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23 Essex Street

Chambers of Simon Russell Flint QC

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Manchester, London

London Bar

Within Crime, 23 Essex Street (Simon Russell Flint QC) is a second tier set,

23 Essex Street is ‘an excellent set with fine counsel'. In 2013, John Price QC acted in R v Roland Wright and Hugh Henry, the notorious case of the former headmaster of Nick Clegg’s school who sexually abused male pupils in the 1960s.

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture), 23 Essex Street (Simon Russell Flint QC) is a second tier set,

23 Essex Street is recognised for its depth of its expertise; ‘if you can’t get your first choice there are normally several other counsel of equal ability'. A substantial amount of chambers’ recent work has had an international dimension, and in a recent case, members defended Nigerian state tax officials against allegations of corruption.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law), 23 Essex Street (Simon Russell Flint QC) is a second tier set,

23 Essex Street has a very strong reputation for acting on behalf of regulators in the healthcare sector (including the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Medical Council (GDC), as well as financial regulators, notably the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Rupert Pardoe has wide-ranging experience of police law and often handles work for police officers facing disciplinary allegations.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

23 Essex Street is a ‘top-quality' specialist crime, fraud and regulatory set that recently launched in Manchester, following the departure of a contingent of barristers from St Johns Buildings. It is ‘a high- calibre set with talented members' and a clerking team that is ‘helpful and responsive'. ‘The clerks are knowledgeable of their counsel and realistic in their suggestions.' Richard Fowler is the set’s director, and Sean Hulston (formerly of St Johns Buildings) is the senior clerk for the Manchester and Nottingham offices. Offices in: London, Manchester, Nottingham

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