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23 Essex Street

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC

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London, Manchester

Alan Gardner

Work 020 7413 0353
23 Essex Street (Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC)


Alan is an experienced and highly regarded junior who prosecutes and defends in all types of serious criminal cases.  He has acted as leading counsel, a led junior or a junior alone in a very wide range of criminal cases, including high profile murder cases, serious sexual allegations, complex fraud, complex multi handed trials, fatal road traffic cases, kidnap and organized professional robberies.

Alan is ranked as a leading criminal junior in Chambers and Partners 2015 and 2016, where it is said that he is “particularly known for his strength in sexual offence cases.”  He is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor.  He is on the CPS Specialist Rape Panel, and is instructed by specialist CPS divisions such as Special Casework and the Specialist Fraud Group.

Alan’s recent experience includes:

  • Leading counsel for the prosecution in the trial of a number of men accused of the rape and sexual exploitation of several young girls;
  • Junior counsel for the prosecution in a complex fraud trial at the Central Criminal Court;
  • Several cases of attempted murder (ranging from a throat cutting in a pub to a fight with meat cleavers in a Chinese restaurant);
  • Other recent trial experience includes cases of gang-related kidnap, cyber fraud and armed robberies investigated by the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad.

Alan is regularly instructed to prosecute or defend cases involving allegations of sexual offending, and he has acted in numerous cases of historic allegations of sexual crimes, including cases dating back half a century or more; cases involving allegations made by multiple complainants, cases of joint enterprise sexual offences; familial sexual abuse; cases involving vulnerable witnesses and complex, multi-handed trials involving allegations of sexual abuse and torture.

Alan recently acted as legal advisor on the forthcoming Channel 4 drama dealing with historical sexual abuse, “National Treasure”.

Alan is qualified to accept direct access instructions.


Called 1997; Middle Temple.


Criminal Bar Association, Sussex Bar Mess, Kent Bar Mess.


University of Leeds (BA First Class (Hons) History); Leeds Metropolitan University (CPE (Distinction)).

Regional Bar : South Eastern Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading juniors

Alan Gardner - 23 Essex StreetA silk in the making.

Within: Crime

23 Essex Street has offices in London and Manchester, but James Bloomer, Alan Gardner and Stephen Shay handle a broad spread of work on the South Eastern Circuit. In a recent work highlight, Shay appeared in R v Shamim Miah and others, a multi-defendant people trafficking case involving the use of undercover newspaper reporters posing as migrants.

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