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Foundry Chambers

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 3

Cited for their ‘depth of expertise in fraud representation both from prosecution and defence’, the set at Foundry Chambers are instructed in and defend corporates and individual involved in SFO and FCA investigations. In R v Dominic Thorncroft, John McGuinness KC successfully prosecuted a defendant who held himself out as an anti-money laundering expert while allowing the proceeds of an investment fraud to be sent overseas to Hong Kong and mainland China. James Waddington KC (in London Capital and Finance) represents five directors of London Oil and Gas, with regards to an SFO investigation into the collapse of London Capital and Finance Ltd (LCF) and LOG. In another case, Jessica Tate defends a client accused of conspiracy to commit a “boiler room” fraud relating to Ecuadorian gold mines as a vehicle for money laundering. Mukul Chawla KC rejoined the set in January 2022 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, where he remains a consultant.

Leading Silks

John McGuinness KC – Foundry Chambers 'It is no surprise that he is the first choice of the FCA, SFO and CPS Economic Crime Unit for their more complex and difficult cases - he is an outstanding advocate, lawyer and tactician and always has total mastery of the material.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jason Sugarman KC – Foundry Chambers ‘Jason is a supreme fraud practitioner who once instructed will develop a clear case strategy from pre-charge investigation all the way through the proceedings.’
Ranked: Tier 3
James Waddington KC – Foundry ChambersJames has many years of experience and a great presence, as a consequence, in court,’
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Healy KC – Foundry Chambers ‘Alexandra is undoubtedly one of the best Silks to instruct in a fraud, whether defending or prosecuting.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jessica Tate - Foundry Chambers 'Jessica has all the detail at her fingertips, but is able to keep a sense of perspective at the same time. She is a fluent advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Benjamin Waidhofer – Foundry Chambers 'Ben is enthusiastic and loves a challenge - no case is too complicated. He is not afraid to stand his ground in court, and is always ready with an argument - he knows his subject matter inside out. Ben's advocacy rivals many a silk - he is someone solicitors want in their corner.'
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Foundry Chambers are renown for their depth of expertise in fraud representation both from prosecution and defence, which adds to their complete roundness and ability.’

‘Foundry Chambers is well-established and has an excellent, well-deserved reputation. There is a good mix of barristers at all levels.’

‘Foundry are an established set of chambers with real strength in depth.’

‘Wide variety of counsel who offer skills in multi-disciplines. The fact that many of them both prosecute and defend is advantageous in defence work as they are able to identify weaknesses in the prosecution case swiftly.’


‘Recommend Angela May, a real solid pair of hands.’

‘The clerks are always extremely willing to assist, in particular I would recommend Angela May, one of the head clerks.’

London Bar > Crime Tier 4

‘An excellent set of chambers who go above and beyond for both instructing solicitors and counsel’, the set at Foundry Chambers prosecutes and defends high-profile criminal matters. Alexandra Healy KC prosecuted two police officers (one so far convicted) for killing of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being shot with a Taser by police in Telford. William Hughes KC prosecuted at trial in a widely-publicised case concerning four activists who pulled down a statue of slave trader and merchant Edward Colston and pushed it into Bristol Harbour. David Harounoff acted for a defendant accused of being a member of Swedish hit squad sent to assassinate a rival in Battersea. Mukul Chawla KC re-joined the set in January 2022 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, while Mark Trafford KC joined from Reform Chambers in April 2022.

Leading Silks

John McGuinness KCFoundry Chambers 'He works phenomenally hard and outstrips most other advocates in terms of his commitment to his cases. He is undaunted by difficult litigation where the stakes are high and the issues complex'.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Healy KC – Foundry Chambers ‘Alexandra is an exceptionally hard-working and intelligent barrister who can drill down to the finest detail in a case.’
Ranked: Tier 3
William Hughes KC – Foundry Chambers ‘William is considered by those at the top of the profession as an absolute Rolls Royce in the rank of silk.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Henrietta Paget – Foundry Chambers ‘Henrietta's advocacy is of the highest standard. Her delivery is clear, concise and she is an extremely effective jury advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Warwick Tatford - Foundry Chambers 'Warwick is a first-class prosecutor. He is diligent, hardworking and has always has a superb grasp of difficult facts at his fingertips.' 
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Foundry Chambers is a very dependable set with a strong worth ethic. It has a solid group of well-established practitioners with some extremely strong practitioners. ‘

‘An excellent chambers with whom I have worked for 14 years. A rarity at the bar in terms of the depth of strength they have across all levels of call for criminal defence work.’

Foundry Chambers are an excellent set of chambers who go above and beyond for both instructing solicitors and counsel.’


‘Both Dean Begley and Daniel Blackman are always available to discuss matters. They are always willing to accommodate hearings or meetings with counsel.’

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

Leading Silks

James Waddington KCFoundry ChambersJames has a commanding presence and due to his wealth of experience, very well placed to provide excellent advice and confidence to clients throughout what can be a lengthy and difficult process for them. He ensures he is always on top of his game with very detailed preparation and considers each point, irrespective of how small it may be. Very approachable and excellent with clients. Brilliant in court and outstanding on his written advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alexandra Healy KCFoundry ChambersAlexandra is a formidable advocate willing to take on her opponents and the court if required. What sets her apart is her judgement in knowing when it is appropriate to do so and when it is not. Her clients never have any doubt that she is absolutely committed to getting them the best possible result.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Waidhofer – Foundry ChambersBen is tenacious and grasps points quickly. His advocacy is forceful and measured without being rude. When he speaks, judges listen. His arguments, both written and oral, are well thought through and concise.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Tom HoskinsFoundry Chambers 'Very good and knowledgeable advocate. Very good with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Foundry Chambers is one of the UK’s leading criminal sets, currently headed by Alexandra Healy KC.  It was founded in 1970 in Inner Temple by Sir Arthur Irvine KC 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.

Clerking Angela Maya.may@foundrychambers.com02074001800
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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
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