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23 Essex Street

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC

LONDON, WC2R 3AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7413 0353
Fax:
Fax 020 7413 0374
DX:
148 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.23es.com
London, Manchester

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜excellent’ set with β€˜enviable strength in depth’, 23 Essex Street’s expertise is rooted in criminal law and it maintains a strong presence in that space nationwide. It is β€˜something of a newcomer to the commercial and chancery scene’ in Manchester, following the arrival in 2015 of numerous barristers from the now-defunct St James’s Chambers, and is starting to β€˜rival the larger Northern Circuit sets active in that area’. Led by chambers director Richard Fowler, the clerking team is β€˜always helpful and extremely knowledgeable’. Names to note include first junior criminal clerk Adam Chapman, who β€˜knows which counsel to suggest in any situation’, and senior clerk to Manchester and Nottingham Sean Hulston, who β€˜has his finger on the pulse’; he and his deputy Kevin Ambridge β€˜help to take the stress away from solicitors if barristers need to be instructed at short notice’. Leading chambers’ clerking of the commercial team, Colin Perrin is β€˜always on hand’ and β€˜a real asset to the set’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Nottingham

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2016 silks

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He has a track record of redundancy offence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street is β€˜a very strong set with excellent barristers to choose from’, and is β€˜particularly strong at the junior end’. At silk level, John Price QC prosecuted several men who sexually abused children at a boys’ home near Bedford run by the Roman Catholic Church.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

John Price QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He is razor-sharp, with an instant command of all aspects of the law and a compelling style of advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Mulholland QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He handles murders and historic sex offence cases for the CPS.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A very persuasive advocate, who sees the wider picture, picks the key points to argue and adapts accordingly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Behind the friendly and courteous facade, there lies a brilliant and fierce advocate with a winning manner.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Allison Hunter QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜She is devastatingly clever, articulate and charming – everything a silk should be.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Kate Lumsdon - 23 Essex Street β€˜She takes a measured and astute approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eloise Marshall - 23 Essex Street β€˜A popular choice for the CPS RASSO unit.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Lister - 23 Essex Street β€˜He exudes confidence and ability as an advocate that far surpasses his call.’

Ranked: tier 3

Flora Page - 23 Essex Street β€˜She prosecutes and defends factually complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Forgan - 23 Essex Street β€˜His preparation, presentation and commitment cannot be faulted.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Hope - 23 Essex Street β€˜Firm, fair and absolutely devastating as an opponent.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Bloomer - 23 Essex Street β€˜He is never anything less than patient, clear and assuring in cases that are sensitive in nature or involve vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Bentwood - 23 Essex Street β€˜Leading firms instruct him in cases concerning cell site analysis.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rossano Scamardella - 23 Essex Street β€˜He appears on either side of serious cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Pardoe - 23 Essex Street β€˜One of the most charming and charismatic members of the criminal Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex Street β€˜His record of acquittals is superb and he has a good manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street’s members handle heavyweight fraud cases, including mortgage frauds and boiler room scams. Cairns Nelson QC prosecuted members of a boiler room selling advertising space in non-existent newspapers; twelve out of thirteen defendants pleaded guilty and the ringleader received a sentence of six years’ imprisonment.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Cairns Nelson QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜His strength is his superb communication with lay clients and judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Miskin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He is extremely bright and has impeccable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Trafford QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Very client-friendly and easy to get on with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A pleasure to work with and excellent at getting results in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜His attention to detail is second to none, and he is a great tactician.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – 2016 silks

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He gives the impression of being laid back and relaxed, but is always β€œon it”.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex Street β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Rupert Pardoe - 23 Essex Street β€˜Instructed on both sides of police discipline cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street’s members handle a range of tribunal cases, with a particular strength in prosecution-side work for medical regulators. Paul Ozin QC represented the General Dental Council (GDC) in securing the suspension of a dentist who informed a vegetarian patient that a dental implant was synthetic when it was derived from cow bone.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2016 silks

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He presents in medical and dental tribunals, and represents the regulators in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Christopher Hamlet - 23 Essex Street β€˜His attention to detail is first class and his engagement with clients is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Campbell - 23 Essex Street β€˜An experienced junior, who is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Grey - 23 Essex Street β€˜Instructed to prosecute for medical and white-collar regulators alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜excellent’ set with β€˜enviable strength in depth’, 23 Essex Street’s expertise is rooted in criminal law and it maintains a strong presence in that space nationwide. It is β€˜something of a newcomer to the commercial and chancery scene’ in Manchester, following the arrival in 2015 of numerous barristers from the now-defunct St James’s Chambers, and is starting to β€˜rival the larger Northern Circuit sets active in that area’. Led by chambers director Richard Fowler, the clerking team is β€˜always helpful and extremely knowledgeable’. Names to note include first junior criminal clerk Adam Chapman, who β€˜knows which counsel to suggest in any situation’, and senior clerk to Manchester and Nottingham Sean Hulston, who β€˜has his finger on the pulse’; he and his deputy Kevin Ambridge β€˜help to take the stress away from solicitors if barristers need to be instructed at short notice’. Leading chambers’ clerking of the commercial team, Colin Perrin is β€˜always on hand’ and β€˜a real asset to the set’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Nottingham

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