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UK-Bar Guide

Crime — North Eastern (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 

New Park Court Chambers is noted as one of the premier sets on the circuit housing both "leading juniors and exceptional silks." Its eminent members offer broad expertise across the full spectrum of criminal proceedings, covering areas such as terrorism, high-profile homicide cases, fraud and sexual offences. Given its formidable reputation, the set routinely attracts instructions in major criminal cases, and recently undertook R v Isabel Amaro, a highly publicised matter concerning a nurse who was charged with the manslaughter of a boy who was under her care at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Client service: "They are efficient, friendly, approachable, and always swift to deal with any issues should they arise." The clerking team is led by Wayne Stevens.

SILKS 

Robert Smith QC
An exceptionally experienced silk who is a recognised expert in serious crime. He 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 the go-to silk for serious crime. He is extremely polished, authoritative and vastly experienced."

Paul Greaney QC 
Extremely well regarded on the circuit, market sources consider him one of the best silks in the country. 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: "Absolutely a leader in his field, a top-class advocate. He is extremely bright, excellent with clients and cerebral in his approach. He is always well prepared and was outstanding in Hillsborough: you'd struggle to find a better silk in this area."
Recent work:  Represented nurse Isabel Amaro who was charged, alongside two others, with the manslaughter of a boy who was under her care at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011.

Alistair MacDonald QC 
Well established in the market, he has a stellar reputation for his deft handling of serious crime cases. 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. He acted as chair of the Bar Council throughout 2015. 

Jason Pitter QC 
Esteemed practitioner who 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 and receives plaudits for his client relationship skills.
Strengths: "Really experienced silk, one of best jury advocates around. He is very good with tribunals as well, and deals extraordinarily well with difficult clients. You're guaranteed to get top-quality representation with Jason."
Recent work: Acted in R v Linden Smith, a case concerning alleged manslaughter as the result of an attack on the street. The matter involved complex issues of causation.

JUNIORS 

Nicholas de la Poer 
Highly regarded junior with a flourishing practice. An acknowledged expert in serious fraud cases, he is experienced in homicide and sexual offence matters. He also receives regular instructions from an array of regulatory bodies, including the HSE, DEFRA, the FCA and the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "His advocacy is excellent. He's wonderfully persuasive and informative in court and his written arguments are also highly impressive." "He immediately puts clients at ease, he's always fully prepared and can tackle the most complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in Operation Tavernier, a significant multi-handed people-trafficking case. The defendant was a lawyer who organised immigration for a number of families from Pakistan and was alleged to have then exploited them upon their arrival in the UK.

Adam Birkby 
Routinely handles a wide range of serious crime cases, covering areas such as public disorder, sexual offences and homicide. He is particularly noted for his sensitive approach when dealing with young clients and defendants with mental health issues.
Strengths: "Handles clients very well; he has a deft touch with both difficult and vulnerable individuals and an exceptional ability to put them at ease." 

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

As one of the largest sets on the North Eastern Circuit, Park Square Barristers has vast capacity to undertake a full range of serious crime cases. The set houses a stable of highly respected barristers that market sources consider to be exceptionally capable, from juniors through to silks. Members of chambers are regularly instructed in all manner of complex and challenging criminal matters, including homicides, serious sexual offences and fraud. Well respected by peers and clients alike, Park Square continues to enjoy its reputation as a "fantastic set with a formidable team of barristers who are incredibly professional and highly conscientious."

Client service: "The excellent clerking certainly plays a part in winning them repeat instructions." The clerking team is led by Richard Sadler.

SILKS 

Richard Wright QC 
Head of chambers, he is highly respected by peers and brings a great deal of experience to bear on his varied practice. He routinely acts for both the prosecution and the defence in serious crime cases and offers significant expertise in homicide and fraud matters.
Strengths: "He is exceptional at what he does; he's incredibly approachable, brilliant in court and fantastic with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in Operation Reno, a historic child sex offence case involving 19 claimants who had attended a Catholic school and home for boys in East Yorkshire.  

Peter Moulson QC 
Esteemed silk with a highly active practice, 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 very conscientious and has a very nice manner, he gets on extremely well with clients and solicitors."

Kama Melly QC
Respected criminal defence and prosecution barrister, she is recognised as an expert in sexual offence cases. She wins particular praise for her stellar advocacy and sensitive approach to matters involving vulnerable witnesses. 
Strengths: "She's very experienced in sex case work and highly approachable."
Recent work: Acted in a case involving a teacher who was accused of the sexual abuse of four boys under the age of 12. The defendant was found not guilty of all charges.

JUNIORS 

Mark McKone 
Highly regarded advocate who routinely appears for both the defence and prosecution. He handles a diverse range of significant matters, specialising particularly in serious sexual assaults and rape.
Strengths: "He's a very gifted, excellent advocate." "He instils confidence in clients with his polished presentation in court."
Recent work: Appeared for the prosecution in an attempted assisted suicide case. The defendant had purchased petrol and a lighter in order to aid a friend's planned self-immolation. 

Patrick Palmer 
Well known for his broad-based practice, he offers notable expertise in areas such as serious sex offences, homicide and motor crimes.
Strengths: "He's got a really nice, understated approach and is very good at identifying key issues." "When you're against Patrick, you know the case will be handled properly."

Catherine Silverton 
Dedicated criminal barrister who predominantly acts as defence. She is regularly instructed in serious crime cases such as murder, manslaughter, organised crime and serious sex offences. Silverton is particularly praised for her ability to skilfully cross-examine children and medical experts while advancing complex legal arguments.
Strengths: "Very able practitioner and advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a vulnerable woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia who was accused of attempting to murder her boyfriend.

Michael Collins 
Respected junior whose deep expertise encompasses a diverse array of criminal matters. He is particularly noted for his expert handling of drug trafficking, motor crime and sexual abuse cases.
Strengths: "He is absolutely reliable and trustworthy." "He is a very hard-working barrister who really commits to his cases."

David Dixon
Experienced advocate who is highly respected for his prosecution work, especially in cases involving violent or sexual offences.
Strengths: "He stays in contact, provides advice without being chased, is good with clients and is great at dealing with vulnerable witnesses."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 

Bank House Chambers is a well-respected set for which criminal law remains a key focus. Its highly skilled members are capable of prosecuting and defending the most significant cases on the North Eastern Circuit, including murder, fatal driving offences, terrorism, rape and robbery. Housing a bench of "exceptionally good" practitioners, the set continues to attract instructions in highly significant cases on the circuit.

Client service: Led by senior clerk Wayne Digby, the clerking team are described by sources as "excellent and always willing to assist and help where possible. They're approachable and friendly."

JUNIORS 

Katherine Goddard 
Specialises in serious sexual offence cases, 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's got a really calm and reassuring manner." "She is very client-focused and strategically very strong."
Recent work: Defended a 37 year old woman accused of child cruelty, which allegedly led to the death of her four year old daughter. This matter involved mental health complexities.

Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain 
Maintains a busy practice acting for the defence in complex and serious crime cases. He has represented defendants in significant high-profile cases relating to terrorism, murder and armed robbery.
Strengths: "A very talented individual."
Recent work: Represented Manfu Asiedu, an offender who was convicted and incarcerated for his part in the 21/7 attempted suicide bombings. Asiedu was accused of attacking Jeremy Green, an ex-soldier, in prison.

Andrew Smith 
Smith is head of the criminal team at Bank House Chambers and is sought after for his vast experience of both prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. He is particularly well known for his adept handling of matters involving historic sexual abuse and the abuse of children.
Strengths: "He doesn't just toe the party line, he really fights the case."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 

A burgeoning set housing an excellent stable of "growing young talent," Broadway House's skilled team of practitioners regularly appears before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Offering its expert services to both legally aided and privately paying clients, the chambers is frequently called upon to handle the most serious criminal cases. Its members are particularly well versed in matters concerning historical and current sexual offences that often attract significant media attention.

Client service: The "reliably helpful" clerking team is led by Hayley Sanderson.

SILKS 

Michelle Colborne QC 
Renowned for her wide-reaching work in criminal advocacy, Michelle specialises in cases concerning homicide, infant death and serious sexual offence. She is particularly noted for her deft handling of cases involving mental health complexities. 
Strengths: "She is a superb advocate, she does a lot of specialist murder and sexual offence work."
Recent work: Served as lead counsel in a case named Operation Harehill, a 25-handed sexual grooming and exploitation case involving a vulnerable female complainant.

Tahir Khan QC 
Highly regarded silk who is esteemed for his criminal advocacy skills. He is frequently instructed by the CPS and HMRC and specialises in complex drug prosecutions, terrorism cases and matters involving serious violence.

JUNIORS
 

Sophie Drake 
Her dedicated practice focuses exclusively on criminal matters. She capably handles a wide range of complex cases, acting for both the prosecution and defence. She is an extremely experienced advocate who offers particular expertise in matters involving serious sexual offence.
Strengths: "She is a wonderful advocate, a safe pair of hands and very well regarded."

Since publication, Tahir Khan has joined 2 King's Bench Walk

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 

Described by market sources as "a powerhouse in the North East," Trinity Chambers is particularly well known for its prominence in the Newcastle area. Its eminent barristers are capable of prosecuting and defending the most serious criminal offences, including terrorism, gangland murder, internet crime and motoring offences. While notably strong on the North Eastern Circuit, the set's distinguished team also routinely appears before the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

Client service: Criminal clerks Peter Finkill-Coombs and Liam Gorman run the clerks' room.  

SILKS 

Toby Hedworth QC 
A highly respected silk who has worked on an impressive variety of cases in the criminal and regulatory sphere. He is particularly recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings.
Strengths: "He's experienced and a good fighter in court." "He's a highly capable jury advocate."

JUNIORS 

Christopher Knox 
Impressive junior with an extremely diverse practice, he has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime. While he regularly acts for defence counsel, he has also acted for the CPS and HMRC. 
Strengths: "He's a seasoned performer who leaves the court impressed."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 

Wilberforce Chambers remains a go-to set on the North Eastern Circuit, with market commentators highlighting its formidable presence in Hull and surrounds. Its eminent members have vast experience of handling significant, heavyweight criminal cases, and offer leading expertise in criminally related regulatory and health and safety matters. Housing a strong stable of advocates, they continue to hone their expertise in serious criminal matters, including sexual offences and human trafficking.

Client service: The highly organised and impressive Helen Goby leads the criminal clerking team.

JUNIORS 

John Thackray 
Prosecutes and defends with equal regularity in a range of significant criminal cases. 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: "Well regarded by the judiciary and capable of getting on top of big cases with ease."

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Smith QC
An exceptionally experienced silk who is a recognised expert in serious crime. He 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 the go-to silk for serious crime. He is extremely polished, authoritative and vastly experienced."

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Greaney QC 
Extremely well regarded on the circuit, market sources consider him one of the best silks in the country. 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: "Absolutely a leader in his field, a top-class advocate. He is extremely bright, excellent with clients and cerebral in his approach. He is always well prepared and was outstanding in Hillsborough: you'd struggle to find a better silk in this area."
Recent work:  Represented nurse Isabel Amaro who was charged, alongside two others, with the manslaughter of a boy who was under her care at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011.

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Wright QC 
Head of chambers, he is highly respected by peers and brings a great deal of experience to bear on his varied practice. He routinely acts for both the prosecution and the defence in serious crime cases and offers significant expertise in homicide and fraud matters.
Strengths: "He is exceptional at what he does; he's incredibly approachable, brilliant in court and fantastic with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in Operation Reno, a historic child sex offence case involving 19 claimants who had attended a Catholic school and home for boys in East Yorkshire.  

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Broadway House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Colborne QC 
Renowned for her wide-reaching work in criminal advocacy, Michelle specialises in cases concerning homicide, infant death and serious sexual offence. She is particularly noted for her deft handling of cases involving mental health complexities. 
Strengths: "She is a superb advocate, she does a lot of specialist murder and sexual offence work."
Recent work: Served as lead counsel in a case named Operation Harehill, a 25-handed sexual grooming and exploitation case involving a vulnerable female complainant.

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Trinity Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Hedworth QC 
A highly respected silk who has worked on an impressive variety of cases in the criminal and regulatory sphere. He is particularly recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings.
Strengths: "He's experienced and a good fighter in court." "He's a highly capable jury advocate."

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alistair MacDonald QC 
Well established in the market, he has a stellar reputation for his deft handling of serious crime cases. 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. He acted as chair of the Bar Council throughout 2015. 

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St Pauls Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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Dere Street Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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. 

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Band 3

2 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Moulson QC 
Esteemed silk with a highly active practice, 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 very conscientious and has a very nice manner, he gets on extremely well with clients and solicitors."

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Pitter QC 
Esteemed practitioner who 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 and receives plaudits for his client relationship skills.
Strengths: "Really experienced silk, one of best jury advocates around. He is very good with tribunals as well, and deals extraordinarily well with difficult clients. You're guaranteed to get top-quality representation with Jason."
Recent work: Acted in R v Linden Smith, a case concerning alleged manslaughter as the result of an attack on the street. The matter involved complex issues of causation.

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KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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New Park Court Chambers

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New Silk

KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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New Silk

Zenith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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New Silk

Dere Street Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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New Silk

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kama Melly QC
Respected criminal defence and prosecution barrister, she is recognised as an expert in sexual offence cases. She wins particular praise for her stellar advocacy and sensitive approach to matters involving vulnerable witnesses. 
Strengths: "She's very experienced in sex case work and highly approachable."
Recent work: Acted in a case involving a teacher who was accused of the sexual abuse of four boys under the age of 12. The defendant was found not guilty of all charges.

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Broadway House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sophie Drake 
Her dedicated practice focuses exclusively on criminal matters. She capably handles a wide range of complex cases, acting for both the prosecution and defence. She is an extremely experienced advocate who offers particular expertise in matters involving serious sexual offence.
Strengths: "She is a wonderful advocate, a safe pair of hands and very well regarded."

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Trinity Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Knox 
Impressive junior with an extremely diverse practice, he has significant experience in homicide cases and matters concerning financial crime. While he regularly acts for defence counsel, he has also acted for the CPS and HMRC. 
Strengths: "He's a seasoned performer who leaves the court impressed."

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark McKone 
Highly regarded advocate who routinely appears for both the defence and prosecution. He handles a diverse range of significant matters, specialising particularly in serious sexual assaults and rape.
Strengths: "He's a very gifted, excellent advocate." "He instils confidence in clients with his polished presentation in court."
Recent work: Appeared for the prosecution in an attempted assisted suicide case. The defendant had purchased petrol and a lighter in order to aid a friend's planned self-immolation. 

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New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas de la Poer 
Highly regarded junior with a flourishing practice. An acknowledged expert in serious fraud cases, he is experienced in homicide and sexual offence matters. He also receives regular instructions from an array of regulatory bodies, including the HSE, DEFRA, the FCA and the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "His advocacy is excellent. He's wonderfully persuasive and informative in court and his written arguments are also highly impressive." "He immediately puts clients at ease, he's always fully prepared and can tackle the most complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in Operation Tavernier, a significant multi-handed people-trafficking case. The defendant was a lawyer who organised immigration for a number of families from Pakistan and was alleged to have then exploited them upon their arrival in the UK.

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Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katherine Goddard 
Specialises in serious sexual offence cases, 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's got a really calm and reassuring manner." "She is very client-focused and strategically very strong."
Recent work: Defended a 37 year old woman accused of child cruelty, which allegedly led to the death of her four year old daughter. This matter involved mental health complexities.

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Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain 
Maintains a busy practice acting for the defence in complex and serious crime cases. He has represented defendants in significant high-profile cases relating to terrorism, murder and armed robbery.
Strengths: "A very talented individual."
Recent work: Represented Manfu Asiedu, an offender who was convicted and incarcerated for his part in the 21/7 attempted suicide bombings. Asiedu was accused of attacking Jeremy Green, an ex-soldier, in prison.

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Palmer 
Well known for his broad-based practice, he offers notable expertise in areas such as serious sex offences, homicide and motor crimes.
Strengths: "He's got a really nice, understated approach and is very good at identifying key issues." "When you're against Patrick, you know the case will be handled properly."

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Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Silverton 
Dedicated criminal barrister who predominantly acts as defence. She is regularly instructed in serious crime cases such as murder, manslaughter, organised crime and serious sex offences. Silverton is particularly praised for her ability to skilfully cross-examine children and medical experts while advancing complex legal arguments.
Strengths: "Very able practitioner and advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a vulnerable woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia who was accused of attempting to murder her boyfriend.

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Bank House Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Smith 
Smith is head of the criminal team at Bank House Chambers and is sought after for his vast experience of both prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. He is particularly well known for his adept handling of matters involving historic sexual abuse and the abuse of children.
Strengths: "He doesn't just toe the party line, he really fights the case."

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Zenith Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Thackray 
Prosecutes and defends with equal regularity in a range of significant criminal cases. 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: "Well regarded by the judiciary and capable of getting on top of big cases with ease."

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Band 3

Exchange Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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. 

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Band 3

New Park Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Birkby 
Routinely handles a wide range of serious crime cases, covering areas such as public disorder, sexual offences and homicide. He is particularly noted for his sensitive approach when dealing with young clients and defendants with mental health issues.
Strengths: "Handles clients very well; he has a deft touch with both difficult and vulnerable individuals and an exceptional ability to put them at ease." 

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Band 3

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Collins 
Respected junior whose deep expertise encompasses a diverse array of criminal matters. He is particularly noted for his expert handling of drug trafficking, motor crime and sexual abuse cases.
Strengths: "He is absolutely reliable and trustworthy." "He is a very hard-working barrister who really commits to his cases."

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Band 3

Park Square Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Dixon
Experienced advocate who is highly respected for his prosecution work, especially in cases involving violent or sexual offences.
Strengths: "He stays in contact, provides advice without being chased, is good with clients and is great at dealing with vulnerable witnesses."

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Band 3

Exchange Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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." "

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