Crime (general and fraud) in Regional Bar
Through Paul Lewis QC, Farrar's Building continues to enjoy a strong presence in the Wales and Chester Circuit. He represented one of the defendants in an eight-week trial following the murder of Jaskaran Kang, who was stabbed to death in his home after being robbed of cannabis. Also of note, Patrick Harrington QC's 'enthusiasm and work ethic are difficult to match.'
Considered one of the leading sets for criminal work in Wales, 30 Park Place Chambers's members are sought-after for the most complicated and complex of cases including homicide, serious fraud, substantial drug cases, serious sexual offences as well as proceeds of crime matters. In one matter, Nigel Fryer represented a man who was acquitted of grievous bodily harm and wounding on his partner; part of the defence case suggested the injuries were self-inflicted during "rough sex".
Appearing on both sides of criminal cases, members of Apex Chambers are involved in cases of note across Wales. The set's members have multi-defendant murder cases and sexual offending cases involving vulnerable witnesses, as well as complex fraud: Christopher Rees prosecuted a £800,000 fraud on the NHS that received nationwide publicity, while Andrew Kendall prosecuted the members of a "county lines" gang known as the "Dredd Line", who received sentences totalling seventeen years imprisonment. Marian Lewis joined from 30 Park Place Chambers in June 2019.
Instructed in many of the most high-profile cases on the circuit, 9 Park Place is a 'well-organised, very professional chambers with fine counsel'. Members appear on behalf of both prosecution and defence in a wide variety of matters including those involving sexual offences, vehicle-related crimes, serious fraud, homicide and drugs offences. In a recent instruction, Heath Edwards defended Junior John Phillips, a then-teenager who was referred to in the press as a 'Newport drug boss', who was convicted of the murder of a drug addict in a five-defendant trial.