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Chambers of Alexander Cameron QC

3 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5BH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7400 6400
Fax:
Fax 020 7400 6464
DX:
237 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Web:
www.3rblaw.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With β€˜no weak links’ Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜a leading set for business and regulatory crime’, has an β€˜excellent reputation’ in extradition and international crime matters, and is also the β€˜go-to licensing chambers’. The β€˜super-efficient’ clerks’ room provides β€˜very transparent and value for money fee quotes with no unwelcome surprises at billing time’ and β€˜always appear to go the extra mile’. β€˜Helpful, professional and efficient’, senior clerk Eddie Holland is β€˜particularly good at dealing with demanding client needs’. Clerk Dean Brown is β€˜very responsive and finds the right barrister for the job, every time’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings has an acknowledged reputation in extradition and international crime matters, and more generally β€˜has an outstanding team which has a great depth of expertise and experience’. Members are instructed in judicial reviews for both claimants and defendants and matters ranging from inquests and investigations to environmental and licensing issues. Hugo Keith QC’s work includes representing the Metropolitan Police Service in the inquests relating to 2017’s Westminster terror attack.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Has an urbane style of advocacy and is a terrific cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Lewis QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Highly respected by the bench and Bar and a powerful and very persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜On account of her first-class brain and skills as an advocate, she excels for claimants.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜a fantastic set for business crime, and very strong in depth – all members are very high quality’. The set includes members with practices ranging from corruption and insider trading through to more exotic areas such as sanctions and data protection offences. Alexander Cameron QC continues to represent Alstom Network UK, a multi-faceted corruption case, while as sole counsel, Ben Summers prosecuted an insurer in a case concerning its compelling of a policyholder to carry out a subject access request to the Criminal Records Office after it alleged that a claim was fraudulent.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Alexander Cameron QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A very experienced silk – charming, urbane and very good with juries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Very wise and clever, he is a great strategist and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜One of the best all-round practitioners at the criminal Bar – he consistently turns in first-class performances.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜An eloquent and persuasive advocate who excels as a tactician and a strategist.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Hines QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has a first-rate ability to get to the real issues quickly and steer a pragmatic course to get to where he needs to be.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Ben Summers - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He performs at silk level and has been for some time.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Probably one of the best juniors practising at present.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Good with detailed analysis and legal research.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Brandon - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has a scrupulous eye for detail and is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Great command of the law at his fingertips.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Ben Watson - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Excellent lawyer. Good with clients, judges and solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She has a genuinely superb analytical brain.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

β€˜A very good set with strong advocates’, Three Raymond Buildings handles a range of private defence work as well as prosecutions. Due to the set’s strong relationship with the Police Federation, the set often defends rank-and-file police officers facing criminal charges – Neil Saunders was successful for the former Metropolitan Police Inspector, who was acquitted of charges that he assaulted a Tottenham Hotspur supporter while escorting Arsenal fans prior to a North London derby. For the CPS, an unled Luke Ponte prosecuted Arthur Collins, the former partner of a The Only Way Is Essex personality, who was convicted of injuring 14 by throwing acid in a nightclub.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Jane Humphryes QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Her great strength is to make clients feel wholly at ease, even when giving difficult advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A devastatingly effective cross-examiner and willing to fight points that others would give up as lost.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Horwell QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A specialist in the appeal courts, he is widely respected by the senior judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Borrelli QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜An experienced robust cross-examiner with presence and good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A brilliant cross-examiner with an instinctive feel for the right approach in every case.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Meticulous in his preparation, and with great fluidity and charm as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜An elegant advocate – judges really warm to him.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Emlyn Jones - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has it all – very good on the law and a delightful courtroom manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Collins - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She is always a couple of pages ahead of the prosecution.’

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Intelligent and perceptive, he has a first-class manner with clients, who warm to him instantly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Heather Oliver - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A class act in court: strong on the papers, and a fantastic legal mind for the complex law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A serious intellect who can easily navigate his way through the most difficult legal conundrums.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Nick commanded the respect of the court and made an outstanding jury speech.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wormald - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He is excellent at identifying the pinch points in a case and thinking of a way around them.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings has relationships with both prosecuting authorities and blue-chip criminal and commercial firms, handling work at the interface between traditional criminal fraud and business crime. Michael Borrelli QC represented a defendant in a phishing fraud trial concerning losses of Β£160m to various corporate institutions, while Helen Malcolm QC represented the solicitor who was convicted in Operation Amazon. Among the junior ranks, Luke Ponte prosecuted as sole counsel the owners of a cafΓ©, who were convicted of VAT fraud and received custodial sentences.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Alexander Cameron QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Completely unflappable, and gets judges and juries eating out of the palm of his hand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜One of the very best: a brilliant advocate who pays meticulous attention to the detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜One of the best many have come across.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Lewis QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A highly rated lawyer with a truly international practice who is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Highly recommended for private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Hines QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A great tactician who is able to convey difficult news to lay clients with sensitivity and care.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Borrelli QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He defends in multi-defendant fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He conducts advocacy alongside hosts of stellar Silks with great aplomb.’

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Highly experienced – anyone who instructs him is lucky to have him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Summers - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜His real strength is performing at silk-level in financial crime.’

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A natural advocate with a terrific demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wormald - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜One of the leading juniors at the Bar, he has the gravitas of a top silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜As comfortable doing heavyweight fraud as he is dirty crime.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Kapila - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Very intelligent, calm and focussed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Scott - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Bright, calm under pressure and knows her papers inside out.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Biggs - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Extremely diligent and very bright – he also cross-examines exceptionally well.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜great for health and safety work’ with β€˜several stand out names’. Noteworthy individuals include Stephen Walsh QC, who led Saba Naqshbandi in a prosecution arising from the Lakanal House tower block fire; and Sarah Le Fevre, who has a niche specialism in the safety of sports stadiums.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He is brilliant analyst and is very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A strong barrister with exceptional knowledge of fire safety law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜An impressive advocate with outstanding levels of preparation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings β€˜is a well-established and highly talented set with some very senior silks and up-and-coming juniors’. The chambers brings its criminal and regulatory expertise to inquests and reviews of coroners’ decisions. Patrick Gibbs QC acted for the principal officer involved in the death of a news vendor during the G20 demonstrations, and Hugh Davies QC’s recent work includes acting for the firearms officer who shot an individual during a covert police operation.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A compelling advocate and one of the best silks I have ever seen in an inquest.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Davies QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He is an excellent performer – his beautifully measured advocacy is particularly effective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜An extremely accomplished and persuasive advocate, also very pleasant to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She delivers her advocacy with charm, sees the big picture and manages it well.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A fearless advocate who combines tenacity and good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A seriously impressive senior junior who leaves nothing to chance.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings β€˜has many barristers at all levels with extradition expertise’. James Lewis QC represents the US government in Trinidadian extradition proceedings concerning former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who has been indicted in the US for corruption; Hugo Keith QC advises Dimitry Firtash, a businessman with close links to previous Ukrainian governments, who is saught by the US from Austria on bribery charges concerning titanium mining in India.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A hardworking and efficient barrister who is eloquent in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has an extraordinary career in the crossover between public law and crime, particularly in extradition.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Hines QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Very versatile because of his appearances in the commercial courts, which gives him an edge.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Lewis QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He is instructed in heavyweight extradition cases.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Ben Watson - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A clever and brilliant lawyer – one of the finest extradition juniors around.’

Ranked: tier 1

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She regularly represents the government in extradition cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A considered advocate with a good feel for the mood of the court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Brandon - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Very well recognised in extradition and related matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Scott - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A smart and creative thinker with a human touch.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Kapila - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A first-rate junior who is very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Good with detailed analysis and legal research.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is praised by some as β€˜without doubt, the leading licensing set’. Juniors and silks alike have represented top entertainment venues and restaurants in London. Saba Naqshbandi acted for The Bedford and the Rochelle Canteen, while Stephen Walsh QC successfully acted for Sushi Samba and The Ivy Brasserie in securing their licences. The set has also demonstrated its strengths in representing clients in other industries, with recent notable clients including The London Stadium and Old Spitalfields Market.

Licensing – Leading silks

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Instrumental in complex applications.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A stunning, effective, clever and second-to-none advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2
Licensing – Leading juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Her preparation is really impressive and she takes control of the case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜One of the leading licensing juniors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has a diverse practice spanning the trade, local government and regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Quickly dissects and expertly addresses the key issues in complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Kapila - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She instils confidence especially with her thorough knowledge of licensing.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is best known for its work with the Police Federation and the firms of solicitors it instructs. Neil Saunders and Matthew Butt successfully defended four officers in a disciplinary case – heard in public, but with the officers anonymised due to threats of violence – concerning the death of Henry Hicks, who was killed in a moped crash after police officers followed him using flashing lights and sirens; Hicks was found in possession of seven bags of high-strength cannabis after the incident.

Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Hugh Davies OBE QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜His beautifully measured advocacy is particularly effective.’

Ranked: tier 2
Police law (defendant) – 2017 silks

Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Technically brilliant – one of the very best.’

Ranked: tier 1
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Ben Brandon - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He has a scrupulous eye for detail, is thoroughly knowledgable and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Extremely bright and a brilliant advocate – one of the best at the junior Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He is direct and clear in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Very switched-on.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ailsa Williamson - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Clients like her very well-prepared approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Summers - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He leads a defence team by example exceptionally well.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜She appears in challenging cases for police officers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He defends officers in high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Approachable, yet direct.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Atchley - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜His courage and initiative takes cases in satisfying directions.’

Ranked: tier 3

William Emlyn Jones - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Silks worry they will not get to lead him before his inevitable elevation to the front row.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings has a number of members who handle confiscation work for both authorities and privately-represented defendants. Hugo Keith QC is instructed by Islam Karimov Jr. – grandson of the former president of Uzbekistan – on forefeiture matters.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A master of staying on top of the detail of cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜Top draw in every way: no step is taken without identifying the goal and the pathways to it.’

Ranked: tier 3
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜A pleasure to work with, even in demanding and complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond Buildings β€˜He exceeds expectations and adds value on any case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

With β€˜no weak links’ Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜a leading set for business and regulatory crime’, has an β€˜excellent reputation’ in extradition and international crime matters, and is also the β€˜go-to licensing chambers’. The β€˜super-efficient’ clerks’ room provides β€˜very transparent and value for money fee quotes with no unwelcome surprises at billing time’ and β€˜always appear to go the extra mile’. β€˜Helpful, professional and efficient’, senior clerk Eddie Holland is β€˜particularly good at dealing with demanding client needs’. Clerk Dean Brown is β€˜very responsive and finds the right barrister for the job, every time’. Offices in: London

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