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Chambers of William Clegg QC

LONDON, WC1R 4BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7440 8888
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Fax 020 7242 1738
DX:
LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.2bedfordrow.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, 2 Bedford Row remains β€˜the leading criminal set in the south of England’. β€˜An inexhaustible array of talent from top to bottom offers solicitors a complete service’; β€˜only the highest standards are accepted and a very strong work ethic is engendered from the start of pupillage’. Outside the pure criminal space, chambers is β€˜extremely strong for disciplinary, regulatory and fraud work, where there is also strength and depth in abundance’. The clerks’ room is β€˜a well-oiled machine’, which provides β€˜a strong personal service’. In particular, senior clerk John Grimmer β€˜remains without parallel, combining the very best traditions of a clerk (approachability, good humour and diplomacy) with the sharpest business brain going’. He β€˜runs a tight ship’ that includes Paul Rodgers (β€˜very knowledgeable and helpful’) and Lee Bartlett (β€˜responds quickly and efficiently to client needs’). β€˜Chambers as a whole takes care to approach cases in a tailored and sensitive way, which clients really appreciate.’ 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 1

2 Bedford Row

Exhibiting β€˜genuine strength in depth’, 2 Bedford Row includes a number of members appearing in complex trials and delivering international advice. William Clegg QC represented a rate submitter in a 2016 trial of several former Barclays employees in a Libor-rigging case, while Jim Sturman QC handles complex sanctions-related work.

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

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜If the client has even the faintest chance, he is your man.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His analysis of a case is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kovalevsky QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜One of the most astute barristers going.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜International clients highly respect his expertise and insight into how the prosecution reacts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His advocacy style commands immediate authority.’

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

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An expert in the field: he is very forensic and analytical in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A very good senior junior, who has the respect of the judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row prosecutes and defends the gamut of serious criminal cases, and some say it is β€˜arguably the premier defence set in London’. Stephen Vullo QC and David Patience defended Rolf Harris in two trials, one in 2016 and a retrial in 2017 – in the latter, Harris, highly unusually, attended his own trial via video-link for health reasons and the matter ended after two hung juries. Richard Whittam QC prosecuted Thomas Mair, who was convicted of the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His experience as Treasury Counsel gives him an edge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Wolkind QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He remains a formidable presence in court – his ease and speed in cross-examination is something to behold.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An accomplished and impressive prosecution advocate instructed in genuinely sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is quick to grasp detail and is incomparable in putting clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Vullo QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has the mind of a chess player, the guts of a boxer and his good nature with clients is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tracy Ayling QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A pre-eminent silk, who undertakes the most serious criminal work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dean Armstrong QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A strong trial advocate and someone you definitely want in your corner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent barrister – quick, effective and a real presence in court.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2016 silks

Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A fearless and formidable advocate, who combines skill and hard work.’

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

Dean George - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is unquestionably one of the hardest-working junior barristers.’

Ranked: tier 2

Maria Dineen - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent defence advocate – she is particularly good at giving robust and realistic advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Craig Rush - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He defends in murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has an excellent client manner that makes him able to convey the essential issues while remaining reassuring.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Langley - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Clients are immediately reassured by his manner and court presence.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Patience - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A very clever and hardworking barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Levy - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He handles matters such as historic sexual abuse and drug importation cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

2 Bedford Row

β€˜Clearly one of the country’s best criminal sets’, 2 Bedford Row’s members primarily defend but also prosecute across a range of fraud work as well as providing significant amount of pre-charge advice. Louise Sweet QC joined from Carmelite Chambers following taking silk in 2016, and represented a director who was acquitted of running a boiler room from 30 St Mary Axe (β€˜the Gherkin’) in London.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Richard Kovalevsky QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His out-of-the-box thinking can be a game-changer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very good at seeing the wood for the trees, identifying issues and relating to clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A brilliant advocate – very experienced and well-connected.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is really excellent with clients in sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He works closely with his instructing solicitor and juniors to make a real team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dean Armstrong QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His courtroom presence means other counsel and the judge have an immediate respect for him.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – 2016 silks

Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜She has a very effective and direct approach.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Exceptionally bright, and responsible for strategies and submissions that lead to acquittals; he is clearly a silk in waiting.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dean George - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His foresight and tactical approach means he is always many steps ahead of co-defendants.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Particularly good – he also has experience in banking himself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford Row β€˜There are few as bright as him and none who work harder.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Instructed in high-profile insurance and mortgage fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Langley - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He works well as part of a defence team and values his solicitor’s input.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very bright and able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His work includes challenging pre-charge advisory matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An experienced defence practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Daniel - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He prosecutes and defends cases involving boiler room disputes and VAT fraud.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Instructed in fraudulent trading and mortgage cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is β€˜one of the leading sets for criminal regulatory work’, with β€˜second-to-none’ strength in depth. Chambers’ headline instructions included Richard Matthews QC handling proceedings arising from the death of Amanda Telfer, who was crushed to death by falling window frames, and Jim Sturman QC representing University College London in the prosecution pertaining to an explosion in the nanotechnology lab.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Frighteningly intelligent, with a truly forensic acumen and outstanding advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His highly regarded courtroom manner is appealing to the jury.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A fearless advocate, who displays superb judgement and knows how to win a trial.’

Ranked: tier 4

Austin Stoton - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Down to earth and excellent on cases with an engineering element.’

Ranked: tier 4

Eleanor Sanderson - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Impressive and excellent overall.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Technically savvy and reassuring under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A superb trial lawyer, who will not be bullied.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A confident advocate with a smooth style.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

2 Bedford Row

Crossing over with its strength in criminal law, 2 Bedford Row handles a range of cases, primarily regarding the medical regulators and, to a lesser extent, solicitors. Ian Stern QC is one of a number of members who defend optometrists – he represented one who was charged with stealing over Β£35,000 from her employer over four years; the case was terminated following a submission of no case to answer.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A very intelligent and charming advocate, whose knowledge is impressive and arguments are creative.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A genuine street-fighter and heavy-hitter.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He defends optometrists and dentists in sensitive cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A superb intellect, he is good with clients and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He thinks laterally and comes up with effective arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sandesh Singh - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An effective advocate, even when pitched against silks and senior juniors twice his call.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, 2 Bedford Row remains β€˜the leading criminal set in the south of England’. β€˜An inexhaustible array of talent from top to bottom offers solicitors a complete service’; β€˜only the highest standards are accepted and a very strong work ethic is engendered from the start of pupillage’. Outside the pure criminal space, chambers is β€˜extremely strong for disciplinary, regulatory and fraud work, where there is also strength and depth in abundance’. The clerks’ room is β€˜a well-oiled machine’, which provides β€˜a strong personal service’. In particular, senior clerk John Grimmer β€˜remains without parallel, combining the very best traditions of a clerk (approachability, good humour and diplomacy) with the sharpest business brain going’. He β€˜runs a tight ship’ that includes Paul Rodgers (β€˜very knowledgeable and helpful’) and Lee Bartlett (β€˜responds quickly and efficiently to client needs’). β€˜Chambers as a whole takes care to approach cases in a tailored and sensitive way, which clients really appreciate.’ Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row’s members handle sports disciplinary work as well as advisory matters regarding corruption in sport. Mark Milliken-Smith QC represented England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler, who was given a two-week ban for directing offensive language at Wales player Samson Lee during a 2016 Six Nations match, half the four-week lower guideline for on-pitch racial abuse.

Sport – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very committed and honest, he makes clients feel secure and relaxed about outcomes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He brings a real gravitas to any case.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

2 Bedford Row’s Jim Sturman QC advises on issues relating to bribery and sanctions across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very robust in analysis and argument.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

2 Bedford Row is a preferred chambers for white-collar crime’ with a growing international workload. The clerks are proactive and helpful’, with senior clerk John Grimmer particularly so’.

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