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3PB is an β€˜excellent set’ for criminal law, such as murder cases, large-scale drug trafficking matters, serious sexual offences and violent crime. Nigel Lickley QC recently prosecuted in a case where a care home worker killed an elderly resident by setting their room on fire.

Members at Albion Chambers are well known for acting in fraud matters, regulatory crime, murder and serious sexual offences. New silk Edward Burgess QC has particular expertise in rape and historic sexual abuse cases.

Colleton Chambers’ criminal team houses four grade 4 prosecutors and eight members on the RASSO panel. The group prosecutes and defends in drug trafficking, sexual offences, serious murder and violent crime cases, among others. Robert Linford was appointed to the circuit bench in 2016.

Devon Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ for criminal prosecution instructions, which most recently comprise murder cases, large-scale fraud and drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences, and people trafficking. Head of chambers Jason Beal recently acted in a case involving allegations of false imprisonment at a North Devon care home.

Members at Drystone Chambers have expertise in serious crime. Matthew Jewell specialises in cases involving drug trafficking, while Robert Bryan is known for acting in serious sexual offences cases.

Guildhall Chambers has a β€˜broad array of experience’ in criminal matters, such as high-profile murder cases, serious sexual assault matters and multi-handed drugs conspiracies. Christopher Quinlan QC recently prosecuted an amateur boxer who beat a young soldier to death. Anna Vigars QC took silk in 2017.

Pump Court Chambers is known for acting in high-profile murder trials as well as in serious sexual offences cases. Nigel Pascoe QC appeared in the standout R v Adam Cross case where, following an original conviction for grievous bodily harm, Cross was retried for murder for the same offence. In another matter, James Newton-Price successfully prosecuted a 15-year-old girl, who attempted to murder her best friend at school.

The criminal team at Queen Square Chambers continues to be instructed in high-profile fraud cases, as well as serious sexual offences and murder matters. Robin Shellard appeared in a case concerning seven Somali males who were accused of sexually abusing five vulnerable teenage girls.

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