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Index of tables

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

Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Peter Alcock - Six Pump CourtDefends and prosecutes across a range of serious crime cases.’
    • Jonathan Atkinson - Westgate ChambersExperienced in prosecuting sensitive and complicated matters.’
    • Guy Ayers - Octagon LegalExperienced in cases involving firearms and confiscation.’
    • Richard Barton - Westgate ChambersKnown for defending and prosecuting motor death cases.’
    • Jane Brady - Cornwall Street OxfordRecent cases include murder and serious sexual assaults.’
    • Gareth Burrows - Westgate ChambersExperienced in defence work across a range of criminal matters.’
    • William Carter - Drystone ChambersConscientious and attentive to clients welfare.’
    • Catherine Donnelly - Six Pump CourtAn oasis of calm in a trial.’
    • Andrew Dowden - Castle ChambersRecommended for fraud and money laundering cases.’
    • Tom Dunn - Six Pump CourtVery conscientious and diligent.’
    • Nina Ellin - Six Pump CourtA highly effective and no-nonsense advocate.’
    • John Fitzgerald - Six Pump CourtHe has a first-class reputation for serious criminal defence work.’
    • Alan Gardner - 23 Essex StreetVery calm under pressure and instinctively fair.’
    • Simon Gladwell - East Anglian ChambersA senior junior with vast experience in sexual offences cases.’
    • Nicholas Hamblin - Westgate ChambersHis regulatory work covers licensing and animal welfare cases.’
    • Sally Hobson - Drystone ChambersA highly skilled cross-examiner.’
    • Rowan Jenkins - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonHis practice covers homicide, historic sexual abuse, and health and safety cases.’
    • Richard Kelly - Red Lion ChambersRecommended for complex sexual offences cases.’
    • Mark Kimsey - Castle ChambersSpecialises in cases of white-collar fraud.’
    • Francesca Lewington - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonVery well known for her RSPCA work.’
    • Sarah Lindop - Westgate ChambersHighly experienced in sexual offence matters.’
    • Claire Matthews - Drystone ChambersRecommended for serious murder and sexual offence cases.’
    • Nicola May - Red Lion ChambersProsecutes and defends across a full spectrum of criminal matters.’
    • Jane Oldfield - Red Lion ChambersSteadfast with great legal acumen.’
    • Christopher Paxton - Red Lion ChambersA very good cross-examiner.’
    • Christopher Prior - Westgate ChambersProsecutes and defends across a panoply of criminal cases.’
    • Michael Procter - Fenners ChambersWell known for serious road traffic and cash seizure cases.’
    • Andrew Selby - Lamb Building (Brighton)A specialist in criminal defence work.’
    • Stephen Shay - 23 Essex StreetHis explanations of highly complex evidential issues are straightforward.’
    • Lynne Shirley - East Anglian ChambersExperienced with young and vulnerable clients, witnesses and defendants.’
    • Simon Taylor - Six Pump CourtHis conduct of a case defines case ownership.’
    • Andrew Thompson - Red Lion ChambersAuthoritative and assertive.’
    • Rebecca Upton - 1 Crown Office Row, BrightonVery experienced across a broad range of criminal cases.’
    • Sarah Vine - 187 Fleet Street ChambersShe specialises in serious violence and sexual offence matters.’
    • David Walbank - Red Lion ChambersWell known for cases involving fraud, money laundering and bribery.’
    • Richard Wood - Red Lion ChambersHis practice includes fraud, road traffic cases and military law matters.’
    • Terence Woods - 187 Fleet Street ChambersExperienced in cases involving murder, people trafficking, and fraud.’

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1 Crown Office Row, Brighton houses experts in prosecution and defence work. Notable expertise includes animal welfare, murder and serious sexual offences cases. Julian Dale retired in 2016.

23 Essex Street has offices in London and Manchester, but Alan Gardner and Stephen Shay practice on the South Eastern Circuit. Gardner led the prosecution in the trial of four Afghan asylum seekers accused of sexually abusing young girls in Brighton, while Shay appeared in R v Accamo, a ‘Trojan horse’ fraud involving obtaining jewellery worth over £6m.

London set 187 Fleet Street Chambers includes criminal practitioners with a strong practice on the South Eastern Circuit. Particular experience includes homicide cases; for example, Terence Woods was recently instructed in a case of attempted matricide by means of an insulin injection.

Members of Castle Chambers both defend and prosecute criminal cases. Head of chambers Mark Kimsey has particular expertise in white-collar fraud matters.

Cornwall Street Oxford houses Jane Brady, whose recent workload includes murder, child abduction and serious sexual offences cases.

Members at Drystone Chambers have experience in high-profile murder, fraud and sexual assault cases. In 2016, Angela Rafferty QC left to join Red Lion Chambers and Gregory Perrins was appointed to the bench.

The crime team at East Anglian Chambers handles various criminal cases, including drugs offences, homicide, sexual offences and fraud. In 2016, Lynne Shirley successfully prosecuted in R v Shirley Freed; the defendant was accused of sending a hoax noxious substance to the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Rex Bryan retired from full practice.

Fenners Chambers houses specialists in sexual offences, homicide, firearms and drugs cases. Michael Procter is a key contact.

Andrew Selby at Lamb Building (Brighton) has particular expertise in fraud, sexual offences, drugs and homicide cases.

Octagon Legal houses Guy Ayers, who is known for his experience in cases involving firearms.

QEB Hollis Whiteman houses Eleanor Laws QC, who is an expert in prosecuting and defending cases of child abuse and serious sexual violence.

Red Lion Chambers has expertise in fraud, homicide, sexual offences and drug trafficking cases, among others. Notable highlights saw Simon Spence QC instructed in the R v Fairweather case, where a 15-year old boy was charged with a double murder in Colchester. In 2016, Angela Rafferty QC joined from Drystone Chambers.

The ‘excellent’ criminal team at Six Pump Court is well known for handling cases involving high-profile murders and serious sexual offences. Richard Barraclough QC is currently acting in the case concerning the murder of Karl Bunster, whose body remains missing, and Oliver Saxby QC successfully prosecuted in the R v Michael Danaher case, regarding the murder of rare book seller Adrian Greenwood. John O’Higgins left to join No5 Barristers Chambers in January 2017.

Westgate Chambers’ criminal team has seen a rise in prosecution work, but members remain adept at defence instructions. Recent cases include sexual offences, murder and drugs conspiracies.

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