Crime in Regional Bar
Sheffield-based Bank House Chambers carries a strong reputation for criminal work, and remains one of the key sets in the area for this kind of work. Specific strong suits for the set include terrorism cases, where Gul Nawaz Hussain QC is particularly renowned, and sexual offences, where Katherine Goddard QC, who took silk in 2019, is a key practitioner.
Members of Broadway House Chambers are instructed in a wide range of serious criminal cases, including violent crime, sexual offences and drug offences as well as fraud. Several members of the set's crime team are currently prosecuting and defending in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation enquiry.
At Dere Street Barristers, members prosecute and defend in a wide range of criminal cases. Recent highlights include John Elvidge QC's representation of a defendant financial consultant in a five-month multi-defendant SFO prosecution and Peter Makepeace QC securing an acquittal for a defendant in a joint enterprise murder case, in which several of the co-accused were convicted of murder or manslaughter.
Exchange Chambers' 'tremendous strength in depth' enables it to provide a strong service across a wide range of criminal instructions. Nicholas Johnson QC recently acted for the first defendant in a gang-related assassination case, involving two murders, and in which three of the six charges led to acquittals. Emma Bennett departed the set for Parklane Plowden.
KBW's criminal team is instructed on serious cases such as drug-related or sexual offences and serious violent crime. In a notable recent case, Anthony Dunne prosecuted, as a junior alone, four defendants charged with conspiracy to supply drugs and firearms, with the lead defendant also facing a further charge relating to the supply of a handgun to a known organised criminal group.
New Park Court Chambers is 'one of the standout chambers in the region' for criminal work, with a strong range of counsel at both ends of the call spectrum. The set has substantially expanded its range of practitioners as well, with Simon Kealey QC, Ashleigh Metcalf, Jessica Strange, and Geraldine Kelly arriving from Zenith Chambers. Notable recent cases for the set include a £10m missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud trial lasting three months, in which Alistair Mcdonald QC and Nicholas De La Poer prosecuted.
Park Square Barristers is the 'chambers of choice' for many criminal solicitors within the region, with clients praising the 'strong range of alternative counsel' that can be provided where necessary. Head of chambers Richard Wright QC is known for prosecuting some of the circuit's most high-profile cases, and recently prosecuted in in the Huddersfield grooming trials, with Kate Batty acting as his junior. In another stand-out case, Peter Moulson QC defended a restaurant owner charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a patron from an allergic reaction, only the second such prosecution to be undertaken.
St John's Buildings' Sheffield presence 'offers a broad range of experienced criminal barristers', particularly on the prosecution side of the aisle. 'Stand-out' junior Ian Goldsack recently prosecuted two women of previous good character who were convicted of the murder of a woman they believed to have information about a stolen necklace, acting as a junior alone against two silks. Richard Thyne acted as the lead junior for the crown in an eight-handed county lines drug conspiracy case.
St Paul's Chambers is home to both junior and senior criminal specialists, and the set is most notable for the strong fraud and business crime focus of many of its members, who are instructed for both the prosecution and defence in such cases. As a result, the set has good relationships with several prosecution bodies other than CPS, such as trading standards and the SFO. Bribery and corruption is another specialist area.
Trinity Chambers is a significant presence in the Newcastle and Teeside area for criminal work, though members are also instructed from further afield. Violent crime and sexual offences remain key areas of work for the set. Caroline Goodwin QC defended a client accused of a series of three arson attacks against the same victim, including an an attack on a house, concerning a supposed debt.
Tom Storey remains a notable criminal practitioner at Zenith Chambers, with experience in serious violent, sexual and drug-related cases, primarily for the prosecution an often as a leading junior. Nicholas Worsley is notable for his experience in cases involving children, either as defendants or victims. The set has also seen several recent departures with Simon Kealey QC, Geraldine Kelly, Ashleigh Metcalf, and Jessica Strange moving to New Park Court Chambers .