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Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC

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5KBW is a leading London barristers’ chambers, with a wealth of expertise in all areas of criminal law, appearing in and advising on cases involving commercial crime, serious and organised crime, terrorism and regulatory offences. Chambers also provides expert legal assistance in children law matters and related family proceedings, licensing, prison law, matters of professional discipline and judicial review.

The set: 5KBW is a long-established leading barristers’ chambers, founded in 1966. With nearly 50 barristers, including Queen’s Counsel, it is able to provide high-quality advocacy and advisory services to clients in its specialist criminal areas, and its members appear in all levels of court throughout the UK and other jurisdictions. Chambers is also well placed to accept work on a public access basis in appropriate cases.

Members of the set have appeared in many high-profile cases, including some that have attracted considerable media attention. Recent notable cases include R v Kuntal Patel [2014] (first ever prosecution under the Biological Weapons Act); R v Bolton [2014] (sale of fake bomb detectors); appeal of Goldie Coats [2013] (battered women syndrome appeal case) and R v Pallant & 2 ors [2013] (successful defence of businessman in the Eddy Shah historic sexual abuse trial).

5KBW is proud of the friendly and professional approach of the clerking and administration team in chambers. The clerking team is headed by Lee Hughes-Gage, who joined chambers as senior clerk in 2005.

Types of work undertaken: Crime: 5KBW provides expert legal assistance in all areas of criminal law and at all levels, appearing in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Crown Courts throughout the UK. Work undertaken includes arson, burglary, death by dangerous driving, drugs, extradition, firearms, kidnap, military law, money laundering, murder, robbery, sexual offences, terrorism and violent disorder.

Commercial crime: 5KBW’s fraud and commercial crime barristers offer a wide range of expertise in financial crime cases from initial advice through to conclusion. Chambers act in all types of serious fraud from initial advisory work to representation at trial or appeal, in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, the Inland Revenue, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Crown Prosecution Service. Members have experience in acting on behalf of individuals and companies accused of fraud and related offences, and in advising prior to charge and at the investigatory stages on such matters as the seizure of privileged material, legality of search warrants, and the approach to be taken upon receipt of orders issued under s2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987. 5KBW also has expertise in ancillary fields such as money laundering, asset forfeiture and confiscation and directors’ disqualification proceedings. Recent cases have included R v MM & ors [2011 and 2012] (£8m evasion of import duty and VAT on gold jewellery).

Family: 5KBW’s family law group has experience and expertise in all applications relating to adoption, contact and residence, local authority intervention in family life, child abduction and violence in relationships. The set advises and represents parents, children and guardians, and is able to provide dedicated barristers specialising in this area to suit the needs of each client and the demands of each case. Members also have expertise in all matters relating to ancillary relief and other financial disputes, such as applications for financial relief for the children of unmarried parents, Inheritance Act claims, financial claims following overseas divorces, and property claims between unmarried and same-sex couples.

Inquests and coronial law: chambers provides advice and representation for claimants and defendants. Work undertaken includes deaths in custody, deaths in the workplace and in military action, allegations of medical negligence and fatal road traffic accidents.

Licensing: 5KBW’s licensing team can undertake all new Licensing Act and Gambling Act matters, at all levels. Its provisions have already thrown up a myriad of complex issues which require expert advice. Chambers provides expert advice and assistance in this area, and has a track record of challenging Westminster Council. Clients have included Spearmint Rhino UK, Chinawhite, Vendome and Crystal.

Above material supplied by 5KBW (Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC).

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