Set Profile > Foundry Chambers > London, England

Foundry Chambers
Foundry Chambers
QUALITY HOUSE, 5-9 QUALITY COURT
CHANCERY LANE, LONDON
WC2A 1HP
England

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Leading Silks

James Waddington QC - Foundry ChambersJames is extremely energetic and ensures that he is fully conversant with the entirety of the matter in hand, going way beyond what is expected. Very hardworking, great client manner and ability to unravel complex data. Always available, as and when needed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexandra Healy QCFoundry ChambersAlexandra has particular gravitas at court and is extremely well-respected. She is highly intelligent with a phenomenal memory for case details, quick to reach sound tactical conclusions and an excellent cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

The 'well established and recognised set' at Foundry Chambers have a 'great strength in depth' and are 'well respected, particularly in the area of fraud prosecutions', having been regularly instructed by the SFO and the FCA, although members also act for defence in fraud matters, including complex boiler room fraud, VAT and MTIC cases. James Waddington QC successfully represented the SFO as respondent in appeals by traders from European and American banks after a Euribor manipulation case, having been lead prosecutor in the three original trials. Mark Bryant-Heron QC was appointed to the circuit bench in September 2021.

Leading Silks

Jason Sugarman QCFoundry ChambersJason can get to grips with huge amounts of detail quickly, and grasps the key points to establish the winning line. He is charm personified. Clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Waddington QCFoundry ChambersJames has a meticulous eye and an ability to unravel very complex facts. He ensures he is on top of his brief, and will go beyond what is expected.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Healy QCFoundry ChambersAlexandra is highly intelligent with a phenomenal memory for case details, and she is quick to reach sound tactical conclusions. An excellent cross-examiner who demonstrates gravitas in court.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Anu Mohindru QCFoundry ChambersAnu is an exceedingly persuasive advocate, both with judges and juries. He is supremely analytical, prepares well for all eventualities and thinks quickly on his feet. A silk who constructs logical and cogent legal arguments.'

Leading Juniors

Natalie McNameeFoundry ChambersNatalie is prodigiously hard working and an excellent lawyer. She has a very good manner with juries and presents complex financial information in an effective way.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

A strong set with talented individuals at all levels.’

Good set for criminal fraud. They train their juniors well, are hard working, diligent and client-focused.’

Foundry Chambers are a well established and recognised set, covering multiple disciplines.’

Foundry Chambers are well respected, particularly in the area of fraud prosecutions. They have real depth with strong up and coming advocates evidence at all call levels within chambers.’

Clerking

Excellent chambers, great strength in depth, quality at every call. Clerks are amazing and accommodating with lay and professional clients. Undoubtedly a set of good standing but still on the up.’

Clerks are brilliant. Senior clerk Angela May controls and directs all matters with charm and effectiveness. Good with clients, lay and professional. Ably assisted by Dean Begley and Dan Blackford.’

Brilliant clerks – Angela May runs a tight ship, ably supported by Dean Begley and Dan Blackman. A well-oiled machine.’

Dean Begley and Daniel Blackman are standout clerks. They are efficient, approachable, hardworking and intelligent.’

Crime Tier 4

Foundry Chambers is ‘a very good criminal set with many excellent criminal barristers across the board of call from silks to juniors.’ Alexandra Healy QC was instructed by the CPS for the prosecution in a murder case, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his 83-year-old mother by stabbing and then decapitating her. In another matter, David Harounoff is acting for a Swedish kickboxer who has been charged with the murder of record producer Flamur Beqiri, a man connected with several murders in Sweden and the brother of a cast member of Real Housewives of Cheshire. Henrietta Paget is sought after for her expertise in prosecuting in cases involving allegations of historic sexual offences and attempted murder.

Leading Silks

Alexandra Healy QCFoundry ChambersAlexandra is a fantastic strategist, and is meticulous and quick in her analysis and assessment of even the most complex of cases. She is well liked by clients and has a fantastic command of the courtroom and jury. She has a fabulous style and ability to find pragmatic solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
John McGuinness QC - Foundry Chambers 'The obvious choice for any prosecution in which the stakes are high and the issues are complex. He inspires trust and confidence from the court and the client and is an absolute pleasure to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
William Hughes QC - Foundry ChambersAn industrious silk who is totally committed to every case. His calm manner ensures clients are at ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Jory QC - Foundry ChambersA charming and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
David Harounoff - Foundry ChambersA very charming and charismatic barrister with excellent legal knowledge, and a very experienced and thorough advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henrietta Paget - Foundry ChambersHenrietta is extremely hard working and exceptionally bright. She masters the evidence in any case in which she is instructed with rigour. An outstanding advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

A friendly and experienced set of chambers.’

An excellent criminal set with an ethic that involves prosecuting and defending in any case with equal enthusiasm and care.’

The set

 

Foundry Chambers is one of the UK’s leading criminal sets headed by John McGuinness QC.  It was founded in 1970 in Inner Temple by Sir Arthur Irvine QC PC, former Solicitor General and moved in 1994 to 9-12 Bell Yard, the address from which it took its name.

 

Chambers operated successfully at 9-12 Bell Yard until June 2017 when the set moved to new premises in Quality Court taking the opportunity to re-launch with a new identity.  The premises are situated in the middle of Chancery Lane at the centre of London’s legal district and provide Chambers with modern facilities and an ideal working environment.

 

The set comprises 46 tenants, including 9 Queen’s Counsel.  Many former members of Chambers have been appointed to the Circuit Bench with a number of current members appointed as Recorders of the Crown Court and as Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal.  Members of Chambers are also trained as Facilitators in the provision of “Advocacy and the Vulnerable” training on the South Eastern Circuit.

 

Chambers is committed to providing an exceptional recruitment and training programme and environment for its pupils, with in-house advocacy training provided on a weekly basis.

 

Types of work undertaken: Foundry Chambers is an acknowledged leader in its fields of expertise.  The set provides expert advice and representation for individual and corporate clients in the field of crime and potential criminal liability.  The set is frequently called upon to advise and represent prosecution agencies, local authorities and regulators.  Civil expertise includes conduct of regulatory matters involving allegations of financial wrongdoing, professional misconduct and tax litigation.  Chambers’ membership includes established practitioners in the fields of extradition, public law and immigration.  The range of work and specialist teams of barristers make Chambers a single port of call for clients looking for solutions to matters crossing different legal disciplines.

 

Members act in many of the most challenging and high profile cases within its areas of practice.  Ranked for many years as a leading set, chambers has been praised as “a superior criminal set” and “a powerhouse for serious crime”.

 

For individuals and businesses accused of criminal offences, Chambers offers advice and representation from the early stages of an investigation.  Members of Chambers assist businesses in developing anti-corruption policies and in conducting internal investigations, along with advising businesses who are under investigation.  Chambers has members on the SFO list at all levels.

 

Chambers has long standing experience in advising and representing individuals facing action from their professional bodies and on behalf of professional regulators bringing actions against their registrants.  Members of Chambers are able to assist police officers, lawyers, accountants, health care and financial professionals and other professionals facing disciplinary action.

 

Chambers has expertise in revenue law, particularly where there is a fraud element, and represents the tax payer and HMRC.

 

Members are regularly instructed in asset forfeiture proceedings, including condemnation and proceeds of crime matters.

 

In recent years, Foundry Chambers has acted in some of the largest and most complex extradition cases both for the requesting state or Judicial Authority or the requested person.  Chambers also offers expertise in the area of immigration for individuals and businesses.

 

Foundry Chambers offers expertise at all levels and prides itself on delivering unparalleled service to clients.  Our approachable and efficient clerks’ room works closely with members of chambers to provide the best service for client needs.

Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers BERRIEW CBE QC, Lord Carlile of (1970)
Members of Chambers BIRNBAUM QC, Michael (1969)
Members of Chambers MCGUINNESS QC, John (1980)
Members of Chambers HEALY QC, Alexandra (1992)
Members of Chambers HUGHES QC, William (1989)
Members of Chambers JORY QC, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers BRYANT-HERON QC, Mark (1986)
Members of Chambers WADDINGTON QC, James (1983)
Members of Chambers SUGARMAN QC, Jason (1995)
Members of Chambers MERZ, Richard (1972)
Members of Chambers SMITH, Alisdair (1981)
Members of Chambers HAROUNOFF, David (1984)
Members of Chambers TALBOT HADLEY, Steven (1987)
Members of Chambers SMITH, David (1988)
Members of Chambers ELLIS, Sarah (1989)
Members of Chambers HENDERSON, Lawrence Mark (1990)
Members of Chambers SEYMOUR, Mark (1992)
Members of Chambers POKU, Mary (1993)
Members of Chambers TATFORD, Warwick (1993)
Members of Chambers ALFRED, Stephan (1996)
Members of Chambers AMARASINHA, Revantha (1996)
Members of Chambers GRIFFIN, Neil (1996)
Members of Chambers SELBY, Sarah (1998)
Members of Chambers DUNHAM, Nicholas (1999)
Members of Chambers PAGET, Henrietta (1999)
Members of Chambers SHARKEY, Paul (2000)
Members of Chambers SOORA, Brinder (2000)
Members of Chambers SMITH, J. Alastair (2001)
Members of Chambers DICKINSON, Zarah (2002)
Members of Chambers MOHINDRU, Anu (2004)
Members of Chambers NEWBOLD, Michael (2004)
Members of Chambers BOOKER, Szilvia (2005)
Members of Chambers HOSKINS, Tom (2007)
Members of Chambers SAREEN, Ellis (2008)
Members of Chambers WAIDHOFER, Benjamin (2008)
Members of Chambers PARTRIDGE, James (2009)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, James (2009)
Members of Chambers McNAMEE, Natalie (2011)
Members of Chambers TATE, Jessica (2012)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Sophie (2013)
Members of Chambers HARPER, Christopher (2013)
Members of Chambers MULDOON, Racheal (2015)
Members of Chambers STANNARD, Sophie (2015)
Members of Chambers GORDON-SAKER, Edward (2015)
Members of Chambers CONDRON, Bethany (2016)
Members of Chambers SLOWE, Rose (2016)
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Sarah Ellis  photo Ms Sarah Ellis Barrister Criminal Defence & Prosecution / Professional Discipline
 Alexandrea Healy QC photo Alexandrea Healy QC She both defends and prosecutes. She is ranked in Band 1 as…
Mr Richard Jory QC photo Mr Richard Jory QC Silk
Mr John McGuinness  photo Mr John McGuinness Criminal Defence and Prosecution; Fraud & Financial Regulation; Asset Recovery, Restraint and…
Ms Natalie McNamee  photo Ms Natalie McNamee Barrister
Mr Anu Mohindru  photo Mr Anu Mohindru Silk Criminal Defence & Prosecution / Fraud & Financial Regulation / Asset…
Mr Alisdair Smith  photo Mr Alisdair Smith Barrister. Fraud & Financial Regulation / Asset Recovery, Restraint and Confiscation /…
English (fluent)

Foundry Chambers is one of the UK’s leading criminal sets, currently headed by Alexandra Healy QC.  It was founded in 1970 in Inner Temple by Sir Arthur Irvine QC PC, former Solicitor General and moved in 1994 to 9-12 Bell Yard, by which address it was known until 2017.

 

Chambers operated successfully at 9-12 Bell Yard until June 2017 when the set moved to new, modern premises, taking the opportunity to re-launch with a new identity.  The new premises in Quality Court are situated in the middle of Chancery Lane at the centre of London’s legal district and provide Chambers with modern facilities and an ideal working environment.

 

Many former members of Chambers have been appointed to the Circuit Bench, and some to the High Court Bench with a number of current members appointed as Recorders of the Crown Court and as Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal.  Members of Chambers are also trained as Facilitators in the provision of “Advocacy and the Vulnerable” training on the South Eastern Circuit.

 

Chambers is committed to providing an exceptional recruitment and training programme and environment for its pupils, with in-house advocacy training provided on a weekly basis.

 

Foundry Chambers is an acknowledged leader in its fields of expertise.  The set provides expert advice and representation for individual and corporate clients.  The set is frequently called upon to advise and represent prosecution agencies, local authorities and regulators in the full range of crime and potential criminal liability.  Civil expertise includes conduct of regulatory matters involving allegations of financial wrongdoing, professional misconduct and tax litigation.  Chambers’ membership includes established practitioners in the fields of extradition, public law and immigration.  The range of work and specialist teams of barristers make Chambers a single port of call for clients looking for solutions to matters crossing different legal disciplines.

 

Members act in many of the most challenging and high profile cases within its areas of practice.  Ranked for many years as a leading set, chambers has been praised as “a superior criminal set” and “a powerhouse for serious crime”.

 

For individuals and businesses accused of criminal offences, Chambers offers advice and representation from the early stages of an investigation.  Members of Chambers assist businesses in developing anti-corruption policies and in conducting internal investigations, along with advising businesses who are under investigation.  Chambers has members on the SFO list at all levels.

 

Chambers has long standing experience in advising and representing individuals facing action from their professional bodies and on behalf of professional regulators bringing actions against their registrants.  Members of Chambers are able to assist police officers, lawyers, accountants, health care and financial professionals and other professionals facing disciplinary action.

 

Chambers has expertise in revenue law, particularly where there is a fraud element, and represents the tax payer and HMRC.

 

Members are regularly instructed in asset forfeiture proceedings, including condemnation and proceeds of crime matters.

 

In recent years, Foundry Chambers has acted in some of the largest and most complex extradition cases both for the requesting state or Judicial Authority or the requested person.  Chambers also offers expertise in the area of immigration for individuals and businesses.

 

Individual members of Chambers advise and are instructed by individuals and authorities abroad, including carrying out international litigation and advisory work.  Countries where such work is undertaken include the Seychelles, Montserrat in the Caribbean, Panama and East Africa. Members also have experience in North America and The Hague.

 

Foundry Chambers offers expertise at all levels and prides itself on delivering unparalleled service to clients.  Our approachable and efficient clerks’ room works closely with members of chambers to provide the best service for client needs.

Department Name Email Telephone
Clerking Angela May a.may@foundrychambers.com 02074001800
Angela May : Senior Clerk
Dean Begley : First Junior
Daniel Blackman : Joint-First Junior
George Nixon : Junior Clerk
James Durston : Finance and Admin Manager
Alison Million : Librarian
English
English Bar Council (individual membership)