Crime in Regional Bar
30 Park Place Chambers is one of the premier sets for criminal work in South Wales, with particular specialisms in serious sexual offences, drug-related and violent crimes. Sexual offences specialist Caroline Rees QC recently led for the prosecution of married couple Peter and Avril Griffiths, dubbed the "Fred and Rosemary West of Barry" by the media, who were convicted of the rape and grooming of teenage girls over three decades.
The criminal team at 9 Park Place is home to members who are instructed on a wide range of cases for both the prosecution and defence. Notable recent cases include Owen Williams representing a man who was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter after a drug-related stabbing in Cardiff; the co-defendant was convicted of murder. For the RSPCA, he also prosecuted a man who entered a guilty plea to Sexual Offences Act and Animal Welfare Act offences after engaging in sex acts with his two male Bedlington Terriers; the defendant was given a suspended prison sentence plus a ten-year ban from owning animals.
Silks Patrick Harrington QC and Paul Lewis QC at Farrar's Building remain prominent forces on the Wales and Chester Circuit, with involvement on several high-profile homicide cases in the last year. The pair were on opposing sides of a drug-related turf war murder case stemming from the stabbing of a teenager in Connah's Quay - Harrington QC defended and Lewis QC prosecuted.