Crime (general and fraud) in Regional Bar
Cornwall Street Chambers
Jane Brady, who 'combines significant experience with an exceptional work ethic, very sound judgement and an impressive court presence' is the key name to note for criminal cases at Cornwall Street Barristers. In addition to her defence practice, she prosecuted a care worker for neglect of three care home residents, all of whom were suffering from dementia at the time and had died prior to the trial.
East Anglian Chambers
Prosecuting and defending across the full spectrum of criminal cases, Simon Gladwell of East Anglian Chambers is particularly adept at handling cases involving allegations of serious sexual assault and abuse, both historical and recent. In particular, solicitors praise him for his ability to 'look outside the box when considering issues'.
Lamb Building is 'a strong set in crime, with a number of strong juniors working in Sussex and the South East' from its Brighton base, and is particularly praised for being 'good at the lower end and middle order' of seniority - 'there is enough variety to cover almost every type of case and varying degree of complexity'. Ross Talbott specialises in prosecuting and defending in relation to serious sexual offences including child sexual abuse cases, as well as other matters. Both prosecuting and defending, he is praised for 'controlling and dealing with some of the most difficult and demanding defence counsel in London' and 'providing a first-class service to the instructing solicitors and defendants he represents'.
At The 36 Group, Sarah Gaunt is particularly noted for her expertise in handling serious organised crime cases, with an increased speciality in cyber-crime, and those involving sexual offences. In one of her recent cases, she prosecuted a group of Russian-linked cyber criminals who defrauded banks and laundered the proceeds in Birmingham, and continued to represent the CPS in confiscation proceedings.
Red Lion Chambers is a heavyweight criminal set in East Anglia, with its barristers frequently instructed in murder, organised crime and sexual offences cases. Christopher Paxton QC led the prosecution in a highly complex murder trial, concerning a man who received over 70 blows before his body was set on fire - there were no witnesses to the offence, and the conviction was based primarily on circumstantial evidence and a partial confession. In another case, Jane Oldfield prosecuted a mother and father who were convicted of causing serious injuries to their twin babies; both defendants blamed each other and denied knowledge of the injuries.
Among the leading sets on the circuit, members of Six Pump Court are particularly active in Kent, defending and prosecuting in some of the most prolific and serious criminal cases. By way of example, Richard Barraclough QC achieved prosecuted four defendants, all of whom were convicted of a pre-meditated drug-related murder in Maidstone after a two month trial. Oliver Saxby QC successfully prosecuted the mother of a baby who drowned while unsupervised in a bath for gross negligence manslaughter.
Among the leading sets on the circuit, 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton hosts a number of well-respected criminal practitioners, who appear on behalf of the prosecution and defence in respect of the most serious offences such as rape and other serious sexual offences, but also murder and manslaughter. Christopher Prior prosecuted in a conspiracy case involving a criminal gang supplying drugs, including methamphetamine, to "chemsex" parties in the Brighton area, while Daniel Frier defended in a case concerning allegations of child sexual offences which took place in Vietnam, prosecuted in the English courts under s72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
23 Essex Street has a good presence in the South East with members being instructed in Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Crown Courts in cases of a serious nature on both sides. Eloise Marshall QC defended a woman who was convicted of the murder of her husband, who she repeatedly struck a rolling pin, only calling for an ambulance more than 24 hours after his death. Alan Gardner prosecuted unled in the final trial connected to the "Operation Silk" grooming investigation in Oxford; the three defendants were convicted and received sentences totalling 49 years.
Members of 187 Fleet Street Chambers both prosecute and defend in the full range of criminal matters including murders, large-scale fraud, rape and serious sexual offences involving vulnerable clients and witnesses such as children. Matthew Bagnall and Sasha Bailey defended one of four West African stowaways who attacked the crew of a cargo vessel bound for Tilbury, among other things throwing faeces at the Special Boat Service commandos sent to regain control of the vessel - all four defendants were acquitted of a hijacking offence but convicted of affray.
Enjoying a stellar reputation, Drystone Chambers remains one of the top circuits, with members being instructed in several high profile criminal cases. Karim Khalil QC represented the first defendant in a trial concerning an alleged "boiler room" in which the CPS offered no evidence after it was identified that the key prosecution expert, who had been used in over twenty prior trials, was unqualified.