Crime in Regional Bar
3PB is praised by clients as a 'go-to set' for both prosecution and defence instructions work across the western circuit, with 'excellent strength in depth'. The set is instructed on all manner of cases, including serious violent, sexual, or drug-related crime, as well as more specialist areas including fraud and court-martials. Timothy Bradbury prosecuted a British Army officer, who was alleged to have raped a United States Air Force captain. Adam Feest QC prosecuted a former Southampton FC youth coach for multiple historical sexual offences against 24 complainants.
At Colleton Chambers, sexual offences are a key area of instruction for the set, with barristers including Heather Hope prosecuting and defending in substantial cases. Recent instructions of note for Hope include the prosecution of a serial sex attacker and the prosecution of a mental health nurse who sexually abused a vulnerable patient.
Devon Chambers remains one of the strongest sets for criminal law matters in Devon and Cornwall, thanks to its members' extensive experience in both the prosecution and defence of serious criminal offences. In one representative instruction, Joanna Martin QC recently defended in R v Lowe, a murder case in which the victim's body was never found.
Guildhall Chambers is home to a very strong criminal team, with 'incredible breadth and depth'. Key areas of work for the set includes serious violent crime and drug-related offences, but the set is perhaps best known for its members' experience acting in sexual offences cases. Head of chambers Anna Vigars QC recently defended a client accused of murdering his girlfriend, in circumstances where the body was never found, while Mary Cowe prosecuted three defendants charged with a series of frauds relating to a biotechnology company. Rosaleen Collins recently retired from practice.
Members of Pump Court Chambers 'solid' criminal team are instructed on a wide range of criminal matters for both prosecutors and defendants, including serious sexual offences, drug-related crime, and large-scale frauds. In a recent highlight, James Newton-Price QC acted for the second defendant in a 12-handed conspiracy to defraud. Also of note, Sarah Jones QC took silk in 2019.
Queen Square Chambers provides expertise in all areas of criminal law, for both prosecutors and defence solicitors. Fraud remains a key area of work for the set, with Charles Row and James Tucker prosecuting in carbon credit fraud case. Robin Shellard prosecuted a man for historic sexual offences against three stepdaughters.