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Leading Juniors

Julia Cox – 30 Park Place ChambersJulia is an exceptional advocate whose meticulous preparation of every case never ceases to imbue confidence. Clients appreciate Julia’s clear advice and unyielding submissions made on their behalf.
Heath Edwards - 9 Park PlaceHe has an excellent way with the clients and is instantly able to put them at ease even in serious cases.
Nigel Fryer - 30 Park Place ChambersNigel is a thoroughly prepared and exceptionally hard-working criminal practitioner. Nigel is robust in his approach and ensures that every point is properly raised and dealt with whether during legal arguments or through the trial process.
Anna Pope - Linenhall ChambersAnna is an astute lawyer and a first-class advocate with a scrupulous approach to the case and a calm and unflappable manner with all concerned. An outstanding barrister.
Christopher Rees - Apex ChambersA fantastic trial advocate with a large court presence. He has considerable experience in large scale, complicated drug and fraud cases.
Owen Williams - 9 Park PlaceOwen has a grasp of the case very quickly and is able to communicate this in an effective way to the client and Court very effectively. No case is too problematic for Owen to resolve.
Matthew Corbett-Jones - Linenhall ChambersMatthew possesses the intellectual strength that gives him a head start over many of his peers; he expresses himself with utter clarity and he has an entirely superior approach to finding practical solutions that arise in complex cases.
Christian Jowett - 30 Park Place ChambersChristian is an excellent fraud lawyer.
Simon Mills - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the first name on the team sheet for all serious crime in this area, including rapes, murders and conspiracies.
Claire Pickthall - 30 Park Place ChambersAn astute lawyer and a first-class advocate with a thorough approach to the case and calm manner with all concerned.
Helen Randall - Iscoed ChambersMeticulous in preparation with a keen eye for detail, always has a full command of the evidential issues and is able to relay advice effectively in conference. Impressive advocate who fiercely defends clients.
Simon Rogers - Linenhall ChambersSimon is the perfect combination. Strategically clever. Fingertip judgement. An advocate's advocate and the chess player's barrister.
Peter Donnison - 30 Park Place ChambersPeter is very professional and has vast knowledge of the law. He works extremely hard on his cases and this shines through in the results he has obtained for our clients.
Matthew Dunford - Linenhall ChambersVery thorough, calm and thoughtful - and very well-prepared.
Ffion Tomos - Linenhall ChambersFfion is extremely sharp, incisive and proactive. Noted for impeccable preparation and presentation of cases and for possessing effective advocacy skills. Very knowledgeable in matters of law, procedures and effective presentation.

Crime (general and fraud) in Regional Bar

30 Park Place Chambers

Considered to be one of the leading criminal sets in South Wales, 30 Park Place Chambers crime team are regularly instructed in some of the region's high-profile and complex cases. Experience of the members stretches all serious areas of work such as homicide, serious fraud, large-scale drug conspiracies, serious sexual offences and confiscation proceedings. Andrew Jones and Nigel Fryer's recent practice involve large-scale drug trafficking matters, while Caroline Rees QC, Julia Cox, and Claire Pickthall have a strong practice in cases involving serious and historic sexual abuse allegations.



‘A first class set of chambers with a wide range of excellent counsel.’

‘I have used 30 Park Place for the past 30 years and we have always found that they are able to provide my clients with first class representation.’

‘A well respected criminal team with excellent talent from the very top QCs to the newest tenants.’


‘Clerks provide an efficient and reliable service.’

‘The clerks go above and beyond to provide an excellent service. Tony never fails to meet expectation.’

‘All the criminal clerks that I have dealt with have been helpful, courteous and professional.’

Apex Chambers

The crime team at Apex Chambers is known to 'provide an excellent level of service'. Headed by Christopher Rees, who is described as the 'go-to' counsel for the most serious offences in Wales, the team offers a balanced practice across prosecution and defence in some of the region's most serious cases.  Lee Reynolds continues to build his complex national and international fraud practice, recently involved in a case concerning other products being sold for human consumption as lobster. Nicholas Gedge and Rees are regularly involved in Class A drug conspiracy cases, while Marian Lewis specialises in sensitive sexual offences matters, particularly with vulnerable people. Jonathan Elystan Rees QC adds expertise at the Silk level.



‘Apex Chambers provide an excellent level of service.’


‘The clerks are always very helpful.’


9 Park Place

Members of 9 Park Place offer a team of professionals comfortable and adept in both prosecution and defence, with barristers regularly instructed in serious homicide, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, and high-profile drug trafficking work. Heath Edwards and Matthew Cobbe recent instructions include the latter. Owen Williams is also a name of note, with a recent instructions as leading junior including acting for the defence in multi-handed attempted murder using a sawn-off shotgun.



‘9 Park Place has a significant amount of strength in depth in terms of barristers of suitable experience.’


‘A quality clerks room, who always endeavour to meet our needs.’

Linenhall Chambers

Linenhall Chambers' reputation in the North Wales and Cheshire area for criminal law is  described as 'excellent' and houses many of the circuit's 'heavy-hitters'. Chambers has members who are regularly instructed in some of the most complex and high-profile matters in the region, with Simon Rogers and Anna Pope opposing one another in the high-profile murder case concerning the killing of a retired lecturer using a crossbow. Matthew Corbett-Jones and Ffion Tomos are regularly instructed in serious and violent sexual assault cases. Joint heads of chambers Owen Edwards and Simon Mills recent instructions include large-scale drugs and fire arms conspiracies. Edwards and Tomos are both capable of advocacy in Welsh.



‘The set are the backbone of Chester and have some heavy hitters.’

‘A very popular and well regarded set in the North Wales and Cheshire region. Many counsel of great skill and experience.’

‘Linenhall Chambers comprises high quality counsel, in a close knit group. We have used them exclusively for over a decade and rarely been disappointed.’


‘The Clerks are always very professional and helpful and have a human touch.’

‘I was always of the view that the clerks and support staff at Linenhall were really first class. Attentive, dedicated and specialist in their disciplines. ‘

‘Gareth Stickels and Ryan Turner are excellent. Very approachable and helpful in the event of non-availability of Counsel.’