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Foundry Chambers
Foundry Chambers

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 2

Leading Silks

James Waddington QC - Foundry ChambersAn advocate with the art of making the difficult look straightforward.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexandra Healy QC - Foundry ChambersA silk of considerable intellect; she has a quick and incisive mind.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

Foundry Chambers' members have notable strength in prosecuting across a range of fraud matters, including diversion frauds, VAT cases, and Ponzi schemes, however, they are equally adept at defence work. Recent highlights for the set include Mark Bryant-Heron QC acting for the prosecution in a multi-defendant precious metals £17m VAT fraud.

Leading Silks

Mark Bryant-Heron QC - Foundry ChambersFair, thorough and utterly deadly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Healy QC - Foundry ChambersShe possesses great client skills, and is adept at seeing clients through every type of difficult situation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Sugarman QC - Foundry ChambersA first-class strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Natalie McNamee - Foundry ChambersExtremely tenacious and extremely intelligent.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Tom Hoskins - Foundry ChambersA very personable barrister who will fight his client's corner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Thomas Hoskins - Foundry ChambersVery hardworking, and highly experienced in civil recovery proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 3

Crime Tier 4

Foundry Chambers is 'a very strong set' with 'competent and skilful counsel', who mostly prosecuted but also handle challenging defence instructions. John McGuinness QC was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service in the Supreme Court, resolving a point of the construction of the Representation of the People Act 1983; the case resolved a legal issue prior to a trial that saw an employee of the Conservative Party given a suspended prison sentence for falsifying expenses during the 2015 general election. Szilvia Booker, led, prosecuted in a case after a number of young women were trafficked to a brothel, which was protected by a corrupt PCSO. Meanwhile, unled, Nicholas Dunham prosecuted a man who stalked television personality Christine Lampard, and in a Newton hearing was found to have sent tweets threatening to crucify her.

Leading Silks

Alexandra Healy QC - Foundry ChambersShe has full command of complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
William Hughes QC - Foundry ChambersHe presents cases with consummate skill and a persuasive, jury-friendly manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Jory QC - Foundry ChambersExtremely sound, calm and a good tactician.
Ranked: Tier 3
John McGuinness QC - Foundry ChambersHe is an advocate whom judges trust and his client care skills are superb.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Szilvia Booker - Foundry ChambersDeceptively good at cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Dunham - Foundry ChambersHe prosecutes serious cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lawrence Henderson - Foundry ChambersHe defends in a range of cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henrietta Paget - Foundry ChambersA good legal brain combined with a confident court manner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘innovativeFoundry Chambers retains ‘a hardcore of proper defence advocates’; ‘these talented juniors will adorn the profession in years to come’. ‘These counsel can put the most experienced clients in their place by virtue of not just their legal knowledge, but also their practical experience and knowledge of courts, particular those in the Thames Valley and London areas.’ ‘Brilliant’ senior clerk Angela May is ‘resourceful, patently honest, and resolutely cheerful. She knows each of her barristers, and her instructing solicitors, really well.’ Also of note is Dean Begley as the first junior clerk and Daniel Blackman as the second junior. Daniel Sternberg has departed for Temple Garden Chambers; Elizabeth Lowe and Jonathan Davies have been appointed as circuit judges. Offices in: London

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
Mr Mark Bryant-Heron  photo Mr Mark Bryant-Heron
Ms Zarah Dickinson  photo Ms Zarah Dickinson
Mr Neil Griffin  photo Mr Neil Griffin
Mr Tom Hoskins  photo Mr Tom Hoskins
Mr William Hughes  photo Mr William Hughes
Ms Natalie McNamee  photo Ms Natalie McNamee
Mr Michael Newbold  photo Mr Michael Newbold
Ms Henrietta Paget  photo Ms Henrietta Paget
Mr Mark Seymour  photo Mr Mark Seymour
Mr Paul Sharkey  photo Mr Paul Sharkey
Mr Alastair Smith  photo Mr Alastair Smith
Mr Jason Sugarman  photo Mr Jason Sugarman
Mr James Waddington  photo Mr James Waddington
English (fluent)