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  1. Crime – Leading silks
  2. Crime – Leading juniors

Crime – Leading silks

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    • Simon Bickler QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜A brilliant orator.’
    • David Brooke QC - KBW β€˜Noted for his expertise in multi-handed criminal cases.’
    • Michelle Colborne QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Well known for handling homicide and infant death cases.’
    • Bryan Cox QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in homicide, fraud and drugs conspiracies matters.’
    • John Elvidge QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜A stalwart and very self-possessed silk.’
    • Dafydd Enoch QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has a very engaging manner with juries.’
    • Caroline Goodwin QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a purview of serious criminal cases.’
    • Paul Greaney QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He demonstrates excellent judgement.’
    • John Harrison QC - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Recent work includes complex fraud and murder cases.’
    • Toby Hedworth QC - Trinity Chambers β€˜His practice includes white-collar crime and terrorism matters.’
    • Gul Nawaz Hussain QC - Bank House Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for his expertise in terrorism cases.’
    • Abdul Iqbal QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very experienced in defending in heavyweight criminal matters.’
    • Nick Johnson QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Recent work includes high-profile murder trials.’
    • Simon Kealey QC - Zenith Chambers β€˜His practice includes multi-defendant heavyweight criminal cases.’
    • Tahir Khan QC - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in cases of serious sexual offences and murder.’
    • Nicholas Lumley QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜A devastating cross-examiner.’
    • Alistair MacDonald QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases of complex fraud and murder.’
    • Peter Makepeace QC - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for a broad range of complex criminal matters.’
    • Kama Melly QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Noted for her expertise in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • Peter Moulson QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜Very well known for handling cases of complex homicide.’
    • Andrew O’Byrne QC - St John's Buildings β€˜Highly experienced in heavyweight criminal cases.’
    • Jason Pitter QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise in cases involving organised crime.’
    • Robert Smith QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for a panoply of serious criminal cases.’
    • Christopher Tehrani QC - Exchange Chambers β€˜Fearless, relentless, and dedicated to his clients.’
    • Adrian Waterman QC - KBW β€˜Highly recommended for cases of homicide and serious sexual offences.’
    • Robert Woodcock QC - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in sexual abuse cases.’
    • Richard Wright QC - Park Square Barristers β€˜An exceptional jury advocate.’

Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Nicholas Askins - Broadway House Chambers β€˜A specialist in criminal law.’
    • Gillian Batts - Park Square Barristers β€˜A first-class junior with a competitive approach.’
    • Emma Bennett - Exchange Chambers β€˜She quickly masters a case and her clients love her.’
    • Adam Birkby - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise in representing defendants with mental health issues.’
    • James Bourne-Arton - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Very personable and an accomplished advocate.’
    • Denise Breen-Lawton - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Her practice includes white-collar crime and fraud cases.’
    • Helen Chapman - St Paul's Chambers β€˜She quickly develops a rapport with clients.’
    • Paul Cleasby - KBW β€˜Recommended for a purview of serious criminal matters.’
    • Julie Clemitson - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Prosecutes and defends in cases involving serious injuries to children/child deaths.’
    • Daniel Cordey - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Recommended for cases involving serious sexual offences.’
    • Tony Cornberg - Trinity Chambers β€˜Experienced in handling cases involving serious violence.’
    • Andrew Dallas - Park Square Barristers β€˜Well known for handling a panoply of serious criminal matters.’
    • Anthony Davis - Dere Street Barristers β€˜Noted for his expertise in money laundering cases.’
    • Nicholas de la Poer - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced in defending in serious criminal cases.’
    • Sophie Drake - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in handling serious sexual offences matters.’
    • Anthony Dunne - KBW β€˜A barrister with a very composed demeanour.’
    • Nigel Edwards - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Well known for defending in complex fraud cases.’
    • Christine Egerton - KBW β€˜She has expertise across a wide spectrum of criminal matters.’
    • Lee Fish - New Park Court Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant tactical mind.’
    • Glenn Gatland - Trinity Chambers β€˜A talented barrister with a calm cross-examination technique.’
    • Katherine Goddard - Bank House Chambers β€˜She has extensive experience in serious sexual offences matters.’
    • Ian Goldsack - St John's Buildings β€˜His practice includes homicide, arson and fraud matters.’
    • David Gordon - Park Square Barristers β€˜Adept at handling prosecution and defence work across a range of criminal cases.’
    • Stephen Grattage - Exchange Chambers β€˜A very talented advocate.’
    • Peter Hampton - Broadway House Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic bedside manner with clients.’
    • Craig Hassall - Park Square Barristers β€˜Noted for his expertise in fraud cases.’
    • Ian Howard - Broadway House Chambers β€˜Very experienced in handling vulnerable defendants and child witnesses.’
    • Chloe Hudson - New Park Court Chambers β€˜She prepares well, and clients feel very supported by her.’
    • Geraldine Kelly - Zenith Chambers β€˜Very hardworking and an excellent advocate.’
    • James Lake - St Paul's Chambers β€˜He fights ferociously for his clients.’
    • Mark McKone - Park Square Barristers β€˜He has great flair before a jury.’
    • Ian Mullarkey - KBW β€˜Recommended for a range of serious criminal cases.’
    • Glenn Parsons - Park Square Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for multi-defendant criminal cases.’
    • Michael Rawlinson - 2 Hare Court β€˜An unflappable advocate.’
    • Anne Richardson - Dere Street Barristers β€˜She has exceptional interpersonal skills.’
    • Jonathan Sandiford - St Paul's Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in prosecution work.’
    • Catherine Silverton - Park Square Barristers β€˜She puts defendants at ease in the most sensitive of cases.’
    • Chris Smith - New Park Court Chambers β€˜Noted for his extensive experience in money laundering and fraud matters.’
    • Rebecca Stevens - KBW β€˜A very dedicated barrister.’
    • Robert Stevenson - Park Square Barristers β€˜Charismatic, astute and approachable.’
    • Tom Storey - Zenith Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent, with a strong work ethic.’
    • Richard Thyne - St John's Buildings β€˜He has the ability to swiftly assimilate complex aspects of a case.’
    • Taryn Turner - Park Square Barristers β€˜She commands the court room.’
    • Hal Watson - St Paul's Chambers β€˜His practice includes complex fraud cases.’
    • Nicholas Worsley - Zenith Chambers β€˜Very experienced in multi-defendant fraud and drugs conspiracies.’

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2 Hare Court houses Michael Rawlinson, who recently joined from Exchange Chambers and has an active practice on the North Eastern Circuit. Rawlinson recently acted for the defence in the R v Kirsty Anderson case, involving a detective constable who had carried out a long-term campaign of harassment against a former partner she met via a dating app.

Bank House Chambers’ areas of expertise include serious sexual offences, murder and manslaughter, serious violence and terrorism trials. Gul Nawaz Hussain QC took silk in 2018.

Broadway House Chambers’ criminal practitioners have expertise in drugs conspiracies, money laundering, serious violence, homicide and serious sexual offences cases. The set continues to act in trials resulting from the ongoing Rotherham child sexual abuse investigations.

Dere Street Barristers’ crime team are active in cases involving high-profile homicide, sexual offences and fraud cases. In 2017 multiple members of the set acted for the prosecution in Operation Shelter, where over 20 defendants were charged with the sexual exploitation of vulnerable girls and women.

Exchange Chambers’ criminal team are well known for defending and prosecuting in high-profile serious sexual offences, multi-handed murder, people trafficking and large-scale drugs conspiracies cases. In 2017 Nick Johnson QC appeared in the high-profile murder case regarding the killing of seven-year old Katie Rough. In March 2018 Michael Rawlinson moved to 2 Hare Court.

Recent work for KBW’s criminal team includes multi-handed murder, firearms conspiracies, serious sexual offences, large-scale drugs conspiracies and historic abuse cases.

New Park Court Chambers houses over 50 practitioners in its criminal team, which has experience in high-profile sexual offences, homicide, fraud, drugs and human trafficking cases, among other areas. In 2017, Paul Greaney QC successfully prosecuted Colin Gregg, heir to the Greggs bakery chain, for the historic sexual abuse of young boys.

With over 60 criminal practitioners in its criminal group, Park Square Barristers has solid expertise in prosecuting and defending in high-profile cases of terrorism, murder and multi-handed drugs conspiracies, among other areas. The set also reports a significant uptick in instructions pertaining to historic sexual abuse.

Past work for St John's Buildings’ crime team includes attempted murder and manslaughter, organised crime and drug trafficking cases.

St Paul's Chambers’ areas of expertise include murder trials, serious sexual offences and terrorism matters, with fraud cases recognised as a cornerstone strength for the team. In a major highlight for the set, Bryan Cox QC remains active in the ongoing Mau Mau Kenyan reparation claims for alleged torture and human rights abuses.

Recent instructions for the team at Trinity Chambers include high-profile murder cases, serious sexual offences and large-scale fraud matters.

Members of Zenith Chambers’ crime team have been active in multi-handed drugs conspiracies, complex fraud, homicide and serious violence cases, among other areas.

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