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Crime — Western (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly respected set boasting a formidable roster of silks and juniors who are frequently instructed in market-leading cases. The set commonly handles high-profile multi-handed cases involving serious violence or sexual offences. Members offer additional expertise in regulatory criminal cases. They receive instructions from government agencies, local authorities, businesses, insurers and private individuals. Recent work highlights include R v Parker and Others and Kay and Others, a prosecution of Sun journalists for their alleged misconduct in public office. A source commends the set as "well managed and well organised with a strong bench of advocates."

Client service: "The clerks are extremely helpful and provide an excellent service." Chambers director Stuart Pringle manages the criminal clerking team from Winchester.

SILKS

Nigel Lickley QC
A leading criminal silk who is also head of chambers at 3PB. He has vast experience as both a prosecutor and defender on a wide range of cases including regulatory crime, white-collar fraud and violent offences. He is also noted for his ability to handle Trading Standards and military cases.
Strengths: "He has an eye for detail and is kind yet formidable in cross-examination." "He is a well-prepared advocate, whose in-court performances appear effortless."
Recent work: Prosecuted a 'fire-obsessed' care home worker who killed an elderly resident by setting fire to her room.

Adam Feest QC
He is recognised for both defending and prosecuting serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience of acting in drugs, fraud and deception cases. He is noted for his work with vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He has in-depth knowledge of the issues, maintains a good rapport with clients and explains complex issues well."
Recent work: Acted in a case which involved multiple historical rapes and sexual assaults against young girls and a recent serious sexual assault against a nine-year-old boy.

JUNIORS

Richard Onslow
A very experienced senior junior who has appeared at tribunals ranging from local magistrates' courts all the way up to the Privy Council. He handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases including drug and sexual offences, human trafficking and violent crime, and also takes on police disciplinary matters. He also handles firearms and shotgun appeals.
Strengths: "He is a very classy advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Shanahan and Others, a revenge attack on a drug dealer who had robbed another dealer of a valuable consignment of cocaine.

Timothy Bradbury
Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime. He is particularly well versed with fisheries, animal and firearm cases.
Strengths: "He is very easy to work with and gives very good, sound advice."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a case of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence by a defendant with mental health issues.

Nicholas Cotter
Has a general criminal and regulatory practice, with an emphasis on the Western Circuit and London. He has a track record of acting in cases involving fraud, organised crime, serious sexual offences and murder.
Strengths: "He has a terrific brain, a formidable work ethic, an unflappable demeanour and his tactical awareness can make the difference in a tricky case."
Recent work: Acted in Regina v Thomas Old, a multiple count historic rape matter, involving a significant allegation of gratuitous violence, torture and imprisonment.

Robert Grey
A well regarded senior junior who is regularly instructed in complex drugs, fraud and sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and defends, and also offers specialist expertise in proceeds of crime. Some of his cases have gone on to be established Court of Appeal authorities.
Strengths: "He is a robust, high-quality advocate who has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Acted in R v Daniel Glass, a conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm case, involving a drug feud with complicated planning.

Tom Horder
Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. He also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse, as well as fraud and drug offences.
Strengths: "He is meticulous and tenacious, both in terms of his preparation and his conduct of cases in court." "He is smart, clever and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted unled for the CPS Complex Casework Unit in prosecuting an organised crime group running a large-scale drugs supply network.

David Reid
A respected practitioner whose general crime practice sees him both defend and prosecute a wide range of matters. His recent work includes instruction in murder cases, serious sexual offences and drug-related crimes. He regularly represents defendants with severe learning difficulties and psychiatric disorders.
Strengths: "He is a hugely knowledgeable, excellent lawyer." "His trial skills are of a high standard."

Nicholas Robinson
Acts in a variety of cases including murder, sexual offences and crimes against children as well as mortgage fraud and armed robbery. He also handles appeals against conviction from the Court of Appeal in Jamaica to the Privy Council.
Strengths: "He is both responsive and proactive, and his advocacy skills are fantastic."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged on an indictment containing an offence of attempted murder.

Rufus Taylor
Well known counsel with substantial expertise in fraud cases alongside matters concerning sexual, drug-related and violent offences. He also sits as a Deputy District Judge in the Magistrate's Court.
Strengths: "He is a tidy performer with a good style."

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Members are recognised for their abilities in the prosecution and defence of complex criminal cases including those concerning violent crime and sexual offences. The chambers also offers excellent capabilities in significant fraud and regulatory matters. A source remarks that "they have good depth of experience at all levels."

Client service: The criminal clerking team is led by senior clerk Bonnie Colbeck.

SILKS

Kate Brunner QC
A notable junior silk regularly instructed in serious violent crime, fraud and regulatory offences.
Strengths: "She is a very classy, clinical and robust performer."

Edward Burgess QC
Has a sterling reputation for handling grave and complex criminal cases. He is a member of the CPS specialist rape panel and is frequently instructed as a prosecutor in addition to his defence work.
Strengths: "A very sound and knowledgeable barrister."

JUNIORS

Stephen Mooney
An impressive practitioner with a strong defence practice as well as significant experience prosecuting on behalf of the Bar Standards Board. He is a Level 4 panel advocate for the CPS and also sits on its specialist serious crime group panel.
Strengths: "He is great at analysing details."

Giles Nelson
Has a diverse criminal defence practice that is supplemented by his work as a CPS Level 3 prosecutor. He is regularly instructed on matters spanning the breadth of criminal law including drugs offences, sexual violence and health and safety cases with a criminal element.
Strengths: "He is a very good tactician."

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A renowned criminal set recognised as a top choice for a broad range of cases from both publicly and privately funded clients. Members offer particular ability in high-profile murder and sexual offences. A solicitor remarks: "Due to its members' knowledge and experience, Guildhall Chambers is a go-to set for the most serious of cases." Recent work highlights include R v Harber, the defence of a man charged with a series of serious sexual offences in a six-week trial.

Client service: "Guildhall Chambers is really well run and the clerks are hard-working, any issues are sorted out straight away." Lucy Northeast is the principal criminal clerk at the set.

SILKS

Andrew Langdon QC
Maintains his reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment. He acted as Chairman of the Bar in 2017.
Strengths: "He is one of the stand-out silks of his generation. He's hard-working, prepares well and he has an extremely nice manner."

Richard Smith QC
Highly experienced silk able to act as both prosecution and defence counsel in the most challenging and complex criminal cases, including those that feature vulnerable defendants accused of serious offences. He handles cases involving murder, manslaughter and serious sexual allegations.
Strengths: "Richard's vast amount of experience speaks for itself. He is an excellent advocate and he really helps to create a team environment."
Recent work: Represented one of three brothers charged with murder and attempted murder as a result of a long-running violent dispute between two Gypsy families.

Christopher Quinlan QC
Noted for his ability to handle criminal matters of the utmost seriousness, including the defence of some particularly challenging cases of murder, manslaughter and sexual violence. He receives plaudits for both his prosecution and defence work.
Strengths: "He is careful, forthright and brilliant in court." "He is very careful in his preparation and precise in his questioning."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a vulnerable defendant charged with the murder of a man with whom she had experienced a long and abusive relationship.

Anna Vigars QC
Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements. She brings confidence to cases with multiple defendants and complainants.
Strengths: "Her attention to detail and her advocacy skills are outstanding."
Recent work: Prosecuted seven defendants for the rape and sexual abuse of young, vulnerable girls. The case involved complex issues over bad character material, vulnerabilities of complainants and evidential difficulties.

JUNIORS

Ray Tully
Head of the set's crime team and a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor, Ray Tully boasts experience in all areas of serious crime, including murder, manslaughter and rape. He is also an approved member of the CPS specialist rape and organised crime panels. He has acted in many of the Western Bar's most significant cases.
Strengths: "He constantly exceeds already high expectations."
Recent work: Prosecuted a defendant for multiple rapes upon five separate complainants, both male and female, some of whom were vulnerable victims.

Rosaleen Collins
Respected junior with in-depth knowledge of all areas of serious crime. She boasts a particular expertise in handling cases involving severe sexual allegations, murder, manslaughter and fraud, as well as vulnerable defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "She is a balanced and sensitive barrister who looks after the best interests of her clients."
Recent work: Acted in the first prosecution in the South West for 'coercive and controlling behaviour', wherein the defendant had controlled every aspect of his partner's life and that of their children.

Nicolas Gerasimidis
Is highly praised for his attention to detail and jury advocacy. He specialises in complex crime and is regularly instructed in high-profile, serious cases of abuse, child injury and drug offences. He also takes on sophisticated regulatory cases.
Strengths: "He is a good choice for complicated cases."
Recent work: Represented one of the lead defendants in a case concerning a huge conspiracy to defraud government agencies involving fraudulent DVLA certificates.

Ramin Pakrooh
Extremely experienced in prosecuting and defending challenging matters such as firearms distribution, large-scale drug operations and violent crime, including homicide. Pakrooh also has experience representing police officers in both criminal courts and disciplinary tribunals.
Strengths: "He is an extremely effective junior."

Mary Cowe
An experienced junior who prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases, including sexual offences, child cruelty, drugs, serious violence and high-value frauds.
Strengths: "She is meticulous in preparation, sensitive and thorough in cross-examination and particularly strong in dealing with vulnerable witnesses." "She is contactable and will always provide advice - nothing is too much hassle."
Recent work: Prosecuted multiple allegations of fraud and one allegation of furnishing false information to the revenue over the course of six weeks. The defendant used different aliases, bank accounts and company names.

James Haskell
Specialist criminal practitioner who is also regularly instructed in the criminal elements of professional disciplinary proceedings. As well as an accomplished defender, he is also a Grade 3 CPS prosecutor and is appointed to the Crown's specialist rape panel.
Strengths: "He is a meticulous and robust advocate who consistently provides excellent service and is helpful, approachable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the Crown in a six-week trial which resulted in the defendant being convicted of 51 offences, including multiple rape offences of a child under 13 and false imprisonment.

Samuel Jones
Focuses on defence work, and is particularly well versed in crimes involving serious violence and sexual offences. He also prosecutes cases, and is highly recommended overall for the strength of his courtroom advocacy. He is further noted for his ability in drugs, dishonesty and fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is a superb advocate, who is highly regarded and destined for a long and very successful career."
Recent work: Acted as defence counsel in a case involving the sexual abuse of a six-year-old wherein, as a result of that sexual offending coming to light, historical sexual offending was disclosed by the defendant's own granddaughter.

Mark Worsley
Noted for his advocacy skills, Mark Worsley both prosecutes and defends serious crime cases. His practice runs the full gamut of criminal offences including sex crime, drugs and acts of violence.
Strengths: "Due to Mark's approach, advice and close working with the officer, we were able to crack a very challenging case."

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Drystone Chambers offers a number of accomplished silks and juniors with an impressive history of acting in some of the most serious cases on the Western Circuit. Members frequently receive instructions from the Crown Prosecution Service and defence solicitors. The set receives plaudits for its work in the field of serious sexual offences and in multi-handed conspiracies. Recent work highlights include a three-week trial of parents who had allowed their daughters to suffer severe chronic neglect. Sources commend the set for its bench of "well prepared, well regarded and sensible advocates."

Client service: "The clerks are quick to act and always accommodating." Mark Cornell leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Alastair Malcolm QC
Offers vast experience in a wide array of serious criminal matters, with a wealth of knowledge in handling cases of murder, fraud, robbery and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He's a lovely man with a good reputation in this area."

Matthew Jewell QC
A leading practitioner for serious criminal matters, with excellent abilities in major fraud and drug conspiracy cases, as well as those involving serious violence and sexual offences. He frequently appears in court unled, and undertakes briefs for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "He is an excellent performer. He makes everything look effortless and is particularly good in large multi-handed cases. He's fazed by nothing."
Recent work: Acted as leading junior counsel prosecuting ten defendants for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to blackmail.

JUNIORS

Robert Bryan
Covers the full gamut of serious criminal cases, including murder, sex offences, fraud and drug conspiracies. He also boasts a particular flair for computer-related cases. He is consistently praised among peers for his meticulous preparation and strong advocacy style.
Strengths: "He is well prepared, knowledgeable and shows a level of understanding towards the clients which helps put them at ease. He delivers clear and easy to understand advice."
Recent work: Involved in the prosecution of a prolific child sex offender who, while under investigation for possessing indecent images of children, was discovered to have been recording and directing live sexual abuse in the Philippines.

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Band 2

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A collection of highly capable barristers with over 60 years' experience covering criminal work. Standout expertise includes cases involving violent and sexual offences, courts martial, corporate manslaughter and fraud. Members are instructed to act for both the prosecution and the defence. Recent work highlights include R v Adam Cross, a case considered to be a legal first, as the defendant was retried for murder after originally being convicted of grievous bodily harm.

Client service: "Pump Court always make sure you have a barrister you are happy with to look after your client." David Barber is the chief clerk at Pump Court Chambers.

SILKS

Nigel Pascoe QC
A highly experienced criminal advocate with a distinguished reputation for prosecuting and defending high-profile murder cases. He is highlighted by peers for his courtroom oratory, with a particular flair for jury speeches. He is noted for his expertise in mental health issues, disciplinary hearings and public inquiries.
Strengths: "He is an extremely experienced advocate who has a unique charm and an original take on cases."
Recent work: Acted in R v Adam Cross, a case believed to be a legal first, as the defendant was retried for murder after originally being convicted of grievous bodily harm.

James Newton-Price QC
An impressive performer who has over two decades of criminal advocacy experience on the Western Circuit. His practice includes acting in drug, robbery, money laundering and historic sex offence claims, and he also leads the set's crime and regulatory team. He has also acted in conspiracy to commit armed robbery claims and multimillion pound conspiracies to defraud.
Strengths: "He's extremely able and presents cases very well indeed."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a 14-year-old girl who stabbed her best friend at school following research on how to kill with a knife and a historic obsession with school shootings and serial killings.

JUNIORS

Sarah Jones
Has a strong reputation for her broad criminal expertise, and demonstrates considerable strengths in multi-complainant sexual offence matters and historic claims of sexual abuse. She receives praise for her talent for dealing with vulnerable witnesses or defendants.
Strengths: "She fights her corner very well and gives a very good service to professional and lay clients."
Recent work: Acted in R v Dempsey, a case involving an allegation of attempted murder when the defendant stabbed her lover, after discovering she was continuing an affair with another woman, before going on to stab herself.

Anne Brown
A specialist in courts martial, with a wealth of experience in defending both senior and junior ranked military personnel. Her wider experience includes acting in a broad range of sexual violence and child abuse cases. She also has experience acting in historic rape cases.
Strengths: "She has a very good rapport with clients and is able to speak to them in terms they understand. She is also excellent with witnesses and adheres to timelines."
Recent work: Successfully defended a woman accused of the attempted murder of her partner. The case involved arguments regarding the admissibility of bad character and expert evidence from two pathologists.

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Senior Statesmen

Walnut House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Dunkels QC of Walnut House 
Highly experienced practitioner with an excellent track record of prosecuting and defending high-profile cases. He is particularly adept at taking on challenging and sensitive matters such as sudden infant death, murder with diminished responsibility and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He's a hugely experienced silk who knows it all and is a beautiful advocate."

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Star Individuals

Andrew Langdon QC

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Langdon QC 
Maintains his reputation as one of the strongest criminal practitioners on circuit. He is particularly known for his involvement as both prosecution and defence counsel in extremely high-profile, serious crime matters, including multi-handed homicides and cases of false imprisonment. He acted as Chairman of the Bar in 2017.
Strengths: "He is one of the stand-out silks of his generation. He's hard-working, prepares well and he has an extremely nice manner."

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Star Individuals

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Smith QC 
Highly experienced silk able to act as both prosecution and defence counsel in the most challenging and complex criminal cases, including those that feature vulnerable defendants accused of serious offences. He handles cases involving murder, manslaughter and serious sexual allegations.
Strengths: "Richard's vast amount of experience speaks for itself. He is an excellent advocate and he really helps to create a team environment."
Recent work: Represented one of three brothers charged with murder and attempted murder as a result of a long-running violent dispute between two Gypsy families.

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Band 1

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Lickley QC 
A leading criminal silk who is also head of chambers at 3PB. He has vast experience as both a prosecutor and defender on a wide range of cases including regulatory crime, white-collar fraud and violent offences. He is also noted for his ability to handle Trading Standards and military cases.
Strengths: "He has an eye for detail and is kind yet formidable in cross-examination." "He is a well-prepared advocate, whose in-court performances appear effortless."
Recent work: Prosecuted a 'fire-obsessed' care home worker who killed an elderly resident by setting fire to her room.

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Band 2

Walnut House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Laws QC of Walnut House 
Centres his highly regarded practice on homicide, fraud and drug crime, with additional strengths in cases involving sexual offences. He is frequently engaged to defend and prosecute murders and serious drug conspiracies.
Strengths: "He has a really good reputation for his work in the area."
Recent work: Acted in a case of matricide where the mother was murdered by her son, a long-term drug addict, upon discovering his relapse.

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Band 2

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Pascoe QC
A highly experienced criminal advocate with a distinguished reputation for prosecuting and defending high-profile murder cases. He is highlighted by peers for his courtroom oratory, with a particular flair for jury speeches. He is noted for his expertise in mental health issues, disciplinary hearings and public inquiries.
Strengths: "He is an extremely experienced advocate who has a unique charm and an original take on cases."
Recent work: Acted in R v Adam Cross, a case believed to be a legal first, as the defendant was retried for murder after originally being convicted of grievous bodily harm.

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Band 2

Christopher Quinlan QC

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Quinlan QC 
Noted for his ability to handle criminal matters of the utmost seriousness, including the defence of some particularly challenging cases of murder, manslaughter and sexual violence. He receives plaudits for both his prosecution and defence work.
Strengths: "He is careful, forthright and brilliant in court." "He is very careful in his preparation and precise in his questioning."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute a vulnerable defendant charged with the murder of a man with whom she had experienced a long and abusive relationship.

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Band 3

Kate Brunner QC

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Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Brunner QC 
A notable junior silk regularly instructed in serious violent crime, fraud and regulatory offences.
Strengths: "She is a very classy, clinical and robust performer."

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Feest QC
He is recognised for both defending and prosecuting serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience of acting in drugs, fraud and deception cases. He is noted for his work with vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He has in-depth knowledge of the issues, maintains a good rapport with clients and explains complex issues well."
Recent work: Acted in a case which involved multiple historical rapes and sexual assaults against young girls and a recent serious sexual assault against a nine-year-old boy.

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Band 3

Alastair R Malcolm QC

Drystone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alastair Malcolm QC
Offers vast experience in a wide array of serious criminal matters, with a wealth of knowledge in handling cases of murder, fraud, robbery and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He's a lovely man with a good reputation in this area."

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New Silk

Edward Burgess QC

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Burgess QC 
Has a sterling reputation for handling grave and complex criminal cases. He is a member of the CPS specialist rape panel and is frequently instructed as a prosecutor in addition to his defence work.
Strengths: "A very sound and knowledgeable barrister."

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New Silk

Matthew Jewell QC

Drystone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Jewell QC
A leading practitioner for serious criminal matters, with excellent abilities in major fraud and drug conspiracy cases, as well as those involving serious violence and sexual offences. He frequently appears in court unled, and undertakes briefs for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "He is an excellent performer. He makes everything look effortless and is particularly good in large multi-handed cases. He's fazed by nothing."
Recent work: Acted as leading junior counsel prosecuting ten defendants for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to blackmail.

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New Silk

James Newton-Price QC

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Newton-Price QC
An impressive performer who has over two decades of criminal advocacy experience on the Western Circuit. His practice includes acting in drug, robbery, money laundering and historic sex offence claims, and he also leads the set's crime and regulatory team. He has also acted in conspiracy to commit armed robbery claims and multimillion pound conspiracies to defraud.
Strengths: "He's extremely able and presents cases very well indeed."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a 14-year-old girl who stabbed her best friend at school following research on how to kill with a knife and a historic obsession with school shootings and serial killings.

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New Silk

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anna Vigars QC 
Often instructed in heavyweight criminal cases, including those of murder and manslaughter. She boasts particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual allegations and those with significant health and safety elements. She brings confidence to cases with multiple defendants and complainants.
Strengths: "Her attention to detail and her advocacy skills are outstanding."
Recent work: Prosecuted seven defendants for the rape and sexual abuse of young, vulnerable girls. The case involved complex issues over bad character material, vulnerabilities of complainants and evidential difficulties.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Mooney 
An impressive practitioner with a strong defence practice as well as significant experience prosecuting on behalf of the Bar Standards Board. He is a Level 4 panel advocate for the CPS and also sits on its specialist serious crime group panel.
Strengths: "He is great at analysing details."

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Band 1

Queen Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Row of Queen Square Chambers 
A junior with a strong reputation in criminal matters, who focuses his practice on fraud and business crime, sexual abuse matters and murder. His regulatory work involves acting in a range of health and safety and trading standards cases. He is well equipped to deal with young and vulnerable witnesses, as well as defendants with mental illness.
Strengths: "He's an outstanding advocate who exudes confidence and professionalism." "He delivers exceptional preparation and research of complicated matters."
Recent work: Acted in a case in which a man with psychiatric difficulties attempted to murder his mother. The case involved a vast amount of medical material relevant to issues of cross-examination.

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Band 1

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ray Tully 
Head of the set's crime team and a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor, Ray Tully boasts experience in all areas of serious crime, including murder, manslaughter and rape. He is also an approved member of the CPS specialist rape and organised crime panels. He has acted in many of the Western Bar's most significant cases.
Strengths: "He constantly exceeds already high expectations."
Recent work: Prosecuted a defendant for multiple rapes upon five separate complainants, both male and female, some of whom were vulnerable victims.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosaleen Collins 
Respected junior with in-depth knowledge of all areas of serious crime. She boasts a particular expertise in handling cases involving severe sexual allegations, murder, manslaughter and fraud, as well as vulnerable defendants and witnesses.
Strengths: "She is a balanced and sensitive barrister who looks after the best interests of her clients."
Recent work: Acted in the first prosecution in the South West for 'coercive and controlling behaviour', wherein the defendant had controlled every aspect of his partner's life and that of their children.

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Band 2

Nicolas Gerasimidis

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicolas Gerasimidis 
Is highly praised for his attention to detail and jury advocacy. He specialises in complex crime and is regularly instructed in high-profile, serious cases of abuse, child injury and drug offences. He also takes on sophisticated regulatory cases.
Strengths: "He is a good choice for complicated cases."
Recent work: Represented one of the lead defendants in a case concerning a huge conspiracy to defraud government agencies involving fraudulent DVLA certificates.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Jones 
Has a strong reputation for her broad criminal expertise, and demonstrates considerable strengths in multi-complainant sexual offence matters and historic claims of sexual abuse. She receives praise for her talent for dealing with vulnerable witnesses or defendants.
Strengths: "She fights her corner very well and gives a very good service to professional and lay clients."
Recent work: Acted in R v Dempsey, a case involving an allegation of attempted murder when the defendant stabbed her lover, after discovering she was continuing an affair with another woman, before going on to stab herself. 

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Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Morgan of St John's Chambers 
Remains a prominent presence in proceedings involving regulatory offences, inquests and wider criminal matters. He also draws on his background as a criminal solicitor to provide in-depth experience in murder, manslaughter and rape allegations. He represents local authorities, companies, partnerships and individuals facing the most serious charges.
Strengths: "He is a consummate and commanding professional who always puts my clients at ease."
Recent work: Defended a client charged with causing death by careless driving.

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Band 2

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Onslow 
A very experienced senior junior who has appeared at tribunals ranging from local magistrates' courts all the way up to the Privy Council. He handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases including drug and sexual offences, human trafficking and violent crime, and also takes on police disciplinary matters. He also handles firearms and shotgun appeals.
Strengths: "He is a very classy advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Shanahan and Others, a revenge attack on a drug dealer who had robbed another dealer of a valuable consignment of cocaine.

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Band 2

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ramin Pakrooh 
Extremely experienced in prosecuting and defending challenging matters such as firearms distribution, large-scale drug operations and violent crime, including homicide. Pakrooh also has experience representing police officers in both criminal courts and disciplinary tribunals.
Strengths: "He is an extremely effective junior."

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Band 3

Devon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Beal of Devon Chambers 
Jason Beal is head of Devon Chambers, and has over two decades of expertise which he extends to clients facing a broad range of criminal proceedings. He prosecutes and defends cases of fraud, financial crime, drug conspiracies and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He is very forward-thinking." "He has a good reputation and is well regarded by the judiciary."

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Bradbury 
Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime. He is particularly well versed with fisheries, animal and firearm cases.
Strengths: "He is very easy to work with and gives very good, sound advice."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a case of trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence by a defendant with mental health issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pump Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anne Brown 
A specialist in courts martial, with a wealth of experience in defending both senior and junior ranked military personnel. Her wider experience includes acting in a broad range of sexual violence and child abuse cases. She also has experience acting in historic rape cases.
Strengths: "She has a very good rapport with clients and is able to speak to them in terms they understand. She is also excellent with witnesses and adheres to timelines."
Recent work: Successfully defended a woman accused of the attempted murder of her partner. The case involved arguments regarding the admissibility of bad character and expert evidence from two pathologists.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Drystone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Bryan 
Covers the full gamut of serious criminal cases, including murder, sex offences, fraud and drug conspiracies. He also boasts a particular flair for computer-related cases. He is consistently praised among peers for his meticulous preparation and strong advocacy style.
Strengths: "He is well prepared, knowledgeable and shows a level of understanding towards the clients which helps put them at ease. He delivers clear and easy to understand advice."
Recent work: Involved in the prosecution of a prolific child sex offender who, while under investigation for possessing indecent images of children, was discovered to have been recording and directing live sexual abuse in the Philippines.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Cotter 
Has a general criminal and regulatory practice, with an emphasis on the Western Circuit and London. He has a track record of acting in cases involving fraud, organised crime, serious sexual offences and murder.
Strengths: "He has a terrific brain, a formidable work ethic, an unflappable demeanour and his tactical awareness can make the difference in a tricky case."
Recent work: Acted in Regina v Thomas Old, a multiple count historic rape matter, involving a significant allegation of gratuitous violence, torture and imprisonment.

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Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mary Cowe
An experienced junior who prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases, including sexual offences, child cruelty, drugs, serious violence and high-value frauds.
Strengths: "She is meticulous in preparation, sensitive and thorough in cross-examination and particularly strong in dealing with vulnerable witnesses." "She is contactable and will always provide advice - nothing is too much hassle."
Recent work: Prosecuted multiple allegations of fraud and one allegation of furnishing false information to the revenue over the course of six weeks. The defendant used different aliases, bank accounts and company names. 

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Grey 
A well regarded senior junior who is regularly instructed in complex drugs, fraud and sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and defends, and also offers specialist expertise in proceeds of crime. Some of his cases have gone on to be established Court of Appeal authorities.
Strengths: "He is a robust, high-quality advocate who has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Acted in R v Daniel Glass, a conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm case, involving a drug feud with complicated planning.

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Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Haskell 
Specialist criminal practitioner who is also regularly instructed in the criminal elements of professional disciplinary proceedings. As well as an accomplished defender, he is also a Grade 3 CPS prosecutor and is appointed to the Crown's specialist rape panel.
Strengths: "He is a meticulous and robust advocate who consistently provides excellent service and is helpful, approachable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the Crown in a six-week trial which resulted in the defendant being convicted of 51 offences, including multiple rape offences of a child under 13 and false imprisonment.

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Horder 
Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. He also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse, as well as fraud and drug offences.
Strengths: "He is meticulous and tenacious, both in terms of his preparation and his conduct of cases in court." "He is smart, clever and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted unled for the CPS Complex Casework Unit in prosecuting an organised crime group running a large-scale drugs supply network.

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Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samuel Jones 
Focuses on defence work, and is particularly well versed in crimes involving serious violence and sexual offences. He also prosecutes cases, and is highly recommended overall for the strength of his courtroom advocacy. He is further noted for his ability in drugs, dishonesty and fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is a superb advocate, who is highly regarded and destined for a long and very successful career."
Recent work: Acted as defence counsel in a case involving the sexual abuse of a six-year-old wherein, as a result of that sexual offending coming to light, historical sexual offending was disclosed by the defendant's own granddaughter.

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Band 3

Walnut House

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mary McCarthy of Walnut House 
Handles all kinds of criminal matters, with commendable experience acting in serious cases involving sexual offences, drugs, violence and fraud. She primarily acts as defence counsel, though she is also a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor.
Strengths: "She's an extremely good advocate, brilliant at cross-examination and very good tactically; she knows how to destroy the opposition."
Recent work: Successfully represented a crack and heroin dealer charged with gang rape of a heroin addict.

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Band 3

Albion Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Nelson 
Has a diverse criminal defence practice that is supplemented by his work as a CPS Level 3 prosecutor. He is regularly instructed on matters spanning the breadth of criminal law including drugs offences, sexual violence and health and safety cases with a criminal element.
Strengths: "He is a very good tactician."

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Reid 
A respected practitioner whose general crime practice sees him both defend and prosecute a wide range of matters. His recent work includes instruction in murder cases, serious sexual offences and drug-related crimes. He regularly represents defendants with severe learning difficulties and psychiatric disorders.
Strengths: "He is a hugely knowledgeable, excellent lawyer." "His trial skills are of a high standard."

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Band 3

Nicholas Robinson

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Robinson 
Acts in a variety of cases including murder, sexual offences and crimes against children as well as mortgage fraud and armed robbery. He also handles appeals against conviction from the Court of Appeal in Jamaica to the Privy Council.
Strengths: "He is both responsive and proactive, and his advocacy skills are fantastic."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged on an indictment containing an offence of attempted murder.

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Band 3

5 Paper Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robin Shellard of 5 Paper Buildings
Specialises in handling sexual offence claims, particularly those that involve crimes against children and accusations of historic sexual abuse. He is frequently instructed in cases that concern drug conspiracies, fraud and matters involving firearm legislation. He also prosecutes for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Strengths: "He's very much a jury man, and is very persuasive." "He stands out for his knowledge of firearms licensing."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile prosecution of seven Somali males accused of sexual abuse of teenage girls in Bristol, including offences of rape and people trafficking.

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Band 3

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rufus Taylor 
Well known counsel with substantial expertise in fraud cases alongside matters concerning sexual, drug-related and violent offences. He also sits as a Deputy District Judge in the Magistrate's Court.
Strengths: "He is a tidy performer with a good style."

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Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Worsley 
Noted for his advocacy skills, Mark Worsley both prosecutes and defends serious crime cases. His practice runs the full gamut of criminal offences including sex crime, drugs and acts of violence.
Strengths: "Due to Mark's approach, advice and close working with the officer, we were able to crack a very challenging case."

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