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London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

London Bar > Crime

Leading Silks

Martin Goudie QC - Crucible ChambersMartin is always incredibly well prepared, and has a thorough understanding of the details of any case he handles.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Grunwald QC - Crucible ChambersA silk known for his meticulous preparation and extremely calm manner. He is a persuasive jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Leila Gaskin - Crucible ChambersLeila is an impressive performer in court where she exudes confidence and professionalism. She has a commendable work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roderick James - Crucible ChambersA junior who remains calm under fire, has an extremely meticulous eye, and possesses exact legal judgement. His extensive experience and confident persona sits well with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Renton - Crucible ChambersOliver is very approachable, with a disarming charm which makes him popular with juries. He has great legal acumen.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Neil Hawes QCCrucible ChambersA very tactically adroit silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Leila Gaskin - Crucible ChambersLeila is a hugely impressive advocate. She combines a sharp analytical mind with a balanced approach. Her case preparation is exemplary - she is thorough and utterly devoted to the case she is instructed in.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roderick JamesCrucible ChambersA junior who maintains a calm demeanour under pressure. He is also extremely meticulous and has excellent legal judgement. His significant experience and confident persona sit well with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

At Crucible, professional excellence, client care and reliability of service remain central to all that we do. We aim to fuse this with a modern, creative and agile approach that sets us apart in the market. Specialising in: Financial crime, serious crime, professional discipline and regulatory law.

Crucible was conceived, designed, structured and opened during the second half of 2020 against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic. We have learned from the challenges the pandemic has posed for businesses, both financially and organisationally.

Serious Crime

Barristers at Crucible prosecute and defend cases across the whole criminal spectrum. The cases recently undertaken by members of Crucible range from high profile multi-handed murder cases to more sensitive and complex matters often involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Members of Crucible routinely appear at the Central Criminal Court, Crown Courts across the country and at the Court of Appeal.

Members of Crucible advise on complex and lengthy investigations pre-charge for prosecuting authorities, individuals and companies; they maintain a high level of commitment and dedication throughout the proceedings and on to appeal. A number of members of Crucible also specialise in extradition work and are known for their legal acumen and expertise in this field.

Financial Crime

We are frequently instructed at the outset during investigations, from the initial discovery of a potential liability through to trials and enforcement proceedings. Our barristers have been instructed to defend in some of the highest profile financial crime cases in recent years, including three of the most recent individuals prosecuted alongside Deferred Prosecution Agreements. We are instructed by prosecutorial, regulatory and investigatory bodies in a wide variety of matters including bribery, tax fraud, pension fraud, money laundering and sanctions matters.

We have acted in the very highest profile fraud cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HMRC, FCA, the Pensions Regulator, and the CPS (among others). Our pedigree is illustrated by the cases we have appeared in, from Libor and NHS Price Fixing to Tabenula insider dealer and G4S. Our depth of experience is such that we are often the very first point of contact that clients reach out for.

Professional Discipline and Regulatory

Members are highly regarded experts within their fields of practice, recommended in the Legal 500 rankings, and include Legal Assessors and Advisors to a number of Fitness to Practice panels. From our silks to our seasoned juniors we act in all stages of proceedings across the healthcare, financial, legal, transport and sporting professional regulators. The team is also able to call upon chambers’ substantial expertise in financial crime.

All of Crucible’s barristers have experience in serious criminal cases, which gives us a solid foundation in advocacy, forensic legal analysis and an ability to act in a wide range of associated proceedings. Several of members of the team have been appointed to the Health and Safety Executive List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates and have experience of Criminal, First Tier Tribunal and High Court appearances on behalf of government regulators.

Crucible’s barristers are frequently instructed to appear on behalf of bereaved families, interested persons and corporate entities at Coroners Inquests, including those engaging Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, requiring juries. We have experience advising and representing individuals on appeals against Disclosure and Barring Service barring decisions, including appearances in the Upper Tribunal.

Head of Chambers Neil Hawes QCneil.hawes@crucible.law0207 031 5310
Senior Clerk James Halljames.hall@crucible.law0207 031 5310
Libby Anderson  photo Libby Anderson She has recently acted in several cases involving gang violence, firearms, and…
Laura Bayley photo Laura BayleyLaura is recognised for her careful case preparation, considered legal submissions and…
Thomas Buxton photo Thomas BuxtonHe is instructed in complex, sensitive cases on behalf of the Royal…
Julia Flanagan  photo Julia Flanagan A highly experienced, innovative and hard-working advocate, Julia is a leading London…
Leila Gaskin photo Leila GaskinLeila Gaskin is a leading barrister in her field. She both prosecutes…
Martin Goudie QC photo Martin Goudie QCMember of Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates since 2005 dealing with…
Henry Grunwald QC photo Henry Grunwald QCHenry is a long-established Queen’s Counsel and dedicated advocate with forty-eight solid…
Neil Hawes QC photo Neil Hawes QCHead of Chambers
Laura Herbert  photo Laura Herbert Known for her clear and cogent advice she is a persuasive advocate…
Roderick James photo Roderick JamesDescribed by instructing solicitors as “very methodical with evidence and excellent under…
Michael Lavers  photo Michael Lavers Michael is a committed barrister with a strong sense of social justice.…
Tasmin Malcolm  photo Tasmin Malcolm Examples of instructions include Murder and Serious Violence (such as s.18 GBH,…
Louise McCullough  photo Louise McCullough Ranked as a Leading individual in Crime in the Legal 500 her…
Briony Molyneux  photo Briony Molyneux
Alexandra Monaghan  photo Alexandra Monaghan She is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable defendants, including defendants as…
Oliver Renton  photo Oliver Renton Oliver is regularly instructed to defend grave and complex matters, often involving…
Claire Robinson photo Claire RobinsonClaire is an experienced barrister who regularly acts as leading junior and…
Ben Rowe  photo Ben Rowe Ben Rowe is a founding member of Crucible and specialises in serious,…
Clea Topolski  photo Clea Topolski Clea has an exclusive defence practice in serious crime and is regularly…