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London Bar > International crime and extradition Tier 2

A leading set in international criminal law with a global reputation as a result of the strong team of experienced juniors and Queen’s Counsel‘, 9BR Chambers is ‘the ‘go to’ set for international criminal law‘. Steven Kay QC is advising Ian Lundin, the CEO of Lundin Energy, on universal jurisdiction proceedings in Sweden concerning allegations of war crimes committed in Sudan between 1997 and 2003 – this is the first prosecution of a corporation for war crimes under the doctrine in the country. Juniors of note include Joe Holmes, who is ‘at the very top of his game‘, and Gillian Higgins , who stands out for her ‘unparalleled experience‘ in international criminal matters.

Leading Silks

Steven Kay QC - 9BR ChambersMr Kay commands a powerful knowledge of middle east affairs and the workings of foreign governments and their legal systems. He is able to communicate without jargon the nuances between various legal systems and international order and norms. And he is able to get the ear of top officials to facilitate decision-making.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Joe Holmes9 Bedford RowJoe is at the very top of his game and is an unrivalled practitioner in international law in my view. He is the go to person in diverse national and international jurisdictions for the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gillian Higgins - 9 Bedford RowLeading junior of unparalleled experience in international criminal law, who has been in all the leading cases that have shaped this area of international law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Bafadhel - 9 Bedford RowSarah is a highly sought-after team member in international criminal cases. She is very bright, works incredibly hard, and is the go-to person if you want a sensible insight into even the most esoteric aspect of international criminal law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Joyes - 9 Bedford RowHe is a powerful advocate and has a thorough knowledge of both international criminal law and extradition where his work being instructed by the requesting state is noteworthy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Swain - 9 Bedford RowJonathan is a very able junior barrister. He achieves some fantastic results and he always has his finger on the pulse.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘The set has true strength across the bands of experience.’

‘9 Bedford Row are emerging as keen players in the field of extradition. They have a well respected presence.’

‘A set which has grown rapidly in recent years, expanding its extradition and international team and who are now a mainstay of the London extradition Bar.’


‘The clerks have experience in this unique market and know how to provide a service to its international clients. Martin Secrett is recommended.’

‘The clerks room is very good and Martin Secrett leads a professional and well-disposed team who are unfailingly helpful.’

‘Mark Cornell has particular experience in clerking extradition.’

London Bar > Crime Tier 4

9 Bedford Row is 'a very solid set, with an excellent range of talented counsel'. The team has an excellent reputation for handling defence work across the spectrum of serious criminal cases, and is also instructed for the prosecution in cases involving international criminal matters and cybercrime issues. Justin Rouse QC prosecuted in R v Roachford & others, a multi-defendant trial concerning the murder of an 18-year-old boy in 2018; three defendants were convicted of murder. In January 2021, Aneurin Brewer moved to Red Lion Chambers.

Leading Silks

Anthony Berry QC9 Bedford RowA powerful advocate — he is everything that juries expect a QC to be. Articulate, and a real presence. Juries love him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Bickerstaff QC - 9 Bedford RowJane is a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor. She’s straight-speaking and good with juries, calm and professional under fire, and gets results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lee Karu QC9 Bedford RowAn all-round class act and a formidable jury advocate. He deals with the most serious criminal cases in which reputational stakes are extremely high for the client. He is one of the most tactically astute silks and a real leader in his field.
Ranked: Tier 3
Abbas Lakha QC9 Bedford RowAbbas has a collaborative and extremely effective leadership style which instils confidence in clients and brings out the best in the team. Client know that he understands their position and feel very well represented by Abbas. Abbas is a polished and effective advocate, and a tough negotiator. He masters complex materials quickly and pinpoints the essential factual and legal matters. Abbas stands out among leading silks as a clever, creative thinker, always with an eye on the big picture.
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Rouse QC - 9 Bedford RowJustin is a superb orator. He has a facility with language which makes his speeches to the jury a joy to listen to. There is a freshness to his address to juries which avoids all the tired, worn themes and clichés. He is an excellent lawyer, who bides his time and then pounces. He is very fair and has the complete respect of his fellow barristers and the judiciary. He is a class act.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Glenser QC - 9 Bedford RowOne of the most charming and likeable barristers/opponents I have come across in recent times. Peter is a minister for justice in the true sense of the word, both fair minded but with equal vigour in his presentation of the prosecution case. A does to earth approach which makes it hard to defend against because he is immediately liked by both juries and judges. His witness handling of frightened bystanders was a joy to watch and he is, in my view, a first class barrister. I would very much like to defend with him too where he will undoubtedly demonstrate his flair in a defence context.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ignatius Hughes QC - 9 Bedford RowIgnatius is an able and fluent advocate, who has considerable presence in court. His judgement is sound, and he is an excellent lawyer, with a fine grasp of all relevant authorities. He is diligent, hard-working, and tenacious. He is held in high regard by the judiciary and profession alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Elizabeth Marsh QC - 9 Bedford RowA hands-on silk and a first-class operator; a force to be reckoned with. You want her in your corner not for the other side! She knows every detail of her cases and woe betide an ill-prepared prosecutor.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Maximilian Hardy9 Bedford RowMax is a skilful and able trial advocate. He puts forward his case in an attractive way to both judge and jury. His cross examination is careful and focused on the real issues in the case. He marshals his material well in what was a difficult, complex and document-heavy cases, an area where he is clearly an advocate with real ability.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Higgins9 Bedford RowDaniel has been a revelation, recent cases in which he has been instructed have proved again and again what an effective advocate he is, persuasive before a jury with a lightness of touch which enamours him to all, lay client feedback is hugely positive and all grateful to the care he takes with the client and their cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Noble - 9 Bedford RowWill has the ability to assure clients dealing and managing expectations and performs his role with great aplomb. He is vastly knowledgeable and is able to think on his feet to resolve issues. He has a methodology of meticulousness and is able to assist in the most difficult of complex legal arguments. He is a great jury advocate and clients who return, return for a reason.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tessa Shroff9 Bedford RowTessa's preparation is second to none, She is extremely thorough in her preparation and leaves no stone unturned. Her advocacy is fearless and intelligent, supported by a knowledge of each and every matter that is second to none as she prepares so well. Tessa is years ahead of counsel of similar levels of call.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Sullivan9 Bedford RowSean belies his quiet ways with a determination to achieve the best result possible. Much admired and respected by lay clients and solicitors alike. A polished performer who gives everything to a case and succeeds where many would fail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Bramwell - 9 Bedford RowTactically very astute, managing to skilfully pull together the salient evidence in the case and plot the best course towards the right result, whilst always keeping an eye on the big picture and wider issues for the client. An erudite, eloquent and impressively persuasive advocate, with a measured style, coupled with excellent stage presence and gravitas in court.
Ranked: Tier 3


A very established set with strength from top to bottom.’

A good set with strength in depth across the criminal law field.’

The strength in depth is very notable.’

London Bar > Licensing

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Abbas Lakha QC - 9 Bedford RowAbbas is a fantastic strategic thinker, with a collaborative and extremely effective leadership style which instils confidence in clients and achieves great results. He has excellent negotiation skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Kabir Sondhi - 9 Bedford RowA junior who gets straight to the heart of the most complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

9 Bedford Row is widely respected as one of the leading sets specialising in all aspects of criminal law. Whilst it is a progressive and proactive set it still retains its traditional core values. At the heart of its business is the commitment to providing a professional, approachable and result-driven service to our clients.  In its drive towards digital working Chambers uses modern technology and traditional knowledge based resources to provide the best possible support to members of chambers and clients.

Work undertaken

Crime: This continues to be Chambers core practice area covering offences ranging from murder to burglary. Chambers has a well-respected group of practitioners with extensive experience of prosecuting and defending murder, manslaughter, terrorism, firearms, fraud, drug trafficking, cybercrime, modern slavery, knife crime and sexual offences. In serious crimes, we focus particularly on active case management and team leadership. When prosecuting, we provide a full case preparation service, aiming for a robust, efficient and effective trial. Defending, we can advise solicitors on case preparation and management at an early stage – on occasion before charge. Chambers has specialised youth and sexual offences teams who are fully trained in dealing with children and vulnerable witnesses whether victims, witnesses or defendants. We have direct access to leading experts in forensics – in areas such as DNA, blood spattering, fingerprints, fibres, handwriting, ballistics, voice and facial analysis, and mobile telephony.

Disciplinary/Regulatory: Chambers has substantial experience and a proven record of acting in this specialist arena covering work as diverse as anti-corruption, safeguarding and anti-doping in areas such as healthcare, social work, police and sport.

Dispute Resolution: Chambers has a small team of experienced commercial litigation barristers, with a range of expertise across a broad range of areas including civil fraud and asset tracing, company law, contractual disputes and insolvency cases. We regularly appear in commercial cases in the Business and Property Court, Commercial Court, Insolvency and Companies Court as well as the Central London County Court and local County Courts. We have extensive experience working closely with solicitors, accountants and other professional advisors and pride ourselves on our collaborative and accessible approach. Some of our members are licensed to litigate.

Extradition: 9 Bedford Row is a leading extradition set with a distinct international profile.

Team members assist requested persons and requesting states at every stage of extradition proceedings, from pre-arrest advice to appellate proceedings at all levels. The team combines dependable service in core European cases with a global outlook which has seen members work in complex, high-profile cases from across the world. Our client focus and depth of experience also enables us to assist in niche areas lying outside core extradition practice.

Comprehensive extradition service – Team members offer high standards of litigation and client care in cases before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the main first instance extradition court, where all members are well known and well regarded. We draw on trusted international networks to obtain evidence and help clients achieve pragmatic outcomes such as sentence transfer to the UK or alternative measures which spare them the ordeal of extradition. Members provide strategic ability, build strong cases and pursue them in appeals and even international forums, acting in cases which develop the law such as FK v Germany, Enasoaie v Romania, Szatkowski v Poland or Balaz v Slovakia (High Court); Konecny v Czech Republic (Supreme Court); and Case C-648/20 PPU PI (Court of Justice of the EU).

European and international outlook – All members undertake regular work in core European cases. Team members provided some of the most visible analysis during the transition from European arrest warrant to the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and are regularly instructed in complex matters for both requesting states and individuals. However, the team, as part of 9 Bedford Row’s international group, also boasts a truly “global” extradition practice. Members have been instructed by the Governments of, among others, Armenia, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland and the USA, and by requested persons in Interpol or extradition cases from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Egypt, Malaysia, India and many more. These include sensitive and high-profile cases involving political figures, which often see counsel acting as part of international teams working in different forums.

Thinking outside the extradition box – 9 Bedford Row’s team recognises that client needs extend beyond the boundaries of routine extradition proceedings. Members draw on tested experience in less common areas where advice is at a premium, such as pre-emptive challenges to INTERPOL red notices; the nexus of extradition and deportation; and “import” extradition to the United Kingdom. We are also able to assist solicitors and lay clients by working with foreign lawyers to pursue cases in and against requesting states themselves, e.g. proportionality submissions leading to the withdrawal of an arrest warrant in Gibraltar and an ongoing challenge to a breach of the specialty after extradition in a major Spanish case.

INTERPOL, sanctions and international human rights litigation – The team’s broad outlook means members can also assist international clients in other areas, even if they present no connection to UK extradition proceedings. We offer the valuable commodity of genuine, acquired experience in the now well publicised area of INTERPOL red notices. We also accept instructions (either alone or as part of international legal teams) to assist clients with international actions such as challenging EU or UN sanctions; providing human rights arguments for use in foreign litigation; and applications to the European Court of Human Rights or UN human rights bodies, e.g. in relation to asset seizures, fair trial rights or arbitrary detention. In some cases, this work can be undertaken for individuals on a public access basis.

The core team is composed of Ben Joyes, Stefan Hyman, Jonathan Swain, Stuart Allen, Alex Tinsley and Josh Kern, who together account for all of the work described above. The team writes exclusively for Crime Line’s Extradition Hub and has lectured and published widely on the subject of extradition. The clerks’ room understands this sector and is at your disposal.

Financial & Corporate Law: Global initiatives against bribery and corruption have brought additional complexity to business – with organisations affected by legislation not just in their home countries, but also in local markets around the world. A number of Chambers’ barristers have worked in specialist prosecuting authorities such as the SFO and FCA, while others have worked for HNW individuals and heads of state. Members are experienced in POCA, restraint and confiscation hearings and have advised on Unexplained Wealth Orders. We have direct access to Forensic accountants when required.

Firearms: Chambers has an outstanding reputation in the areas of firearms licensing and gun control, hunting and conservancy. Members advise and represent individuals and organisations in this field and are regularly instructed in criminal cases that involve forensic analysis of firearms.

Immigration:  Chambers accepts instructions in matters before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and High Court, including appeals, error of law hearings, emergency injunctions, substantive judicial review matters and unlawful detention. Members of Chambers also cover a range of delicate asylum cases involving unaccompanied minors, sexual orientation claims, human trafficking and religious persecution.

International: Members of Chambers, including the Head of Chambers, Steven Kay QC, have appeared in some of the highest-profile cases heard in international courts and our experience and reputation guarantees access to a broad network of legal experts across Europe and beyond. Chambers has expertise in international and domestic human rights law, international crisis management, and cross-border complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption law. In 2020 Chambers set up the UK Bribery Act International Advisory Service.

Investigations: Members of the team have experience of both International and Domestic Investigations. The team specialises in investigating and advising both individuals and corporates on all aspects of criminal and regulatory law but with particular experience in fraud, money laundering, bribery & corruption, cartel offences, facilitation of tax evasion, insider dealing and market abuse.

Members of the team investigate and advise on corporate crime. These issues often surface following internal audits, or a whistle-blower (including financial journalists) coming forward.

Some members have experience of high level employment investigations and some conduct serious private criminal investigations such as suspected murder/manslaughter.

Licensing: This has always been an important practice area within Chambers, especially firearms, because of the overlapping expertise gained from criminal and regulatory law.

Mediation: Counsel can be instructed to act as a mediator in civil and commercial disputes, community mediations, workplace mediations and in pre/post conflict situations.

Military: Chambers has an outstanding reputation in the area. Chambers has a number of members who are ex- military and take pride in providing high quality advice and presentation to military personnel and their families. Members have appeared in many Court Martial hearings in England and abroad and represented interested parties at Inquests.

Private Prosecution: Barristers practising in this area are members of the Private Prosecutors Association, are widely respected and experienced in this rapidly developing area of law, and are able to offer a comprehensive service.

Public Access: Many members accept instructions direct from the public under the Bar Council Public Access Scheme. Members are able to provide this service over a diverse legal spectrum, from Chancery and Commercial Court actions to private prosecutions and motoring offences. Some members are also licensed to conduct litigation.

Road Traffic: Members are specialists in the field of road traffic defence. We advise and represent clients in a wide range of driving related cases, from causing death or injury by dangerous driving to speeding.

Sports Law: Members regularly appear in front of, and on the panels of, the British Horseracing Authority, England Boxing, the FA, Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, RFU and Sports Resolutions.



Chambers director Martin Secrettmartin.secrett@9brchambers.co.uk0207 489 2801
Senior clerk Paul Outenpaul.outen@9brchambers.co.uk0207 489 2802
24 hour Duty Clerk07971 153192
Member of Chambers KAY QC, Steven (1977)
Member of Chambers BERRY QC, Anthony (1976)
Member of Chambers MARSH QC, Elizabeth (1979)
Member of Chambers LAKHA QC, Abbas (1984)
Member of Chambers HUGHES QC, Ignatius (1986)
Member of Chambers BICKERSTAFF QC, Jane (1989)
Member of Chambers ROUSE QC, Justin (1982)
Member of Chambers GLENSER QC, Peter (1993)
Member of Chambers MAY, Patricia (1965)
Member of Chambers BURGESS, David (1975)
Member of Chambers TRAVERSI, John (1977)
Member of Chambers FRENCH, Louis (1979)
Member of Chambers HUGHES, David (1980)
Member of Chambers KING, John (1983)
Member of Chambers ROBERTSON, Jollyon (1983)
Member of Chambers SUMMERS, Gary (1985)
Member of Chambers STIRLING, Simon (1989)
Member of Chambers MIAH, Zacharias (1990)
Member of Chambers AKINSANYA, Jonathan (1993)
Member of Chambers KRIKLER, Alex (1995)
Member of Chambers SELBY, Lawrence (1997)
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Gillian (1997)
Member of Chambers LOGAN, Graeme (1998)
Member of Chambers CHARLES, Katrina (2000)
Member of Chambers NOBLE, Will (2000)
Member of Chambers HAKME, Mustapha (2000)
Member of Chambers RICHARDSON, Dr Anthony (2001)
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Daniel (2003)
Member of Chambers SULLIVAN, Sean (2004)
Member of Chambers HARDY, Max (2004)
Member of Chambers BECKER, Ruth (2004)
Member of Chambers SADLER, Rhiannon (2004)
Member of Chambers PATON-PHILIP, Richard (2005)
Member of Chambers BRAMWELL, Corinne (2005)
Member of Chambers KWONG, Joey (2005)
Member of Chambers POULSEN, Lennart (2006)
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Jessica (2006)
Member of Chambers ALLEN, Stuart (2008)
Member of Chambers HOLMES, Joe (2009)
Member of Chambers SHROFF, Tessa (2009)
Member of Chambers BAFADHEL, Sarah (2009)
Member of Chambers JOYES, Ben (2010)
Member of Chambers SUTHERLAND, Kirsty (2010)
Member of Chambers SONDHI Kabir (2010)
Member of Chambers SWAIN, Jonathan (2010)
Member of Chambers MACPHERSON, Caroline (2011)
Member of Chambers TINSLEY, Alex (2011)
Member of Chambers BECKER, Andrea (2012)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWS, Alexandra (2012)
Member of Chambers KERN, Joshua (2013)
Member of Chambers FATANIA, Nutan (2013)
Member of Chambers MUSTARD, Katie (2014)
Member of Chambers SANTOS-SINDES, Jordan (2014)
Member of Chambers HYMAN, Stefan (2015)
Member of Chambers HEATH, Emma (2017)
Member of Chambers STEELS, Rebecca (2018)
Member of Chambers KIRKE, Adam (2018)
Member of Chambers KINDER, Lucy (2020)
Member of Chambers WOTHERSPOON, Douglas (2020)
Door Tenant BRADY QC, Michael (1992)
Door Tenant POWER QC, Nigel (1992)
Door Tenant HARTMAN, Michael (1976)
Door Tenant HIGGINSON, Tim (1977)
Door Tenant EARLE, James (1996)
Door Tenant WORSLEY, Nick (1998)
Door Tenant BOLT, Matthew (2012)
Door Tenant TRUELOVE, Nicholas (2013)
Door Tenant MAGILL, Sarah (2016)
Door Tenant SIMPSON, Matthew (2018)
Door Tenant SCHABAS QC, Professor William
Door Tenant PLESCH, Dr Dan
Door Tenant ROHAN, Colleen
Door Tenant JACOBS, Dr Dov
Door Tenant GUY-SMITH, Gregor
Door Tenant DIECKMANN, Jens
Door Tenant OWEN OBE, Margaret
Door Tenant GROULX, Elise
Jonathan Akinsanya  photo Jonathan Akinsanya Jonathan is a defence specialist who is dual-qualified in England & Wales…
Stuart Allen  photo Stuart Allen Stuart is a specialist extradition barrister. He represents both Requested Persons and…
Sarah Bafadhel  photo Sarah Bafadhel Sarah specialises in international criminal law, public international law and human rights…
Nadim Bashir  photo Nadim Bashir Nadim practices in both civil and crime with particular experience of Court…
Andrea Becker  photo Andrea Becker Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling…
Ruth Becker  photo Ruth Becker Ruth is a defence barrister with a great deal of experience in…
Anthony Berry photo Anthony BerryA heavy criminal practice with a predominance of defence work.  In recent…
Jane Bickerstaff photo Jane BickerstaffJane is a first-class advocate who prosecutes and defends in all areas…
Matthew Bolt  photo Matthew Bolt Matthew is an experienced Service Courts practitioner who has successfully represented defendants charged with…
Michael Brady photo Michael BradySince taking Silk in March 2020 Michael has been instructed to both…
Corinne Bramwell  photo Corinne Bramwell Corinne specialises in criminal law, extradition, regulatory law and professional discipline. Corinne’s…
David Burgess  photo David Burgess David has 40 years’ experience defending cases of serious crime including homicide,…
Yogain Chandarana  photo Yogain Chandarana Instructed regularly to defend in major criminal trials and has appeared in…
Katrina Charles  photo Katrina Charles Katrina has an established defence and prosecution practice. A persuasive criminal advocate…
Jessica Clarke  photo Jessica Clarke Jessica’s practice encompasses a range of the most serious and complex crimes.…
Jens Dieckmann  photo Jens Dieckmann Jens Dieckmann is a German Lawyer. He is Founding and Senior Partner…
James Earle  photo James Earle Jim is a practitioner with over twenty years’ experience at the Bar…
Nutan Fatania  photo Nutan Fatania Nutan predominantly specialises in crime and has conducted cases in the Crown…
Louis French  photo Louis French Defence and prosecution of major criminal cases. At trial and appellate level:…
Peter Glenser photo Peter GlenserPeter both prosecutes and defends very serious offences, in particular murder, serious…
Gregor Guy-Smith  photo Gregor Guy-Smith Gregor Guy-Smith is a is a recognised international criminal lawyer with a…
Mustapha Hakme  photo Mustapha Hakme Mustapha is a barrister with a successful criminal defence practice. He specialises…
Max Hardy  photo Max Hardy Specialising in criminal and regulatory law, Max is a persuasive and experienced…
Michael Hartman  photo Michael Hartman Michael Hartman practices in the civil bar mainly in Chancery matters involving…
Emma Heath  photo Emma Heath Emma joined chambers as a third six pupil, becoming a Member of…
Gillian Higgins  photo Gillian Higgins Gillian is Head of the International Practice Group at 9 Bedford Row.…
Daniel Higgins  photo Daniel Higgins Daniel is a criminal barrister with a formidable reputation, whether he’s defending…
Tim Higginson  photo Tim Higginson Tim specialises in the fields of civil and commercial law, professional negligence…
Joe Holmes  photo Joe Holmes Joe is an international lawyer who operates in diverse national and international…
Ignatius Hughes photo Ignatius HughesIgnatius Hughes is a specialist crime and regulatory practitioner. Ignatius’s practice has…
David Hughes  photo David Hughes A widely experienced leading junior, specialising in the defence of serious crime.…
Stefan Hyman  photo Stefan Hyman Since completing pupillage and obtaining tenancy in Chambers, Stefan has quickly developed…
Dr Dov Jacobs  photo Dr Dov Jacobs Dr. Dov Jacobs has been working in the field of international law…
Ben Joyes  photo Ben Joyes Ben specialises in international criminal law, extradition, international human rights and complex…
Lee Karu QC photo Lee Karu QCLee is a highly experienced specialist criminal defence counsel. He has been…
Steven Kay photo Steven KaySteven Kay QC is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, a…
Joshua Kern  photo Joshua Kern Joshua Kern is instructed in matters at the cutting edge of international…
John King  photo John King Delivering consistent results over thirty odd years, John represents and assists clients…
Alex Krikler  photo Alex Krikler Alex has been instructed in a number of high profile cases, both…
Joey Kwong  photo Joey Kwong Joey was called to the Bar in 2005 and has a busy…
Abbas Lakha photo Abbas LakhaAbbas Lakha QC is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most…
Graeme Logan  photo Graeme Logan Graeme is a highly experienced and skilful advocate who has both prosecuted…
Caroline Macpherson  photo Caroline Macpherson Caroline specialises in international criminal law, and British fraud and financial regulation.…
Sarah Magill  photo Sarah Magill Sarah Magill specialises in serious organised crime, court martial and inquests. She…
Elizabeth Marsh photo Elizabeth MarshElizabeth is a leading criminal silk specialising in murder, serious violence, financial…
Alexandra Matthews  photo Alexandra Matthews Alex has a strong practice prosecuting and defending.  She performs deftly in…
Patricia May  photo Patricia May Patricia May is renowned for her expertise in the criminal field, as…
Stephen Mejzner  photo Stephen Mejzner Stephen has led for the defence in cases of serious fraud, revenue…
Zacharias Miah  photo Zacharias Miah Zacharias is a leading international and UK criminal lawyer. He is regularly…
Katie Mustard  photo Katie Mustard Katie prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and Youth Courts. In…
Will Noble  photo Will Noble Will is a well regarded barrister with extensive experience defending and prosecuting…
Margaret Owen OBE  photo Margaret Owen OBE Margaret Owen is a human rights lawyer focusing on women’s and children’s…
Richard Paton-Philip  photo Richard Paton-Philip Richard Paton-Philip is a criminal and regulatory barrister acting for both the…
Dr Dan Plesch  photo Dr Dan Plesch Dr Plesch is currently Director and Reader at the Centre for International…
Lennart Poulsen  photo Lennart Poulsen Lennart combines a thriving international practice – with many years of experience…
Nigel Power  photo Nigel Power Nigel is a specialist criminal barrister who also practises in family and…
Dr Anthony Richardson  photo Dr Anthony Richardson Dr. Anthony Richardson is a very accomplished, tenacious, self-motivated, disciplined, hardworking and…
Jollyon Robertson  photo Jollyon Robertson Jollyon Robertson is an experienced Leading Junior, appearing on a regular basis…
Colleen Rohan  photo Colleen Rohan Colleen Rohan is an expert in criminal defence litigation in both domestic…
Justin Rouse photo Justin RouseJustin is an exceptionally experienced and committed criminal counsel, with expertise in…
Rhiannon Sadler  photo Rhiannon Sadler Rhiannon is a dynamic advocate with broad experience in criminal, court martial…
Jordan Santos-Sindes  photo Jordan Santos-Sindes Jordan joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2021, following successful completion…
Professor William Schabas OC  photo Professor William Schabas OC Professor William A. Schabas is professor of international law at Middlesex University…
Lawrence Selby  photo Lawrence Selby Lawrence is an experienced barrister who specialises in defending high profile and…
Tessa Shroff  photo Tessa Shroff Tessa has developed a successful practice both defending and prosecuting – thanks…
Matthew Simpson  photo Matthew Simpson Matthew has a busy defence and prosecution practice in the Crown Court…
Scott Smith  photo Scott Smith Scott both prosecutes and defends in the Crown Courts and has defended…
Kabir Sondhi  photo Kabir Sondhi Kabir has built a strong practice prosecuting and defending across a full…
Rebecca Steels  photo Rebecca Steels Rebecca joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2021, following successful completion…
Simon Stirling  photo Simon Stirling As a committed criminal law practitioner for more than 30 years Simon…
Sean Sullivan  photo Sean Sullivan Sean is a calm and focused barrister who both prosecutes and defends…
Gary Summers  photo Gary Summers Gary is a respected UK barrister with 40 years’ experience. He focuses…
Kirsty Sutherland  photo Kirsty Sutherland Kirsty specialises in international criminal law and military law. She is particularly…
Jonathan Swain  photo Jonathan Swain Jonathan is a specialist extradition barrister. He regularly appears at Westminster Magistrates’…
Alex Tinsley  photo Alex Tinsley Alex is a public access-qualified barrister practising in asylum, extradition, INTERPOL and…
John Traversi  photo John Traversi John Traversi is an established criminal law practitioner, defending and prosecuting in…
Nicholas Truelove  photo Nicholas Truelove Having completed pupillage at 9 Bedford Row, Nicholas has pursued a practice…
Nick Worsley  photo Nick Worsley Nick defends and prosecutes all areas of criminal law with particular experience…
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CLIENT: Robert Borwick
TESTIMONIAL: 9 Bedford Row is an excellent set who provide a superb legal service. The clerking team led by Martin Secrett is extremely professional, knowledgeable yet helpful and flexible where necessary. They have real strength in depth in terms of Barristers. Of particular note is Jane Bickerstaff QC who is regularly instructed by a range of Solicitors at ABV. She has a meticulous attention to detail and her client handling skills are first class. She is incredibly able in sexual, sensitive and high-profile cases. Her handling of vulnerable witnesses is second to none and she is hugely respected by the Judiciary.

CLIENT: Stephen Bennett
COMPANY/FIRM: Gardner Leader LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed many different members of 9 Bedford Row since 1985. Whether the brief was to the most junior pupil or to one of their most prominent silks has made no difference to the high levels of courtesy and efficiency with which instructions have been received and dealt with both by the clerks as well as by the practitioner concerned. As an instructing solicitor the choice of counsel is a crucial part of the strategy in any piece of criminal litigation. Being able to rely on the confident advice of the senior clerks is essential. Knowing that the barrister chosen will deal with your client in the same professional way that you would yourself is a necessary comfort.

CLIENT: Abigail Ashford
TESTIMONIAL: I have been instructing 9 Bedford Row for over 10 years now, which in itself speaks volumes as to the level of trust I have in them. They house some of the best Counsel that I have had the pleasure of working with, many of whom I have instructed consistently; and the outstanding calibre of their barristers runs from their pupils, right through to their QC’s. The level of service I have consistently received is exceptional – the clerks are all friendly, highly professional and very responsive; always willing to help – and proactively offer pragmatic solutions if any problems arise.

CLIENT: Ben Thomas
COMPANY/FIRM: Sternberg Reed
TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed 9 Bedford Row regularly over the last 24 years. I have no hesitation in commending 9 Bedford Row to deal with all manner of criminal cases, both domestic and with an international dimension.

The set has huge talent at all levels. Counsel have been instructed on both a private and legal aid basis. Their professionalism has been exemplary, irrespective of the funding arrangements.

Chambers administration is well led by Martin Secrett with particular mention due to the senior criminal clerk Paul Outen and Russell Good. The service provided is efficient and has integrity. The clerks are approachable , proactive and have good contacts so, often, they will provide speedy resolution to urgent issues. They take pride in knowing their lay clients, professional clients and Counsel to attain excellent matches.

CLIENT: Philip Hill
COMPANY/FIRM: Shaw Graham Kersh
TESTIMONIAL: A specialised Criminal set with extensive expertise and depth of experience, 9 Bedford Row provides the all-round service from pupils and junior tenants covering overnight cases on Saturdays in Magistrates Courts to QC’s taking apart the most serious Crown Court prosecutions. It has an array of Barristers prepared and equipped to tackle any type of case at every level and a Clerks room which delivers effective and reliable service flagging up and resolving the inevitable listing difficulties which occasionally arise. Elizabeth Marsh QC is merciless in exploiting prosecution weaknesses whilst also providing no nonsense advice to solicitors and defendants alike. Ruth Becker fights every case with the same tenacity and is well liked by both clients and solicitors.

CLIENT: Nick Seeley
TESTIMONIAL: The Chambers of 9 Bedford Row has been the first port of call for Lawtons Solicitors for many years for first rate Counsel to cover cases from the Magistrates Courts to the Court of Appeal and beyond.

From the initial contact with the Clerks’ office who are always friendly and extremely helpful with any request being dealt with efficiently, expeditiously and professionally. No matter what level of Counsel instructed they are unfailingly excellent advocates, who keep us up to date with the cases

and provide clients with the best service. We are constantly being thanked by clients for the instruction of Counsel from 9 Bedford Row.