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UK-Bar Guide

Crime — North Eastern (Bar)

Band 1

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

New Park Court Chambers is described as having "one of the best crime teams in the North." The set attracts praise for its bench of high-quality advocates who handle the full range of criminal matters, including the most serious and high-profile cases concerning serious violence, terrorism and murder. They regularly act for both the prosecution and the defence.

Client service: "The clerking team provides a very professional service." Wayne Stevens is the senior criminal clerk.

SILKS

Robert Smith QC
"The doyen of the North Eastern criminal Bar," Robert Smith QC has significant expertise in homicide, corporate manslaughter and health and safety cases. He is also particularly well versed in medico-legal matters and demonstrates deep knowledge of human rights issues.
Strengths: "He is simply the crème de la crème. You want him on every criminal case."

Paul Greaney QC
He is routinely instructed in high-profile homicide and organised crime cases, and offers broader expertise in the areas of financial crime and sports law.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant and measured advocate who gets outstanding results." "He is a top-class operator."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with the murder of a local drug dealer.

Jason Pitter QC
He routinely acts for both the defence and prosecution in a broad range of cases, including homicide, organised crime and fraud. He demonstrates particular skill when tackling drug importation cases.
Strengths: "One of the best jury advocates around. He's hugely impressive and fantastic with clients." "He is extremely good with the jury, liked and trusted by judges and good at picking up the detail in a case." "He is outstanding in his preparation and tactical approach to a case."
Recent work: Secured an acquittal of murder in a joint enterprise attack in one of the first cases following the Supreme Court's decision in Jogee.

Alistair MacDonald QC
An experienced criminal barrister who is well known for his time as chair of the Bar Council. He offers vast experience in complex homicide and major fraud matters, while his prior training as a biochemist only serves to strengthen his performance in matters containing a scientific element.
Strengths: "An excellent silk who is extremely able."
Recent work: Prosecuted two individuals charged with the murder of a man in Bradford.

Nicholas Lumley QC
An "impressive" and "very capable" silk who attracts praise for his "very nice manner in court." He frequently handles serious criminal cases, including those concerning homicide, rape and drugs.
Strengths: "He has good advocacy and communication skills and can deal with complex and technical issues in a concise and professional manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted the trial and subsequent retrial of a man and his mother accused of manslaughter.

Robert Woodcock QC
Esteemed silk highly regarded by market sources for his specialism in homicide matters. He represents clients in cases across the spectrum of criminal law, making regular appearances both on the North Eastern Circuit and before the Old Bailey.
Strengths: "He is a great jury advocate."

JUNIORS

Nicholas de la Poer
Known for his expertise in serious fraud cases. He is also experienced in homicide and sexual offence matters. He receives regular instructions from an array of regulatory bodies, including the HSE, DEFRA, the FCA and the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "His advocacy and preparation is always carried out to the highest level and the dedication he brings to cases is second to none." "He is exceptional in fraud and technical cases."

Adam Birkby
His practice encompasses the full range of serious criminal matters. He also boasts significant experience in dealing with young clients and defendants with mental health issues.
Strengths: "His approach is spot-on. He's very quick to isolate the point that needs to be argued and he is very persuasive. I've been bowled over by his mature attitude to his work."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a case concerning the murder of a member of the Polish community by two brothers.

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Band 1

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set held in high regard for the depth of its criminal team. The barristers here are noted for their expertise across the full range of general criminal proceedings, including cases concerning firearms, homicide and people trafficking. Recent highlights for the set include acting in R v Malm, Kilk, Kalyurand and Ubiopuu. This was an armed robbery case that received local and national attention in the press.

Client service: Senior managing clerk Richard Sadler leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Richard Wright QC
Masterful silk and joint head of chambers, who has experience acting both for the prosecution and the defence in serious criminal cases. His broad practice also includes specialisms in fraud and homicide.
Strengths: "He is an exceptional jury trial advocate with the ability to cross-examine witnesses better than almost anyone else on circuit." "Richard is an excellent silk who I rate very highly."
Recent work: Defended a former Coldstream Guard charged with murder. The jury found the defendant to be not guilty in less than 30 minutes after a two-week trial.

Peter Moulson QC
"Experienced silk esteemed for the strength of his advocacy. He is regularly called upon to handle high-profile murder cases involving complex medical issues, abnormal mental functioning or loss of self-control. He frequently tackles significant drug supply, money laundering and firearms cases.
Strengths: "He's a busy and well thought of silk doing a lot of prosecution work." "Peter is a very capable advocate."

JUNIORS

Mark D McKone
Prominent junior who gains praise for his skilled advocacy on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence. He handles a diverse range of significant matters, specialising in serious sexual assaults and rape.
Strengths: "He gains acquittals where most wouldn't due to his flair before juries."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual who was accused of rape in Bridlington.

Patrick Palmer
An "exceptionally good" junior who covers a wide range of criminal matters. He offers notable expertise in areas such as serious sex offences, homicide and motor crimes.
Strengths: "He is very well respected as a strong prosecutor. He is a tough opponent."

Catherine Silverton
Criminal defence specialist who is regularly instructed in serious crime cases such as murder, manslaughter, organised crime and serious sex offences. She also has experience of cross-examining children and medical experts.
Strengths: "She has the ability to put defendants at ease in the most sensitive of cases."

Matthew Harding
Respected barrister who has experience of handling the full gamut of criminal matters ranging from cases concerning serious firearms and people trafficking to dangerous driving.
Strengths: "He's very sensible and reassuring with clients. They trust him to give sound advice."

Michael Collins
"An extremely competent" junior whose criminal practice covers defending and prosecuting a broad range of matters. He is particularly noted for his expert handling of drug trafficking, motor crime and sexual abuse cases.
Strengths: "He is a nice jury advocate."

Editorial for Sovereign Chambers, now merged with Park Square Barristers

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Band 2

Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Bank House Chambers is home to a strong criminal team made up of barristers who frequently defend and prosecute serious cases involving terrorism, sexual offences and murder. Its members are highlighted for their experience handling noteworthy cases across the North Eastern Circuit.

Client service: The clerks room is led by senior clerk Wayne Digby.

JUNIORS

Katherine Goddard
Head of chambers and "top performer," Katherine Goddard has significant expertise in serious sexual offences, often involving complex medical and forensic evidence. She is a grade four prosecutor and is routinely instructed by the CPS to prosecute in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She is extremely personable, hard working, very competent and impressive in court."

Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain
A busy criminal practitioner who has experience handling serious criminal matters. He has represented defendants in significant high-profile cases relating to terrorism, murder and armed robbery.
Strengths: "He's a good operator who is good with clients."

Andrew Smith
Head of the criminal team who prosecutes and defends a variety of criminal cases in the Crown Court. He is particularly well known for his adept handling of matters involving historic sexual abuse and the abuse of children.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

The barristers at Broadway House form an excellent team of criminal practitioners noted for their work across the North Eastern Circuit. This "strong criminal set" handles a broad range of criminal matters, and has barristers adept at handling cases concerning serious sexual offences and murder. The set receives instructions from both privately and publicly funded clients.

Client service: Senior criminal clerk Hayley Sanderson leads the "always very helpful clerking team."

SILKS

Michelle Colborne QC
An experienced specialist in sexual offences who has experience of handling serious and high profile criminal matters, including murder and manslaughter. She also specialises in cases concerning infanticide.
Strengths: "Michelle is a strong practitioner." "She is the prosecutor for serious sex cases."
Recent work: Acted in the first prosecution of child sexual exploitation offences following the Jay Inquiry into the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal.

JUNIORS

Sophie Drake
An "excellent" junior with a specialist criminal practice and expertise in handling serious sexual offences. She capably handles a wide range of complex cases, acting for both the prosecution and defence.
Strengths: "She is a very good and straightforward opponent."

Stephen Wood
A well-regarded practitioner with experience on both the prosecution and defence sides of criminal proceedings. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor who appears in the Court of Appeal and Crown Court.
Strengths: "He's a very good advocate who is very enthusiastic." "Very committed and works hard. A robust and reliable advocate."
Recent work: Acted in R v Pelkowski and others, a case involving the abuse of a dementia patient at a care home in West Yorkshire.

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Band 2

Dere Street Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An excellent set that garners praise for its "wide-range of skills and abilities" and its significant presence in Newcastle. The criminal team here is noted for its adroit handling of the full range of criminal proceedings. The team is well represented on CPS panels at all levels and has a particularly strong group of Grade 4 and RASSO Panel advocates.

Client service: The "smooth-running" clerks room is led by senior criminal clerk Craig Mead.

SILKS

John Elvidge QC
Former leader of the North Eastern Circuit who attracts plaudits for his impressive experience of dealing with a broad variety of serious criminal matters. He has expertise in cases involving homicide, serious and organised crime, commercial drugs supply and serious sexual offences. He has been instructed to prosecute and defend cases brought by the Crown Prosecution Service Complex Crime Unit.
Strengths: "He has excellent advocacy and client care skills. The matter was complex and despite having the case sent to him late, he mastered the vast amount of evidence with ease and speed."
Recent work: Defended a 13-year-old who was one of two girls tried in Leeds for the notorious killing of Angela Wrightson in her Hartlepool home.

Peter Makepeace QC
Respected silk and Grade 4 prosecutor who is experienced at both prosecuting and defending a range of serious crime cases. His practice includes cases concerning drugs, homicide and serious violence.
Strengths: "He is an absolutely excellent new silk who has more than proved himself."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with murdering a 79-year-old woman in her own home.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A busy and burgeoning set of "high-quality advocates" that is well respected for its work on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence. Barristers here handle a broad array of criminal cases including those concerning homicide and serious sexual offences. The set is noted for having a selection of strong silks capable of handling criminal matters.

Client service: The clerking team is led by senior clerk Jayne Turner.

SILKS

Adrian Waterman QC
Esteemed silk who practises almost exclusively in criminal law, specialising in sexual offences and homicides. He is highlighted as a "keen lawyer" who "takes legal points all the way."
Strengths: "He is a top legal brain, who's hard working and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Defended a man accused of the murder of his neighbour.

David Brooke QC
Head of Chambers who is highly regarded for his experience in serious criminal cases concerning sexual offences, homicide and organised crime. He is especially well known for his ability to deal with complex multi-handed trials.
Strengths: "He is a really good operator who is very understated. He is really bright, he takes the factual points and he has judges eating out of his hand."
Recent work: Defended a physiotherapist accused of sexually assaulting eight patients over 20 years.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Prominent set with a number of respected and experienced criminal practitioners who both defend and prosecute cases ranging from dangerous driving to homicide. The set is noted for its strength in the Newcastle area, and has members who frequently appear before the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal.

Client service: The clerking team is comprised of criminal clerks Liam Gorman and Peter Finkill-Coombs.

SILKS

Toby Hedworth QC
Noted as a "popular choice for the defence," his practice includes a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases. He is recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings.
Strengths: "He's an outstanding advocate in trials, and he gives peace of mind to clients who are facing the most stressful of times."
Recent work: Acted in R v Michael Mullen, a murder and manslaughter case.

JUNIORS

Christopher Knox
An experienced barrister who is praised for his skilful advocacy in organised crime cases. While he regularly acts for the defence, he has also acted for the CPS and HMRC. He also has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime.
Strengths: "He's exceptionally able and in demand."

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Successful set noted for its strong bench of criminal practitioners who handle the full range of criminal matters. Their expertise includes matters concerning terrorism, sexual offences and people trafficking. Sources praise the set as "one of the stronger sets in the market" due "to the quality and range of barristers available."

Client service: Market sources recommend senior criminal clerk Karen Davis for her leadership of the "very helpful clerking team."

JUNIORS

Tom Storey
An "excellent" junior who acts for both the defence and the prosecution in a broad range of general criminal cases. He specialises in large-scale, serious criminal matters and is well respected for his deft handling of highly sensitive cases.
Strengths: "He is extremely articulate, very thorough and has a lovely manner with clients."
Recent work: Prosecuted five individuals charged with conspiring to commit robbery.

Geraldine Kelly
A "highly competent" and "hard-working" criminal practitioner who attracts praise for the strength of her advocacy. She specialises in dealing with serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "She has got a very thorough manner in court and is always friendly. She is an effective advocate when appearing before both judges and juries." "She is very straightforward, clear and able."

Simon Kealey QC
Respected practitioner who is highly regarded for his advocacy in serious criminal cases. He is especially familiar with cases involving drugs conspiracy, people trafficking.
Strengths: "He is very well regarded and well liked."
Recent work: Acted in R v Lawler, a case involving the murder of a pensioner.

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Star Individuals

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Smith QC 
"The doyen of the North Eastern criminal Bar," Robert Smith QC has significant expertise in homicide, corporate manslaughter and health and safety cases. He is also particularly well versed in medico-legal matters and demonstrates deep knowledge of human rights issues.
Strengths: "He is simply the crème de la crème. You want him on every criminal case."

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Greaney QC 
He is routinely instructed in high-profile homicide and organised crime cases, and offers broader expertise in the areas of financial crime and sports law.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant and measured advocate who gets outstanding results." "He is a top-class operator."
Recent work: Defended an individual charged with the murder of a local drug dealer.

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Richard Wright QC

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wright QC 
Masterful silk and joint head of chambers, who has experience acting both for the prosecution and the defence in serious criminal cases. His broad practice also includes specialisms in fraud and homicide.
Strengths: "He is an exceptional jury trial advocate with the ability to cross-examine witnesses better than almost anyone else on circuit." "Richard is an excellent silk who I rate very highly."
Recent work: Defended a former Coldstream Guard charged with murder. The jury found the defendant to be not guilty in less than 30 minutes after a two-week trial.

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Band 2

Michelle Colborne QC

Broadway House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Colborne QC 
An experienced specialist in sexual offences who has experience of handling serious and high profile criminal matters, including murder and manslaughter. She also specialises in cases concerning infanticide.
Strengths: "Michelle is a strong practitioner." "She is the prosecutor for serious sex cases."
Recent work: Acted in the first prosecution of child sexual exploitation offences following the Jay Inquiry into the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal.

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Band 2

Dere Street Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Elvidge QC 
Former leader of the North Eastern Circuit who attracts plaudits for his impressive experience of dealing with a broad variety of serious criminal matters. He has expertise in cases involving homicide, serious and organised crime, commercial drugs supply and serious sexual offences. He has been instructed to prosecute and defend cases brought by the Crown Prosecution Service Complex Crime Unit.
Strengths: "He has excellent advocacy and client care skills. The matter was complex and despite having the case sent to him late, he mastered the vast amount of evidence with ease and speed."
Recent work: Defended a 13-year-old who was one of two girls tried in Leeds for the notorious killing of Angela Wrightson in her Hartlepool home.

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Band 2

Trinity Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Hedworth QC 
Noted as a "popular choice for the defence," his practice includes a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases. He is recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings.
Strengths: "He's an outstanding advocate in trials, and he gives peace of mind to clients who are facing the most stressful of times." 
Recent work: Acted in R v Michael Mullen, a murder and manslaughter case.

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Band 2

Alistair MacDonald QC

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alistair MacDonald QC 
An experienced criminal barrister who is well known for his time as chair of the Bar Council. He offers vast experience in complex homicide and major fraud matters, while his prior training as a biochemist only serves to strengthen his performance in matters containing a scientific element.
Strengths: "An excellent silk who is extremely able."
Recent work: Prosecuted two individuals charged with the murder of a man in Bradford.

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Band 2

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Pitter QC 
He routinely acts for both the defence and prosecution in a broad range of cases, including homicide, organised crime and fraud. He demonstrates particular skill when tackling drug importation cases.
Strengths: "One of the best jury advocates around. He's hugely impressive and fantastic with clients." "He is extremely good with the jury, liked and trusted by judges and good at picking up the detail in a case." "He is outstanding in his preparation and tactical approach to a case."
Recent work: Secured an acquittal of murder in a joint enterprise attack in one of the first cases following the Supreme Court's decision in Jogee.

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Band 3

Fountain Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Hill QC of Fountain Chambers 
Handles high-profile and serious criminal matters, such as manslaughter, rape and drugs cases.
Strengths: "The most impressive thing about him is the way he relates to vulnerable clients." "He is absolutely charming, very competent and popular with clients."

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Band 3

2 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tahir Khan QC of 2 King's Bench Walk 
Respected silk who is noted by market sources for his experienced cross-examination skills. He is frequently instructed by the CPS and HMRC and specialises in complex drug prosecutions, terrorism cases and matters involving serious violence. 
Recent work: Defended in R v Krysztof Olszewski, a case involving the murder of a man whose body was found on a canal tow path.

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Band 3

Nicholas Lumley QC

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Lumley QC 
An "impressive" and "very capable" silk who attracts praise for his "very nice manner in court." He frequently handles serious criminal cases, including those concerning homicide, rape and drugs.
Strengths: "He has good advocacy and communication skills and can deal with complex and technical issues in a concise and professional manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted the trial and subsequent retrial of a man and his mother accused of manslaughter.

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Peter Makepeace QC

Dere Street Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Makepeace QC 
Respected silk and Grade 4 prosecutor who is experienced at both prosecuting and defending a range of serious crime cases. His practice includes cases concerning drugs, homicide and serious violence. 
Strengths: "He is an absolutely excellent new silk who has more than proved himself."
Recent work: Represented an individual charged with murdering a 79-year-old woman in her own home.

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Band 3

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Moulson QC 
"Experienced silk esteemed for the strength of his advocacy. He is regularly called upon to handle high-profile murder cases involving complex medical issues, abnormal mental functioning or loss of self-control. He frequently tackles significant drug supply, money laundering and firearms cases.
Strengths: "He's a busy and well thought of silk doing a lot of prosecution work." "Peter is a very capable advocate."

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Band 3

Adrian Waterman QC

KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Waterman QC 
Esteemed silk who practises almost exclusively in criminal law, specialising in sexual offences and homicides. He is highlighted as a "keen lawyer" who "takes legal points all the way."
Strengths: "He is a top legal brain, who's hard working and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Defended a man accused of the murder of his neighbour.

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Band 3

Robert Woodcock QC

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Woodcock QC 
Esteemed silk highly regarded by market sources for his specialism in homicide matters. He represents clients in cases across the spectrum of criminal law, making regular appearances both on the North Eastern Circuit and before the Old Bailey.
Strengths: "He is a great jury advocate."

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New Silk

KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Brooke QC 
Head of Chambers who is highly regarded for his experience in serious criminal cases concerning sexual offences, homicide and organised crime. He is especially well known for his ability to deal with complex multi-handed trials.
Strengths: "He is a really good operator who is very understated. He is really bright, he takes the factual points and he has judges eating out of his hand." 
Recent work: Defended a physiotherapist accused of sexually assaulting eight patients over 20 years.

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New Silk

Zenith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Kealey QC 
Respected practitioner who is highly regarded for his advocacy in serious criminal cases. He is especially familiar with cases involving drugs conspiracy, people trafficking.
Strengths: "He is very well regarded and well liked."
Recent work: Acted in R v Lawler, a case involving the murder of a pensioner.

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Broadway House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sophie Drake 
An "excellent" junior with a specialist criminal practice and expertise in handling serious sexual offences. She capably handles a wide range of complex cases, acting for both the prosecution and defence.
Strengths: "She is a very good and straightforward opponent."

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Trinity Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Knox 
An experienced barrister who is praised for his skilful advocacy in organised crime cases. While he regularly acts for the defence, he has also acted for the CPS and HMRC. He also has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime.
Strengths: "He's exceptionally able and in demand."

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark D McKone 
Prominent junior who gains praise for his skilled advocacy on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence. He handles a diverse range of significant matters, specialising in serious sexual assaults and rape.
Strengths: "He gains acquittals where most wouldn't due to his flair before juries."
Recent work: Successfully defended an individual who was accused of rape in Bridlington.

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Band 2

Nicholas de la Poer

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas de la Poer 
Known for his expertise in serious fraud cases. He is also experienced in homicide and sexual offence matters. He receives regular instructions from an array of regulatory bodies, including the HSE, DEFRA, the FCA and the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "His advocacy and preparation is always carried out to the highest level and the dedication he brings to cases is second to none." "He is exceptional in fraud and technical cases."

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Katherine L Goddard

Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katherine Goddard 
Head of chambers and "top performer," Katherine Goddard has significant expertise in serious sexual offences, often involving complex medical and forensic evidence. She is a grade four prosecutor and is routinely instructed by the CPS to prosecute in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She is extremely personable, hard working, very competent and impressive in court."

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Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain

Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain 
A busy criminal practitioner who has experience handling serious criminal matters. He has represented defendants in significant high-profile cases relating to terrorism, murder and armed robbery.
Strengths: "He's a good operator who is good with clients."

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Palmer 
An "exceptionally good" junior who covers a wide range of criminal matters. He offers notable expertise in areas such as serious sex offences, homicide and motor crimes.
Strengths: "He is very well respected as a strong prosecutor. He is a tough opponent."

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Catherine Silverton

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Silverton 
Criminal defence specialist who is regularly instructed in serious crime cases such as murder, manslaughter, organised crime and serious sex offences. She also has experience of cross-examining children and medical experts.
Strengths: "She has the ability to put defendants at ease in the most sensitive of cases."

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Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Smith 
Head of the criminal team who prosecutes and defends a variety of criminal cases in the Crown Court. He is particularly well known for his adept handling of matters involving historic sexual abuse and the abuse of children.

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Zenith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Storey 
An "excellent" junior who acts for both the defence and the prosecution in a broad range of general criminal cases. He specialises in large-scale, serious criminal matters and is well respected for his deft handling of highly sensitive cases.
Strengths: "He is extremely articulate, very thorough and has a lovely manner with clients."
Recent work: Prosecuted five individuals charged with conspiring to commit robbery.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Thackray of Wilberforce Chambers 
Respected criminal junior who has a busy practice that includes cases ranging from dangerous driving to murder. He is well respected for his stellar advocacy skills and specialism in cases concerning serious sexual assault and rape. He is also a regular fixture in the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is very approachable and a good lawyer and advocate." "He is a competent performer who is well liked by local solicitors."

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Band 3

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Birkby 
His practice encompasses the full range of serious criminal matters. He also boasts significant experience in dealing with young clients and defendants with mental health issues.
Strengths: "His approach is spot-on. He's very quick to isolate the point that needs to be argued and he is very persuasive. I've been bowled over by his mature attitude to his work."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a case concerning the murder of a member of the Polish community by two brothers.

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Band 3

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Collins 
"An extremely competent" junior whose criminal practice covers defending and prosecuting a broad range of matters. He is particularly noted for his expert handling of drug trafficking, motor crime and sexual abuse cases.
Strengths: "He is a nice jury advocate."

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Band 3

Exchange Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Grattage of Exchange Chambers 
Experienced criminal practitioner who specialises in large fraud matters. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and has additional experience in computer-related crime.
Strengths: "He is a committed lawyer."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted in Operation Tavernhouse, a people trafficking case.

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Harding 
Respected barrister who has experience of handling the full gamut of criminal matters ranging from cases concerning serious firearms and people trafficking to dangerous driving.
Strengths: "He's very sensible and reassuring with clients. They trust him to give sound advice."

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Zenith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Geraldine Kelly 
A "highly competent" and "hard-working" criminal practitioner who attracts praise for the strength of her advocacy. She specialises in dealing with serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "She has got a very thorough manner in court and is always friendly. She is an effective advocate when appearing before both judges and juries." "She is very straightforward, clear and able."

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Broadway House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Wood 
A well-regarded practitioner with experience on both the prosecution and defence sides of criminal proceedings. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor who appears in the Court of Appeal and Crown Court.
Strengths: "He's a very good advocate who is very enthusiastic." "Very committed and works hard. A robust and reliable advocate."
Recent work: Acted in R v Pelkowski and others, a case involving the abuse of a dementia patient at a care home in West Yorkshire.

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