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  1. Crime – Leading silks
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3PB has β€˜great breadth and depth’ in its criminal team, with members acting in large-scale drug trafficking matters, high-profile historic sexual offences, murder cases and violent crime. In a particular highlight, multiple members of the group acted in the high-profile R v Kevin Downton case regarding the murder of businessman Guy Hedger.

Albion Chambers’s β€˜excellent’ criminal team has a solid track record in handling murder, regulatory crime, serious sexual offences and fraud matters. In 2018 David Sapiecha joined from Colleton Chambers and Jason Taylor QC took silk before his appointment to the circuit bench.

Counsel at Colleton Chambers prosecute and defend in serious sexual offences, murder cases, high-profile fraud and violent criminal matters, among other areas. In 2018 David Sapiecha moved to Albion Chambers.

Past instructions for the team at Devon Chambers include large-scale fraud and drugs conspiracies, murder cases, people trafficking and serious sexual offences. Joanna Martin QC took silk in 2018.

Drystone Chambers houses a team with established strength in handling serious criminal matters. In 2017 Robert Bryan successfully prosecuted Kurt Lai Lan, who was selling Class A drugs online via the dark web. Matthew Jewell QC took silk in 2018.

According to some, Guildhall Chambers’ criminal team is β€˜second to none on the Western Circuit’. The group’s workload includes serious sexual assault and historic abuse matters, human trafficking, multi-handed drugs conspiracies and high-profile murder cases. Richard Smith QC acted for the defence in the standout R v Berlinah Wallace case where, following an original conviction for throwing sulphuric acid at her partner, Wallace was charged with his murder after his death by euthanasia; Wallace was acquitted of the murder charges.

Pump Court Chambers is a β€˜solid set’ for criminal work, with notable expertise in serious sexual offences cases, including historic abuse, and high-profile murder trials. Nigel Pascoe QC successfully defended Scott Keeping, who was acquitted of murdering businessman Guy Hedger. James Newton-Price QC took silk in 2018.

Recent work at Queen Square Chambers includes high-profile serious sexual offences cases, multi-defendant drugs and fraud matters, and murder trials. In 2017 Robin Shellard was instructed by the Regional Organised Crime Unit in a case involving people trafficking and cannabis factories, and also appeared in the R v Julie and Tony Wadsworth case concerning two BBC presenters who were convicted of historic sexual offences against children.

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