Firm profile submitted by 9 Bedford Row
THE CHAMBERS 9 Bedford Row continues to be committed to providing a professional, approachable and efficient service to clients. Chambers enjoys a well established reputation within the criminal market place both prosecuting and defending in the principal courts across the land. In recent years, work has extended to international courts including a number of significant cases in The Hague. Chambers guards its reputation for active case management with determination and members are well used to operating closely within a team. Whether prosecuting or defending, the early preparation of case plans and the constant monitoring of progress is considered vital. Through its network of professionals, chambers can offer bespoke solutions to seemingly intractable legal issues. Most members are public access accredited.
WORK UNDERTAKEN In the UK the bulk of work comprises general crime from murder, manslaughter and firearms offences to drug trafficking, terrorism, robbery and road traffic offences. In recent years there has been a growing emphasis on corporate crime, which includes fraud, bribery and corruption, and white collar crime with a fast-developing practice in regulatory and compliance matters. Chambers has a well-respected group of practitioners specialising in the prosecution and defence of serious sexual crime. In addition, chambers prides itself on providing high quality representation and advice in cases involving military personnel, whether regular or reservist, including courts martial.
Licensing, mainly liquor and entertainment, has always been an important practice area within Chambers because of the overlapping expertise gained from criminal and regulatory law. Over recent years, there has been a rapidly growing practice arising from firearms licensing and gun control as well as issues arising from fox and other forms of hunting. Members advise and represent individuals and organisations on all aspects of firearms licensing, and are regularly involved in criminal cases that involve the use of firearms.
In recent years members of chambers have appeared in many of the most notorious trials in The Hague as well as tribunals in various countries across the globe. They have often done so to considerable acclaim and so are world renowned in this important field. Such cases and tribunals often take several years and chambers’ practitioners have become used to conducting their cases and perfecting strategies with vigor over much longer periods than advocates would normally expect. There have been some conspicuous successes along the way. The emergence of international initiatives against bribery and corruption, including legislation in multiple countries, has brought additional complexity to the conduct of international business. Chambers has the experience to help businesses and individuals identify and address risks before they escalate. The ARC project run by Gillian Higgins, which is a vehicle for claimants to instruct counsel to take cases to the Africa Court of Human and People Rights, has been recognised as a unique and valuable international litigation asset.
LANGUAGE SPOKEN Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Finnish, French, German, Gujerati, Hindi, Italian, Punjabi, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Urdu.