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7 Harrington Street houses β€˜impressive barristers’, who have extensive experience in acting for the defence and prosecution in high-profile cases of murder, sexual offences, fraud and large-scale drugs conspiracies. Among the recent case highlights, Richard Pratt QC successfully prosecuted Anthony Showers, who murdered his ex-girlfriend, her mother and the pet dog with a hammer.

Nicholas Clarke QC leads the criminal team at 9 St John Street, where barristers prosecute and defend cases involving homicide, large-scale fraud, drugs conspiracies and serious sexual offences. Roderick Carus QC retired in 2016.

18 St John Street Chambers houses members who defend and prosecute in high-profile murder and fraud cases.

23 Essex Street’s criminal team has β€˜strength in depth’, with members appearing in high-profile cases of serious sexual offences, including historic abuse, and large-scale drugs conspiracies. In 2016, Jane Greenhalgh left for Exchange Chambers and Patrick Thompson was appointed to the bench.

Cobden House Chambers’ criminal team prosecutes and defends in heavyweight murder, sexual offences and drugs cases. Headline work included involvement in the Rochdale grooming case.

Deans Court Chambers has β€˜an excellent reputation in the criminal field’ and houses leader of the Northern Circuit Michael Hayton QC. Members appear in high-profile cases of murder and historic sexual abuse allegations, and the recent caseload also includes people-trafficking matters. David Fish QC retired in 2016.

Exchange Chambers’ crime practice has β€˜strength in depth’ and β€˜heavyweight counsel’, including 38 grade 4 CPS prosecutors. The team prosecutes and defends in high-profile cases involving murder, sexual abuse, people trafficking, large-scale drugs conspiracies and multimillion-pound frauds. Recent highlights include the successful prosecution of three teenagers who murdered a 14-year old boy with a Gurkha knife in Carlisle. In 2016, Jane Greenhalgh joined from 23 Essex Street, and Simon Berkson and Philip Parry were appointed to the circuit bench.

Garden Court North Chambers is β€˜strong in criminal defence work’ with recent cases including murder trials, large-scale drugs conspiracies and historic sexual abuse. In 2016, team leader Mark George QC successfully represented Qasim Hussain, one of seven defendants in a high-profile sex-grooming case in Oxford.

Barry Grennan is head of the criminal team at Kenworthy’s Chambers, where members are instructed in cases of money laundering, homicide, drugs conspiracies and child abuse, among other areas.

Lincoln House Chambers has β€˜a strong reputation for criminal law’ with β€˜well-regarded’ barristers prosecuting and defending in high-profile cases of fraud, money laundering, homicide and sexual offences, among other areas. Members recently acted for the prosecution in the high-profile Rochdale sex abuse trials. Rachel Smith was appointed to the bench in 2016.

The criminal group at St John’s Buildings is well versed in cases of serious sexual offences, homicide, large-scale drugs conspiracies and fraud.

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