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Red Lion Chambers

18 RED LION COURT, LONDON, EC4A 3EB, ENGLAND
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Work 0207 520 6000
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Fax 0207 520 6248
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478 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.redlionchambers.co.uk
Chelmsford, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Red Lion Chamberscontinues to grow and go from strength to strength’ across the gamut of criminal defence and prosecution. The set is ‘organised and efficient’. ‘They will ensure all cases are covered properly and that solicitors are always kept informed.’ While a London set, it is also active in Kent’s criminal cases and maintains an outpost in Chelmsford. In recent news, Michelle Nelson, Christopher Paxton, and Michael Goodwin took silk in 2019; Sara Lawson QC has been appointed general counsel of the Serious Fraud Office and David Malone has taken a sabbatical to work as the deputy head of the specialist fraud division at the Crown Prosecution Service; Angela Rafferty QC has been appointed a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. The set has recently launched a lecture series which is described as ‘unprecedented’ by clients: ‘These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.’ The clerks’ room is ‘fully understanding and willing to assist in those rare moments of crises’. Mark Bennett is the senior clerk/practice director; deputy director Nick Parkinson, assistant practice director Lee Young, and practice manager and lead Chelmsford clerk Chris Jones are also key contacts. Offices in: London and Chelmsford

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Red Lion Chambers

Viewed as 'strong' in the field of business crime, Red Lion Chambers' members are adept at prosecuting and defending cases involving corruption, bribery, and Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations. Recent highlights include Trevor Archer representing the SFO in a corruption case concerning alleged payments made to a public official in South Korea to secure contracts for seismological equipment to monitor earthquakes and nuclear weapons tests in North Korea over a 13-year period.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersExtremely experienced in handling cases involving bribery and corruption.

Ranked: tier 1

Antony Shaw QC - Red Lion ChambersHe has a cool and poised head and bags of experience.

Ranked: tier 2

Gillian Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersA steely advocate.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Tom Forster QC - Red Lion ChambersHe thrives on analysing and distilling expert evidence.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Allison Clare - Red Lion ChambersShe has an incisive mind and authoritative approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Faras Baloch - Red Lion ChambersHis cross-examination is calm, courteous and difficult to resist.

Ranked: tier 3

Max Baines - Red Lion ChambersIntelligent, perceptive and diligent.

Ranked: tier 3

Trevor Archer - Red Lion ChambersHe has a keen mind and an attractive advocacy style.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Red Lion Chambers

Red Lion Chambers, among a range of criminal experts, has number of members with specific strengths in sexual offences and modern slavery matters, and handles a strong mixture of prosecution work as well as challenging defence instructions. Kate Bex QC successfully represented the defendant, a solicitor, in the second-ever prosecution under the Female Genital Mutilation Act. Rosina Cottage QC represented the Crown Prosecution Service, successfully defeating an appeal against conviction brought in the name of publicist Max Clifford, who died three years into a prison sentence for indecent assault. Among the juniors, David Malone prosecuted two gang members involved in the production of drill music videos on YouTube for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH), and successfully applied after their conviction for the first criminal behaviour order targeting drill music. Elsewhere, Paul Evans represented a man named in the press as a former president of the Sussex chapter of the Hell's Angels, who was acquitted of GBH with intent. Sally-Ann Hales QC was appointed to the circuit bench in May 2018.

Leading Silks

Rosina Cottage QC - Red Lion ChambersShe has incredible authority and gravitas in the courtroom, and inspires great confidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Riel Karmy-Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersSimply outstanding – the lead in human trafficking prosecutions in England and Wales.

Ranked: tier 1

David Etherington QC - Red Lion ChambersThe best closing speech maker at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Edmund Vickers QC - Red Lion ChambersHe has a first-class legal mind allied to a very charming and persuasive style.

Ranked: tier 3

Gillian Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersChosen by both leading firms and the CPS.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Benson QC - Red Lion ChambersHe has the gravitas one would expect of a senior silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Bex QC - Red Lion ChambersClinical in her cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Adam Wiseman QC - Red Lion ChambersA natural advocate who owns the courtroom and brings first-rate judgement to cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Jennifer Dempster QC - Red Lion ChambersA class act in the most challenging, sensitive and high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Forster QC - Red Lion ChambersHe has a first-rate brain and a quiet, authoritative manner.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Christopher Paxton QC - Red Lion ChambersA passionate, enthusiastic prosecutor excellent at fostering a team spirit.

Ranked: tier 1

Michelle Nelson QC - Red Lion ChambersIn cross-examination, she is insightful and tenacious.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Ian McLoughlin - Red Lion ChambersAn extremely charming advocate whom juries love.

Ranked: tier 2

Joanna Hardy - Red Lion ChambersShe has a sure touch with clients and the court alike.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Evans - Red Lion ChambersVery good at managing a complex disclosure exercise in a high-profile case.

Ranked: tier 2

David Malone - Red Lion ChambersHe has an excellent grasp of forensics issues and trial tactics.

Ranked: tier 3

Felicia Davy - Red Lion ChambersA skilful, credible and cogent advocate who leaves no stone unturned in her case preparation.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Skelley - Red Lion ChambersHis precise and effective questioning helps enormously.

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Leading Juniors

Sailesh Mehta - Red Lion ChambersOne of the most intelligent barristers in the field of environmental law.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersAccessible, easy to deal with, thoughtful and brave enough to stick his neck out on important points.

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: civil
Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersEspecially esteemed in the field of Proceeds of Crime litigation, both civil and criminal – he always provides sound tactical advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Red Lion Chambers

Red Lion ChambersGillian Jones QC is acting in a long-running private prosecution concerning alleged international property fraud and forgery of company documents set, while Jane Bewsey QC prosecuted in Operation Twilight, a case concerning six defendants charged with tax fraud by claiming tax relief on a film scheme which never resulted in a film being made.

Leading Silks

Jane Bewsey QC - Red Lion ChambersFormidable yet personable, and a thorough cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2

David Etherington QC - Red Lion ChambersA counsel of choice for fraud matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Gillian Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersShe has an incisive legal mind and is ferociously hardworking; a big hitter in all respects.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHe is particularly good with anxious clients.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

David Walbank QC - Red Lion ChambersA combination of charm and steel.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Forster QC - Red Lion ChambersAcademic yet practical, and extremely straightforward to deal with.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Chris Paxton QC - Red Lion ChambersA talented and very charming cross-examiner who is able to woo the jury.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Goodwin QC - Red Lion ChambersHis work ethic is tireless.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Tom Payne - Red Lion ChambersA cool, calm and assured barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Felicia Davy - Red Lion ChambersEntirely unflappable in court.

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Chalkley - Red Lion ChambersDetail-oriented and committed.

Ranked: tier 4

Serena Gates - Red Lion ChambersShe is clever, hardworking, and has excellent judgement. She also gets on well with clients, opponents, and judges.

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Godfrey - Red Lion ChambersAn extremely dedicated prosecutor of fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Sailesh Mehta - Red Lion Chambers'He is dignified and unassuming, yet lethal in court'.

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
2018 Silks

Adam Wiseman QC - Red Lion ChambersHis strengths include staying focused on the key issues in a case and witness handling. He’s a very good team player.

Ranked: tier 1

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

David Young - Red Lion ChambersA talented barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Nina Tavakoli - Red Lion ChambersShe is extremely committed to cases and clients alike.

Ranked: tier 2

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersHighly regarded for his encyclopaedic knowledge and practical advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Jane Oldfield - Red Lion ChambersShe has a light but devastating touch in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Red Lion Chamberscontinues to grow and go from strength to strength’ across the gamut of criminal defence and prosecution. The set is ‘organised and efficient’. ‘They will ensure all cases are covered properly and that solicitors are always kept informed.’ While a London set, it is also active in Kent’s criminal cases and maintains an outpost in Chelmsford. In recent news, Michelle Nelson, Christopher Paxton, and Michael Goodwin took silk in 2019; Sara Lawson QC has been appointed general counsel of the Serious Fraud Office and David Malone has taken a sabbatical to work as the deputy head of the specialist fraud division at the Crown Prosecution Service; Angela Rafferty QC has been appointed a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit. The set has recently launched a lecture series which is described as ‘unprecedented’ by clients: ‘These events are invaluable to the solicitors’ profession in terms of continued professional development and are very much highly regarded.’ The clerks’ room is ‘fully understanding and willing to assist in those rare moments of crises’. Mark Bennett is the senior clerk/practice director; deputy director Nick Parkinson, assistant practice director Lee Young, and practice manager and lead Chelmsford clerk Chris Jones are also key contacts. Offices in: London and Chelmsford

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Max Baines - Red Lion ChambersHis advocacy is known for its easy manner, sound analysis and intelligence.

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Jeremy Benson QC - Red Lion ChambersHis experience and knowledge make him an exceptional advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersClients value his insight, his practicality and the fact that he is very hands-on, always leading from the front.

Ranked: tier 2

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