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Chambers of William Clegg QC

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

2 Bedford Rowremains the go-to criminal/quasi-criminal set, with a stable of thoroughbreds from top to bottom’. For some, it is ‘easily the strongest set in the country’; ‘members can handle any criminal issue you could throw at them’, and its ‘strong line-up from leading counsel right down to juniors makes it a great set overall’. The clerks’ room also attracts strong praise: ‘if you could give Michelin stars to clerks, they would get three stars and senior clerk John Grimmer would be head chef’. ‘There is nothing that he does not know about clerking’; ‘he runs the team with laser precision and a charm that comes from being one of the most experienced clerks at the very top of his game’. Furthermore, ‘he goes out of his way to ensure a prompt and efficient service is provided, and seems to take a genuine interest in the outcome of a case’. In addition, the ‘efficient, reliable and realistic’ Paul Rodgers is singled out, as is Lee Bartlett. The junior clerks are also rated as ‘very accommodating’. 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

2 Bedford Row has ‘genuine strength in depth’ in financial crime matters, with many of its silks appearing in high-profile matters, often with international elements. Head of chambers William Clegg QC is instructed to defend Alstom’s former head of ethics in his upcoming bribery trial.

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

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowHis approach to advocacy is always well-measured and balanced.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowHe continues to impress through defending in serious white-collar crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kovalevsky QC - 2 Bedford RowCharm and slickness personified.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford RowConfident and charming, especially when handling private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has very polished client skills.’

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

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowClearly at the top of his game.

Ranked: tier 2

Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford RowHe has very strong technical knowledge around financial markets.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford RowHis extraordinary mind can absorb complex information in no time.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is ‘a go-to set at the criminal Bar’, recommended for its strength in depth. Brian Altman QC successfully defended a police officer tried for misconduct in public office following the murder of a man falsely accused of being a paedophile. Stephen Vullo QC acted for former DJ Dave Lee Travis in his retrial for various historical indecent assault charges, securing acquittals on all charges bar one.

Crime – Leading silks

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford RowThorough and hardworking; he never makes a mistake.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowTo say he is committed to his clients is an understatement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Wolkind QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has real flair and thinks outside the box.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has an innate ability to deflect difficult arguments effortlessly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHardworking, conscientious and knowledgeable, all in a user-friendly package.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tracy Ayling QC - 2 Bedford RowHer advocacy is punchy, focused and succinct.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowHis immense experience is immediately apparent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dean Armstrong QC - 2 Bedford RowA strong trial advocate, who you definitely want in your corner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Vullo QC - 2 Bedford RowThorough and hardworking with a very engaging courtroom presence.

Ranked: tier 3
Crime – Leading juniors

Dean George - 2 Bedford RowHe has a natural and engaging ability to put his clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford RowHe has an excellent rapport with juries, which results in exceptional outcomes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Levy - 2 Bedford RowA great trial advocate, who invests carefully in trial strategy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Maria Dineen - 2 Bedford RowA very good senior junior and really reliable pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowHe is an asset in multi-handed matters.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Bedford Row

At 2 Bedford Row, ‘only the highest standards are provided and a strong work ethic is instilled from the start of pupillage’. Sean Hammond successfully defended former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire in a case alleging misconduct in public office, fraud and money laundering regarding expenses.

Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowHe is exceptionally good at putting clients at ease in the most difficult of situations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kovalevsky QC - 2 Bedford RowHis tactical nous makes him a first-choice weapon for anyone squaring up for a fight.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowA really great jury advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHis real gravitas in court commands respect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowHer effortless manner belies her steely determination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dean Armstrong QC - 2 Bedford RowVery tactically aware and a decisive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowExtremely user-friendly and very bright.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Ferguson - 2 Bedford RowGood with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dean George - 2 Bedford RowHe has an unstinting commitment to his clients’ cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Maria Dineen - 2 Bedford RowThorough, determined and always fully prepared for every hearing.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowExperienced at putting his client at ease in serious matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowHis calm persona can cut through complex issues with ease.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford RowHis advocacy skills are finely tuned and very persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford RowHe has an exceptional ability to get on with clients from all walks of life.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford RowAn absolute joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford RowShe is bright but can explain complicated concepts very simply.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

2 Bedford Row

At 2 Bedford Row, ‘the expertise of the most senior members pervades throughout the junior end of the set’. The set is renowned for its defence work, and members appeared in the Pyranha Mouldings case, which involved the largest corporate manslaughter prosecution to date.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford RowSuperb with clients and ferocious with opponents.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowStrong in the courtroom, where his ring craft is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford RowRecommended for cases involving fatalities, particularly corporate manslaughter.

Ranked: tier 4

Eleanor Sanderson - 2 Bedford RowIntellectually outstanding, meticulous, persuasive and great on her feet.

Ranked: tier 4

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowA robust advocate, who will stand up to the most difficult of opponents.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford RowHighly regarded for work-related death cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law)
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is recommended for regulatory proceedings, and it also has a distinctive strength in defending optometrists. Ian Stern QC represented a police marksman acquitted of the murder of Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead in a “hard stop”.

Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowTireless in his preparation of disciplinary cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowA powerful personality to have in your corner.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading juniors

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford RowHe ensures clients feel supported and guided.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford RowHe thoroughly analyses the evidence in the most complex of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sandesh Singh - 2 Bedford RowIncredibly user-friendly and well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowHis detailed and analytical approach gets results.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

2 Bedford Rowremains the go-to criminal/quasi-criminal set, with a stable of thoroughbreds from top to bottom’. For some, it is ‘easily the strongest set in the country’; ‘members can handle any criminal issue you could throw at them’, and its ‘strong line-up from leading counsel right down to juniors makes it a great set overall’. The clerks’ room also attracts strong praise: ‘if you could give Michelin stars to clerks, they would get three stars and senior clerk John Grimmer would be head chef’. ‘There is nothing that he does not know about clerking’; ‘he runs the team with laser precision and a charm that comes from being one of the most experienced clerks at the very top of his game’. Furthermore, ‘he goes out of his way to ensure a prompt and efficient service is provided, and seems to take a genuine interest in the outcome of a case’. In addition, the ‘efficient, reliable and realistic’ Paul Rodgers is singled out, as is Lee Bartlett. The junior clerks are also rated as ‘very accommodating’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is particularly valued for members’ expertise in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, and their strong links to the football and rugby markets. Clients include Rotherham United FC, Tottenham Hotspur and the RFU.

Sport – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowStreet-smart, client-friendly, and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe takes the time to listen to the client.

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 RowVery 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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