Andrew Stubbs QC of St Pauls Chambers
Experienced silk who regularly appears for both the prosecution and defence in significant criminal cases. He has particular expertise in fraud matters and has appeared in several highly sensitive murder cases.
Adrian Waterman QC of KBW
Esteemed silk who practises almost exclusively in criminal law, specialising in sexual offences and homicides.
Strengths: "He has a brilliant grasp of the evidence." "A highly impressive advocate in court."
Recent work: Defended Mr Shaukat in a conspiracy to murder case. Waterman argued that there was insufficient evidence for the case to be put to a jury, to the effect that Mr Shaukat was found not guilty by order of the judge.
John Elvidge QC of Dere Street Barristers
Renowned for his 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.
Recent work: Served as lead counsel in the prosecution of Martin Ruddy, an individual who was convicted of murdering his mother and father in their home. He claimed to have been the victim of a burglary in which he was stabbed and his parents murdered.
Robert Woodcock QC of Dere Street Barristers
Represents clients in cases across the spectrum of criminal law, making regular appearances both on the North Eastern Circuit and before the Old Bailey. He is widely respected for his sharp cross-examinations, eloquent courtroom performance and notable expertise in homicide cases.
Strengths: "He's an impressive advocate with great client care skills." "He's very organised."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant in a charge of conspiracy to traffic a vulnerable child into prostitution.
Peter Makepeace QC of Dere Street Barristers
Extensive experience both prosecuting and defending in a range of serious crime cases. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is particularly adept at dealing with cases concerning homicide or serious violence, as well as large-scale drug conspiracies.
Strengths: "He is a wonderful silk who is rated highly by the market."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile case concerning 22 defendants who were accused of conspiracy to supply and distribute vast quantities of class A drugs nationwide. The matter hinged on decoded PGO encrypted messages.
David Brooke QC of KBW
Long-standing practitioner in criminal law with impressive experience of handling cases relating to homicide, serious organised crime and sexual crime. He is especially well known for his ability to deal with complex multi-handed trials.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant prosecutor." "He is a very safe pair of hands for sexual cases especially."
Recent work: Prosecuted the adoptive parents of a ten year old child with foetal alcohol syndrome in a child cruelty case. The case was extremely complex given the background of sexual abuse and lack of capacity of the victim.
Tom Storey of Zenith Chambers
Prominent criminal advocate who is frequently instructed on behalf of both the defence and prosecution. He specialises in large-scale, serious criminal matters and is well respected for his deft handling of highly sensitive cases. He has dealt with a wide range of criminal offences and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sphere.
Strengths: "He's absolutely unflappable." "He is terribly impressive in court, he's excellent."
Recent work: Prosecuted an uninsured driver for causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving. The defendant admitted to having taken cocaine on the day he collided with two schoolgirls who were crossing the road, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The defendant was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment.
Stephen Grattage of Exchange Chambers
Has a long-standing reputation in the market for his expertise in crime and fraud work. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and has particular experience in computer-related crime.
Strengths: "He does a lot of cross-country work and gets down to the real issues of a complex case quickly." "
Simon Kealey of Zenith Chambers
Specialist criminal law barrister who acts for both the defence and prosecution in a range of serious, multi-defendant cases. He is especially familiar with cases involving drugs conspiracy and people trafficking.
Strengths: "He's very organised, very thorough and an incredibly hard worker." "He is absolutely brilliant when it comes to people trafficking cases."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a three-month, multi-defendant trial concerning people trafficking. The trial involved complex factual issues, non-English speaking complainants and a very large volume of evidence.
Emma Bennett of Exchange Chambers
Has a formidable defence practice focusing on criminal and regulatory advocacy. She is sought after for her expertise in serious sexual offence cases, particularly those involving aspects of sexual grooming.
Strengths: "Her relationship with clients is very good. She is a robust advocate, but in a reassuringly calm way." "She's great on her feet and can stand her ground."
Recent work: Acted for one of 12 defendants charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The case involved the cross-examination of a young complainant regarding sensitive family and sexual issues.
Since publication, Robert Woodcock has joined New Park Court Chambers