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2 Harcourt Buildings

London Bar > Crime

Leading Silks

Jennifer Knight KC - 2 Harcourt Buildings 'Jennifer is an excellent communicator. She is one of the leaders in the field of sexual crime.'
Ranked: Tier 4
James Dawes KC - 2 Harcourt Buildings 'James is a great detail man. He is incredibly hard-working. He knows his case and the papers inside out.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Jane Osborne KC – 2 Harcourt Buildings ‘Jane combines a busy prosecution and defence practice, including a specialism in manslaughter.’
Ranked: Tier 4

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
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Juniors

Dominic Hockley  – 2 Harcourt Buildings ‘Dominic is a polished advocate with an easy and engaging courtroom manner. He is exceptionally bright and has all the law at his fingertips.'
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

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 Serious and Organised Crime Command, and the National Crime Agency. Regular instruction in the most heavyweight of criminal cases, combined with a tradition of retaining two counsel cases within chambers whenever possible, provides the juniors at 2 Harcourt Buildings with experience far beyond their call, enabling them to command the respect of opponents and judges alike.

Recent cases include: the defence of David Fuller for the historic murder of two young women in Tunbridge Wells and the sexual abuse of multiple corpses in the mortuary at Pembury hospital, the prosecution of London GP Manish Shah for sexual offences committed against 24 female patients, and of Diana Danescu the conservative party election agent convicted of fraud.  Also, the prosecution of Robert Wells, the GP convicted of multiple counts of historic rape and indecent assault against five children and teenagers he had drugged to facilitate his offending.

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.

Financial crime:  Barristers at 2 Harcourt Buildings specialise in high value and complex financial crime.  Members of chambers are well known for their advisory skills, their performance in court, and their ability to process, assimilate and present the large quantities of information often involved in such complex cases.

Members of 2 Harcourt Buildings regularly appear in fraud and financial crime cases involving allegations in all areas but particularly including multi million pound banking fraud, diversion fraud, investment and boiler room frauds, tax fraud, duty evasion, money laundering allegations, bribery and corruption charges, cyber-crime offences, and immigration fraud.  Instructions come from all areas, but particularly cases prosecuted by the Specialist Fraud Division of the CPS, the SFO and the FCA, and investigations conducted by HMRC.  Members of vhambers are experienced in conducting private prosecutions and are alert to the particular challenges such proceedings can present.  Barristers at 2 Harcourt Buildings are frequently instructed fro the outset of an investigation, providing advice pre-charge, through to the conclusion of proceedings, including dealing with restraint and confiscation.

The presentation of evidence electronically at trial is something chambers as a whole is familiar with.  Junior members of chambers often appear as junior counsel and learn by example how to present and manage complex investigations and trials.

Recent cases include: the prosecution of Feezan Hameed, responsible for the biggest vishing fraud in UK history; the first known election fraud prosecution alleging misrepresentations to voters; the prosecution of Diana Danescu, also prosecuted for and convicted of election fraud.

Professional discipline: 2 Harcourt Buildings is establishing a reputable inquests and public inquiries practice. Members of chambers act for bereaved families, medical professionals and state Interested Persons in Article 2 inquests heard before juries. Members are able to bring their expertise in criminal law to inquests involving evidence from the police, the prison service and the probation service, as well as a high standard of advocacy developed in the Crown Courts.

Last year, chambers appeared in the inquests into the inquests into the Fishmongers’ Hall Attack, acting as part of the counsel team instructed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Ministry of Justice. Chambers offers advice in inquests matters that crossover into public law, with members advising the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to a potential judicial review arising from whistle-blower evidence concerning a historic inquest into a sensitive police shooting, and advising on, and drafting grounds of, the judicial review of the decisions made by coroners during the course of inquests.

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

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.

Joint Head of Chambers James Dawes KCjdawes@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Joint Head of Chambers Paul Cavin KCpcavin@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jennifer Knight KCjenniferknight@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Jane Osborne KCjosborne@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
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
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
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
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
Page Nyamepnyame@2hb.co.uk020 7353 2112
Catherine Donnelly photo Catherine DonnellySpecialist in homicide and child sex abuse. Criminal Defence Criminal Prosecution – Grade…
Dominic Hockley photo Dominic HockleyDominic has a reputation for fearless advocacy and sound legal advice. He…
Mahesh Karu photo Mahesh KaruMahesh is a dedicated advocate with a drive to ensure his clients…
Jennifer Knight photo Jennifer KnightJennifer has a strong prosecution and defence practice in serious and complex…
Tom Nicholson photo Tom NicholsonTom is a leading specialist criminal barrister, whose reputation is built on…
Page Nyame photo Page NyamePage has developed a busy Crown Court criminal practice prosecuting (CPS Level…
Jane Osborne KC photoMs Jane Osborne KCJane practises 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

CLIENT: Gerard Maye Legal
TESTIMONIAL: This set is outstanding in all respects; calibre of counsel, top-flight individuals with clerks who ‘are unmatchable in service and client care.