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Red Lion Chambers

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Chelmsford, London

Red Lion Chambers is acknowledged by both judges and lawyers as leaders within its fields of expertise. The set's main practice areas include crime, business crime, regulatory, international law, inquiries and appellate work. It is home to some of the best barristers in the country at every level of experience from its Silks to its most junior member.

The set: Originally founded in the 1940s by Sir Frederick Lawton, chambers now boasts arguably one of the strongest teams at the Bar in criminal law, having enjoyed consistently strong leadership. Tony Shaw QC & Gillian Jones QC are the  current joint head of chambers; their most recent predecessors include; Max Hill QC,  David Etherington QC, Peter Rook QC and Anthony Arlidge QC.

Throughout Red Lion Chambers' 70-year history, it has built an excellent reputation among its clients and peers and its barristers have routinely and invariably been instructed to advise and act in the leading cases of the day.

Accordingly, chambers offers unrivaled experience and expertise and its rigorous recruitment and selection policy means this status quo will continue. It is particularly praised for its expertise in corporate and complex fraud, regulatory law, terrorism, serious crime and historic sex cases.

High-profile cases undertaken by chambers include Max Hill QC and Barnaby Jameson prosecuting a London cabbie convicted of the Iraq bomb death of a US sergeant and Edmund Vickers securing the acquittal of his defendant in the first FGM trial at Southwark. Many members of Red Lion Chambers are instructed in high-profile financial crime cases, such as Libor, Euribor, Operation Hornet (HBOS), Forex Inquiry and many others.

Types of work undertaken: Red Lion Chambers has vastly experienced barristers in all areas of criminal law. It provides defence and prosecution counsel for complex matters, such as fraud, money laundering, historic murder, organised and historic sexual offences, and terrorism cases. Its recent high-profile instructions include the Max Clifford indecent assault trial, the Territorial Army barracks bomb plot trial and an eight-handed rape and human trafficking case.

The set is also called upon to handle high-value and complex corporate crime matters where it offers a strong bench of silks and juniors who have expertise in a range of financial crime matters. Members prosecute and defend in this area, and demonstrate strength in handling major cases, such as in international corruption, investment fraud and market manipulation. Barristers at the set consistently receive high-profile instructions. For instance Antony Shaw recently secured the acquittal of his defendant in allegations of conspiracy to defraud in the second SFO LIBOR trial and Allison Clare was instructed to advise Lloyds Banking Group and UBS on fraud and corruption-related issues.

In addition to the set's defence work, its barristers consistently receive high-profile instructions from investigating authorities including the SFO, FCA and OFT. With the changing face of financial crime, Red Lion Chambers' focus is on demonstrating leadership in its field, and it is regularly retained in the early stages of cases to provide high-quality advocacy and advice.

Many members have particular expertise in the fields of environmental law, fire law, health and safety, professional disciplinary (particularly healthcare), tax Tribunals and transport law.

The set undertakes inquiries and appellate work, including coroners' inquests, public inquiries, appeals and judicial reviews.

Red Lion barristers have extensive experience in the field of international law. They regularly advise a range of institutions and non-governmental organisations on international criminal law and human rights issues. Members also have unrivalled experience in trans-national criminal cases including terrorism, human trafficking and international financial crime.

Red Lion Chambers is a formidable team, and its clients reap the benefits. Senior members very often lead junior members, and members introduce clients to other skilled members within chambers. Clerks and barristers work together to provide excellent client care and barristers work relentlessly to ensure the best result possible for the client.

The set is approachable, ambitious, analytical and strategic in its approach, and aims to meet both business and client needs.


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