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Leading Silks

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Leading Juniors

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    • Ian Bridge - No5 Barristers ChambersFearless in court and relentless in his meticulous case preparation.
    • Jennifer Josephs - St Philips ChambersVery fair and an excellent advocate.
    • John O'Higgins - No5 Barristers ChambersA very strong advocate with an air of authority.
    • Philip Rule - No5 Barristers ChambersHighly experienced in appellate matters.
    • Sanjeev Sharma - Equity ChambersHis client care is exceptional, his advocacy and preparation are outstanding, and his judgement and tactics are excellent
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    • Peter Cooper - St Ives ChambersAn effective advocate with great attention to detail.
    • Simon Davis - St Philips ChambersSpecialises in fraud, theft, and drug-related cases.
    • Sarah Gaunt - The 36 GroupShe cross-examines with deadly effect.
    • Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips ChambersHer practice includes fraud and sexual offences cases.

Equity Chambers is home to criminal defence specialist Sanjeev Sharma, whose caseload includes murder, terrorism and organised crime cases. Fraud work is another key practice area, and Sharma recently led another junior on behalf of a defendant in a multi-million banking fraud case.

 No5 Barristers Chambers' large crime team is recommended by clients for the 'exceptional depth and calibre of counsel' available for instruction across the full spectrum of criminal cases, including serious violent crime, sexual offences, terrorism, drug conspiracies and serious fraud cases. Notable recent cases in which members have been involved include a large-scale grooming case in the Huddersfield area, and one concerning an alleged conspiracy to sell drugs in prisons using drones.

St Ives Chambers' criminal law team has 'gone from strength to strength' in recent years. The set is instructed across the spectrum of criminal work, including murder, sexual offences and drug conspiracy cases. A recent highlight for the set is Kevin Saunders' involvement for the defence in the only trial arising from Operation Dynamo, a large-scale drug supply investigation.

St Philips Chambers houses a wide range of criminal practitioners who are instructed to both prosecute and defend across the Midlands and nationally. Particular focus areas for the set include serious fraud, violent crime, and drug cases, as well as sexual offences. Notable members of the group include 2019 Bar Council chair Richard Atkins QC and head of chambers Andrew Smith QC, who successfully prosecuted a man who received a tariff of 33 years for the murder of his disabled neighbour.

The 36 Group maintains a strong presence in the Midlands, particularly regarding East Midlands work, with several members being instructed on complex and high-profile work in the region. David Herbert QC led the prosecution in a seven-handed joint enterprise murder of a Latvian man, who was lured to a house in Lincolnshire, beaten to death then urinated on.

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