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Crime — Midlands (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

No5 Chambers is a stellar criminal set with a deep bench of "very professional and accommodating barristers." The set is home to a number of well-established silks alongside excellent juniors. They regularly handle the full range of serious and high-profile cases, including those concerning homicides, corporate manslaughter, conspiracy, drugs and fraud. Sources say "No5 provides a number of excellent barristers" who "are efficient and listen to the demands of solicitors."

Client service: "The excellent clerks room" is led by director of clerking Tony McDaid and senior practice manager for crime and regulatory matters Andrew Trotter. "Their intent to offer a quality service is apparent and they will go the extra mile compared with other chambers."

SILKS

Michael Duck QC
A "first-class" practitioner who regularly acts as prosecution and defence in serious criminal cases. He has noted expertise in fraud and organised crime with a strong track record in high-profile criminal cases.
Strengths: "His advocacy is beautiful in its brevity." "He has a deceptively straightforward style of advocacy, and his paperwork is another strength."
Recent work: Successfully secured the acquittal of a man accused of involvement in a joint enterprise murder.

David Mason QC
An esteemed all-rounder who has significant experience of handling heavyweight criminal cases. He is particularly well regarded for his work in infant death, child cruelty and murder cases and he receives accolades for his skill in matters involving complex medical expert testimony.
Strengths: "He has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in his preparation. Among leading counsel he is in high demand due to his comfortable manner with clients."

Michael Burrows QC
Respected silk who regularly handles a broad variety of complex criminal cases. He has experience of acting for both the prosecution and defence and is regularly instructed in serious cases involving sexual offences, drug trafficking and murder.
Strengths: "He's keen as mustard and committed to getting the right result for the client."

Christopher Hotten QC
Experienced silk with experience of handling serious criminal cases on both sides of proceedings, boasting particular experience in murder and manslaughter cases. He has specialist expertise in infant and child death cases involving non-accidental head injury. He attracts praise for his ability in document-heavy matters.
Strengths: "He is an excellent adviser with respect to the best tactical approach to take."

Adrian Keeling QC
Highlighted for his strategic approach to heavyweight drugs and homicide cases. He also has significant experience of handling fraud cases. He frequently acts for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "He has an innate sense for the right tactical approach to a case and a magical touch with juries and tribunals."
Recent work: Prosecuted a nurse in a care home for the attempted murder of her colleagues and the residents.

Rex Tedd QC
A silk who attracts praise for his extremely effective advocacy. He has well-honed capabilities in complex regulatory, fraud and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "He is a formidable advocate who is extremely authoritative. Judges and juries are captivated by his approach." "He has an excellent way with the clients and is a superb advocate."

John Butterfield QC
Seasoned advocate with significant experience as both prosecution and defence counsel. He offers expertise in criminal and regulatory proceedings.
Strengths: "He has built a very good practice and doesn't set off fireworks but gets it done."

Jonas Hankin QC
Silk who provides expertise in complex criminal cases. He has also developed a particular niche in infant and child murder cases involving complex expert evidence.
Strengths: "He has a commanding presence in court and a profound understanding of complex cases."

Mark Heywood QC
Versatile silk offering considerable experience prosecuting and defending serious criminal proceedings. He maintains a broad practice that comprises work on cases concerning murder, fraud and sexual offences.
Strengths: "He's very knowledgeable, a great presenter and is very good with the client as well."

Phillip Bradley QC
Recent silk and Grade 4 CPS prosecutor who has a growing practice handling heavyweight criminal matters, including serious violence and murder. He takes on a significant amount of defence work in major criminal matters, including homicide, child abuse and large-scale fraud cases.
Strengths: "He really does his homework on cases and is very good with clients."
Recent work: Successfully defended a man charged with a brutal stranger rape.

Michelle Heeley QC
Well-regarded silk who provides experienced prosecution and defence counsel across a broad range of high-profile matters. She has expert knowledge of criminal fraud, drug trafficking, rape, murder and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths: "She has a really strong presence is court and is very knowledgeable. She also inspires a lot of confidence in clients."
Recent work: Prosecuted a 21-handed drugs conspiracy that was run by an organised crime group.

JUNIORS

Brian Dean
Skilled senior junior with the ability to handle a wide range of criminal matters, including murder, drugs and gang violence. He is also well known for his expertise in financial crime matters.
Strengths: "He's a real terrier – he's relentless."

Daniel Oscroft
Junior who attracts praise for his ability in criminal cases. He offers further experience in cases concerning proceeds of crime and regulatory issues.
Strengths: "He is approachable, he knows his brief and he inspires confidence in defendants. He's also a very effective negotiator."

Martin Liddiard
Experienced practitioner who regularly acts as prosecution and defence counsel. His practice spans the full ambit of criminal law, with noted expertise in drug-related offences, commercial fraud and violent and sexual offences.
Strengths: "He has a wonderful style in court and is a very stylish operator."

Tim Pole
Accomplished Crown Court practitioner with specialisms in cases concerning motoring and regulatory crime. Health and safety prosecutions and confiscations all fall within his remit, though he also handles serious general crime cases as well.
Strengths: "He's very personable and good with clients."

Harpreet Singh Sandhu
Has expertise in heavyweight criminal cases such as those involving rape and murder. He is also a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and has experience handling multi-handed matters.
Strengths: "He's a shrewd operator."

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Band 1

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

St Philips Chambers is a leading set on the Midlands Circuit that attracts plaudits for its deep bench of criminal barristers. They are frequently instructed to act as prosecution and defence counsel in heavyweight criminal matters including those concerning violent crime, sexual offences, drugs and fraud. Sources say "it is a superb set with plenty of talented people."

Client service: The "very good clerking team" is led by the "affable and sensible senior criminal clerk Phil Jones," who is noted for being "reasonable on fees."

SILKS

Richard Atkins QC
Has led the defence and prosecution of many complex criminal trials covering offences such as murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud and drug importation.
Strengths: "He has a lot of credibility and prestige when you put him forward to a client. He is very hands-on, and happy to get stuck in and draft documents." "A silk at the top of his game who is highly regarded." "He's a good all-rounder who is excellent with clients and not afraid to fight. He's an excellent trial counsel."
Recent work: Prosecuted the high-profile case of Lauren Jeska, a transgender athlete who attempted to kill the head of HR at UK Athletics as a result of perceived grievances over her eligibility to compete as a female athlete.

Andrew Smith QC
Highly regarded practitioner with expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including murders and offences relating to organised crime. He regularly acts for both the defence and prosecution in major cases, many of which involve high levels of documentation or complicated expert testimony.
Strengths: "He's known locally as 'two brains' because he's exceptionally bright and has a massive attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended Lord Greville Janner against multiple accusations of historic sexual abuse. The case concluded following the death of Lord Janner.

Christopher Millington QC
Frequently instructed in serious criminal matters such as fraud and rape. He has shown particular flair for murders related to gang violence and gross negligence manslaughter cases.

JUNIORS

Andrew Jackson
Experienced Grade 4 prosecutor who is regularly instructed in heavyweight criminal matters. He also defends, and is skilled at handling major drugs, fraud and sex offence cases.
Strengths: "He's very experienced and is a safe pair of hands."

Ben Mills
A "highly effective advocate" who is highlighted by market sources for his "good command of the law." He is most often instructed in financial crime cases, including those concerning blackmail, money laundering and counterfeiting. He also handles consumer fraud and fire safety matters with a criminal edge.
Strengths: "He's brilliant with clients, very bright, down to earth and easy to work with." "He's very good with legal arguments and paperwork." "He is fair and firm when he prosecutes and a straight shooter who knows his specialism."
Recent work: Acted in Birmingham City Council v Michael Phelan. This was a case that involved 34 counts of fraud committed between 1997 and 2011, totalling approximately £750,000.

Malcolm Morse
Has extensive experience as defence and prosecution counsel in criminal cases. He specialises in high-level criminal cases concerning such issues as sexual offences and fraud.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Highly regarded set that is reputed for its strength on the eastern side of the Midlands Circuit. The set boasts a stellar bench of barristers who are able to handle the full range of criminal matters. The barristers are particularly adept at handling heavyweight criminal cases concerning homicide, historic sexual offences and fraud.

Client service: Operations manager and criminal practice manager Michelle Simpson leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Frances Oldham QC
Highly regarded criminal silk specialising in complex matters of an extremely sensitive nature, with particular knowledge of historic sex abuse cases. Her practice extends to family and child law and she also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division.
Strengths: "She is a stylish advocate and is a cut above most silks."

John Lloyd-Jones QC
Trusted silk who frequently handles heavyweight criminal cases. He offers expertise in matters concerning fraud, cybercrime and homicide.
Strengths: "He's a very articulate advocate who analytically goes through the evidence and leaves no stone unturned."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Known for its strength in Leicester and Nottingham, 7BR houses experienced counsel who handle a range of serious criminal matters. Instructions for the members include cases concerning drugs, murder and fraud. With barristers who are adept at both prosecuting and defending, the set has been instructed in sensitive matters such as cases concerning child abuse and sexual offences.

Client service: The clerks room is led by senior clerk Paul Eeles.

JUNIORS

Gareth Weetman
Adept at acting as both defence and prosecution counsel. He has considerable experience of handling violent and sexual offences as well as organised fraud matters.
Strengths: "He is an all-round performer who is industrious and a very good jury advocate." "He's extremely thorough, very prompt in doing what matters, and has an excellent manner in court."

Adrian Langdale
Esteemed junior with expertise on both sides of complex fraud matters. He also frequently handles white-collar and organised crime cases.
Strengths: "With him, it's a bit like watching Neo in The Matrix. He runs rings around prosecutors and he's an extremely persuasive advocate who is always one step ahead. It's like he's dodging bullets."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Citadel Chambers is home to a respected team of criminal practitioners who offer representation in serious criminal cases. They are particularly adept at handling cases concerning infanticide, organised crime and fraud. Barristers here also have specialisms in immigration and white-collar crime.

Client service: The clerks room is led by senior clerk Rodney Neeld.

SILKS

Rachel Brand QC
Respected silk who is highly regarded for her expertise in matters that concern forensic DNA evidence, including complex sexual abuse, rape and infant death cases. She offers strength in handling vulnerable individuals, including those with a history of mental health difficulties.
Strengths: "She has the ability to give closing speeches that are to the point, informative and down to earth."

Andrew Fisher QC
Experienced silk who regularly acts for government bodies in highly complex fraud, financial and white-collar crime cases. He boasts additional expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including those concerning homicide and organised crime.
Strengths: "He's approachable, well prepared and has a real presence in the courtroom."

Timothy Hannam QC
Esteemed new silk who has extensive experience of handling white-collar criminal and money-laundering matters for HMRC and the DWP. He further offers regulatory and licensing expertise in matters revolving around potentially unlawful trading.
Strengths: "He is excellent in terms of the quality of service and the work he provides."

JUNIORS

Gurdeep Garcha
Effective defence specialist who is highly regarded for his experience representing vulnerable clients. He is frequently engaged in substantial cases concerning organised crime, drugs and complex fraud. He offers additional expertise in matters of asylum and immigration.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Respected set of criminal specialists that regularly handles the most serious criminal matters, including those concerning drugs, murders, and fraud. Its members offer additional experience in sexual offences, violent crime and manslaughter cases.

Client service: The clerking team is led by senior clerk Nigel Wragg.

SILKS

Peter Joyce QC
Hugely experienced criminal silk highlighted for his smooth handling of high-profile criminal proceedings. He is highly adept at dealing with serious sexual offences against both adults and children, and also handles fraud and violent offences. He is noted as an expert in homicide cases, having worked on a vast number of murder cases in his career.
Strengths: "Juries like him and usually side with him." "He has that mark of incredible quality. He's a real old-school silk."

Michael Auty QC
Seasoned practitioner with broad criminal expertise that includes complex fraud and murder cases. He also acts in cases involving sexual offences and has additional expertise in regulatory matters.
Strengths: "He is a highly articulate, hard-working and extremely persuasive advocate."

Michael Evans QC
Respected silk who has significant experience as both prosecution and defence counsel. He regularly acts in murder and manslaughter cases, as well as those involving serious sexual abuse and complex fraud.

JUNIORS

Adrian Reynolds
Esteemed junior who frequently handles serious criminal cases, including sexual abuse, fraud and murder.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

KCH Garden Square is a respected set that handles the full range of criminal proceedings. The barristers here regularly act as both defence and prosecution counsel in serious criminal cases. Their caseload includes cases concerning child abuse, firearms and drugs.

Client service: The clerking team is led by senior criminal clerk Anthony Krogulec.

JUNIORS

Ian Way
Seasoned practitioner who is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases, including those concerning sexual offences, drugs and homicide. He has over 20 years of experience acting for both the prosecution and defence on the full gamut of criminal offences.

Mark Van der Zwart
"Stalwart of the Midlands Circuit" and head of chambers with experience on both sides of grave criminal matters. He has particular expertise in cases involving serious brain injuries to babies and children, as well as in sexual offences and drugs conspiracies involving multiple defendants.
Strengths: "He is very well liked and respected. You always know you'll have a sensible opponent and a job well done when he's in a case against you."

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A respected set with a number of strong junior barristers who have a stellar reputation for their work as prosecutors. The members are noted for their handling of heavyweight criminal matters that include cases concerning armed robbery, homicide and child abuse.

Client service: Criminal practice manager Philip Hidson leads the clerks room.

JUNIORS

Peter Cooper
Seasoned criminal practitioner who regularly handles complex criminal proceedings, including drugs, homicide and fraud matters. He also has significant experience of working with complex medical evidence and expert witnesses.
Strengths: "A very hard-working individual who has a substantial Crown Court practice."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual charged with historic and sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.

David Jackson
Respected Grade 4 prosecutor who has expertise in grave criminal matters involving serious violence, murder, and armed robbery. He also has considerable experience of handling sexual offence cases involving children.
Strengths: "He made my life very difficult, which is the highest praise one can offer a prosecutor!"

Kevin Saunders
Experienced defence specialist who is highly regarded for his expertise in high-profile and complex criminal law cases concerning homicide and serious sexual abuse. He is praised by clients for his knowledge and work ethic, and also for his regulatory expertise.
Strengths: "He is experienced and very personable with clients. He has a good positive manner in court and is very eloquent." "He's thorough, good with lay clients and has a great jury style."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v MacDonald and others, a case concerning the conspiracy to assist offenders to escape.

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Band 1

Richard Atkins QC

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St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Atkins QC 
Has led the defence and prosecution of many complex criminal trials covering offences such as murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud and drug importation.
Strengths: "He has a lot of credibility and prestige when you put him forward to a client. He is very hands-on, and happy to get stuck in and draft documents." "A silk at the top of his game who is highly regarded." "He's a good all-rounder who is excellent with clients and not afraid to fight. He's an excellent trial counsel."
Recent work: Prosecuted the high-profile case of Lauren Jeska, a transgender athlete who attempted to kill the head of HR at UK Athletics as a result of perceived grievances over her eligibility to compete as a female athlete.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Michael Duck QC

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Duck QC 
A "first-class" practitioner who regularly acts as prosecution and defence in serious criminal cases. He has noted expertise in fraud and organised crime with a strong track record in high-profile criminal cases.
Strengths: "His advocacy is beautiful in its brevity." "He has a deceptively straightforward style of advocacy, and his paperwork is another strength."
Recent work: Successfully secured the acquittal of a man accused of involvement in a joint enterprise murder.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

No.1 High Pavement

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Joyce QC 
Hugely experienced criminal silk highlighted for his smooth handling of high-profile criminal proceedings. He is highly adept at dealing with serious sexual offences against both adults and children, and also handles fraud and violent offences. He is noted as an expert in homicide cases, having worked on a vast number of murder cases in his career.
Strengths: "Juries like him and usually side with him." "He has that mark of incredible quality. He's a real old-school silk."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Frances Oldham QC

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Frances Oldham QC 
Highly regarded criminal silk specialising in complex matters of an extremely sensitive nature, with particular knowledge of historic sex abuse cases. Her practice extends to family and child law and she also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Family Division.
Strengths: "She is a stylish advocate and is a cut above most silks."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Andrew Smith QC

A

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Smith QC 
Highly regarded practitioner with expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including murders and offences relating to organised crime. He regularly acts for both the defence and prosecution in major cases, many of which involve high levels of documentation or complicated expert testimony.
Strengths: "He's known locally as 'two brains' because he's exceptionally bright and has a massive attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended Lord Greville Janner against multiple accusations of historic sexual abuse. The case concluded following the death of Lord Janner.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Citadel Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rachel Brand QC 
Respected silk who is highly regarded for her expertise in matters that concern forensic DNA evidence, including complex sexual abuse, rape and infant death cases. She offers strength in handling vulnerable individuals, including those with a history of mental health difficulties.
Strengths: "She has the ability to give closing speeches that are to the point, informative and down to earth."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Michael Burrows QC

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Burrows QC 
Respected silk who regularly handles a broad variety of complex criminal cases. He has experience of acting for both the prosecution and defence and is regularly instructed in serious cases involving sexual offences, drug trafficking and murder.
Strengths: "He's keen as mustard and committed to getting the right result for the client."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Citadel Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Fisher QC 
Experienced silk who regularly acts for government bodies in highly complex fraud, financial and white-collar crime cases. He boasts additional expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including those concerning homicide and organised crime.
Strengths: "He's approachable, well prepared and has a real presence in the courtroom."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Christopher Hotten QC

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Hotten QC 
Experienced silk with experience of handling serious criminal cases on both sides of proceedings, boasting particular experience in murder and manslaughter cases. He has specialist expertise in infant and child death cases involving non-accidental head injury. He attracts praise for his ability in document-heavy matters.
Strengths: "He is an excellent adviser with respect to the best tactical approach to take."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Adrian Keeling QC

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Keeling QC 
Highlighted for his strategic approach to heavyweight drugs and homicide cases. He also has significant experience of handling fraud cases. He frequently acts for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "He has an innate sense for the right tactical approach to a case and a magical touch with juries and tribunals."
Recent work: Prosecuted a nurse in a care home for the attempted murder of her colleagues and the residents.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Church Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amjad Malik QC of Church Court Chambers 
Respected practitioner with experience advocating for clients in a broad range of serious matters, such as murder and terrorism. His expertise includes high-profile commercial crime, handling matters relating to corruption, criminal confiscation and fraud. 
Strengths: "He's very suave."

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Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Mason QC 
An esteemed all-rounder who has significant experience of handling heavyweight criminal cases. He is particularly well regarded for his work in infant death, child cruelty and murder cases and he receives accolades for his skill in matters involving complex medical expert testimony.
Strengths: "He has a keen eye for detail and is meticulous in his preparation. Among leading counsel he is in high demand due to his comfortable manner with clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rex Tedd QC 
A silk who attracts praise for his extremely effective advocacy. He has well-honed capabilities in complex regulatory, fraud and corporate manslaughter cases.
Strengths: "He is a formidable advocate who is extremely authoritative. Judges and juries are captivated by his approach." "He has an excellent way with the clients and is a superb advocate."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

No.1 High Pavement

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Auty QC 
Seasoned practitioner with broad criminal expertise that includes complex fraud and murder cases. He also acts in cases involving sexual offences and has additional expertise in regulatory matters.
Strengths: "He is a highly articulate, hard-working and extremely persuasive advocate."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

John Arthur Butterfield QC

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Butterfield QC 
Seasoned advocate with significant experience as both prosecution and defence counsel. He offers expertise in criminal and regulatory proceedings.
Strengths: "He has built a very good practice and doesn't set off fireworks but gets it done." 

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Band 3

No.1 High Pavement

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Evans QC
Respected silk who has significant experience as both prosecution and defence counsel. He regularly acts in murder and manslaughter cases, as well as those involving serious sexual abuse and complex fraud.

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Band 3

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonas Hankin QC 
Silk who provides expertise in complex criminal cases. He has also developed a particular niche in infant and child murder cases involving complex expert evidence.
Strengths: "He has a commanding presence in court and a profound understanding of complex cases."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Mark S. Heywood QC

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Heywood QC
Versatile silk offering considerable experience prosecuting and defending serious criminal proceedings. He maintains a broad practice that comprises work on cases concerning murder, fraud and sexual offences.
Strengths: "He's very knowledgeable, a great presenter and is very good with the client as well."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

John Lloyd-Jones QC

The 36 Group

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Lloyd-Jones QC 
Trusted silk who frequently handles heavyweight criminal cases. He offers expertise in matters concerning fraud, cybercrime and homicide. 
Strengths: "He's a very articulate advocate who analytically goes through the evidence and leaves no stone unturned."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Christopher Millington QC

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Millington QC 
Frequently instructed in serious criminal matters such as fraud and rape. He has shown particular flair for murders related to gang violence and gross negligence manslaughter cases.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Church Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lewis Power QC of Church Court Chambers
Eminent silk highlighted for his expert client-handling skills. He is frequently instructed in complex international cases relating to regulation, fraud, rape and murder.
Strengths: "He's a very shrewd operator who gets instructed in the biggest and most important cases." 

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New Silk

Phillip Bradley QC

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Phillip Bradley QC 
Recent silk and Grade 4 CPS prosecutor who has a growing practice handling heavyweight criminal matters, including serious violence and murder. He takes on a significant amount of defence work in major criminal matters, including homicide, child abuse and large-scale fraud cases.
Strengths: "He really does his homework on cases and is very good with clients."
Recent work: Successfully defended a man charged with a brutal stranger rape.

^ See whole ranking table

New Silk

Timothy Hannam QC

Citadel Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Hannam QC
Esteemed new silk who has extensive experience of handling white-collar criminal and money-laundering matters for HMRC and the DWP. He further offers regulatory and licensing expertise in matters revolving around potentially unlawful trading.
Strengths: "He is excellent in terms of the quality of service and the work he provides."

^ See whole ranking table

New Silk

Michelle Heeley QC

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Heeley QC 
Well-regarded silk who provides experienced prosecution and defence counsel across a broad range of high-profile matters. She has expert knowledge of criminal fraud, drug trafficking, rape, murder and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths: "She has a really strong presence is court and is very knowledgeable. She also inspires a lot of confidence in clients."
Recent work: Prosecuted a 21-handed drugs conspiracy that was run by an organised crime group.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Cooper 
Seasoned criminal practitioner who regularly handles complex criminal proceedings, including drugs, homicide and fraud matters. He also has significant experience of working with complex medical evidence and expert witnesses.
Strengths: "A very hard-working individual who has a substantial Crown Court practice."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual charged with historic and sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian Dean 
Skilled senior junior with the ability to handle a wide range of criminal matters, including murder, drugs and gang violence. He is also well known for his expertise in financial crime matters.
Strengths: "He's a real terrier – he's relentless."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Citadel Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gurdeep Garcha 
Effective defence specialist who is highly regarded for his experience representing vulnerable clients. He is frequently engaged in substantial cases concerning organised crime, drugs and complex fraud. He offers additional expertise in matters of asylum and immigration.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Jackson 
Experienced Grade 4 prosecutor who is regularly instructed in heavyweight criminal matters. He also defends, and is skilled at handling major drugs, fraud and sex offence cases.
Strengths: "He's very experienced and is a safe pair of hands."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

7BR

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Langdale 
Esteemed junior with expertise on both sides of complex fraud matters. He also frequently handles white-collar and organised crime cases.
Strengths: "With him, it's a bit like watching Neo in The Matrix. He runs rings around prosecutors and he's an extremely persuasive advocate who is always one step ahead. It's like he's dodging bullets."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

KCH Garden Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Way 
Seasoned practitioner who is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases, including those concerning sexual offences, drugs and homicide. He has over 20 years of experience acting for both the prosecution and defence on the full gamut of criminal offences.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

7BR

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gareth Weetman 
Adept at acting as both defence and prosecution counsel. He has considerable experience of handling violent and sexual offences as well as organised fraud matters.
Strengths: "He is an all-round performer who is industrious and a very good jury advocate." "He's extremely thorough, very prompt in doing what matters, and has an excellent manner in court."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

St Ives Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Jackson 
Respected Grade 4 prosecutor who has expertise in grave criminal matters involving serious violence, murder, and armed robbery. He also has considerable experience of handling sexual offence cases involving children.
Strengths: "He made my life very difficult, which is the highest praise one can offer a prosecutor!"

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Martin Liddiard

A

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Liddiard 
Experienced practitioner who regularly acts as prosecution and defence counsel. His practice spans the full ambit of criminal law, with noted expertise in drug-related offences, commercial fraud and violent and sexual offences.
Strengths: "He has a wonderful style in court and is a very stylish operator."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Mills 
A "highly effective advocate" who is highlighted by market sources for his "good command of the law." He is most often instructed in financial crime cases, including those concerning blackmail, money laundering and counterfeiting. He also handles consumer fraud and fire safety matters with a criminal edge.
Strengths: "He's brilliant with clients, very bright, down to earth and easy to work with." "He's very good with legal arguments and paperwork." "He is fair and firm when he prosecutes and a straight shooter who knows his specialism."
Recent work: Acted in Birmingham City Council v Michael Phelan. This was a case that involved 34 counts of fraud committed between 1997 and 2011, totalling approximately £750,000.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

St Philips Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Malcolm Morse 
Has extensive experience as defence and prosecution counsel in criminal cases. He specialises in high-level criminal cases concerning such issues as sexual offences and fraud.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Oscroft 
Junior who attracts praise for his ability in criminal cases. He offers further experience in cases concerning proceeds of crime and regulatory issues.
Strengths: "He is approachable, he knows his brief and he inspires confidence in defendants. He's also a very effective negotiator."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Pole 
Accomplished Crown Court practitioner with specialisms in cases concerning motoring and regulatory crime. Health and safety prosecutions and confiscations all fall within his remit, though he also handles serious general crime cases as well.
Strengths: "He's very personable and good with clients."

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Band 2

No.1 High Pavement

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Reynolds 
Esteemed junior who frequently handles serious criminal cases, including sexual abuse, fraud and murder.

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Band 2

Harpreet Singh Sandhu

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Harpreet Singh Sandhu 
Has expertise in heavyweight criminal cases such as those involving rape and murder. He is also a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and has experience handling multi-handed matters.
Strengths: "He's a shrewd operator."

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Band 2

St Ives Chambers

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Kevin Saunders 
Experienced defence specialist who is highly regarded for his expertise in high-profile and complex criminal law cases concerning homicide and serious sexual abuse. He is praised by clients for his knowledge and work ethic, and also for his regulatory expertise.
Strengths: "He is experienced and very personable with clients. He has a good positive manner in court and is very eloquent." "He's thorough, good with lay clients and has a great jury style."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v MacDonald and others, a case concerning the conspiracy to assist offenders to escape.

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Band 2

Mark Van der Zwart

KCH Garden Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Van der Zwart 
"Stalwart of the Midlands Circuit" and head of chambers with experience on both sides of grave criminal matters. He has particular expertise in cases involving serious brain injuries to babies and children, as well as in sexual offences and drugs conspiracies involving multiple defendants.
Strengths: "He is very well liked and respected. You always know you'll have a sensible opponent and a job well done when he's in a case against you."

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