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2 Harcourt Buildings

London Bar > Crime

2020 Silks

Jennifer Knight QC - 2 Harcourt BuildingsA very talented and erudite silk. Her calm yet firm demeanour instills confidence in clients from the outset of a case.
Jane Osborne QC - 2 Harcourt BuildingsJane’s advocacy is persuasive and direct. She is a down-to-earth and approachable silk.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Nicholson - 2 Harcourt BuildingsTom combines a calm approach with excellent client care skills. His case preparation is first-rate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hugh French - 2 Harcourt BuildingsHugh is a very committed barrister. His advocacy is precise and measured, and he is a very effective cross-examiner. Persuasive and unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Fraud: crime

2020 Silks

Jane Osborne QC2 Harcourt Buildings ‘She has a great courtroom presence, and demonstrates command over both the law and the facts.

Leading Juniors

Dominic Hockley - 2 Harcourt BuildingsA tenacious, proactive, and very sharp barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tim Hunter - 2 Harcourt BuildingsA junior who always demonstrates an acute grasp of his brief.
Ranked: Tier 3

The chambers: 2 Harcourt Buildings is an outstanding set of criminal barristers, with counsel of the highest quality at every level. Members of chambers prosecute and defend in the full range of criminal cases and are noted for their dedication, commanding courtroom performances, and sound advice.

Since the foundation of chambers by the returning British prosecutors from the Nuremberg War Trials, chambers has enjoyed a formidable reputation in London and the South East in all areas of criminal work. We have consolidated our approach as a small, high-quality set following a major refurbishment, rebranding, and the election of new heads of chambers.

Work undertaken:
Crime: Members of 2 Harcourt Buildings regularly appear in cases involving homicide, terrorism, bribery and corruption, fatal and non-fatal non-accidental infant head injury, rape, serious, prolific, and historic sexual offences (including institutional abuse), and drug dealing on a massive scale. In addition, chambers has a particular specialism in cases investigated under Operation Trident or by the Flying Squad, Serious and Organised Crime Command, and the National Crime Agency.

Recent cases include the prosecution of Fiona Onasanya the MP for Peterborough, Pollard & Patterson two police officers jailed for sabotaging child abuse investigations, the prosecution for misconduct of several members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre arising from a Panorama undercover investigation, the prosecution of Andrew Soper the former Abbott of Ealing Abbey tried for rape and other sexual offences committed in the 1970s against pupils at St Benedict’s School and the prosecution of Asemota a NCA operation into trafficking of young girls into the sex trade.

Financial crime: Members are regularly instructed to defend and prosecute cases involving offences of banking fraud, diversion fraud, investment fraud (including boiler room fraud), tax fraud (including MTIC fraud), duty evasion, money laundering, bribery and corruption, cyber-crime, and immigration fraud.

Members of chambers appear on the SFO, Attorney General’s and CPS Specialist Fraud Division panels, and are experienced in cases arising out of investigations undertaken by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA, the City of London Police, and the Insolvency Service.

Recent cases include LIBOR, the prosecution of Feezan Hameed the mastermind behind the biggest vishing fraud in UK history and Parkin & Spink the first known election fraud prosecution under section 65a of the Representation of the People Act 1983, proving that voters were positively misled as to what they were signing.

Chambers also has expertise in the bringing and defence of private prosecutions, and in the handling of confiscation and restraint proceedings on behalf of prosecuting agencies, defendants and interested third parties.

Professional discipline: In particular, members are regularly sought after to represent both the council and registrants before the General Dental Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council. Members have been instructed in the full array of proceedings including lengthy substantive hearings before the Conduct and Competency Committee, hearings before the Health Committee, restoration applications, registration appeals, and fraudulent/incorrect entry cases.

Members are specifically instructed in complex and lengthy proceedings that call for advocates of proven calibre. This has included proceedings against a care home manager that lasted for several months and attracted considerable media attention.

Members have also appeared in appeals brought to the High Court. For example in, Wisniewska v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2016] EWHC 2672 (Admin) a member successfully challenged the findings of a Panel at first instance and overturned a striking-off order.

Recruitment: Chambers prides itself on offering structured, challenging and fulfilling twelve-month pupillages to high quality applicants. Chambers aims to prepare all pupils for a successful career within our chambers and actively seeks to recruit junior tenants from amongst their number. Nine of our last eleven pupils were taken on at the end of their pupillage.

Joint Head of Chambers James Dawes QCjdawes@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Joint Head of Chambers Paul Cavin QCpcavin@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jennifer Knight QCjenniferknight@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jane Osborne QCjosborne@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Mark Paltenghimpaltenghi@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Mark Gadsdenmgadsden@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jane Carpenterjcarpenter@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Peter Clementpclement@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Toby Fitzgeraldtfitzgerald@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Sally Halkerstonshalkerston@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Sally Thompsonsthompson@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Nicholas Alexandernalexander@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Catherine Donnellycdonnelly@2hb.o.uk020 7353 2112
Timothy Huntertimothyhunter@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Fer Chinnerfchinner@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Paul Caseypcasey@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Christopher Stimpsoncstimpson@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Kate Blumgartkateblumgart@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Subhanker Banarjeesbanarjee@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Tom Nicholsontnicholson@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Sally Mertenssmertens@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Hugh Frenchhfrench@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Edward Franklinefranklin@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jenny Burgessjburgess@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Duncan Cookedcooke@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
John Ojakovohjojakovoh@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
James Caldwelljcaldwell@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Dominic Hockleydhockley@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Natalia Constantinenconstantine@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Emilie Morrisonemorrison@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Sam Barkersbarker@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Imogen Nelsoninelson@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Amy Oliveraoliver@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Charles Drinnancdrinnan@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Mahesh Karumkaru@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Max Millsmmills@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
William Gosswgoss@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Catherine Donnelly photo Catherine DonnellySpecialist in homicide and child sex abuse. Criminal Defence Criminal Prosecution – Grade…
Hugh French photo Hugh FrenchCriminal DefenceCriminal Prosecution (Grade 4 – Counter Terrorism, Serious Crime Group, Specialist Fraud…
Dominic Hockley  photo Dominic Hockley Dominic has a reputation for fearless advocacy and sound legal advice. He…
Mahesh Karu  photo Mahesh Karu Mahesh is a dedicated advocate with a drive to ensure his clients…
Jennifer Knight  photo Jennifer Knight Jennifer has a strong prosecution and defence practice in serious and complex…
Tom Nicholson  photo Tom Nicholson Tom is a leading specialist criminal barrister, whose reputation is built on…
Jane Osborne  photo Jane Osborne Jane practices in crime, specialising in financial crime, predominantly but not exclusively,…
Keith Poynter : Senior Clerk
Gary Wright : First Junior Clerk
Joseph Scanlan : Second Junior Clerk
Amanda Copas : Third Junior Clerk