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Crucible Chambers
CENTRAL COURT, 25 SOUTHAMPTON BUILDINGS
LONDON
WC2A 1AL
England

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 3

Members of Crucible Chambers bring expertise to defending clients involved in boiler rooms, money laundering and other financial crime cases, including heavyweight tax frauds. Head of chambers Neil Hawes KC leads Roderick James defending in the widely-publicised SFO prosecution of David Ames, who was allegedly involved in an investment scheme involving unbuilt hotels and a loss of £420m to investors. Leila Gaskin is currently representing the principal defendant accused of a boiler room fraud preying on 30 high-net-worth individuals.

London Bar > Crime Tier 4

Powered by a strong team of experienced barristers, members of criminal set Crucible Chambers defends and prosecutes high-profile murder cases, in addition to everyday matters involving multi-handed burglaries, historic sex offences and kidnappings. Martin Goudie KC represents the Civil Aviation Authority in prosecuting the organiser of a flight carrying footballer Emiliano Sala to his first training session with Cardiff City FC, which crashed near Alderney killing all on board. Oliver Renton defended in a widely-publicised case concerning an  ‘assassination-style’ double murder of a woman and her nephew in the family home in East Finchley. Roderick James defended one of four men accused of a multi-handed gangland murder where the victim was shot in the head in broad daylight in a London park.

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

London Bar > International crime and extradition

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

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Claire RobinsonCrucible ChambersExcels in the disciplinary field.
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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.

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