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Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC

Living Wage
LONDON, WC1R 4HD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7067 1500
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1043 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.25bedfordrow.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A leading β€˜go-to’ crime set, the barristers and clerks at 25 Bedford Row β€˜never let you down’ thanks to their strength in depth across all areas of criminal defence work and an β€˜accumulation of talented counsel’. With β€˜excellent experience’ across the team, the clerks’ room is described as β€˜second to none’. β€˜One of the best senior clerks in the industry’, Guy Williams β€˜runs a tight ship’ and β€˜knows how to offer an excellent service to solicitors, which keeps one going back to instruct them’. β€˜Fantastic’ deputy senior clerk Emma Makepeace is β€˜first class’ and β€˜goes the extra mile with solicitors, making you feel reassured that you are getting the right person for the job’. First junior Alfie Lee β€˜is now coming into his own and has matured into one of the most approachable clerks in London’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row’s members are now frequently appearing in business crime cases, including financial crime and environmental crime matters. George Carter-Stephenson QC represented a former Burges Salmon LLP partner who was acquitted of concealing criminal property as part of the Operation Hornet into HBOS’ impaired assets division.

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

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Nobody works harder: his knowledge of the papers and of the detail of every case is magnificent and plain for all to see.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜It is clear that when he is in front of the judge, his reputation goes before him and his arguments are respected.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He has a phenomenal grasp of the law and procedure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samantha Riggs - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A polished advocate who is as at home in the High Court as in the Crown Court.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Unfailingly impressive and tenacious in her approach to the cases she undertakes.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Cooper QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A tenacious advocate, with a realistic approach to advisory work.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Joanna Evans - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A highly experienced, dedicated and impressive human rights barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row is β€˜among the best for general crime, with a large pool of good trial advocates’. The set exclusively defends in criminal cases, including a significant proportion of the most challenging publicly funded work alongside private work for a diverse range of solicitors. Jeremy Dein QC represented grime musician Kano, who was acquitted of GBH with intent and affray after an alleged attack at a private members club in Shoreditch, while Paul Mendelle QC and Michael Neofytou represented a man who was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter after admitting to beating a man to death with a bicycle lock.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He has a track record of murder cases at the Bailey.’

Ranked: tier 1

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜The guy you want in your corner when you’re in trouble.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Dein QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A defence silk whose practice includes murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Mendelle QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A first-class cross-examiner equally able to calm, bludgeon or subtly undermine witnesses as required.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Cooper QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He defends in drug and murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Doyle QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His excellent and perfectly paced closing speeches underline his experience and ability.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Keleher QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His advocacy is understated but effective, and is always on top of the law and unflappable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Almost undeniably the most intelligent member of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Meticulous in her preparation, her knowledge of the law and procedure is comprehensive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jo Sidhu QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He defends in sensitive murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rudi Fortson QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A quick thinker and solid strategist with strong convictions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tyrone Smith QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜An incredibly proactive and talented young silk who takes a thorough approach to his brief.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2018 silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Very dependable and approachable, he is a knowledgable advocate too.’

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

Aisling Byrnes - 25 Bedford Row β€˜One of the best advocates at the Bar: intelligent, tactical, tenacious and realistic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Arlette Piercy - 25 Bedford Row β€˜She puts together some of the best closing speeches of anyone at the junior Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Smitten - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Immensely hardworking and excellent with clients, who find him unstuffy and refreshing.’

Ranked: tier 2

Carolina Guiloff - 25 Bedford Row β€˜She will fight for clients as if she is fighting for her own family.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Akuwudike - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Tenacious, hardworking and carling about her clients, she is a good lawyer and strong advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Melanie Simpson - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Her practice includes gang violence and historic sex cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His preparation work is very detailed, and he is very easy to get on with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Beth O’Reilly - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A masterful jury advocate and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dominic Thomas - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His strength is his strikingly flamboyant forensic skill.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Wood - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A very bright junior with outstanding commitment to his cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Valley - 25 Bedford Row β€˜She command effortless respect from her colleagues, clients and the judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laurie-Anne Power - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Exceptionally hardworking, committed and experienced, and also a talented advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Neofytou - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He is led by leading silks in murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Radstone - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A persuasive advocate who can relate to clients from all walks of life without airs and graces.’

Ranked: tier 3

Osman Osman - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A feisty jury advocate with an affable style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Randall - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Her legal submissions and closing speeches are cleverly persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sebastian Gardiner - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His work includes challenging murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading juniors

Samantha Riggs - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A persuasive advocate who has a retentive memory and is assiduous in preparing her cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row is an β€˜excellent set with good counsel at all levels, giving solicitors a wide range for any particular case’. George Carter-Stephenson QC represented a primary defendant in the long-running Operation Amazon carbon credit tax fraud case, which ran from a first Crown Court hearing in 2010 through to a jury verdict in late 2017, along the way spawning a Court of Appeal authority regarding the management of disclosure in such complex cases.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A delightful man with an unassuming manner whom clients really take a liking to.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Sangster QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Particularly good with vulnerable defendants in fraud trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Doyle QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His witness cross-examinaton is succinct, calm and professional, but with humour as necessary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Price QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A polished advocate who is also tactically astute – he knows which fights to pick.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – 2018 silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A very charismatic and human jury advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford Row β€˜His advocacy style is easy to understand and he is very persuasive because he knows cases inside out.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Pentol - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Instructed as a leading junior in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicola Howard - 25 Bedford Row β€˜An impressive, unflappable advocate with impeccable judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Samantha Riggs - 25 Bedford Row β€˜She is very meticulous and is not afraid to run novel legal arguments.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Wells - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Very personable with clients, with a compendious knowledge of the case law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He is loved due to his friendly attitude, detailed preparation and high-end advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Baki - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A fearsome advocate and leaves no stone unturned in the defence of his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Osman Osman - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Indefatigable, and charming to boot.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He knows his cases inside-out and impresses clients with his attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dermot Keating - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He works extremely hard and has a lovely manner in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gomulka - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He defends in VHCCs.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row’s Courtenay Griffiths QC is instructed to represent Agnes Taylor (ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor) before the courts for alleged torture during the Liberian Civil War; the defendant’s former husband, was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2012 for various war crimes, including the use of child soliders.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Instructed in Africa-related ICC matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Hooper QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He has a track record of defending in international crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Hugely respected and admired for her skill and expertise in international criminal law.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Sam Blom-Cooper - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He handles international criminal law work and extradition too.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

25 Bedford Row

At 25 Bedford Row, new silk Adrian Eissa QC represents HΓΌseyin Baybaşin (a Turkish heroin smuggler dubbed β€˜Europe’s Pablo Escobar’) as third parties in POCA proceedings against his brother; the CPS alleges that some property is owned by the Baybaşin family but HΓΌseyin Baybaşin claims are his alone, in a case with challenges of matrimonial and trusts law.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – 2018 silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Pragmatic and client-focussed, with an enviable knowledge of confiscation law and procedure.’

Ranked: tier 1
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Good with clients and respected by other professionals, he knows POCA with an encyclopaedic skill.’

Ranked: tier 1

Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford Row β€˜He has conducted some of the most complex POCA cases going.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford Row β€˜Very bright and tactical, clients like him because of his relaxed manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Wood - 25 Bedford Row β€˜A well-informed, knowledgable barrister, who understands the issues and considers the whole scenario.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A leading β€˜go-to’ crime set, the barristers and clerks at 25 Bedford Row β€˜never let you down’ thanks to their strength in depth across all areas of criminal defence work and an β€˜accumulation of talented counsel’. With β€˜excellent experience’ across the team, the clerks’ room is described as β€˜second to none’. β€˜One of the best senior clerks in the industry’, Guy Williams β€˜runs a tight ship’ and β€˜knows how to offer an excellent service to solicitors, which keeps one going back to instruct them’. β€˜Fantastic’ deputy senior clerk Emma Makepeace is β€˜first class’ and β€˜goes the extra mile with solicitors, making you feel reassured that you are getting the right person for the job’. First junior Alfie Lee β€˜is now coming into his own and has matured into one of the most approachable clerks in London’. Offices in: London

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