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  1. Crime – Leading silks
  2. Crime – 2019 silks
  3. Crime – Leading juniors

Crime – Leading silks

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Crime – 2019 silks

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Crime – Leading juniors

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    • Nneka Akudolu - 187 Fleet Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases involving serious violence/sexual offences and fraud.’
    • Peter Alcock - Six Pump Court β€˜A sophisticated advocate.’
    • Jonathan Atkinson - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜Recent work includes drugs conspiracies and murder cases.’
    • Richard Barton - Westgate Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends across a wide spectrum of serious criminal matters.’
    • James Bloomer - 23 Essex Street β€˜Very experienced in acting for clients with mental health issues.’
    • Jane Brady - Cornwall Street Oxford β€˜Very committed and conscientious; she goes the extra mile in every case.’
    • Kieran Brand - Six Pump Court β€˜Calm, charming, measured and hardworking.’
    • Gareth Burrows - Westgate Chambers β€˜Recommended for prosecution and defence work in serious criminal cases.’
    • William Carter - Drystone Chambers β€˜Very experienced in cases of fraud and historic sexual abuse.’
    • Catherine Donnelly - Six Pump Court β€˜A charming strategist.’
    • Tom Dunn - Six Pump Court β€˜Very experienced in heavyweight criminal matters.’
    • Nina Ellin - Six Pump Court β€˜She has expertise in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • John Fitzgerald - Six Pump Court β€˜Well known for defending across a purview of serious criminal matters.’
    • Daniel Frier - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Intelligent, diligent and measured.’
    • Alan Gardner - 23 Essex Street β€˜A silk in the making.’
    • Simon Gladwell - East Anglian Chambers β€˜He has expertise in sexual offences, drugs, fraud and serious violence cases.’
    • Alistair Grainger - Reeds Chambers β€˜A talented advocate who cross-examines with tact and skill.’
    • Nicholas Hamblin - Westgate Chambers β€˜Very well known for handling regulatory cases involving firearms.’
    • Gabrielle Henty - Westgate Chambers β€˜Very experienced in prosecuting across a range of serious criminal matters.’
    • Sally Hobson - Drystone Chambers β€˜Recommended for sexual abuse and homicide cases.’
    • Rowan Jenkins - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜Recent work includes historic sexual abuse trials.’
    • Richard Kelly - Red Lion Chambers β€˜He has particular expertise in sexual offences matters.’
    • Sarah Lindop - Westgate Chambers β€˜She has extensive experience in serious sexual offences cases.’
    • Claire Matthews - Drystone Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends across a wide range of serious criminal cases.’
    • Danny Moore - Six Pump Court β€˜Charismatic and hardworking.’
    • Jane Oldfield - Red Lion Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide spectrum of criminal matters.’
    • Christopher Prior - 1 Crown Office Row β€˜His practice includes fraud, drugs conspiracies and serious violence matters.’
    • Michael Procter - Fenners Chambers β€˜Prosecutes and defends across a panoply of criminal cases.’
    • Edward Renvoize - Drystone Chambers β€˜Very experienced in firearms, sexual offences and serious violence cases.’
    • Andrew Selby - Lamb Building (Brighton) β€˜He has extensive expertise in acting for the defence in criminal cases.’
    • Stephen Shay - 23 Essex Street β€˜Very experienced across a range of serious criminal matters.’
    • Lynne Shirley - East Anglian Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for representing vulnerable clients.’
    • Cyrus Shroff - Red Lion Chambers β€˜His bedside manner with clients is reassuringly calm.’
    • Stephen Spence - Drystone Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in cases involving internet crime.’
    • Sarah Taite - Westgate Chambers β€˜A tough advocate with a compassionate client manner.’
    • Simon Taylor - Six Pump Court β€˜He has the makings of a future silk.’
    • Andrew Thompson - Red Lion Chambers β€˜A confident advocate.’
    • Rebecca Upton - 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton β€˜She is a conscientious advocate.’
    • Terence Woods - 187 Fleet Street Chambers β€˜He has expertise in cases of serious sexual abuse, murder, fraud and multi-handed drugs conspiracies.’

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Practitioners at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton marked an uptick in historic sexual abuse cases, alongside instructions in high-profile murder and drugs conspiracies matters. Francesca Lewington left the set in 2017.

23 Essex Street has offices in London and Manchester, but James Bloomer, Alan Gardner and Stephen Shay handle a broad spread of work on the South Eastern Circuit. In a recent work highlight, Shay appeared in R v Shamim Miah and others, a multi-defendant people trafficking case involving the use of undercover newspaper reporters posing as migrants.

London set 187 Fleet Street Chambers is home to practitioners with a strong practice in criminal law on the South Eastern Circuit. Recent case highlights include Jason Bartfeld QC appearing in R v Patrick Rooney and others, a multi-defendant case involving people trafficking. Sarah Vine moved to Doughty Street Chambers in January 2018.

Jane Brady at Cornwall Street Oxford is regularly instructed in cases involving, among other areas, serious sexual offences, drugs conspiracies, murder and serious violence.

Drystone Chambers’ criminal practitioners are well known for handling high-profile cases of historic/recent sexual assault, multi-defendant drugs and firearms conspiracies, fraud and homicide cases.

Recent instructions for the criminal team at East Anglian Chambers include historic abuse, serious sexual offences, drugs conspiracies and high-value fraud.

Michael Procter at Fenners Chambers has solid experience in cases pertaining to cash seizure, serious road traffic accidents and homicide.

Lamb Building (Brighton) houses Andrew Selby, whose practice includes homicide, sexual offences, drugs, fraud and serious violence cases.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is home to Eleanor Laws QC, a criminal law specialist who is very well known for prosecuting and defending cases of serious sexual violence, child abuse and murder.

Red Lion Chambers’ criminal team handles a broad array of serious criminal cases, including high-profile homicide, sexual offences, drug trafficking and fraud. David Walbank QC took silk in 2018.

Reeds Chambers houses Alistair Grainger, who is instructed for the prosecution and defence in cases of serious sexual offences, homicide and serious violence, among other areas.

Six Pump Court has expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, notably serious sexual offences, high-profile murders and serious violence. Recent work highlights included multiple members of the set appearing in the R v Michael Bowditch case, where a man was charged with murder following a 17-year old girl’s death by drowning after she fell into the sea.

The crime team at Westgate Chambers reports an uptick in multi-handed drugs conspiracies and fraud cases, as well as an increase in sexual offences work.

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