The Legal 500

Chambers of William Clegg QC

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Within Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a second tier set,

2 Bedford Row is ‘a great set' that marks a significant increase in corporate crime matters. It is recognised for its ‘strength in depth', and benefits from allied strengths in fraud and general crime.

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Within Crime, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a first tier set,

With a ‘great deal of strength in depth', 2 Bedford Row is, for many, ‘easily the best criminal set in the country, where it is never a problem instructing quality counsel'. Members have acted on many of the most high-profile cases in the UK in recent years, including murder of private Lee Rigby, and the IRA prosecution regarding the Hyde Park bombing. Around 50% of chambers’ instructions are now privately funded.

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture), 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a first tier set,

2 Bedford Row contains ‘an abundance of quality advocates who are in high demand'; ‘tenants are clearly carefully chosen for their practical insight and ability'. Members act in an advisory capacity to major international corporations as well as appearing in many of the major ongoing fraud disputes. In 2013, these included a £70m tax fraud and a $1bn counterfeit document fraud.

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Within Health and safety, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

2 Bedford Row is ‘the best all-round criminal set in the country', where members successfully acted for Southwark Council in the inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire. William Clegg QC continues to represent high-profile public and private sector bodies.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law), 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

Praised for its ‘user-friendly and organised' approach, 2 Bedford Row‘has a wide range of solid regulatory performers at various levels of call at its disposal', and is best known for its work in the healthcare sector.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

2 Bedford Row is ‘one of, if not the single, best criminal set in the country, with a significant number of very able silks and a very strong junior bench'. Aside from its enviable reputation in crime and fraud, it is well respected for regulatory, health and safety, and sports law. In addition, chambers is also praised for encouraging diversity and promoting counsel from a range of backgrounds. ‘The clerks are efficient and always prepared to be flexible in order to accommodate the client.' Senior Clerk John Grimmer ‘brings years of experience to the post and presides over a very reliable and efficient team that is always happy to help'. Clerks Paul Rodgers and Lee Bartlett are also recommended; Rodgers is ‘absolutely first class; he really understands the needs of his clients', and Bartlett is ‘friendly and quick to respond'. Offices in: London

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Within Sport, 2 Bedford Row (William Clegg QC) is a third tier set,

2 Bedford Row acts for the FA and RFU, and football clubs such as Chelsea FC and Newcastle FC. Jim Sturman QC advised Russian football club PFC CSKA Moscow on matters relating to a UEFA charge of racism.

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