Firm Profile > Libertas Chambers > London, England

Libertas Chambers
20 Old Bailey
LONDON
EC4M 7AN
England

Established in August 2020 Libertas Chambers specialises in Criminal & Regulatory defence work.  Libertas has established itself as one of the first fully remote barristers’ Chambers using secure cloud platforms and serviced offices across the country.  The Set consist of 5 Silks and 19 juniors, whose core aim is delivering first-class services, with a strong work ethic, excellence in advocacy and commitment to achieving the best results for our clients.

 

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Members engage in serious, complex and high-profile criminal cases both nationally and internationally which includes advisory work, trials and appellate proceedings. Work includes Homicide, Terrorism, Sexual Offences, Organised Crime, Cyber Crime, Corporate and Financial Crime as well as Regulatory work. Members have been instructed in many of the leading cases which have resulted in setting precedent in the field of criminal law. Libertas also has a growing profile defending in professional disciplinary work.

 

Financial Crime

Members regularly provide advise pre-charge, to both individuals and companies, often leading to cases being discontinued at preliminary stages. Members are often instructed in cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Services Agency and have defended in Market Abuse trials and the first prosecution of Cartel offending under the Enterprise Act 2002. All aspects of fraud are covered – investments fraud, pensions fraud, construction industry fraud, boiler room fraud, MTIC frauds as well as Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Restraint proceedings. Other niche areas include investigations in relation to the export of military and dual use goods to international territories under the Export Control Act 2002.

 

Homicide

Members have appeared in many of the ground-breaking Homicide cases in particular the Supreme Court’s decision on Joint Enterprise, R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 and high-profile cases such as the notorious murder trial of Dale Cregan. Members defend in all aspects of homicide from contract killings, gang-land murders to cases of infanticide. As well as being at the cutting edge of developments in homicide law, Members are known for their skilful handling of expert witnesses in the fields of pathology, psychiatry, blood spatter and DNA and have a long -standing history of representing young and vulnerable Defendants. Members have undertaken courses on vulnerable witness training and often lecture on the topic to other practitioners.

 

Organised Crime

Members of Chambers are consistently instructed in cases of gang-land shootings as well as extensive drug conspiracies. Members are currently instructed across the country to defend in the EncroChat cases where the National Crime Agency in collaboration with French and Dutch law enforcement have infiltrated encrypted telecommunication platforms in what has become known as the UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation.

 

Sexual Offences

Members are involved in cases such as historic sexual offences, online multi-jurisdictional sexual offending as well as cases of serious sexual violence committed in the course of murder. Members lecture on s.28 pre-recorded cross examination of vulnerable witnesses, s.41 complainant’s prior sexual history as well as medical issues such as DNA and injuries arising in this area of work. All members who engage in this area of work have been trained in relation to examining Vulnerable Witnesses.

 

Professional Discipline

Members defend in complex and sensitive cases, at inquests and related criminal proceedings – concerning prison deaths, hospital deaths, fraud & serious dishonesty, sexual misconduct & complex health cases. Members have experience appearing in healthcare cases before the NMC, HCPC and GMC as well as defending at sport tribunals, police misconduct tribunals and appearing before teaching, accountancy and financial regulators. Members sit on regulatory panels, chair police disciplinary tribunals and chair sport safeguarding panels. The team also includes the former head of investigations & enforcement at the Financial Reporting Council.

 

International

Members have appeared before the International Criminal Court as well as the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and have made submissions before the Grand Chamber at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Members practice on a global scale including Australia Hong Kong and Gibraltar. Members are currently engaged in cases in the Caribbean including a lengthy corruption trial in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a homicide appeal in St Kitts as well as other appellate proceedings before the Privy Council.

 

Publications and Lectures

Some Members are affiliated to Universities internationally and have been appointed Professor of Legal Practice and have lectured extensively both abroad. Members have been involved in publications on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law, Joint Enterprise Law as well as delivering seminars on Disclosure in the Criminal Courts; on Experts and Homicide and Women and Prison.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Marc King mking@libertaschambers.com 020 7036 0200
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