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Crime is a cornerstone practice of KCH Garden Square. Members both defend and prosecute in serious financial crime cases, murders and violent crime matters.

No.1 High Pavement Chambers specialises in criminal advocacy and houses a number of heavy-hitting silks. Members handle cases involving murders, manslaughter, serious sexual offences and fraud. Michael Evans QC is particularly well regarded for his fraud and financial crime expertise.

No5 Chambers is home to over 60 criminal barristers, including 12 silks and 16 CPS grade 4 prosecutors, however members are also well versed in defending cases. With this large and strong a team, the group is able to provide experts in high-profile murders, sexual offence trials, terrorism cases, fraud and financial crime issues, and drugs conspiracies. In 2015, Adrian Keeling QC prosecuted in a ten-defendant conspiracy to money launder. Jonas Hankin QC joined from St Philips Chambers in early 2016.

Very good on the crime front’, St Ives Chambers’ practice is evenly split between defence and prosecution. Peter Cooper recently defended in a baby-shaking case, and has also acted in sensitive sexual offence matters; the set is particularly well known for historical sexual abuse trials and child murders. In another notable matter, Kevin Saunders was in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the death of a three-year old. Fraud and drugs conspiracy disputes are other areas of expertise.

St Philips Chambers has one of the strongest and largest crime teams on circuit and houses the leader of the Midland Circuit, Richard Atkins QC. Members deal with violent murders, sexual offence cases, including historical sexual abuse, gang-related crime and human trafficking offences. Fraud and all forms of financial crime is also a large area of instruction. Peter Haynes QC is a highly regarded international criminal practitioner and has represented victims of terrorism and war crimes at The Hague. Jonas Hankin QC left to join No5 Chambers.

Although The 36 Group is based in London, the set has a solid presence on the Midland Circuit. Members are active in both Birmingham and Nottingham courts, and handle homicide, fraud and violent crime cases. Adrienne Lucking QC was appointed to the circuit bench in October 2015.

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