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London-based set Drystone Chambers houses members who practice across the Midland Circuit in cases of fraud, organised crime and murder.

KCH Garden Square’s criminal team’s areas of expertise include homicide, road traffic deaths, RSPCA prosecutions and sexual offences cases.

No.1 High Pavement Chambers is a boutique set in the East Midlands for criminal law. Members prosecute and defend in cases involving drugs conspiracies, frauds, murders and sexual offences.

The criminal team at No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’, housing over 60 criminal barristers, including 16 silks. Members prosecute and defend across a range of criminal work and have expertise in cases of gang violence, multi-handed fraud, drugs conspiracies and high-profile murders. Recent work includes acting in Operation Fry, regarding a series of attempted murders involving factions of rival Birmingham gangs – the Burger Bar and the Johnson Crew – and being instructed in the murder of an inmate at HMP Long Lartin. In 2017, Phil Bradley QC and Michelle Heeley QC took silk, and John O’Higgins joined from Six Pump Court.

St Ives Chambers’ criminal practice handles equal amounts of prosecution and defence work, including serious sexual offences, murder, baby-shaking, and multi-handed conspiracies. Rebecca Wade prosecuted in a trial of a conspiracy to steal Chinese artefacts and a rhinoceros horns worth over Β£15m from museums across the country.

St Philips Chambers has β€˜strong advocates in the field of crime’ and areas of instruction include white-collar fraud, serious sexual offences, corporate manslaughter, murder and drugs conspiracies. Leader of the Midland Circuit Richard Atkins QC resides at the set and in 2016 he successfully prosecuted in the Lauren Jeska case, where a transgender athlete attempted to kill the head of HR at UK Athletics. In another matter, Jennifer Josephs led the prosecution in the R v Danny Murphy trial, regarding a conspiracy to supply high-purity class A drugs.

London-based set The 36 Group maintains an active presence on the Midland Circuit, with 16 CPS grade 4 prosecutors being instructed in cases involving murder, serious sexual offences and fraud. Cybercrime is a growing area of practice for the set.

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