Crime in Regional Bar
The criminal team at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton is instructed on a wide range of serious violent, sexual, and drug-related offenses for both prosecution and defence. Notable recent work includes Rebecca Upton's defence of an alleged drug debt enforcer charged with attempted murder, who was eventually convicted of section 18 wounding, and Rowan Jenkins' successful prosecution of a mother charged with gross negligence manslaughter, following her daughter's consumption of methadone left out by the defendant. Christopher Prior joined the set from Westgate Chambers in 2018.
23 Essex Street is home to several practitioners visible on the circuit, with particular areas of focus including representing vulnerable defendants and serious organised crime cases, as well as sexual offences and violent crime.
Red Lion Chambers is home to a wide range of criminal barristers, who both prosecute and defend across the spectrum of both public and private work. Notable recent work examples include Simon Spence QC prosecuting in a three-defendant murder case concerning the beating to death of a homeless man following a perceived slight, and Gillian Jones QC defending in the case of a man who was charged with murdering his wife while his daughter was upstairs, and claimed self-defence as his wife attempted to stab him - he was convicted of the lesser manslaughter charge.
Six Pump Court's Kent offering is one of the largest in the region, with a wide range of practitioners and 'incredible strength in depth.' Recent highlights include Oliver Saxby QC leading the prosecution in a five-month fourteen defendant grooming trial following Operation Silk, a police investigation into child sexual exploitation in Oxford.
The 36 Group is home to Nadeem Holland and Sarah Gaunt, who are particularly notable for their work on organised crime cases and sexual offences prosecutions respectively. Gaunt recently prosecuted a father and his juvenile son in a blackmail and firearms offences case - the father received a nine-year sentence.