "She is tenacious, forward-thinking and a tactical advocate. She is brilliant with clients and is an all-rounder."
Recent work: Acted in R v Harold Chinegwundoh, a case concerning fitness to plead.

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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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Nicholas Corsellis

QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Corsellis

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Cray

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Maria Dineen

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Eissa

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Evans

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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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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

Timothy Kendal

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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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Goldsmith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Mylvaganam of Goldsmith Chambers

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Nelson

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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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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Przybylska

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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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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Linda Strudwick

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wood

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Baker

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5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Connolly

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Sebastian Gardiner

25 Bedford Row

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Sebastian Gardiner

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nichola Higgins

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Howard

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Hughes

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2 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Scott Ivill

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25 Bedford Row

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Ronald Jaffa

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3 Temple Gardens

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Flavia Kenyon

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Guy Ladenburg

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Langley

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rishi Nathwani

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Newell

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Payne

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Phillips

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mary Poku

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Luke Ponte

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Rhodes

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2 Bedford Row

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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

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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

Paul Wakerley

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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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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Yeo

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fallon Alexis

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Valerie Charbit

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2 Bedford Row

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Charles Conway

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rufus D'Cruz

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Dunham

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William England

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Charter Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julia Flanagan

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2 Hare Court

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Quinn Hawkins

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rina-Marie Hill

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5 Paper Buildings

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Timothy Hunter

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Foundry Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Huntley

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ashraf Khan

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samuel Magee

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5 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Martin

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5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gary Pons

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187 Fleet Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roderick Price

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Catherine Rabaiotti

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Rabaiotti

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lawrence Selby

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jon Swain

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5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Warrington

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6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Wilkinson

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Wiseman

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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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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Karina Arden

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4 Breams Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Carr of 4 Breams Buildings

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samantha Cohen

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Atkinson Bevan Chambers, 2 Harcourt Buildings

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Hannah Duncan of Atkinson Bevan Chambers, 2 Harcourt Buildings

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3 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Forte

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Goodall

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Thomas More Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Gottlieb of Thomas More Chambers

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Max Hardy

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Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fiona Horlick of Outer Temple Chambers

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23 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ahmed Hossain

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Levy

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5 St Andrew's Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher May

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2 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew McGee

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip McGhee

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Goldsmith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Morgan of Goldsmith Chambers

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Carmelite Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roxanne Morrell

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Morris

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Neofytou

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3 Raymond Buildings Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Heather Oliver

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25 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Osman Osman

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Furnival Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexia Power

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Alistair Richardson

6KBW College Hill

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alistair Richardson

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9 Bedford Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tessa Shroff

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QEB Hollis Whiteman

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Stott

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Red Lion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Walbank

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Liam Walker

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Julian Woodbridge

1 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Woodbridge of 1 King's Bench Walk

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Up and Coming

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanna Buckley 
An impressive young junior praised by market observers for her intellectual acumen. She is particularly well known for her exceptional work during the 'phone hacking' trials. 
Strengths: "Super bright, so clever, efficient and fantastic to work with." "She's very bright and is going to be a complete star."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual facing a charge of criminal damage and common assault. The common assault charge was dropped following a legal argument to exclude identification evidence under Section 78 of PACE.

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