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Chambers of Simon Denison QC

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6KBW College Hill has held a pre-eminent position in criminal and public law for over 70 years and has been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of civil law.


6KBW maintains its reputation as an outstanding criminal set. It is also particularly well known for cases concerning financial crime, public law, extradition, proceeds of crime, asset forfeiture, inquests and public inquires. Members frequently appear in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights in cases involving some of the most important and high profile issues.

Crime: 6KBW College Hill is universally acknowledged as one of the leading sets in the field. In recent years 6KBW’s work has included: The trial of the killers of Stephen Lawrence and the ensuing review which led to the undercover policing inquiry, the 21/7 and airline bomb plots, the Millie Dowler murder trial; the ‘phone hacking’ trials, Marine A, Rolf Harris, advisory work arising from the Hillsborough inquest and the Parsons Green bombing. In the past year alone, members have appeared in 113 cases in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 76 in the Administrative Court and 2 in the Supreme Court..


Corporate & Financial Crime: 6KBW’s strength in handling serious and complex financial crime is longstanding. Members of Chambers have acted in all the landmark financial crime cases of the last 20 years: Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Mabey & Johnson, Polly Peck, British Airways price fixing, Tchenguiz, Adoboli, Blue Arrow, Olympus and Hewlett Packard. 6KBW’s members have been instructed to defend and prosecute corporates and individuals in the SFO’s largest and most high-profile ‘blockbuster’ investigations including: Rolls-Royce, Barclays, GSK, Tesco, Alstom, Libor / Euribor, Soma Oil, Unaoil, ENRC, McKenzie v SFO, Tata Steel, Quindell Plc, G4S and Serco investigations.


Administrative & Public Law: 6KBW has a strong public law presence and leads the field in cases concerning national security; policing; prisons and prosecutorial decisions. Recent cases include: Ibrahim, Mohammed, Omar & Abdurahman v UK (ECtHR: Article 6 challenge by the 21/7 bombers), Beghal v DPP (Supreme Court: challenge to police terrorism powers), S1 and Ors v Home Secretary (Court of Appeal: leading case on ECtHR extraterritoriality in nationality deprivation decisions) and R (Soma Oil) v SFO (High Court: challenging prosecutorial decision making).


Extradition: Members are regularly instructed in leading extradition cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, including in the most-often cited authority: HH v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic, Genoa. 6KBW has been instructed in high-profile extradition litigation including the Rwandan genocide request regarding Dr Celestin Mutabaruka. 6KBW continues to be the first choice for advisory work in extradition cases involving financial crime. Members’ first-class knowledge of both extradition and broader European criminal law is an asset to its clients.


International: Members regularly provide advice and representation to governments, corporates and individuals in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Chambers’ work has included: The trial of Donald Tsang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the trial of the Kwok Brothers (Hong Kong) and the trial of McKeeva Bush, former President of the Cayman Islands. Members are also frequently instructed in appeals to the Privy Council.

Inquests & Public Inquiries: Members have had a long association with high-profile inquests, including the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana, Jean Charles de Menezes and Alexander Litvinenko. Members have also acted in the Tunisia and Deepcut inquests. Chambers has a strong presence in public inquiry work, assisting in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Al-Sweady, Leveson, Grenfell Tower, London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


POCA & Asset Forfeiture: In this area, Chambers has acted in most of the Supreme Court cases of the last decade. Recent work includes: Ahmad (2014), Eastenders (2014), GH (2015), Guraj (2016), and McCormick (2016). Members currently act in multi-million pound restraint and forfeiture applications, including requests from many foreign jurisdictions. Where judicial review involves a POCA element, Chambers is the obvious choice (recently involved in Krager, Necip, Takkar v MoJ, E v HMP Hatfield; Emu). Chambers’ involvement in civil recovery in-cludes: Azam, O’Docherty, Hymans, Agidi, Surin and Abacha.


Above material supplied by 6KBW COLLEGE HILL (Chambers of Simon Denison QC).

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