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Leading Silks

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford RowA real heavyweight at the Criminal Bar. He is very hard working and hard as nails. His attention to detail is excellent but does not stop him from making the broad points in a very jury-friendly manner.
Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street ChambersAffably authoritative. Excellent on the law and both his written work and advocacy are first class. He focuses on the real issues in the case, fights his client's corner, and has a great jury manner: jurors and others in the courtroom can't help but like him. Truly a leading counsel.
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC - 2 Hare CourtThere is no doubt that Sallie is a first class act. Her cross-examination is as polished as it is lethal. She cuts to the chase and works with absolute focus on a case. She rightfully commands the respect of opponents, the court and the client.
Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersFearless in court, real depth of insight into the evidential issues in a case, an uncanny ability to re-analyse and breathe life into a case.
George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford RowHe is a giant in his field and absolutely second to none. He combines meticulous and detailed preparation (leaving no stone unturned) with an utterly formidable presence in court. Judges listen to and respect him and he has a fantastic rapport with a jury. He is a joy to watch at work. On those rare occasions where it is necessary to stand upon to a judge, George is the person you want in your corner. He is absolutely first class. A leader in his field.
Rosina Cottage QC - Red Lion ChambersRosina brings the highest levels of emotional intelligence to her work, giving her a clear advantage in reading juries and tribunals of all kinds. She is unfailingly diligent and thorough, whilst building excellent working relationships with all other parties in court.
Jeremy Dein QC - 25 Bedford RowUncompromising in his defence of young clients.
Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has a magnificent presence in court. He completely commands the courtroom. His closing speech was excellent and set exactly the right tone in what were very challenging proceedings.
Ian Henderson QC - Farringdon ChambersA very impressive silk; his cross-examination is razor-sharp and his closing speeches are subtly crafted. Impeccable judgement, knows his brief and has a manner that inspires trust and respect from the Bench, the jury and his fellow advocates. Prepared to make bold tactical decisions when sitting on the fence would be safer but less advantageous to his client.
Mark Heywood QC - 5KBWAbsolutely brilliant. Great ability to construct legal argument where many other would dare to attempt. A silk with great intellect. He has the ability to impress any tribunal with his in depth legal arguments.
Stephen Kamlish QC - Garden Court ChambersA most powerful, dynamic and brave advocate. Takes on the hardest of cases and is always totally committed to the client's cause. The best gut-instinct of any counsel working today. Sound judgement. Hard working. Easy to deal with. Excellent with clients.
Riel Karmy-Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersShe is a wise and experienced advocate respected by all and handles the worst case scenarios in court with a calm and measured approach. Her knowledge of the law and the manner in which she analyses and applies it places her quite rightly as one of the leaders of the field in sex cases and human trafficking and modern slavery. She is an outstanding jury advocate.
Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtDebonair and never shies away from the fight.
Judy Khan QC - Garden Court ChambersOne of the best criminal defence briefs at the bar. Her mastery of detail is extraordinary. She gains the confidence of difficult clients at the very first meeting and retains that confidence. Her submissions of law are flawless.
Eleanor Laws QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanPure excellence and a fearsome opponent. An incomparable mix of skilful strategy and gravitas commands the courtroom. She has great emotional intelligence which she deploys to great advantage in order to cross-examine witnesses.
Paul Mendelle QC - 25 Bedford RowA precise, authoritative silk who is great with difficult clients.
Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is an absolute star to work with. He is thorough in his preparation and very engaging with clients. What is most impressive is his ability to analyse the evidence and develop a case theory - which he then sets about developing in and out of court. He is a superb jury advocate. His approach is very understated but fierce and robust when he needs to be.
Clare Montgomery QC - Matrix ChambersShe is at the top of the legal pecking order and unrivalled. She is clear, concise, and continues to attract the most complex cases. Brings to this her incredible intellect and eye for detail and strategy in a case. Continues to be incredibly busy, and so hard to instruct at times, but is the absolute go-to counsel for complex, high-profile cases.
Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis cross-examinations are carefully crafted and at times ruthless.
Jonathan Rees QC - 2 Hare CourtThere are few to match Jonny Rees QC: he works incredibly hard, and has great judgement. Being led by him is being like chauffeur driven in a Bentley. A charming jury advocate.
James Scobie QC - Garden Court ChambersHis reputation amongst colleagues and clients alike is renowned. The courtroom is his stadium and he is your number one player. His preparation is second to none, once you instruct him the case becomes him. His advocacy and juror engagement is outstanding.
Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowIn a profession where there are quite a few stellar names, Jim Sturman QC is the brightest star. His experience of high profile matters is unparalleled, his knowledge of the law unequalled and his ability to nurture a jury in the palm of his hands is unrivalled. Mix in a hard work ethic, rapier wit and client charm and you have the perfect silk.
Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW College HillShe is an excellent tactician who always makes the right judgement call in the most delicate of situations. She commands respect from her peers effortlessly. She is an incomparable class act, particularly in the most challenging, sensitive and high profile of cases. Sasha adopts a no-nonsense approach and is always prepared and willing to cut through a deadlock situation. A true barrister of principle, she will stand her ground and fight for what is ultimately right.
Richard Whittam QC - Matrix ChambersA skilled prosecutor and effective defender.
Michael Wolkind QC - MC ChambersHe has a charismatic and engaging style.
Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowShe is a very strong advocate. She is able to explain complex matter to a jury with ease.
Duncan Atkinson QC - 6KBW College HillA very able silk and brilliant cross-examiner.
Crispin Aylett QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanOne of the top five prosecutors in the country. His reputation at the Old Bailey is peerless. He is a prosecuting star at the top of his game. He is at the very top of the pile. He is tremendously bright and has a complete command of his brief, whilst giving the impression that he never breaks a sweat.
Tracy Ayling QC - 2 Bedford RowShe has extensive knowledge in her subject areas and is widely recognised as an expert in sex and sexual grooming cases. She is excellent with defendants and takes time to explain all matters clearly - thus gaining their confidence. Her legal knowledge is right up to date and she makes cogent, persuasive, succinct, focused submissions at all times. She has a tactical brain that not only considers her own case but the other cases around her. She is an all round top performer.
Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex StreetHe is a superb advocate and tactician, excellent with juries. He has meticulous attention to detail and is uncompromising in his defence of his clients. He is very much a team player. He is equally attentive to anxious family members as he is to the client.
Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond Buildings ‘He one of the best around at the criminal Bar. If I was in trouble I would want him to defend me. This advocate is supremely bright, a tactical genius and a superlative advocate. Top of his game.
John Cooper QC - 25 Bedford RowHe is ferocious in court.
Mark Cotter QC-5 St Andrews HillHas grown as a relatively new QC into an absolute foundation for any high-profile or complex criminal case. Throws everything into the case, and it consumes him for that period. He is easy to work with and is excellent on his feet, with jurors, judge and opponent. I have seen juries eat from his palm.
Simon Denison QC - 6KBW College HillAn excellent and highly regarded advocate who has a detailed command of complex facts.
Peter Doyle QC - 25 Bedford RowA real gentleman of the profession – it is a privilege to watch him at work.
Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowDiana is an excellent advocate and brilliant lawyer. Her potent advocacy is a delight, sounding spontaneous yet honed by rigorous preparation.
David Etherington QC - Red Lion ChambersDavid is an exceptional barrister in every sense. He has a superb legal mind which distills complex legal issues into simple and concise arguments. He is one of the finest jury advocates that I have seen, expert in all that he does especially in cross-examination as well as in his closing speeches.
Francis FitzGibbon QC - 23 Essex StreetA highly intelligent silk and a true gentleman.
Isabella Forshall QC - Doughty Street ChambersA clear vision, determination, wonderful advocacy, good lawyer. An iron fist in a velvet glove, which comes out and hits the court, the judge and the jury at a key moment. A brilliant lawyer.
Sarah Forshaw QC - 5KBWSarah is a tour de force and well known for her robust defence of individuals accused of the most serious of sexual offences. She is absolutely fearless and stands up to judges and prosecutors where her clients are unable. Juries love her and identify with her common sense arguments and support for the underdog.
Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare CourtPolished and highly intelligent, he is simply one of the best prosecutors around. Master of his brief and a deadly cross-examiner. Mr Glasgow is very approachable, decisive and always dealt with the cases to the highest standard. He an excellent advocate, concentrates on the issues in the case and engages well with other court users.
Richard Horwell QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA pleasure to observe on his feet; he delivers especially well-crafted speeches.
Allison Hunter QC - 23 Essex StreetShe is a classy advocate. She is supremely articulate and devastatingly effective. One of the best cross-examiners at the Bar.
Zoe Johnson QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanZoe is a star of the Bar. She brings first rate intellectual acuity to her work. She is a superb advocate, and commands the attention of the court. She has instinct and judgement in spades which together her other attributes means she is the total package. Clients love her.
Paul Keleher QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has a good tactical brain and is devastating in a cut-throat situation.
Philippa McAtasney QC - Furnival ChambersPhilippa is an exceptional advocate, a great communicator, tactical thinker and puts even the most difficult clients at ease.
Rajiv Menon QC - Garden Court ChambersA standout star. He builds great empathy with clients.
Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe can give clear advice in a sensitive way.
Miranda Moore QC - 5 Paper BuildingsShe is a great jury advocate and grasps a case very quickly and has a fantastic manner with clients in difficult cases.
Cairns Nelson QC - 23 Essex StreetHe relates equally well with high court judges as he does with lay clients and jury. His attitude to client care is second to none. Many silks can be rather "hands-off" when it comes to interacting with lay clients but this is certainly not true of Cairns who is careful to make his client feel an important part of the process. This natural ability to interact with others translates into him being a most impressive and relatable jury advocate.
Icah Peart QC - Garden Court ChambersThere is no more charming, helpful or generous barrister at the criminal Bar. However, in addition to being a fantastic man he is a superb advocate and lawyer. He always gives 100% and is a top brief. Juries, Judges, clients and colleagues love him. He is excellent. He is to be feared if you have to cross swords with him because he is already two or three paces ahead of you because of his reputation.
Duncan Penny QC - 6KBW College HillA silk of strong intellect and a powerful court presence.
Lewis Power QC - Church Court ChambersLewis is a force of nature. His amiable charm fills the robing room and the court room alike. He works every character in a case, from the co-defendants’ advocates, to the prosecutor to the judge and, ultimately, the jury, who hang on his every word. His charm underlays a deadly cross examination technique.
John Ryder QC - 6KBW College HillOne of very best criminal advocates of his generation. He has a gift for language that he deploys with great skill in his cases, whether it is delivering withering cross-examination or a heartfelt jury speech. I have seen him charm and engage even the hardest of judges, such is his skill.
Oliver Saxby QC - Six Pump CourtAt the core of his skillset is an acute legal mind. When coupled with the advocate's charm and judgement you get the complete modern barrister. He is a silk that has been established at being at the top of his game for many years and - as such - his experience is only matched by his obvious abilities.
Mathew Sherratt QC - Thomas More ChambersMathew possesses real fighting spirit. He has incisive tactical flair and he sees things in cases which other would not always pick up on. He quickly wins the ear of juries with his innate charm and common sense approach. A joy to work with and a great leader of a defence team.
Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has a laid back manner and charming way that conceal he is hard working and tactically very shrewd.
Sarah Whitehouse QC - 6KBW College HillA compelling advocate. A star and total class act.
Tony Badenoch QC - 6KBW College HillA real treat to watch in cross-examination.
Alex Bailin QC - Matrix ChambersAlex is a joy to work with - accessible, approachable and engaged. His tactical analysis is always excellent and he has a good understanding of what clients want to achieve from cases. He has an excellent manner with clients. He is particularly good where there are subsidiary issues such as publicity or privacy considerations. He is highly intelligent.
Ali Naseem Bajwa QC - Garden Court Chambers ‘He is the barrister all practitioners should aspire to be. He is supremely intelligent; he is a moment to integrity and honesty. His reputation precedes him, he never takes a bad point, his advocacy is clear, reasoned, precise and delivered with such courtesy and charm to all parties it is devastatingly persuasive. When he speaks everybody knows they are in the presence of greatness, he is truly a master at his craft. The Platinum Standard!
Richard Barraclough QC - Six Pump CourtHe never loses focus in multi-day cross-examinations.
Jason Bartfeld QC - 187 Fleet Street ChambersA proactive, persuasive, and tactful negotiator.
Jeremy Benson QC - Red Lion ChambersA very pragmatic and measured approach. A refreshing willingness to collaborate with the instructing solicitor on strategy. A genuine desire to assist and is incredibly approachable and available! In court able to offer succinct and clear arguments with gravitas.
David Bentley QC - Doughty Street ChambersDavid is a calm, tactically astute and diligent QC who goes the extra mile for his clients. He is not a showman but relies on conversational, easy going advocacy to get the best results for his client. He is easy on the ear and accordingly exudes low key authority and reliability to the jury.
Anthony Berry QC - 9 Bedford RowA very impressive and eloquent trial advocate. His advocacy is first class and he has a wonderful manner with the jury. He is a very commanding presence in court and his ability to distil complex legal and factual issues rapidly, succinctly and persuasively is one of his very best attributes.
Kate Bex QC - Red Lion ChambersKate is a barrister who wakes up the court. Utterly fearless she will take on judge, co-defender, prosecutor, witness without a tremor. Her case preparation is phenomenal and she believes in exploring all the evidence. Fiercely protective of her client, solicitor and junior she is nevertheless a brave and shrewd tactician.
Jane Bickerstaff QC - 9 Bedford RowJane is at the top of her game. Her reputation as one of the best silks is well deserved. Jane brings personality and passion for justice to every case which makes her a fantastic advocate but also means clients have trust and confidence in her. Jane is a steely advocate who is prepared to fight for her clients.
Oliver Blunt QC - Furnival ChambersOliver Blunt is one of the outstanding silks of his generation. His long experience gives him a sense of strategy in cases which few of his contemporaries can come anywhere close to matching. Were I in trouble, he would be my first port of call.
Charles Bott QC - Carmelite ChambersClever but with a really lovely touch in front of a jury. Just effortless in being able to distil down complex factual and legal issues in a way that appeals to juries.
Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street ChambersA painstaking and attentive silk. Counsel is very thorough and attentive to the cases, exploring all avenues and available defences.
Caroline Carberry QC - Furnival ChambersShe is a formidable opponent whose polished, calm and authoritative advocacy is quite simply brilliant. A tough, forensic and graceful advocate.
Richard Christie QC - 187 Fleet Street ChambersHe leaves no stone unturned. Very calm and collected in presentation and an excellent communicator with varying audiences. Works well and is inclusive of others ensuring thorough explanations, sharing of knowledge and forsees issues to deal with them effectively.
Giles Cockings QC - Furnival ChambersHe embodies what it means to be a silk. A master tactician and a very clever lawyer, with outstanding judgement, his submissions and cross-examination are always meticulous. He has an excellent manner in court, and is trusted by judge, jury and opponents alike. His appellate work is of the highest quality. He is very professional, always courteous, and a pleasure to have as an opponent.
Annabel Darlow QC - 6KBW College HillHer understated advocacy style is very effective with judges and juries alike.
Adam Davis QC - 3 Temple GardensAn excellent jury silk.
Sarah Elliott QC-Doughty Street ChambersHer core strengths are having an incredible attention to detail; but also an ability to step back from a case and provide overall strategic advice. Her cross-examination of witnesses perceived as being vulnerable is incredibly skillful. It is an incredibly difficult art; but Sarah is a master of it.
Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA great advocate, charming, unflappable and very able. A measured yet strong cross-examiner.
Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex Street ‘Absolute class performer. Manages clients brilliantly and offers clear cogent advice.
Peter Finnigan QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanFirst and foremost good communication skills, both with professional and lay client. An approachable style both in and out of court that puts clients at their ease, and manifestly appeals to judge and jury alike. Astute at identifying the significant issues in a case. The ability to win the trust of a lay client makes difficult forensic decisions so much easier.
Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant advocate. In a standout market he is exceptional.
Rudi Fortson QC - 25 Bedford RowHe is exceptional in terms of his attention to detail. He prepares his cases meticulously with great insight into the legal issues in particular. He has great experience and tactical awareness. His expertise with regards to drug cases is second to none and he is a respected authority on the law in this area.
Danny Friedman QC - Matrix ChambersDanny is extremely driven, hardworking and clever. He is unafraid of the difficult questions and pursues points relentlessly.
Kerim Fuad QC - Church Court ChambersCommanding advocate and a great tactician. A very strong strategic thinker. A commanding presence, excellent with clients and exceptionally bright. He has the jury eating out of the palm of his hand.
Felicity Gerry QC - Libertas ChambersFelicity thinks outside the box and is not afraid to push the envelope. She is at the forefront of the development of criminal law. She is a true inspiration to junior lawyers. She is a leader in her field. Clients feel she will fight their corner at every stage of a case.
Martin Goudie QC - Crucible Chambers ‘He is able to dissect any case down to its fundamental issues and focus on them before the jury with laser precision.
Henry Grunwald QC - Crucible Chambers ‘He is reassuring under pressure, and provides excellent client care.
Jacob Hallam QC - 6KBW College HillA greatly admired silk who has the facts of the case at his fingertips. A powerful advocate. A good lawyer commanding the confidence of the court. Considerable trial management skills. Fair but resolute.
Alexandra Healy QC - Foundry ChambersShe is an extremely effective advocate. Serene, insightful and wholly in control of her brief. She treats everyone with respect and courtesy. She is methodical in her approach and a persuasive advocate.
Christopher Henley QC - Carmelite ChambersHighly rated by his peers, Christopher's relaxed manner belies a razor-sharp intelligence.
Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtVery impressive in his commitment and skills.
David Hislop QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a wonderful lawyer. He is hugely charismatic, massively persuasive and devastatingly effective. Nothing is impossible with David on your side.
William Hughes QC - Foundry ChambersHe is a gentleman of great talents, and never fails to impress his instructing solicitor or client. He slowly, but calmly chips away at the case with impressive results. He is a very safe pair of hands, and has a wealth of experience. Since taking Silk his advocacy has continued to galvanise all parties involved in a case. He defends and prosecutes with equal prowess and is a pleasure to work with.
Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford RowPaul is a courteous and engaging leader who has a brilliant sense of humour. He is an extremely talented and precise advocate with an amazing memory for detail. Paul's cross-examination style is formidable but still extremely jury-friendly.
Michael Ivers QC - Garden Court ChambersHas a knack of being able to address the jury and keep their attention in a relatable and exciting manner. Not afraid of getting in the trenches. Will continuously and effectively continue fighting for his client.
David Jeremy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanDavid has a wonderful style in front of a jury. He is eloquent and understated. He does not take bad points or try to hoodwink witnesses. He realises that jurors can see through the tricks that some people try to employ, which is why when he does make a point the jury sit up and listen. His integrity really helps to set him apart from others and juries feel that they can trust him, which counts for a great deal indeed.
Gillian Jones QC - Red Lion ChambersGillian is a highly persuasive advocate, hugely respected by judges and colleagues, and an outstanding leader. She is particularly experienced in managing vast cases, always leading from the front and always a step ahead of her opponents. She is also an excellent lawyer with sound judgment, who is formidable in court.
Richard Jory QC - Foundry ChambersWhen it comes to serious cases the devil is always in the detail and this advocate always masters the detail. Calm under pressure, precise in questioning and superb in closing.
Tom Kark QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanTom is a great team player and respects the roles that everybody plays in a prosecution. He has an excellent manner with expert witnesses and bereaved families. He makes sound tactical decisions.
Lee Karu QC - 9 Bedford Row ‘An all-round class act. A formidable jury advocate. He deals with the most serious criminal cases in which reputational stakes are extremely high for the client. He is one of the most tactically astute silks I know. He is a real leader in his field.
Alan Kent QC - Carmelite ChambersHis calm, measured and unflappable approach instantly creates confidence.
Abbas Lakha QC - 9 Bedford RowCommitted and tactically astute. He is an absolute master in the courtroom and able to articulate the most difficult and complex evidence with charm and absolute ease.
Louis Mably QC - 6KBW College HillLouis is quite simply the cleverest man at the criminal Bar. He is the first choice for the CPS and Attorney General for appellate work involving knotty legal problems. He is in another league when it comes to legal argument. His low key style lulls defendants into a false sense of security. What a legend.
Michael Magarian QC - Drystone ChambersA robust advocate not afraid to give clients a voice that is heard; he will fight tirelessly for his client. He is also a stalwart silk who is great with the most difficult clients.
Amjad Malik QC - Church Court ChambersHe has great client empathy.
Michael Mather-Lees QC - Church Court ChambersAn eloquent silk with particular expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence. Provides pragmatic advice and adopts excellent strategy in the most complex of cases. He possesses a quiet calmness and confidence indicative of a Counsel that is aware of his expertise and skill, with no need to shout about it, incredibly effective in his style of advocacy and yet calm and reassuring manner with clients and their families.
Simon Mayo QC - 187 Fleet Street ChambersAn excellent handler of witnesses in chief and cross-examination.
Anthony Metzer QC - Goldsmith ChambersA powerful advocate who has great client care skills. Collaborative, helpful and always open to discussions. Quick and incisive judgement calls. An outstanding jury advocate with unmatched cross-examination skills. He comes across as friendly and committed to both clients and jury members, and easily wins their trust. Clients are very happy to be represented by him as they see that he does not let police officers get away with anything.
Charles Miskin QC - 23 Essex StreetNot afraid to argue forcefully with the court in the finest traditions of the Bar.
Stephen Moses QC - Furnival ChambersStephen commands the respect of both his peers and Judges; he is truly accomplished and inspires confidence in his lay and professional clients that he will advance a case effectively and to the best advantage. He is hugely experienced and has featured in some of the most serious and high profile cases in the country. I would have no hesitation in describing him as a highly skilful barrister that Junior lawyers will always learn from.
James Mulholland QC - 23 Essex StreetApproachable, hardworking and sensible in his approach.
Tim Owen QC - Matrix ChambersAlways sees the wood for the trees. A first rate lawyer and a devastating cross-examiner. An utterly tenacious advocate.
Pavlos Panayi QC - 7BR ‘Pavlos is a robust and authoritative presence in court. He deals with legal submissions with confidence and persistence. He leads a team with dedication and good humour. His speeches are cogent and well constructed; charming manner which he puts to good effect with Judges and clients alike. Has the ability to find an arguable point amongst a haystack of nonsense and argue it successfully. Hard working, smart, diligent.
Steven Perian QC - 2 King's Bench Walk ChambersAn incisive silk who hones in on the heart of the issues in a case, particularly in complex and very serious matters. Mr Perian works extremely well with clients, communicating effectively and being able to explain things in a concise and clear way.
John Price QC - 23 Essex StreetA brilliant silk and the pre-eminent silk for prosecuting cases of complexity and sensitivity, particularly where there are difficult questions of law.
Justin Rouse QC - 9 Bedford RowA gifted silk who commands respect, with compelling, persuasive and powerful oratory. His advice is without exception carefully considered and to the point, he has the unnerving ability to cut through to the kernel of the case. He is a delight to work with.
Martin Rutherford QC - 15 New Bridge StreetHis disarming nature coupled with his assured delivery make him a formidable opponent in the most serious of cases. Calm under pressure. Excellent rapport with the jury. Strategic thinker. Tactically astute. Hard-working. Highly personable.
Charles Sherrard QC - Furnival ChambersFearless and hard working. Highly persuasive advocate. A compelling and authoritative presence who fights tirelessly for his clients.
Jo Sidhu QC - 25 Bedford RowHe defends in a range of homicide cases.
Tyrone Smith QC - 25 Bedford RowA fearless advocate and beguiling charmer of judges and juries alike.
David Spens QC - QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘He is a leader who can take control in any given situation. He knows how to take best out of his juniors as well as his instructing solicitors. He always inspire his team. He leaves no stone unturned. He is very dedicated to his client and work extremely hard.
Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford Row ‘Extremely hard-working and conscientious. Has an absolutely indomitable approach to the case which is seemingly undeterred by the difficulties presented and yields very good results.
Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersA great jury advocate. Extremely hardworking he treats every case like his first and it is this hunger which elevates this barrister to top echelon of silks working at the criminal bar.
Graham Trembath QC - 5 Paper BuildingsThe advocate's advocate for jury trials. He never misses an opportunity to develop a relationship with the jury throughout a trial. His cross-examination is first class and his jury speech is second to none.
Stuart Trimmer QC - 4 Breams Buildings 'In cross-examination, like a hawk waiting for his prey to falter before swooping in for the kill.'
Edmund Vickers QC - Red Lion ChambersHe is particular about his preparation and has that talent in silk of taking points that others might dismiss on first blush and pushing them successfully through the style of his advocacy and the confidence of his understanding of the law.
Peter Wilcock QC - Garden Court ChambersAn outstanding silk who has an easy manner that is attractive to both judges and juries. Very bright, and very sensitive when dealing with clients with mental health issues.
Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is efficient, thorough and very approachable with good judgement and easy-going with clients.
James Wood QC - Doughty Street ChambersTactically very good and has an excellent manner with clients. He will always stand his ground on issues and will take difficult points with relish. Incredibly bright and formidable in court. Fearless as an advocate and brilliant at tactics. Very approachable, works incredibly hard and keeps in close contact. Turns work around immediatley and totally reliable.
Anand Beharrylal QC - 2 Bedford RowHis easy charm puts clients at ease immediately.
Brenda Campbell QC - Garden Court ChambersBrenda is outstanding. A formidable criminal defence advocate.
Jennifer Dempster QC - Red Lion ChambersA powerful and accomplished advocate.
Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court ChambersHe is a top performer and a proper jury advocate. Combines steely determination with an easy manner and inspires confidence to all those around him that he is on top of the detail and his case. A natural orator.
Ben Douglas-Jones QC - 5 Paper BuildingsHe speaks the language of the Court of Appeal.
Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford RowBrilliant at spotting needles in haystacks, and his client care skills are spot-on.
Tom Forster QC - Red Lion ChambersA driven and committed advocate, who thrives in the pressure of big cases. He is extremely hard working and his case management is second to none.
Peter Glenser QC - 9 Bedford RowA charismatic , charming and highly effective advocate who goes the extra mile for his clients. An exceptional advocate with a solid grasp of the particular issues involved in military cases and an encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal law.
Siobhan Grey QC - Libertas ChambersA highly dedicated and meticulous silk. Very hard-working and has a detailed understanding of her cases both legally and factually. Good analytical approach to her cases and impressive legal knowledge. Good advocate and first rate written submissions. Very easy to work with from the point of view of solicitors and junior counsel. Excellent manner with clients.
Caroline Haughey QC - Furnival ChambersAn unparalleled leader in the field of modern slavery cases; charismatic and can play hard when needs be. She is truly inspiring. Her determination, hard work and leadership qualities are exceptional.
Edward Henry QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA great personality and can be fiercely combative on paper and in oral submissions. Good way with clients including some of the more difficult characters. He has incredible eloquence, memory and insight.
Aftab Jafferjee QC - 6KBW College HillHe is a wonderful advocate, a tough and relentless cross-examiner and frighteningly hard working. He is also exceptionally charming and enjoys the respect of judges.
Tom Little QC - 9 Gough ChambersA stylish and well-prepared advocate who pays great attention to detail.
Brian St. Louis QC - 15 New Bridge StreetBrian is an outstanding silk, he is fearless in court, very thorough with his preparation he is superb in cross-examination of police officers. An assured silk with composed yet charismatic delivery; he holds the attention of every eye in the courtroom.
Kate Lumsdon QC - 23 Essex StreetKate commands the courtroom with a calm and authoritative air that instills confidence in all who deal with her. She has impeccable judgement and is not afraid to make difficult decisions, which others might shy away from.
Elizabeth Marsh QC - 9 Bedford RowA hands-on silk and a first-class operator; a force to be reckoned with. You want her in your corner not for the other side! She knows every detail of her cases and woe betide an ill-prepared prosecutor.
Eloise Marshall QC - 23 Essex StreetShe prepares a case thoroughly, resulting in a remarkable knowledge of her papers and the strengths and weaknesses in her case – meaning that she is not caught out when presenting it in court, in a conference or during negotiations with an interested party or her opposition. Brilliant at putting clients at their ease and provides succinct, quality advice.
Vanessa Marshall QC - 7BRVanessa provides clear and precise advise. She is a good tactician and produces good results. She is also very approachable and is well-respected by clients and opponents alike.
Sally O'Neill QC - Furnival ChambersShe commands respect from all in her presence. Very approachable, she can handle the most difficult client. Her legal submissions are flawless, when she speaks you stop and you listen. She takes every point and argued on behalf of her client. A remarkable lawyer.
Rossano Scamardella QC - 23 Essex Street 'His cross-examination and closing speeches are always of a high standard and impressive.'
Paul Taylor QC - Doughty Street ChambersPaul is a first-rate criminal appeal barrister. He is meticulous, thoughtful and provides well structured advice.
Katy Thorne QC - Doughty Street ChambersCombines an eye for detail with a persuasive and engaging court style. Clients always like her and she gets the best from them. Is energetic and enthusiastic with advice in preparation for trial and then has the experience and poise to get results in court.
Clare Wade QC - Garden Court ChambersA superb lawyer. Great client care. A real fighter.
Adrian Waterman QC - Matrix ChambersAdrian is an awesome barrister. A silk who fights tooth and nail for his clients; daring and imaginative in his presentation and advocacy, juries love him. Fabulously clever, a consummate advocate, remarkably hard working, the perfect criminal silk.
Lisa Wilding QC - 23 Essex StreetShe genuinely stops at nothing to ensure that she has every detail nailed down and knows the case inside-out and back-to-front. She is unusually generous with her time for and patience with defendants, and her obvious hard work is recognised and rewarded with their absolute confidence in her. She naturally and quickly establishes herself as a reassuring voice of authority and intellect in a courtroom.
Natasha Wong QC - 5KBWA talented, fearless silk with a persuasive courtroom presence; juries lean in to listen. She has a rare skill of immediately making everyone feel at ease. She is a superb jury advocate and works tirelessly for her lay clients and treats everyone on her team with equal respect.

2019 Silks

Zubair Ahmad QC - 2 Hare CourtHe goes in to court knowing the papers inside out and backwards.
Narita Bahra QC - 2 Hare CourtMs Bahra QC is a perfectionist and all her work is done to the highest of standards. She is always fully prepared and this is reflected in the quality of her advocacy, her ability to instil confidence in every client and her written arguments/legal documents.
John Cammegh QC - The 36 GroupHe has a track record of work before civilian and military courts.
Nicholas Corsellis QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis bedside manner with clients and their families is reassuring, his presence in the courtroom is commanding and he is always thinking outside the box. On a shortlist of a few for general crime briefs, Nick's written and oral advocacy is among the best.
David Emanuel QC-Garden Court ChambersDavid is exceptionally talented. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Dean George QC - 2 Bedford RowAn extremely diligent silk.
Mark Harries QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHis recent elevation to Queens Counsel was thoroughly deserved. His skill in defending criminal cases, at all levels of seriousness, is unrivalled. Most importantly, Mr Harries is always hugely understanding and sympathetic in dealing with all defendants who he represents. This approach is consistently delivered with unwavering charm and professionalism. His work ethic and commitment are exceptional.
Mozammel Hossain QC - 187 Fleet Street ChambersMozammel is a powerful, passionate and flamboyant advocate. He has a uniquely engaging style that captures the attention of the jury. Excellent judgement about what constitute the real issues in the case. A determined fighter with a charming jury manner.
Keir Monteith QC - Garden Court ChambersAn incredibly talented silk. Closing speech has juries in awe hanging on every word. He can change hearts, minds and the tables on any prosecutor.
Alison Morgan QC - 6KBW College HillShe is a superb strategist.
Michelle Nelson QC - Red Lion ChambersA top-class silk who sees the bigger picture and the fine detail, and has complete, calm command of both. Excellent drafting skills and highly persuasive in their written submissions. Hard working, proactive and pragmatic.
Christopher Paxton QC - Red Lion ChambersA passionate, enthusiastic prosecutor excellent at fostering a team spirit.
Simon Pentol QC - 25 Bedford RowA magician who wins the most difficult cases. Clients love him, jurors love him. He is fearless; a masterful tactician. He cuts straight to the nitty gritty of a case.
Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersA dedicated and passionate barrister. A very impressive advocate.
Danny Robinson QC - 5KBWMethodically and clearly exposes weaknesses in evidence and his cross-examination is excellent. His opening and closing speeches are clear and persuasive. He clearly works extremely hard and prepares cases exceptionally well.
Julia Smart QC - Furnival ChambersAlways calm under pressure. Her preparation, decision making and judgement are outstanding. She is a worthy addition to the rank of QC.
Jeremy Wainwright QC - 3 Temple GardensHe defends in a range of cases.
David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtDavid is a superb advocate whose case preparation and tactical acumen is first rate. He is equally comfortable undertaking serious fraud as he is other serious crime. Greatly admired by the Bar, Solicitors and clients.
Richard Wormald QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is is a first-rate silk with an undeniable presence in the courtroom. A silk with an elegant and superbly engaging delivery. A calm and soothing manner, reassuring in nature to both lay and professional client.
Hossein Zahir QC - Garden Court Chambers ‘Given that Hossein has a background as a solicitor this has prepared him well to investigate a case and build the defence, not only at trial, but at the crucial preparation stage. Hoss will see an angle early on and build on this idea and develop it so the whole case strategy may evolve around that issue. Hoss knows how to charm a jury and persuade them to see the defence case the way in which it fits with the case strategy.

2020 Silks

Leon Kazakos QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is an exceptional advocate and every client rates him. He never leaves any stone unturned in a case and therefore you know that the case has been prepared as thoroughly as possible meaning it is rare you encounter something you were not expecting. Leon's strengths undoubtedly lie in the courtroom where he always pitches the tone with the jury perfectly every time.
Jennifer Knight QC - 2 Harcourt BuildingsShe is an impressive prosecutor of sexual offences and I am not surprised to see she was appointed Queen's Counsel this year. She combines forensic acumen with persuasive charm.
Samuel Magee QC - 2 Bedford RowExtremely professional, competent, capable and professional. Extremely hard working, diligent and juries love him. Has the ability to put clients at ease. One of a kind!
Charlotte Newell QC - 5KBWShe has great rapport with juries and is first-rate at dealing with young, vulnerable defendants. She has excellent judgement when it comes to making tactical decisions that can often make or break a defence case.
Jane Osborne QC - 2 Harcourt BuildingsHer attention to detail and client care skills are incredible.
Paul Raudnitz QC-QEB Hollis WhitemanA dynamic and cerebral silk, Paul is a great advocate. He works extremely hard. Very methodical in his approach to a case. He is a Barrister who is very good in law well as a excellent jury advocate.
Stan Reiz QC - 2 Bedford RowStan is an amazing and underrated talent. A very smooth advocate.
Melanie Simpson QC - 25 Bedford RowA tenacious defender who fights her client's corner passionately. Excellent jury and court operator.

2021 Silks

Alexandra Felix QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe is focused, tenacious and a formidable advocate, with outstanding client care skills.
Emma Goodall QC - Doughty Street ChambersIndefatigable and full of verve. Her intelligence and tenacity make her a brilliant lawyer. She is able to digest huge amounts of information in order to enact clinical cross examination. She is able to deal with high-pressured situations calmly with precision.
William Emlyn Jones QC - Three Raymond BuildingsPreviously quite simply most sought after junior at the criminal bar for a big and serious case. He has the full package: clever, hard-working and a brilliant jury advocate. He will undoubtedly go on to be a star of the criminal bar.
Anya Lewis QC - Garden Court ChambersMeticulous preparation, thorough scrutiny of all unused material, ground work of schedules cross referencing exhibits and witness statement on large page count cases, sets the standard and quality of representation at the highest level. Persuasive skill in advocacy, in particular closing speeches, capture the full attention of the jury resulting in extremely high rates of acquittals.
Simon Taylor QC - Six Pump CourtAn accomplished jury advocate.

Leading Juniors

Aisling Byrnes - 25 Bedford RowAisling is an outstanding advocate who commands the respect of her peers and the attention of the jury. Aisling is able to combine a forensic attention to detail with an easy manner that instils confidence in both professional and lay clients. Aisling's advocacy is delivered in such a way to make it very persuasive to judge and jury alike.
Piers Marquis - Doughty Street ChambersThoroughly prepared and excellent with both lay clients and solicitors. Jury friendly and a great junior. Fights for his clients with every sinew of his body and great passion.
Martin McCarthy - Farringdon Chambersgo to Counsel in heavyweight general crime, particularly drugs, People Trafficking and Serious Organised Crime. He is trusted and respected by Judges and his peers and often commended by clients for his ability to persuade in Court. Martin is a rare breed of leading junior advocates who has a firm, tenacious manner in Court mixed with charm and charisma.
Michael Neofytou - 25 Bedford RowA superb advocate who is always thinking one step ahead; a silk in the making. He is very bright and hard working. As a solicitor, he is a pleasure to work with. He is very attentive to a solicitor's needs and responds in detail to case papers and instructions immediately after he is sent them.
Arlette Piercy - 25 Bedford RowAlways well prepared for every case I have briefed her in. She is meticulous at studying the prosecution case and then considering all aspects of defence preparation that can be undertaken before trial. Clients find her very easy to relate to in conference and she has an ability to instil confidence and build up a rapport with clients. In court Miss Piercy is a fearless advocate who is well received by juries for her down to earth manner and ability to use language that they can relate to.
Liam Walker - Doughty Street ChambersLiam is a clever, tactical barrister, a great jury advocate as he presents and speaks as a “man of the people” and is highly regarded and respected by the judiciary. Clients quickly feel confidence in his representation as he gives very clear advice in terms a lay person can easily understand and presents a strategy for each case at the outset showing his consideration and detailed preparation of a case.
Emma Akuwudike - 25 Bedford RowShe has a brilliant analytical mind. She is able to read, digest and they explain to even the most challenged clients serious legal principles and yet, make it seem so simple. She is an excellent advocate who commands any court.at the same time, she is able to empathise with her clients without compromising her very high professional standards.
Graham Arnold - Farringdon ChambersGraham is a very experienced junior at all types of crime. He is an excellent advocate with good judgement and he is very supportive and diligent when being led. A stylish advocate who quickly gains the ear of the judge.
Farrhat Arshad - Doughty Street Chambersis the consumate appeals barrister with an instinctive feel for the shape of an appeal. She is a leader in this field.
Denis Barry - 5 Paper BuildingsAn old school barrister who combines a high profile prosecution and defence practice alike. A hard working and hyper intelligent counsel who drills down into the minutiae of a case. He thinks his way through problems and has a very sound tactical nouse. Judges listen to what he says.
Jo Cecil - Garden Court ChambersJo remains one of the best juniors at the bar. She has exceptional client care skills and huge ability. She is widely - and justifiably - respected.
Orla Daly - QEB Hollis WhitemanOrla is very calm and collected with all clients who are usually facing life changing allegations. Yet she delivers advice to those in a extremely clear way which automatically lifts a burden from the clients shoulders. She delivers perfect closing speeches.
Claire Davies - Farringdon ChambersClaire is the most sought after of leading juniors. She is known for her devastating cross examination, extremely persuasive ability in legal arguments and her eloquent and powerful closing speeches. Juries are in awe of her. Her peers admire her. She is our go to female leader in cases of complexity and those involving vulnerable witnesses. A true leader in her field. Approachable, unflappable, meticulous and all round star performer.
Catherine Donnelly - Six Pump CourtA diligent and thorough junior.
Charles Evans - 15 New Bridge Street ‘He is a distinguished, charming jury advocate who has the ability to simplify and present the most complex case for the benefit of both your client and the jury. Charles puts the most nervous and apprehensive clients at ease with a calm and knowledgeable attitude. Charles' persuasive arguments have saved numerous defendants their liberty.
Paul Evans - Red Lion ChambersStrong advocacy and can be given the responsibility of holding the reins in big and difficult cases. Excellent communication skills particularly with instructing solicitors. Huge appetite for work and manages to balance a very large caseload. Just great to work with.
Mark Fraser -Rose Court Chambers ‘A sharp, insightful, and very smooth advocate. Brilliant with clients and making them feel at ease. Fantastic at analysing the finer points (such as cell site evidence) and breaking elements down succinctly.
Leila Gaskin - Crucible Chambers ‘She is a model professional. A steadfast and diplomatic barrister. My experience of working with them on a serious case where the client had very substantial mental health issues demonstrated their ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with clients in difficult situations.
Mark Gatley - Garden Court ChambersAnalytical. Tactically acute. Hardworking and very proactive and user friendly in assisting solicitors in very complex cases.
Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex Street ‘Tom is a strong jury advocate. He clearly commands the confidence of his client.
Owen Greenhall - Garden Court Chambers ‘Owen is simply brilliant. He has a sharp mind and is able to think quickly on his feet. He has the respect of the court but is also able to communicate with clients so as not to lose their trust. He is a rare beast in that he has a criminal and civil practice - both of which complement - he is a master of both.
Carolina Guiloff - 25 Bedford Row ‘A real fighter in court. Caroline does not back down, even in the face of firm questioning from the bench. She has a calm and reassuring bed-side manner that immediate places lay-clients at ease.
Joanna Hardy - Red Lion ChambersAn absolute star whose high profile is well deserved. A skilled advocate who works exceptionally hard, winning the trust of judges and juries alike. She is an incredible mentor to many solicitors and barristers; both formally and informally. She is someone I look up to as a person and a lawyer.
Deanna Heer - 5 Paper BuildingsA fantastic leader - she brings the highest level of preparation to the most challenging of cases, and has great gravitas in court. She has a clarity of thought that proved important in our work.
Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtA fine jury advocate who will leave no stone unturned.
Paul Jarvis - 6KBW College HillPaul has a very straightforward manner and comes over incredibly well in court - both with judges and juries. He always demonstrates a first-class understanding of the law, and prepares meticulously.
Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis WhitemanHer levels of preparation and attention to detail are flawless. As an opponent you know she is going to be extremely tough but entirely fair. She has a calm, measured style in cross-examination which makes the jury really trust her. Her legal submissions are really impressive and show immaculate judgement.
Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford RowWhat Mr Martin does not know about criminal law and the Criminal Procedure Rules is not worth knowing. He is extremely thorough and there is never an angle he does not explore in any and every case. He is approachable and quick to identify and adapt to each individual client's personal needs. Mr Martin is passionate and genuinely cares for his clients and their cases - each one is important to him.
Justin McClintock - 15 New Bridge StreetA talented barrister who combines first-rate tactical judgement with a charming courtroom manner. Justin is very thorough and pays particular attention to detail. He is very good with clients and always makes himself available for advice when needed.
Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis WhitemanPhilip is incredibly gifted as an advocate, with a calming and effective client manner and a first-rate legal brain. From a solicitor's perspective Philip is a delight to deal with - personable, analytical, responsive and efficient.
Ian McLoughlin - Red Lion ChambersI am always impressed by the ease with which he handles all comers and obstacles. He is an extremely smooth advocate and his arguments are always well founded and principled. He never takes a bad point and when prosecuting you know you have a redoubtable opponent but always principled and fair one.
Tom Nicholson - 2 Harcourt BuildingsCalm, measured and persuasive advocacy with a dry sense of humour. Determined to provide the best support both in and out of court. Utterly dependable in preparation and paperwork which is always of a high quality and can be relied upon as strong in law and content. A very jury-friendly barrister.
Kate O’Raghallaigh - Doughty Street ChambersShe is succinct, compelling, and formidable.
Louise Oakley - 5KBWA formidable barrister with steely determination; she is a forceful advocate in court and puts her case strongly and gingers her leaders up - so no slacking on her watch. Judges instinctively trust her.
David Patience - 2 Bedford RowHe prosecutes challenging cases.
Dan Pawson-Pounds - 6KBW College HillDiligent, trustworthy, efficient and a very calm and safe pair of hands. Intelligent, obtains quick grasp of detail, turns out high quality written work quickly. Good at negotiating but standing firm when necessary and very good at client relations. Very capable.
Molly Pinkus - Farringdon ChambersMolly can digest and process large volumes of complex evidence and explain it to juries in succinct arguments and submissions. She is able to gain the trust of the Judge and her opponents through her well thought out strategies. She is excellent with clients and can empathise and relate to clients of all kinds.
Jonathan Polnay - 5KBWHe is highly intelligent; he is prolifically hard-working and has endless stamina and he is a great strategist and his judgment is pretty perfect. He is one of the best junior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey. A masterful advocate; he makes winning look easy.
Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsHe prosecutes high-profile criminal cases.
Alexia Power - Furnival ChambersAlexia has excellent judgement and is a persuasive advocate. Her knowledge of the law and legal arguments are flawless. She knows the law, a real sharp brain. Client care is outstanding especially with young and/or vulnerable defendants. An asset to every case she is instructed in.
Laurie-Anne Power-25 Bedford RowLaurie-Anne is a fighter and a true defence advocate. She will fight for your client to the very end. She builds excellent relationships with your clients and they trust her wholeheartedly. Her advocacy is to the point and persuasive. She is a true jury advocate.
Peter Ratliff - 6KBW College HillA young, up-and-coming star who has rightly just been appointed junior treasury counsel. Has a flair for advocacy that will see him into the senior ranks in a few years.
Alistair Richardson - 6KBW College HillAlistair is a tremendous barrister. He is patient and has a very high attention to detail, and his measured style of advocacy is very persuasive. Resourceful, energetic and well-prepared; the court listens when he speaks.
Alex Rose - Garden Court ChambersHe is able to consider vast quantities of material quickly, grasp the essential issues, and give pragmatic and realistic options to clients.
Philip Rule - No5 Barristers Chambers ‘He is frighteningly intelligent and a class advocate. Mr Rule is always the first advocate I turn to in respect of serious and complex cases. He has the ability to communicate with clients in a reassuring but straight forward manner.
Craig Rush - 2 Bedford RowCraig is a confident advocate. He holds the respect and attention of the court.
Neil Saunders - Three Raymond Buildings The best jury advocate at the Bar. A force on his feet. Exquisitely insightful tactically. Brilliant with clients; robust where necessary, whilst always compassionate.
Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College HillShe is extremely bright, fierce and devastatingly brilliant. She is unsurpassable. She is a leading senior junior possessing many silk-like qualities. Esther is an extremely passionate and dedicated advocate who cares a great deal for her clients. She is able to engage with any individual, regardless of their background, ensuring that they feel that they are listened to as they are guided through a highly emotionally charged process.
Ruby Selva - 15 New Bridge StreetVery assured; juries warm to her advocacy style. Her preparation is second to none. She knows the minute detail of case very early in the proceedings which clients find reassuring. Clients take to her instantly. She is extremely tenacious and determined in getting the best result. They trust her judgement in tactical decisions.
Ben Smitten - 25 Bedford RowMr Smitten provides very detailed and thorough advice, leaving no stone unturned. His work rate is exceptional and he is very impressive with client's building excellent relationships and making them feel very confident. He goes above and beyond to explore every avenue in a case. He is brilliant in cases involving complex arguments and where there is a large volume of prosecution material.
Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe has all the skills and expertise that a real star at the Bar should have and achieves outstanding results. She pulls rabbits out of the hat. Susannah is first class and has a huge intellect and comprehension of complex legal issues, she is extremely tenacious and has outstanding tactical skills to identify and focus on the points that others would miss and is a smooth and compelling Advocate and fantastic with clients.
Philip Stott - QEB Hollis WhitemanA tireless worker with an amazing memory. He is an intelligent and subtle advocate and a fine cross-examiner.
Richard Thomas - Doughty Street ChambersRichard is hugely clever, sought after barrister. He is always two steps ahead of everyone else. He is great at teasing out fine legal detail and tactics and judges love him.
Tom Wainwright - Garden Court ChambersHe combines great technical knowledge with a relentless desire to fight his client's corner.
Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare CourtA star who has rightly just been appointed junior treasury counsel. Her eye for detail and sheer work ethic make her ideal for large scale fraud cases with bundles of evidence.
Colin Witcher - Church Court ChambersColin Witcher is incredibly calm and well organised, safe and reassuring with clients, with a superb legal brain which gives great attention to the detail in the most complex of cases.
David Wood - 25 Bedford RowHe is a rare combination of an excellent lawyer and a persuasive and attractive advocate, who also demonstrates excellent client care and is able to get along with everyone whilst always maintaining independence of position and mind. Clients appreciate his patient and considered approach.
Gudrun Young - 2 Hare CourtGudrun is an excellent advocate, clients love her and her cross-examination skills are exemplary. Gudrun is able to quickly sieve through vast amounts of evidence to get to the crux of the matter. Gudrun is able to get even the most difficult of clients on side and is particularly good with youth defendants and those with mental health issues.
Elisabeth Acker - 23 Essex Street 'Lizzy is hardworking, enthusiastic, and determined. She puts lay clients at their ease and has the confidence of her professional clients, her opponents, and the court.'
Nneka Akudolu - 2 Hare CourtNneka is very conscientious, she provides advice promptly, she is very personable and defendants are very complimentary about her and the manner in which she deals with their cases. Her knowledge and application of the law is second to none and is often my go-to counsel. Judges respect her.
Fallon Alexis - QEB Hollis WhitemanOne of the up-and-coming juniors at the Criminal Bar, she has a great future ahead of her. Utterly dedicated to her clients and to her cases, she goes the extra mile as standard. She is always completely prepared, organised and on top of things. She has an impressive ability quickly to get on top of the brief. She is compelling in court and her judgement is extremely sound.
Nick Barraclough - 2 Bedford RowNick is an intelligent strategic thinker and a brilliant advocate. He works extremely hard on cases to achieve the best outcome for the client. A very personable and good leading junior. Universally liked.
Lesley Bates - 23 Essex StreetExcellent legal skills applied in a practical and effective way. Very strong under pressure and has complete control and management of cases .Extremely effective advocate. Practical and considerate of others. Tactical and strategic thinker and planner.
Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsKevin has a marvellous ability for getting to grips with the most complicated scenarios. He is extremely hard working and never allows the amount of material to get on top of him. He is remarkably good with clients and offers a great reassuring presence to all involved in the case.
Dominic Benthall - 15 New Bridge StreetA thoughtful advocate with excellent judgement. Each client has been able to form an identifiable bond with Dominic who will explain and advise them cautiously and accurately. Dominic attracts praise from those who co-defend. Dominic oozes charisma.
Harry Bentley - 2 Hare CourtA dedicated advocate who has excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. He has always demonstrated attention to detail at all times so far as preparation and advice is concerned together with excellent advocacy skills.
Christopher Bertham - 3 Temple GardensA dedicated and diligent advocate with a great jury manner. One of the leading juniors at the bar who is destined for silk. He provides excellent client care and explains the most complicated things simply.
Jacob Bindman - Garden Court ChambersJacob is a great tactician and superb advocate. He is incredibly skilled at very quickly identifying complicated legal arguments. He is very personable, caring and kind with clients. His legal arguments and submissions are articulate and persuasive.
James Bloomer - 23 Essex StreetMeticulous and details orientated but a fierce advocate in his clients' interests - a highly impressive barrister, never to be underestimated.
Corinne Bramwell - 9 Bedford RowA junior with a razor-sharp intellect. She instantly makes an impression on clients, opponents and judges, and is always prepared to go the extra mile to deliver the right result.
Tom Broomfield - QEB Hollis WhitemanExtremely well organised. Very prompt in all preparation, especially advices. Very quickly able to see the issue. Very amiable and good with client. Realistic and practical.
Joanna Buckley - Matrix ChambersJoanna has particular experience in public law/judicial review and criminal work. This is a highly effective combination, particularly for some of our professional and high profile clients who have the resources available to challenge controversial decisions by authorities and public bodies. In instructing her, I have found her to be extremely thorough and persuasive.
Helen Butcher-Garden Court ChambersTenacious and brave in her advocacy defending clients in court. Also meticulous in preparation of cases, identifying pertinent issues with efficiency and thoroughness.
Jacqueline Carey - 2 Bedford Row ‘Jacqueline is exceptional. She is hard working. Her written work is clear and concise and her advocacy excellent. She develops good client relations and is good to work with. Very hardworking and instils trust and confidence in clients.
Avirup Chaudhuri - 187 Fleet Street ChambersHe works with an air of calm reassurance.
Dominic Connolly - 5 St Andrews HillHe presents cases of complexity in a clear and comprehensible way so the I and the jury understand what the issues are. He is a very effective cross-examiner who will bring a witness who is wandering off subject back to the real issues in the case. His submissions to jurors are always clear and well supported by the evidence in the case. He has a very pleasant manner which seems to go down very well with the jury.
Felicia Davy - Red Lion ChambersShe is a first-class junior. Very thorough and organised. Good with her leader to whom she will give the best possible solutions to any issue in the trial. I found her refreshingly independent minded and an able and nerveless advocate. She takes her role as counsel very seriously and forms excellent working relationships with solicitors and clients.
Patrick Duffy - 23 Essex StreetHe can present complicated evidence to a jury with patience, charm and wit.
Nicholas Dunham - Foundry ChambersHe prosecutes serious cases.
Bill Evans - Garden Court ChambersHe is a persuasive and attractive advocate, with natural presence, sound judgement and calm disposition.
Julian Evans - QEB Hollis WhitemanJulian is very hardworking and professional in all he does. He is naturally fair and measured. He is that rare breed: an outstanding advocate and a delightful man. These qualities that come through in his advocacy and make him such an effective jury advocate.
Emma Fenn - Garden Court ChambersEmma is an extremely clever, caring, and dedicated criminal barrister. She is always willing to go the extra mile in her preparation and client care. She has the ability to bring together the parties of a case to achieve progress on difficult issues with good humour and good sense. It is my view that she is a bright star on the rise at the criminal bar.
Neil FitzGibbon - 187 Fleet Street ChambersA fearless tactician, he will take necessary points even if doing so will be unpopular with the court. He combines intellect with industry.
Tim Forte - 3 Temple GardensHe is a machine and someone you want in your corner. He has a presence in the courtroom that commands respect.
Alex Di Francesco - 25 Bedford RowExcellent advocacy, his legal arguments are extremely persuasive, a very bright mind who is not afraid to challenge the opposition. He has a fighter's spirit.
Hugh French - 2 Harcourt BuildingsHugh is a model barrister in that he combines diligence, competence and thoughtfulness. When prosecuting he is fair and reasonable, which in turn makes him very effective as he maintains the trust of the court and jury. A tenacious cross-examiner.
Sebastian Gardiner - 25 Bedford RowSebastian works incredibly hard and really grasps every detail through his forensic-like approach. He is fantastic with clients who regularly comment on just how happy they are with his ability and manner in dealing with the evidence and their instructions. In court, Sebastian has a way that holds everyone's attention. A very skilful advocate.
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh - Matrix ChambersShe has a brilliant mind, and can handle the most challenging of clients.
Ben Gordon - Furnival ChambersFearless and robust; a junior with charm and flair. A fearless defender who is able to win the trust of his client. Always willing to go the extra mile. Excels at jury advocacy, with a understated and effective style.
Garry Green - Doughty Street ChambersConfident, eloquent and persuasive. He is a real safe pair of hands and has unparalleled interpersonal client skills.
Shelley Griffith - Farringdon ChambersRarely do solicitors work with such hardworking and determined counsel.
Rupert Hallowes - 15 New Bridge StreetRupert is very impressive - he is intellectually brilliant. He is a formidable jury advocate and has a wonderful ability to effectively communicate even the most complex cases. He's a fearless advocate in court and a real fighter. He has the ear of judges.
Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowSean is tactically astute, a brilliant intelligent advocate who is also very good at out of court negotiations. Sean can be instructed in criminal, civil and tax tribunal work which means he usually has the edge over barristers who only work on one of these areas.
Claire Harden-Frost - 9 Gough ChambersShe has excellent judgement, strong independence of mind, and a willingness to speak out and challenge others - be that judges, opponents, or others connected to a case. She demonstrates sound legal judgement as well as pragmatism which is an effective combination.
Maximilian Hardy - 9 Bedford RowMax is an extremely impressive trial advocate. He is very hard working and diligent. He is a very able and stylish advocate with a very persuasive manner. One of his best attributes is his ability to rapidly assimilate complex legal and factual issues, and to then address the Court on these issues succinctly and persuasively. He has very good case management and is highly organised.
Matthew Hardyman - 15 New Bridge StreetMatthew is a persuasive charismatic trial advocate. A very calm influence on a trial. Certainly a favourite when it comes to allegations of violent crimes.
Nerida Harford-Bell - Garden Court ChambersShe is a very intelligent and capable advocate with great client care skills. She has an impressive advocacy manner and makes her presence felt in the court-room. She is always open to exploring all defence avenues and is very passionate about her work.
David Harounoff - Foundry Chambers ‘His preparation and good sense of humour are incredibly strong in equal measure. A brilliant jury advocate who is well-liked, respected and highly regarded by his professional colleagues alike.
Craig Harris - Furnival Chambers ‘A powerful and persuasive advocate who is able to deal with novel and complex issues with ease. He provides clear and considered advice. An ability to build an immediate rapport with lay clients even in the most testing of circumstances.
Teresa Hay - 5 Paper BuildingsIndustrious, cerebral and client-friendly. Excellent advocate. Organised and reliable. Very approachable. Respected by all parts of the profession. Great mentor to less experienced both solicitor and counsel.
Daniel Higgins - 9 Bedford RowDaniel has been a revelation, recent cases in which he has been instructed have proved again and again what an effective advocate he is, persuasive before a Jury with a lightness of touch which enamours him to all, client feedback is hugely positive and all grateful to the care he takes with the client and their cases.
Jeffrey Israel - 5KBWHe approaches each and every case with a forensic examination of the evidence. His strategy is always well thought out and considered and is proven to always be correct. Extremely high standards of client care. He ensures that every client feels he has a personal stake in their case. Superb drafting and speeches which are extremely persuasive and get to the heart of the matter.
Rhodri James - 23 Essex StreetSimply outstanding when it comes to cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.
Roderick James - Crucible Chambers ‘He works very hard and is very driven.
Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford RowHe exudes an aura of control through his calm demeanour. His calmness and measured approach, allows him to engage with lay clients at ease, building respect and confidence with them quickly. Lay clients find his "no nonsense", "say it as it is" approach reassuring, as it provides clarity.
Flavia Kenyon - The 36 GroupFlavia is a "do or die" barrister; nothing is ever done as a half measure and everything is done at pace to ensure that all stages of the case are pushed forward for the benefit of the client. Flavia is deeply committed to all of her clients and brings unswerving energy to defending clients. Flavia has the ability to assimilate the evidence in a case and scythe through the detail to the issues that are fundamental to the client. Her advocacy is tenacious but considered and bad points are left outside the courtroom.
Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowAshraf is a particularly strong junior in serious crime and fraud. He has a dry wit that can wither any hostile witness' testimony with ease. He has a huge practice nationally in complex crime. A very safe pair of hands.
Zarif Khan - Drystone ChambersHe able to grasp new laws very quickly and explain them to clients in digestible way. Proactive, approachable, and effective strategist and advocate able to deal with the most complicated cases with ease.
Adam King - QEB Hollis Whiteman 'Adam is an excellent advocate. He is straight-talking and gets to the point, which clients love. He is great on his feet and well known both for his defence and prosecution work, which is a bonus, and he is respected by judges and opposition alike.'
Stephen Knight - One Pump CourtA junior for criminal appeals and judicial review cases. He is brilliant at applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Greg Krieger - Farringdon ChambersHis legal knowledge and understanding of legislation is superb. He is not afraid to run legal arguments others may shy away from and is persistent and successful. Sheer class for someone of his call.
Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsA diligent, hard-working and very good junior with a diverse practice who is very good with clients.
Salma Lalani - 1MCBHighly impressed by her meticulous case preparation, strong work ethic and excellent client care. Her approach is one of forensic preparation, precise cross-examination and passionate advocacy.
Elizabeth Lambert - Farringdon ChambersShe defends in organised crime cases.
Charles Langley - 2 Bedford RowCharles is an outstanding barrister. He is regularly instructed by my firm in the most serious cases which he always conducts with the utmost skill and expertise. However, the feature of his work that stands out is his dedication to his client.
Soraya Lawrence - Farringdon Chambers Soraya is a tenacious advocate who is easy to work with and feels passionately about her cases. There are many strengths in particular an genuine ability to be empathetic with clients in the most sensitive of cases and to deal with them with the upmost respect. Essentially this is a barrister who is determined to pursue complex legal arguments beyond the Crown Court and to the Court of Appeal.
Rebecca Lee - 187 Fleet Street ChambersShe both defends and prosecutes serious cases.
Michael Levy - 2 Bedford RowA strong court presence, and good with clients.
Ben Lloyd - 6KBW College HillAn excellent, very hard-working junior.
Peter Lownds - 2 Hare CourtHe is an exceptionally talented barrister. Incredibly thorough in relation to paper heavy cases. Outstanding written work. Very prompt in responding to correspondence. An advocate of the highest calibre able to easily adapt to the demands of differing cases. Excellent with clients. First choice counsel in London and the surrounding areas.
Patrick Maggs - 15 New Bridge StreetPatrick has an excellent manner with the client. He has a softly-spoken and personable manner which quickly wins the trust of clients, opponents and jurors alike. By contrast, when in Court he is a powerful and effective advocate who hones in on the important points with a laser-like focus, and presents them to the jury with unshakable (and justified) confidence.
David Malone - Red Lion ChambersA dedicated and impassioned criminal defence advocate. He has always displayed a very analytical and quick thinking mind, with brilliantly tailored advice. One of his best strengths is also the immediate and impactful presence with the client.
Will Martin - 2 Hare CourtOne of the best juniors at the criminal bar. He thinks deeply about his cases and puts huge effort into their preparation. An outstanding all-rounder, he is comfortable arguing points of law and addressing juries. He has the ability to work across a number of practice areas. A definite star in the making.
Tara McCarthy - Thomas More ChambersTenacious, hard-working, and patient, she is a staunch advocate who leaves no stone unturned. Client care is a lost art in some of her competitors however with her it shines through in particular with difficult clients who often need it most.
Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis WhitemanA barrister who is meticulous when researching cases and fearless when presenting them. Rhys recognises his clients are individuals but provides all with an equal unwavering high standard of professional care. Rhys Meggy’s authentic, understandIng and honest approach enables him to always uphold the best traditions.
Danny Moore - Six Pump CourtHe has a track record of serious cases.
Adam Morgan - Furnival ChambersAdam is a very effective advocate. He is measured, well-prepared and adopts an extremely persuasive and structured style which often had the desired effect of persuading the tribunal to agree with his submission. A forensic and serene advocate.
Ioana Nedelcu - Farringdon ChambersShe has a ferocious work ethic, and punches well above her year of call. She approaches every case confidently and creatively. Through hard work and persistence, I have seen her obtain brilliant results in almost impossible cases. Great with disclosure, Ioana is often instructed in lengthy and paper heavy cases. Her memory is second to none and her ability to digest complex issues and large amounts of information quickly never fails to impress.
Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersA great strategist. He is a real team player. He never misses a trick, he's always one or two steps ahead of the opponent. He also has an impressive encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and is one of the most highly skilled advocates I know who is also able to put clients at ease.
Will Noble - 9 Bedford RowHe has developed into a highly skilled, highly respected and highly effective advocate. While the phrase is used about many, it is more than true for Will, a very safe pair of hands for any case. He is very high on my list for counsel to be instructed.
Sheryl Nwosu - 25 Bedford RowA very engaging and excellent at forging professional relationships with clients and other lawyers. hard working and is quick to grasp the key points upon which to form a case strategy.
Beth O'Reilly - 25 Bedford RowShe is a gifted advocate. Her results speak volumes. She engages extremely well with both the court and its users. She is a barrister in demand primarily because of her clear commitment to each case she takes on. Her preparation is both thorough and methodical. She is extremely hard working. Beth’s ability to communicate in a straight forward fashion commands confidence.
Catherine Oborne - Garden Court ChambersA talented junior with boundless tenacity.
Jose Olivares-Chandler - 5 St Andrews HillA level-headed barrister who commands the respect of clients, judges and juries. A particular strength Mr Olivares-Chandler has is that he is able to absorb the case in his mind at an incredible speed. His turnaround in providing advice to solicitors is also extremely beneficial.
Heather Oliver - Three Raymond BuildingsHer defence practice includes representing police officers.
Grace Ong - 2 King's Bench Walk ChambersShe prosecutes serious cases.
Lucy Organ - 6KBW College HillShe works collaboratively , enthusiastically so and as a result is a joy to work with. Forensic approach to papers, realistic and robust when necessary but still calm approach to challenging instructions from client.
David Osborne - 5 Paper BuildingsDavid carries a natural gravitas in court which makes him appealing to juries and tends to reassure clients. His closing speeches carry an innate and compellable logic.
Osman Osman - 25 Bedford RowHe is a fighter, who will not give up on his client in any circumstances. He is exceptionally hard-working and fearless in the face of challenge from his opponent or from the bench. He combines this tenacity in court with an easy-going charm and kindness to all out of court.
Henrietta Paget - Foundry ChambersA formidable barrister. She had a calmness and assurance that revealed her to be totally unflappable. She is also scrupulously fair and principled person with an entertaining and quick wit. A quality brief with sound judgement.
Yasin Patel - Church Court ChambersYasin is an extremely hard worker and thorough with his work. Has the ability to develop great rapport with all types of clients regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds. A key strength is his ability to handle all types of complex cases.
Adam Payter - 6KBW College HillAble to get to grips with complex underlying material very quickly.
Abigail Penny - 4 Breams Buildings 'A very able advocate who is particularly good with vulnerable clients.'
Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtHer cross-examination of one of the defendants was rigorous and detailed, but carried out in an understated but highly effective manner.
Matthew Radstone - 25 Bedford RowA young, up-and-coming practitioner on the cusp of very good things. Not scared to take on anyone or any point, clients love his "can-do" attitude.
Rebecca Randall - 25 Bedford RowShe is a fierce and determined advocate. Always very well prepared, and a solid courtroom performer. Juries and judges trust her.
Nathan Rasiah - 23 Essex StreetHe is very bright and fantastic on his feet. A quick thinker. He prosecutes fearlessly but fairly and is a pleasure as an opponent. He fights his corner very hard. A class act.
Simon Ray - 6KBW College HillSimon is a very clever and thoughtful barrister. He gets stuck into the work and shows great judgement. A solid, all-round advocate.
Sarah Read - 15 New Bridge StreetSarah has a wonderful stillness to her advocacy. She emits an aura of calm and reassurance which is reflected in her measured responses to judicial intervention. She remains unflustered under fire. Her preparation and grasp of the detail of a case are first class and her client care second to none. The defendant she represented received a five star service in terms of client care.
Oliver Renton - Crucible Chambers ‘A rare breed of barrister. He brings passion, drama, intrigue and wit to the courtroom. His flair and ability to engage with his audience whether that be with professional or lay clients has meant that he has progressed on to heavyweight serious criminal cases before his contemporaries of the same year of call. He is a class act and someone who can turn his hand to any type of criminal case.
Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowShauna has a unique combination of both criminal and regulatory expertise (particularly health & safety, fire and environmental). Shauna is meticulous in her preparation and has the ability and presence to put clients at ease in what are often stressful situations. A very meticulous and accomplished barrister.
Fiona Robertson - 2 Hare CourtShe has a wide range of experience, strong advocacy skills, excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. She has impeccable preparation and communication skills and is a formidable advocate.
Jeremy Rosenberg - 23 Essex StreetA real fighter – great at preparing and delivering legal arguments.
Peter Rowlands - Garden Court ChambersOne of his greatest assets is his ability to really connect with my lay clients. There are no airs and graces meaning clients are rapidly placed at ease and feel supported and understood. His thorough case preparation, unrivalled knowledge of the law and relaxed character enables clients to firstly understand and then thoroughly trust his advice and guidance.
Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford RowChris is an excellent counsel and have only ever obtained excellent results with him. The clients welcome his friendly but very realistic and sensible approach and he is always able to step back and get the client to assess the wider context of the case. Professional and knowledgeable Chris takes the lead in a case and I have always been impressed with him.
Leo Seelig - 2 Harcourt BuildingsVery bright, with a calm and compelling court manner. A classic cross-examination style which was very effective.
Sophie Shotton - 15 New Bridge StreetFluent, confident and terrifically focused. Her presence, professionalism and extensive preparation for pre-trial hearings immediately impressed; very competent advocacy was demonstrated during the trial alongside a sensible, measured yet thorough approach in this case involving a disadvantaged defendant. This is an advocate who truly assists the court, recognizes when sensible accommodations can be reached, and stands out from the crowd.
Tessa Shroff - 9 Bedford RowTessa is a hugely impressive talent at the Bar, meticulous, hard working, nothing is too much for her to undertake. Her advice is always detailed, carefully thought through and importantly timely. A talented advocate with a natural ability to put even the most vulnerable or anxious clients at ease.
Michael Skelley - Red Lion ChambersFantastic knowledge of the law. Early and enthusiastic engagement with solicitor. Strategic, smart, frank, and thorough. Tactics that always make sense. Good with clients, and respected by Judges and Prosecutors.
Joel Smith - Furnival ChambersJoel is a superb advocate of real integrity and outstanding talent. He will clearly reach the very top of the profession. He is great to deal with, responds promptly to queries, has an instinctive understanding of the dynamics between different parties in each case and uses this to great effect. His knowledge of the law is excellent and it is always a pleasure to be in a case with him.
Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street ChambersLauren is extremely thorough when preparing cases and is very good with all different types of clients. She is able to adapt well depending on the case at hand . She has a very calming effect on clients even when they are charged with the most serious of offences and when they are not particularly easy to deal with. As well as working hard behind the scenes, Lauren is excellent on her feet in court.
Monica Stevenson - 25 Bedford RowShe has a fine legal brain. First-class advocate and excellent at attention to detail with case preparation. Very personable with clients. A pleasure to work with.
Linda Strudwick - QEB Hollis WhitemanShe is meticulous in her preparation. She is very approachable and engaging and a fabulous role model for young barristers. As an instructing solicitor working with her is educational. All of her preparation means that when in court she is very much in control of the facts and arguments.
Sean Sullivan - 9 Bedford RowSean belies his quiet ways with a determination to achieve the best result possible. Much admired and respected by lay clients and solicitors alike. A polished performer who gives everything to a case and succeeds where many would fail. A pleasure to work with, I would unhesitatingly recommend him as a class act.
Jon Swain - Furnival ChambersHis case preparation is thorough and comprehensive. His advocacy in court is to a very high standard. In cross-examination, he is able to be tenacious while remaining polite and calm. He is very personable, dedicated and approachable.
Sultana Tafadar - No5 Barristers ChambersA defence junior of note for terrorism cases.
Lucy Tapper - Furnival ChambersLucy takes attention to detail seriously. She treats each individual case with care and she will be hands on with ensuring that the client is fully prepared with knowing the case inside out. She is very charismatic and steady under fire, with the ability to charm juries.
James Thacker - 9 Gough ChambersA thoroughly prepared, calm, hardworking and assured criminal advocate, James is meticulous in every area of his preparation. He leaves no stone unturned and is a strong advocate and negotiates robustly with opponents.
Greg Unwin - 187 Fleet Street ChambersHe has a very quick mind which means that he is normally a step ahead of the rest. He is a very effective and well-rounded advocate. Notwithstanding his no-nonsense style he is equally capable of sensitive cross-examination of a vulnerable witness. He is extremely hard working and when being led he is adept at anticipating those tasks that need to be done without having to be asked.
Helen Valley - 25 Bedford RowHelen is a hugely effective, experienced, assured and able senior junior with an outstanding courtroom manner. She is renowned for her measured approach, calmness under pressure, lightness of touch, thought processes and charm. She has an abundance of patience, politeness and understanding for all those with whom she comes into contact. Helen possesses rare judgment, intuition, knowhow and a first-rate work ethic.
Emily Verity - 9 Gough ChambersEmily, in my view, is an oustanding advocate combining rare qualities of intellect and diplomacy. The modest attractive style is founded on real confidence.
Sarah Vine - Doughty Street ChambersBrilliant attention to detail. Fantastic rapport with clients. Very bright and able to identify niche legal argument. Articulate and tenacious advocate. She has a keen eye for niche legal arguments.
Robert Ward - 15 New Bridge StreetTop class junior with the ability to turn a trial around with two or three well crafted questions. Able to cross-examine with surgical precision. Never fazed. Excellent manner and rapport with clients and peers. Well-liked and respected in the circuit. A sure bet for silk in the coming years.
John Warrington - 5 St Andrews HillJohn is a highly experienced barrister who has a great practice prosecuting and defending in criminal cases. Technically impressive and incredibly thorough in his preparation on cases. He has a light touch in court.
Christian Wasunna - Garden Court ChambersHe quickly identifies the key issues in a case, his preparation is meticulous, he is an exceptional advocate calm, clear, persuasive and approachable. He has excellent client care skills and is great to work with.
Nicholas Whitehorn - 3 Temple GardensNicholas is a charming and natural advocate who is always very pleasant to deal with. He has very good client care skills. A superb junior and first-class cross-examiner.
Chris Whitehouse - Farringdon ChambersA compelling advocate with a fiery intellect. He has an admirable, understated, well-measured and very sensible approach to advocacy - be it in front of a jury or judge alone. He is a formidable opponent. His cross-examination is always meticulously-planned, well-structured and incisive.
Diana Wilson - The 36 GroupDiana is an impressive and relentless advocate in her client’s cause. She takes few prisoners. She has sharp intellect and her meticulous preparation is hugely impressive. She is an intimidating opponent but at the same time has a faithful nose for what is right and fair. She demonstrates all that is good about the independent bar and an advocate you would always want on your side.
Lisa Wilson - 25 Bedford RowShe has a tireless work ethic and sound judgement.
Gerwyn Wise - Garden Court ChambersGerwyn quickly wins over clients with his charm. His diligent preparation means that his punchy persuasive submissions are always on point and absorbed by those who need to be swayed.
Madeleine Wolfe - 23 Essex Street ‘Madeleine is a very talented and experienced advocate with extensive knowledge of the most serious and complex cases. A commanding yet calm presence in court, robust in any legal arguments and savvy in cross-examination. She deliveries the most impressive closing speeches.
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsVery assured, great judgement, personable and good with clients, calm under pressure and a good strategist.
Warwick Aleeson - 25 Bedford RowHe has superb analytical abilities which give him an excellent grasp of complex material including telephone and cell data. He can analyse complex documents and evidence and is able to convert them into readily understandable evidence to present before the jury in the support of his client’s case. He has an excellent client manner.
Aneurin Brewer - 9 Bedford RowA polished advocate and hard worker. His judgement is sound in difficult tactical situations. An excellent barrister who clearly fights hard for his client.
Clodaghmuire Callinan - 15 New Bridge StreetAn exceptionally resilient advocate. She has excellent focus on the key issues in a case, and an effective and tenacious style. Her cross-examination in particular is fierce and incisive, whilst always keeping the jury on-side; Fiercely bright, extremely dedicated, and superb in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.
Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanA tough and steely defender, fearless in the face of a difficult court. Incredibly clever and wonderful with clients. Calm under pressure and powerfully persuasive.
Serena Gates - Red Lion ChambersAs well as an impressive forensic approach she also has an effective and persuasive style of advocacy. This combined with an entirely sensible and reasonable approach makes her an extremely effective advocate and a formidable prosecutor.
Victoria Meads - Garden Court ChambersVictoria is a very tenacious and meticulous advocate who displays a great deal of client care. She builds a good rapport with clients and goes that extra mile in terms of case preparation. There is no doubt that she is an extremely talented court advocate, one who instills confidence in the clients she represents.
Karen Robinson - QEB Hollis WhitemanKaren is hugely hard working, dedicated to her cases and persistent in securing the right result. She brings great organisational skill and thoroughness to her preparation and presentation of evidence. She has a terrific brain.
Alexander dos Santos - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe meshes together civil, criminal and public law understanding to good effect.
Alastair Smith - 2 Bedford RowHe is a safe pair of hands on any case. He is meticulous in his approach and every point is carefully considered and throughout. He leaves no stone unturned in the preparation of a case to ensure every avenue has been explored. He thinks outside the box and uses the law to skilfully apply pressure to the prosecution to achieve the best results for the client.
Simon Smith - 15 New Bridge StreetSimon is a very thorough and well prepared barrister, inspiring confidence in his ability to represent the client. He breaks down the evidence in a clear way making it easier to focus on the issues to be addressed when taking instructions from the client. I found him to be very calm and patient.
Dominic Thomas - 25 Bedford RowHe is a consummate trial advocate possessing both charisma and gravitas. Diligent, charming and easy to work with.

Rising Stars

Shannon Revel - Furnival ChambersShannon is a formidable advocate who commands the respect of opposing advocates and judges, with her calm and unassuming demeanour. She takes pride in her thorough preparation of a case, which enables her to make complex legal submissions with apparent ease. Her dedication to her clients and ethos of leaving no stone unturned, set her apart from other advocates in the field. Whether she is prosecuting or defending Shannon gives her all to a case.
Sarah Taylor - Goldsmith ChambersSarah combines an exemplary academic understanding of the law with authoritative and effective advocacy. She is committed to every case and is rigorous in exploring the client's available options. She is also prepared to think beyond the obvious, and explore complex and novel points of law. In addition, she has an excellent way with clients, including clients with mental health issues and other vulnerabilities. Bringing together these qualities with a sensible understanding of the complexities of life and human behaviour make her a very powerful advocate indeed.

Crime in London Bar

The Crime (general crime) section covers criminal work that would typically come under the banner of violent and sexual offences, such as murder and rape at the most serious end, but also covers all manner of non-financial offending, such as modern slavery offences, the full range of terrorism offences, and significant drug and firearms supply conspiracies. This section includes both defence and prosecution work, as well as both privately and publicly funded work. It does not cover criminal fraud or corruption and sanctions-type offences: please see the Crime: fraud and Business and regulatory crime sections for coverage of those specialisms. International crime and extradition and POCA and asset forfeiture are also covered separately. That said, many barristers are likely to have practices that do not neatly fit within these boxes and so may be ranked in more than one practice area

2 Bedford Row

Viewed as 'a first-class set of criminal chambers', 2 Bedford Row has 'strength in depth at all levels' and houses 'highly skilled and dedicated barristers'. Chambers is well known for prosecuting and defending in complex, high-profile criminal cases. Kieran Vaughan QC defended Yosef Ahmed, an 18-year-old man who was charged, alongside 22-year-old Kamal Hussain, with the murder of Zahir Visiter; the defendants attempted to evade arrest by hiding inside London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. Ahmed was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter, while Hussain was acquitted of murder but received a conviction for manslaughter. In another high-profile case, Louise Sweet QC and Alastair Smith defended a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man, respectively, who were acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. 2020 was a busy year for the set: Stan Reiz QC and Samuel Magee QC both took silk; Nick James joined the set from Furnival Chambers; William Clegg QC retired from practice.

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court 'is an excellent chambers with a fine reputation in criminal law'. The set has established expertise in handling a range of prosecution instructions, and in the words of one client, 'its private prosecutions group is market-leading'. Recent instructions include Oliver Glasgow QC representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in R v Kirill Belorusov, in which the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. Turning to the juniors' unled work, Nneka Akudolu successfully represented Gheorghe Mihai, one of three defendants who was charged with gang rape. In recent news, March 2020 saw Leon Kazakos QC elevated to silk, while in September Kate Blackwell QC joined chambers.

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row is 'unrivalled as a criminal defence set', housing 'counsel with vast talent' and a track record of handling prominent publicly-funded cases, alongside a range of privately funded matters. In a recent highlight for the set, Diana Ellis QC, Adrian Eissa QC and Lisa Wilson defended a family charged with manslaughter, false imprisonment, and causing the death of a vulnerable adult, who died after being restrained and undergoing an exorcism; the family was acquitted of all charges. In recent chambers news, Melanie Simpson QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.

6KBW College Hill

'A powerhouse of criminal advocacy', 6KBW College Hill is well known as 'a premier division prosecution set' with 'first-class counsel', but is also noted for its capabilities in handling defence instructions. Terrorism cases remain prominent in the team's caseload; Duncan Penny QC successfully prosecuted Hashem Abedi, who was convicted of 22 counts of murder in respect of the bombing at the Manchester Arena in 2017. In another matter, Duncan Atkinson QC and Ben Lloyd acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the prosecution of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare following the death of Hoare's three-year-old son from asphyxiation, allegedly due to being crushed by Waterson's car seat; Waterson was convicted of manslaughter, while Hoare received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Also of note, Alistair Richardson, unled, prosecuted Tristan Morgan, a neo-Nazi who attempted to burn down Exeter Synagogue. Dorian Lovell-Pank QC retired from practice in January 2020.

QEB Hollis Whiteman

'Outstanding set' QEB Hollis Whiteman 'is a class act, boasting a wealth of very strong talent' and possesses 'a deserved reputation in relation to both prosecution and defence'. In one high-profile case, Crispin Aylett QC prosecuted in R v Petrović and others, where four defendants were on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney. Sexual offence cases are prominent in the team's caseload: Jocelyn Ledward and Orla Daly acted in R v Fingleton, where a film director was acquitted of the sexual assault of an actress in her home. Also of note, Eleanor Laws QC is representing the actor Johnny Depp in his libel action against News Group Newspapers and The Sun’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, for publication of an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a "wife-beater". In recent chambers news, Paul Raudnitz QC took silk in March 2020.

Red Lion Chambers

The 'superb' Red Lion Chambers 'is a top quality criminal set' with 'excellent barristers at every level'. The set reports an uptick in drugs and homicide cases, and continues to handle a high number of modern slavery, human trafficking and sexual offences matters. Riel Karmy-Jones QC defended Kelly King, the sole female defendant in a multi-defendant trial for the drugs-related murder of Courtney Valentine-Brown; King was acquitted of murder but received a conviction for manslaughter. Among the juniors, Serena Gates prosecuted members of a county lines drugs conspiracy, which involved the trafficking of children to supply drugs.

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is 'an excellent set' with 'a huge range of very talented barristers'. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.

Garden Court Chambers

'Excellent set' Garden Court Chambers is noted for housing 'notable heavyweights in the Court of Appeal', and has established strength in defending in complex terrorism, sex offence and murder cases, particularly those involving vulnerable defendants. In a prominent case highlight, David Emanuel QC and Owen Greenhall represented Justin Lawrance in an appeal against convictions for rape due to lying about having a vasectomy. The Court of Appeal quashed those specific convictions on the grounds that lies about fertility were incapable of negating consent to sex; however, Lawrance will continue to serve sentences for other convictions for rape. In another matter before the Court of Appeal, Judy Khan QC represented Sterling Christie, Winston Trew, and George Griffiths, three members of the 'Oval Four' who were convicted in 1972 for alleged theft; their convictions were quashed after the court heard that the senior investigating officer in the case was found to be corrupt.

Three Raymond Buildings

'Very strong set' Three Raymond Buildings is 'engaged in work of the highest calibre' and has 'a stellar line up of counsel'. Chambers is well known for its particular strength in defending police officers in criminal cases; in this space, Kevin Baumber represented a police officer who was acquitted on corruption charges following a large scale investigation and undercover surveillance. On the prosecution side, William Emlyn Jones prosecuted Gerald Matovu (who formerly sold drugs to convicted serial killer Stephen Port) and Brandan Dunbar, whose modus operandi was to meet men via gay dating apps, drug them and then steal from them; one victim was given a fatal overdose of the drug GHB, leading to Matovu's conviction for murder and Dunbar's conviction for fraud and assault, among other charges.

23ES

'A good set with quality counsel', 23 Essex Street prosecutes and defends across a wide spectrum of criminal work; recent instructions include drugs conspiracies, people trafficking, and murders. Mark Fenhalls QC successfully prosecuted Shofael Israel who was convicted of the murder of Joy Morgan, following Morgan's disappearance in 2018. On the defence side, Lisa Wilding QC acted for RAF pilot Tim Barry, who was acquitted of the alleged attempted murder of his girlfriend, instead receiving an 18-month community order for assault. Rossano Scamardella QC and Tom Godfrey represented Henry Long in a multi-defendant trial concerning the death of PC Andrew Harper in August 2019; Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was acquitted of murder in July 2020. Ahmed Hossain QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.

5 Paper Buildings

5 Paper Buildings is a 'very strong set, with excellent advocates at all levels'. Clients comment that 'the fact that their skill base covers most forms of regulatory work, as well as crime, means we have been able to turn to various different advocates for advice in areas outside our natural comfort zone'. Chambers continues to handle a range of matters, including high-profile cases, for both the defence and prosecution. In a recent highlight for the set, Deanna Heer prosecuted Jonty Bravery, who was convicted of attempted murder after he threw a 6-year-old boy from the tenth floor of the Tate Modern.

5KBW

'A class outfit', 5KBW garners praise for its 'considerable strength in depth' and 'strong mix of prosecution and defence practitioners'. In a prominent highlight for the set, Sarah Forshaw QC and Natasha Wong QC represented Manuel Petrović and Aaron Isaacs, two of four defendants on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney; Petrović was acquitted, while Isaacs received an 18-year sentence. Among the juniors, Louise Oakley (a recent arrival from 2 Bedford Row) acted as junior prosecution counsel in the “Lady in the Lake” Court of Appeal case, and Jonathan Polnay is acting for CPS Thames Valley in prosecuting four defendants for the alleged murder of PC Andrew Harper; three defendants were convicted of manslaughter in July 2020. In 2020 Charlotte Newell QC was elevated to silk. Clients highlight that she brings more to the table than any other barrister when it comes to representing youths charged with murder: 'She is able to explain the complexities of the evidence in a way that young clients can understand the first time.'

Furnival Chambers

Furnival Chambers is 'a very solid criminal set' with 'talented individuals', who mostly defend but also handle complex prosecution cases. Stephen Moses QC and Ben Gordon represented two police officers who were accused of the gross negligence manslaughter after a female prisoner died by suicide whilst they were on duty; both defendants were acquitted. On the prosecution side, Shannon Revel was instructed as junior counsel by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prosecute seven members of the Hell's Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs in Slough for the premeditated attack on a rival club; all defendants were convicted. In 2020, Frida Hussain QC took silk.

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers 'is an excellent set', housing a team of 'incredibly bright barristers'. Clare Montgomery QC and protest law specialist Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh are representing all members of the "Stansted 15", a group of activists who were convicted of an aviation security offence for breaking into Stansted airport and chaining themselves to a Boeing 767 to halt a deportation charter flight; the group were granted permission to appeal their convictions in August 2019. Richard Whittam QC has joined from 2 Bedford Row.

15 New Bridge Street

15 New Bridge Street is 'an excellent set' with 'expertise in all areas of criminal law' and houses 'very experienced counsel', who prosecute and defend across a diverse range of cases. Martin Rutherford QC  and Simon Smith acted in R v KB, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. In another high-profile case, Patrick Maggs represented the defendant in R v Gemma Watts, where 21-year-old Watts used the alias of "Jake Watton", a 16-year-old-boy, to groom young girls on social media; she received an 8-year sentence for sexual offences.

187 Fleet Street Chambers

187 Fleet Street Chambers is 'an excellent set', housing 'extremely able criminal barristers'. Chambers prosecute and defend across a broad range of matters; recent examples include Mozammel Hossain QC representing Haroon Akram in a multi-defendant trial for the murder of a bouncer – Akram was convicted of manslaughter. On the junior end, Brian Reece defended a transgender man who was acquitted on allegations of two cases of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place 15 years apart, following a successful application for the severance of the indictment.

3 Temple Gardens

'A solid criminal set', 3 Temple Gardens has a track record of high-profile defence work. Nicholas Whitehorn acted for Charlotte Walker, who was charged with conspiring with others to cause her own abortion by ingesting mifepristone and misoprostol. The charges against Walker were dismissed, while the other co-defendants – the father of Walker's child and his two friends – were convicted of conspiring to administer a poison to Walker to cause a miscarriage. Elsewhere, Tim Forte represented Stephen Bishop in the long-running Operation Eelcatcher case, involving a plot to blow up a mosque using homemade explosives; Bishop received a four-year sentence.

9 Bedford Row

'A polished and professional set', 9 Bedford Row has a strong reputation for handling prominent defence instructions, but is equally adept at prosecuting; chambers is well known for its expertise in acting in courts-martial and terrorism cases. Peter Glenser QC, leading Sean Sullivan, prosecuted a seafood salesman, who was convicted of illegally importing and exporting critically endangered European eels (with a total aggregate value of £53m) to East Asia over a two-year period.

Carmelite Chambers

'Very well run, full of exceptional barristers and QCs', Carmelite Chambers is viewed by instructing solicitors as 'a strong set' for criminal work, with notable strength in handling a range of defence instructions. Members are also well versed in advising on private prosecutions.

Farringdon Chambers

Farringdon Chambers is 'an up-and-coming set' with 'very experienced and talented barristers', who prosecute and defend in a range of serious cases including modern slavery matters, violent crime, murder, sexual offences and drugs conspiracies. Ian Henderson QC represented the defendant in R v SC, who was convicted of murder by setting fire to his house in order to kill his mother-in-law as an act of revenge against his wife. At the junior end, Molly Pinkus and Ioana Nedelcu successfully defended Viorel Lupu against allegations of modern slavery involving trafficking people from Romania into the UK; Lupu was acquitted after successful submissions of no case to answer.

Foundry Chambers

'A strong criminal set', Foundry Chambers' workload includes prosecution and defence instructions involving serious sexual offences, murder, drugs and people trafficking, among other areas. Alexandra Healy QC was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service for the prosecution in a two-handed murder case, where the victim was both stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat. Richard Jory QC  is described as an 'excellent leader who knows the difference between strategy and tactics; he has a forensic eye with an ability to deal with the trees and woods'. Turning to the juniors, David Harounoff represented a woman who was convicted of the murder of her ex-husband, after she allegedly arranged a "medieval duel to the death" between her ex-husband and her lover.

Six Pump Court

Six Pump Court is well known for its strength in handling serious prosecution work, notably, cases of sexual offending and homicide. In recent news, Richard Barraclough QC and Danny Moore prosecuted four defendants charged with pre-meditated murder concerning an ongoing conflict over the control of illegal drug supplies in Maidstone; all four were convicted. In another high-profile matter, 'modern and forward-thinking silkOliver Saxby QC prosecuted in the "Maids Moreton Murder" trial, where Benjamin Field, a 28-year-old churchwarden, was convicted of the murder of 69-year-old Peter Farquhar.