18 Red Lion Court has once again featured in the most high-profile cases during 2011-12. These include: every FSA prosecution during the period; R v Ali Mustafa – the FSA’s first insider dealing trial; R v Redknapp – the premiership football tax fraud trial; R v Butt – international cricket fraud; the Clico Inquiry into corruption and financial collapse in Trinidad; R v Shell UK Ltd – largest hazard control case following the huge Buncefield gas explosion; R v Gillespie – massive importation of illicit cancer drugs; R v Anwyl - £100m carbon trading fraud; R v Mouncher – the largest ever police corruption trial; The Leveson Inquiry – advice to 20+ News of the World journalists; the widely reported inquest into the 21st July London Bombings; R v Faraz – first trial on s.2 Terrorism Act 2006; R v Nwokeh and ors – murder trials after death during school gang fight at Victoria Station; R v Johnston – the Sunningdale ‘man in a van’ murder trial; R v Burgess – the oldest cold case yet prosecuted.
With 18 Queen’s Counsel and 68 juniors, the set can provide expert advice and advocacy for every kind of criminal, fraud and regulatory matter. Of the 68 juniors, 62 are accredited CPS advocates and over a third are assessed as being of the highest, ‘exceptional’ standard (grade four). Three of the six standing counsel appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are drawn from 18 Red Lion Court. Nearly one third of its members are recommended as leading counsel by either The Legal 500 or ChambersUK or both.
The set: Chambers has an illustrious history. It was founded in 1949 by Fred – later Lord Justice – Lawton, at 5 King’s Bench Walk. A subsequent head of chambers was Michael Havers QC, who became Lord Chancellor. In the 1990s the set established a branch in Chelmsford, reflecting its leading presence in East Anglia. The London branch moved to beautiful period premises at 18 Red Lion Court. Former members continue to be appointed to the High Court, the Old Bailey and the Crown Courts. Current members include the 2012 Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association and the former and current Chairmen of the Bar Council Remuneration Committee.
The set has been involved in many historic cases, including the ‘Lime Fraud’, the Kray Brothers’ trial, the Jeremy Bamber family murders and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, as well as major fraud cases such as Barlow Clowes, Blue Arrow, Maxwell, Polly Peck and BCCI . In recent years, individuals and teams within the set have developed niche practices in a number of quasi-criminal and regulatory areas, such as in coroners’ inquests, public inquiries, medical and financial professional discipline, courts martial, HSE and environmental regulation, and VAT tribunals.
Above material supplied by 18 Red Lion Court (Chambers of Max Hill QC).