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Esther Schutzer-Weissmann

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6KBW COLLEGE HILL (Chambers of Simon Denison QC)


Esther is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in the Crown Court and on appeal in a wide range cases including violent and sexual offences, murder, gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, money laundering, and theft; has also prosecuted on behalf of the SFO, DSS and the OISC. She has wider advocacy experience from being led and assisting in cases heard before the Privy Council, the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and Strasbourg. Esther is an experienced human rights lawyer.

Significant recent cases include: R v Rolf Harris (prosecution of the former children’s entertainer for historic sex offences); R v Ibori (series of high profile international fraud, corruption and money laundering by ex-governor of Nigeria); R v Nadir (historic theft by chairman of Polly Peck International); R v Adoboli (fraud by city trader); R v Devenny (submariner convicted of abuse of public office and OSA offences); and R v Connolly (systematic familial sexual assault where victim was drugged and filmed).

Esther has also been instructed in judicial reviews and other high court or appeal actions, including overturning previous Court of Appeal authority on mutual legal assistance. Particular specialisms in secret material cases, those involving complex disclosure difficulties, restraint and confiscation, mutual legal assistance, abuse of process and jurisdictional issues in international cases.


Called 2000. Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 4); Serious Fraud Office of Panel Counse (List A)l; Treasury Counsel Monitoree.


Basic French.


University of Oxford, MA (Hons), Literae Humaniores.

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College HillShe possesses a no nonsense approach and is extremely thorough in her approach.

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

6KBW College Hill is ‘most definitely a leader when it comes to business crime – whether prosecuting or defending multinationals, it is always involved in the highest-profile cases’. Sasha Wass QC and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann continue to prosecute three former Tesco executives for the SFO; the matter is due for a retrial after one of the defendants, the company’s former finance director, suffered a heart attack shortly before the summing up in the first trial.

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Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College HillDevastatingly persuasive.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College HillAnalytical, bright and able to cut to the heart right to the heart of the issue quickly.

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