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  1. Crime – Leading silks
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Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Phil Bradley - No5 Chambers β€˜A respected senior junior, who demonstrates good client rapport, meticulous preparation and strong forensic skills.’
    • Ian Bridge - No5 Chambers β€˜He has excellent advocacy skills, and is approachable and pragmatic.’
    • Peter Cooper - St Ives Chambers β€˜An excellent and experienced practitioner.’
    • Scott Coughtrie - St Ives Chambers β€˜Fearless in court, incredibly hardworking and unfazed by unexpected challenges.’
    • Michael Cranmer Brown - KCH Garden Square β€˜Recommended for cases concerning serious sexual offences.’
    • Simon Davis - St Philips Chambers β€˜He shows great commitment and dedication to all cases.’
    • Brian Dean - No5 Chambers β€˜Experienced in large-scale historical abuse trials.’
    • Naomi Gilchrist - St Philips Chambers β€˜A great lawyer, who is to the point, economical and realistic.’
    • John Hallissey - The 36 Group β€˜Experienced in serious and complex crime cases.’
    • Michelle Heeley - No5 Chambers β€˜Recommended for serious organised crime matters.’
    • David Jackson - St Ives Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in serious crime cases.’
    • Heidi Kubik - St Philips Chambers β€˜Practices in all areas of serious crime.’
    • Ben Mills - St Philips Chambers β€˜Experienced in financial crime prosecutions.’
    • Antonie Muller - No5 Chambers β€˜Well regarded for serious murder trials.’
    • Kevin Saunders - St Ives Chambers β€˜Fearless yet measured.’
    • Harpreet Singh Sandhu - No5 Chambers β€˜He is extremely eloquent in court and has a strong technical ability.’
    • Alexander Stein - No5 Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in serious financial crime cases.’
    • Mark van der Zwart - KCH Garden Square β€˜Experienced in cases involving multiple parties in sexual offence trials.’
    • Rebecca Wade - St Ives Chambers β€˜She combines tenaciousness and intelligence with fantastic tactical nous.’
    • Mark Watson - KCH Garden Square β€˜Recommended for cases involving serious violence and supply of drugs.’

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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.

β€˜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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