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3PB’s criminal practitioners provide ‘top-class advice and advocacy’. Nigel Lickley QC recently prosecuted in a violent murder where a husband killed and concealed his wife’s body. Other key areas of instruction include large-scale fraud and drugs conspiracies, sexual offences issues and human trafficking cases. Adam Feest QC took silk in 2016.

Albion Chambers’ is a ‘good solid crime set with strong advocates at all levels’. Members undertake both prosecution and defence work, and the set contains a number of CPS grade 4 prosecutors and RASSO-approved advocates. Recent cases include murders, sexual offences, fraud and drugs conspiracies.

Colleton Chambers’ criminal team houses six grade 4 prosecutors and ten members on the RASSO panel. As a result, the group has a strong prosecution base, and appears in serious murder, sexual offences, fraud, drug trafficking and violent crime cases. On the defence side, Robert Linford is well regarded and has acted as defence counsel in several rape trials.

Devon Chambers has a strong prosecution team and has appeared in serious sexual offence, murder and fraud cases in recent years. The group is also experienced in defence work, and in 2014, Piers Norsworthy represented a member of the military against murder allegations.

Drystone Chambers handles the defence and prosecution of serious crimes including fraud, murder and manslaughter, sexual offences, and gang crime. Alastair Malcolm QC recently acted as prosecution counsel in a serious sexual offences Court of Appeal case, which concerned the definition of trafficking for the purposes of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. In 2015, Louisa Bagley joined Bernard Chill & Axtell as a partner, while in 2016, Maria Lamb was appointed to the bench and Nick Tucker joined 12 College Place.

Guildhall Chambers’ has a ‘particularly strong set of barristers specialising in crime’. Members are well versed in both prosecution and defence, handling high-profile murders, sexual offence trials, fraud disputes and a range of violent crime cases. In 2015, Andrew Langdon QC defended Shauna Hoare against the murder of Becky Watts; the case attracted considerable media attention as the murder involved the killing and dismemberment of a Bristol teenager; Hoare was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

Pump Court Chambers has a track record of appearing in major trials, from violent murders to drugs and fraud conspiracies, and human trafficking. Members are particularly active in multi-handed cases and trials concerning sexual abuse. Peter Asteris acted for a defendant who was allegedly involved in a paedophile ring and counts of historical sexual abuse.

Queen Square Chambers criminal team has a focus on fraud cases. Robin Shellard recently acted for the first defendant in a high-profile, eight-week insurance fraud trial, R v Yandel, which involved 87 defendants. The set is also active in sensitive sexual offence trials, including paedophile rings and historical sexual abuse cases. Other areas of expertise include murders and drugs conspiracies.

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