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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

23 Essex Street is best known for criminal law and it maintains a strong presence in that space nationwide. It is also increasing its offering in Chancery and commercial law, particularly on the Northern Circuit, where it is β€˜a relative newcomer in Manchester but is fast becoming an established name’. In 2018 Wayne King took over as chambers director, while Colin Griffin, formerly a chief clerk at Kings Chambers, became the set’s clerking director. Senior clerk to Manchester and Nottingham Sean Hulston and his deputy Kevin Ambridge are β€˜excellent clerks’, while lead clerk of the commercial team Colin Perrin is β€˜highly approachable and very commercial’. Adam Chapman is first junior clerk; second juniors Liam Kitcher and David Cox are β€˜affable, helpful and a pleasure to deal with’. 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) – Leading silks

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Hardworking and able to digest vast amounts of material very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3

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

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street appears on both sides of cases, including prosecution in a number of serious sexual offence cases. In 2018 Kate Lumsdon QC, Eloise Marshall QC and Rossano Scamardella QC all took silk. As far as work highlights are concerned, John Price QC and Madeleine Wolfe prosecuted Jemma Beale, who was convicted of perjury, among other offences, after making several fabricated allegations of rape; one of her victims was convicted and sentences to seven years imprisonment.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Francis FitzGibbon QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜His work includes sensitive sex cases and murders.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Price QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He handles serious cases for both defence and prosecution, including RASSO.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Mulholland QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He handles murders for the CPS, as well as criminal appeals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A masterful advocate and court tactician adept at the diplomacy needed in multi-handed cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A superb advocate who is uncompromising in his defence of his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Zafar Ali QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Down to earth, sharp, tactically astute and works harder than anyone in defence of his client.’

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

Allison Hunter QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Astonishingly clever, she possesses advocacy skills most of the Bar can only dream of.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – 2018 silks

Eloise Marshall QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Down to earth, with a very straightforward manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Lumsdon QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Her understated style of cross-examination is remarkably potent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rossano Scamardella QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜Juries love his charismatic and powerful advocacy.’

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

Elisabeth Acker - 23 Essex Street β€˜A great junior counsel full of energy and commitment to her client’s cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Flora Page - 23 Essex Street β€˜A brilliantly intelligent lawyer who is always one step ahead of the other side.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Forgan - 23 Essex Street β€˜A hardworking junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Hope - 23 Essex Street β€˜He prosecutes and defends in sex and violence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Bloomer - 23 Essex Street β€˜His case preparation is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Rosenberg - 23 Essex Street β€˜A natural advocate well liked by judges and juries alike, and very client friendly too.’

Ranked: tier 3

Madeleine Wolfe - 23 Essex Street β€˜A fearless and very experienced advocate who is robust in her advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Duffy - 23 Essex Street β€˜A great junior who really has heart and all the time in the world for clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rhodri James - 23 Essex Street β€˜Central to the preparation of his cases, he is always comfortable with voluminous papers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Pardoe - 23 Essex Street β€˜A wonderfully charming barrister who very quickly puts his clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Bentwood - 23 Essex Street β€˜He has a track record of document-heavy cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex Street β€˜An excellent advocate and a good strategic thinker who pays attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street defends in a range of fraud cases, as well as prosecuting some of the most serious cases for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division. Over a decade after he was first instructed, Charles Miskin QC prosecuted in the long-running Operation Amazon case, which led to a number of convictions in 2017.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Charles Miskin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He prosecutes some of the most serious cases for the CPS.’

Ranked: tier 1

Cairns Nelson QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A proper advocate who gets to the heart of cases, bringing juries with him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜A highly capable and trustworthy silk who is very good with clients and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He defends in lengthy fraud trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He defends and prosecutes in serious cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Daniel Lister - 23 Essex Street β€˜His experience and calm approach in court pays dividends in trial.’

Ranked: tier 4

Flora Page - 23 Essex Street β€˜What the profession should be about: skilful advocacy and good judgement, running cases honestly and with integrity.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex Street β€˜His practice includes pension and tax fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Rupert Pardoe - 23 Essex Street β€˜He defends officers in disciplinary 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 Paul Ozin QC represented the SRA in a case against Jonathan Denton, a former Locke Lord partner who was struck off for using the firm’s name as part of an alleged investment fraud. Other bright spots for the set include instructions for the regulators of the accounting and medical professions.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex Street β€˜He prosecutes heavyweight SDT cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Tim Grey - 23 Essex Street β€˜An experienced advocate who regularly achieves outstanding outcomes for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hamlet - 23 Essex Street β€˜Instructed to prosecute in medical cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Kewley - 23 Essex Street β€˜One to watch – incredibly intelligent and committed to this practice area.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Vanstone - 23 Essex Street β€˜An instructing solicitors’ dream – she is a persuasive advocate on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

23 Essex Street is best known for criminal law and it maintains a strong presence in that space nationwide. It is also increasing its offering in Chancery and commercial law, particularly on the Northern Circuit, where it is β€˜a relative newcomer in Manchester but is fast becoming an established name’. In 2018 Wayne King took over as chambers director, while Colin Griffin, formerly a chief clerk at Kings Chambers, became the set’s clerking director. Senior clerk to Manchester and Nottingham Sean Hulston and his deputy Kevin Ambridge are β€˜excellent clerks’, while lead clerk of the commercial team Colin Perrin is β€˜highly approachable and very commercial’. Adam Chapman is first junior clerk; second juniors Liam Kitcher and David Cox are β€˜affable, helpful and a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Nottingham

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