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London Bar > International crime and extradition Tier 2

9BR Chambers is equipped to handle high-profile extradition cases from across the world, and offers established expertise in international initiatives against bribery and corruption. Leading Gillian Higgins, Steven Kay KC is assisting Lundin Energy in Swedish universal jurisdiction proceedings regarding allegations the company aided and abetted war crimes committed between 1997 and 2003 in Unity State (then Sudan, now part of South Sudan) during the Second Sudanese Civil War, the first prosecution of a corporation for war crimes. In extradition work, Jonathan Swain represented the requested person in Burghelea v Bucharest Tribunal Romania - the case involved the question of if someone who had lawyers present, but was unable to attend a trial, should be considered as having been tried in absentia or not.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Bafadhel9BR ChambersSarah is an outstanding practitioner with good drafting and advocacy skills and her knowledge of international criminal law and procedure is excellent.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Gillian Higgins9BR Chambers ‘An experienced advocate who has been in all the leading cases that have framed international criminal law. She is able to get to the route of the case and provides energy and dynamism in her work.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Joyes9BR Chambers ‘A great team player and good advocate with a relaxed style in extradition cases.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Joshua Kern 9BR Chambers 'Very diligent and articulate, and is helpful in guiding you, especially in higher courts.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Kirsty Sutherland 9BR Chambers ‘Kirsty is an experienced, hard-working and thorough counsel who prepares cases meticulously.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Swain9BR Chambers ‘He is a great all-rounder. Prosecutes and defends with equal grace and skill.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Stefan Hyman9BR Chambers ‘He is imaginative and insightful and has a very energetic, charming court manner – judges like him.’
Ranked: Tier 3


‘A leading international criminal law chambers, with a global reputation and the most experienced advocates.’

‘9BR has a good extradition team. All members of the team are very good and hard-working and work well together.’

‘Excellent set, building up a good extradition team and very easy to access.’

‘Leading set in international criminal law with a global reputation. Quality and experienced counsel and a range of expertise from top to bottom. ‘

‘9 BR is increasingly becoming an extradition force to be reckoned with.’

‘Their clerks are always most helpful.’

‘The clerks are always on time and friendly.’

‘Clerks are responsive.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Crime Tier 3

9BR Chambers is a regarded by many as an ‘excellent set with a long-standing reputation for quality’. Jane Bickerstaff KC is mainly instructed in relation to murder and sexual offences cases and is especially strong in cases involving vulnerable defendants – she recently defended a woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity after stabbing and beheading her brother whilst suffering from a severe psychotic episode. Max Hardy recently prosecuted an individual, who was born female and now identifies as a man, convicted of offences including assault by penetration; the three victims in the case having been deceived into sexual activity believing that the defendant was male.

Leading Silks

Jane Bickerstaff KC9BR – ‘Juries really seem to respond well to Jane's no-nonsense approach. She is hard-working and effective.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Berry KC – 9BR Chambers ‘Tony is renowned for his advocacy, all done with humour but belying a clinical skill to undermine many a trial-hardened witness. He is a joy to watch.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Justin Rouse KC – 9BR Chambers ‘Justin is a true powerhouse silk. He is a superb advocate and he inspires confidence brought about by meticulous preparation. He is also a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Glenser KC – 9BR Chambers ‘Peter has a formidable courtroom presence, is jury friendly and devastating in cross-examination. His closing speeches are strong and persuasive and you underestimate Peter at your risk.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Tessa Shroff – 9BR Chambers ‘Tessa is one of the brightest junior stars at the Bar. She is utterly dedicated, bright, tactical, pragmatic, eloquent, empathetic and a real fighter. She has an elegant command of the court when she is on her feet which really makes judges and juries sit up and listen. Tessa is highly responsive, her judgement is impeccable and lay clients love her.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Maximilian Hardy – 9BR Chambers 'Max is one of the finest young barristers around and he has emerged into a powerful prime - he's a silk in all but name. He is versatile, demanding of himself, and utterly dedicated to his client's interests.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Bramwell – 9BR Chambers ‘Corinne is a highly accomplished junior with a command of all areas of the case. Her cool, calm and smooth manner instils confidence and reflects her quiet mastery of cases.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Higgins – 9BR Chambers ‘Daniel is empathetic with clients and robust in submissions. He is very good on the law with excellent attention to detail.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Noble – 9BR Chambers ‘Will is one of the rare barristers who is great in court, excellent with clients and always very thorough with preparation. He is so well regarded by judges and opponents. He is top notch.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Sullivan – 9BR Chambers ‘Sean will turn his hand to any problem and find a solution. He remains a passionate advocate with a razor-sharp wit and intelligence that results in being highly persuasive in any legal setting.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Emma Heath9BR 'Emma is an excellent advocate for young and vulnerable defendants. She is able to gain the trust of her lay clients through her empathetic approach and exceptional communication skills. She is also a very persuasive advocate.' 
Ranked: Tier 4


‘Martin Secrett is excellent, always accommodating and trying to assist with getting the correct barrister for the case.’

‘Martin Secrett and Russell Good are fantastic. Adrian Chapman brings additional strength to the team.’

‘9 Bedford Row is a strong set with a number of leading female barristers.’

‘An excellent set with a long-standing reputation for quality.’

‘A thriving set with a lot of first rate counsel.’

‘The clerks are impossible to fault. No request is too much and they make life as a litigator so much easier. They are beyond reproach.’

‘An excellent clerks’ room.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Licensing

Leading Silks

Peter Glenser KC9BR Chambers 'A very authoritative silk. One of the top firearms licensing lawyers in the country, and is able to demystify what can be a complicated, technical, and esoteric area of licensing law.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Abbas Lakha KC – 9BR ChambersAbbas is one of the best advocates at the Bar - his ability to make cogent representations, pinpointing the issues at hand distinguishes him from his peers.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Kabir Sondhi – 9BR Chambers ‘Kabir is an organised and diligent junior who works well as part of a team.'
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Katie Mustard – 9BR ChambersWhether presenting ostensibly simple cases or cases of the utmost complexity, Katie provides clear, well-reasoned and focused advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4

9BR Chambers 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 9BR 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: Members have substantial experience of acting both for regulators and regulated professionals in fitness to practise and disciplinary proceedings. Their practice encompasses proceedings across a range of sectors including healthcare, accountancy, financial services, police, education and architecture.

Members practise in sports law including sitting on panels, advising on anti-corruption, safeguarding and ethics and appearing at disciplinary proceedings.  Their experience includes matters related to the British Horse Racing Association, England Boxing, the Football Association, the Rugby Football Union, the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation and Sports Resolution.

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 & Interpol: 9BR Chambers 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 BR’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 BR’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, including the Head of Chambers, Steven Kay KC, 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 this 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 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, because of the overlapping expertise gained from criminal and regulatory law. We have developed a specialist expertise in firearms licensing and legislation with Peter Glenser KC being recognised an leader in the area.

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.

Driving: 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Martin Secrett martin.secrett@9brchambers.co.uk 0207 489 2801
Senior clerk Paul Outen paul.outen@9brchambers.co.uk 0207 489 2802
24 hour Duty Clerk 0797 115 3192
Member of Chambers KAY KC, Steven (1977)
Member of Chambers BERRY KC, Anthony (1976)
Member of Chambers MARSH KC, Elizabeth (1979)
Member of Chambers LAKHA KC, Abbas (1984)
Member of Chambers HUGHES KC, Ignatius (1986)
Door Tenant POWER KC, Nigel (1992)
Member of Chambers BICKERSTAFF KC, Jane (1989)
Member of Chambers ROUSE KC, Justin (1982)
Member of Chambers GLENSER KC, Peter (1993)
Door Tenant BRADY KC, Michael (1992)
Door Tenant WORSLEY KC, Nick (1998)
Member of Chambers MAY, Patricia (1965)
Member of Chambers BURGESS, David (1975)
Door Tenant HARTMAN, Michael (1976)
Member of Chambers TRAVERSI, John (1977)
Door Tenant HIGGINSON, Tim (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 HUGHESTON-ROBERTS, Justin (1986)
Member of Chambers STIRLING, Simon (1989)
Member of Chambers MIAH, Zacharias (1990)
Member of Chambers AKINSANYA, Jonathan (1993)
Member of Chambers KRIKLER, Alex (1995)
Door Tenant EARLE, James (1996)
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 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 (2004)
Member of Chambers BOUSFIELD, Andrew (2004)
Member of Chambers BRAMWELL, Corinne (2005)
Member of Chambers KWONG, Joey (2005)
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Jessica (2006)
Member of Chambers POULSEN, Lennart (2006)
Member of Chambers CORRIE, Matthew (2006)
Member of Chambers ALLEN, Stuart (2008)
Member of Chambers SHROFF, Tessa (2009)
Member of Chambers HOLMES, Joe (2009)
Member of Chambers BAFADHEL, Sarah (2009)
Member of Chambers SUTHERLAND, Kirsty (2010)
Member of Chambers SONDHI Kabir (2010)
Member of Chambers JOYES, Ben (2010)
Member of Chambers SWAIN, Jonathan (2010)
Member of Chambers MACPHERSON, Caroline (2011)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWS, Alex (2012)
Member of Chambers BECKER, Dréa (2012)
Member of Chambers KERN, Joshua (2013)
Door Tenant BOLT, Matthew (2012)
Member of Chambers FATANIA, Nutan (2013)
Door Tenant TRUELOVE, Nicholas (2013)
Member of Chambers MUSTARD, Katie (2014)
Member of Chambers SANTOS-SINDES, Jordan (2014)
Member of Chambers HYMAN, Stefan (2015)
Member of Chambers DOLAN, Gary (2015)
Member of Chambers HEATH, Emma (2016)
Member of Chambers MAK, Tihomir (2016)
Door Tenant MAGILL, Sarah (2016)
Door Tenant SIMPSON, Matthew (2018)
Member of Chambers STEELS, Rebecca (2018)
Member of Chambers KIRKE, Adam (2018)
Member of Chambers PECK, Jessica (2018)
Member of Chambers JUDGE, Andrew (2019)
Member of Chambers KINDER, Lucy (2020)
Member of Chambers WOTHERSPOON, Douglas (2020)
Member of Chambers JOHNSON, Justin (2020)
Member of Chambers WATERSTONE, Lucy (2021)
Associated Door Tenant SCHABAS KC, Professor William
Associated Door Tenant OWEN OBE, Margaret
Associated Door Tenant PLESCH, Dr Dan
Associated Door Tenant JACOBS, Dr Dov
Associated Door Tenant ROHAN, Colleen
Associated Door Tenant DIECKMANN, Jens
Associated Door Tenant GUY-SMITH, Gregor
Associated Door Tenant GROULX, Elise
Associated Door Tenant HELENA BOXBERG, Miriam
Pupil KIFFIN, Jack
Pupil MORRIS, Jennifer
Pupil BLACK, Laura
Pupil STEVENS, Sophie
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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…
Ruth Becker photo Ruth Becker Ruth is a defence barrister with a great deal of experience in…
Dréa Becker photo Dréa Becker Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling…
Dréa Becker photo Dréa Becker Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling…
Anthony Berry photo Anthony Berry A heavy criminal practice with a predominance of defence work.  In recent…
Jane Bickerstaff photo Jane Bickerstaff Jane 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 Brady Since taking Silk in March 2020 Michael has been instructed to both…
Corinne Bramwell photo Corinne Bramwell Corinne specialises in criminal law, regulatory law, professional discipline, and extradition. Corinne’s…
David Burgess photo David Burgess David has 40 years’ experience defending cases of serious crime including homicide,…
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 Glenser Peter both prosecutes and defends very serious offences, in particular murder, serious…
Peter Glenser photo Peter Glenser Peter both prosecutes and defends very serious offences, in particular murder, serious…
Elise Groulx Diggs photo Elise Groulx Diggs Elise Groulx Diggs practices international human rights law and international criminal law,…
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 leading junior barrister with a successful criminal defence practice.…
Maximilian Hardy photo Maximilian 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 defends and prosecutes in all aspects of criminal law in the…
Daniel Higgins photo Daniel Higgins Daniel is a criminal barrister with a formidable reputation, whether he’s defending…
Gillian Higgins photo Gillian Higgins Gillian is a senior international criminal lawyer and Head of the International…
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 Hughes Ignatius 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 Stefan’s practice comprises extradition, human rights, international criminal cooperation, and English criminal…
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…
Steven Kay photo Steven Kay Steven Kay QC is Head of Chambers at 9BR, a leading set…
Joshua Kern photo Joshua Kern Joshua Kern is instructed in matters at the cutting edge of international…
Lucy Kinder photo Lucy Kinder Lucy joined 9BR as a tenant following successful completion of pupillage in…
John King photo John King Delivering consistent results over thirty odd years, John represents and assists clients…
Adam Kirke photo Adam Kirke Adam has developed a busy practice prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’;…
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 Lakha Abbas 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 Marsh Elizabeth is a leading criminal silk specialising in murder, serious violence, financial…
Alex Matthews photo Alex Matthews Alex has a strong practice prosecuting and defending.  She performs deftly in…
Alex Matthews photo Alex 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…
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…
Dan Plesch photo Dr Dan Plesch Dr Plesch is currently Director and Reader at the Centre for International…
Lennart Poulsen photo Lennart Poulsen Introduction Lennart is an international criminal barrister with an excellent reputation and…
Nigel Power photo Nigel Power Nigel is a specialist criminal barrister who also practises in family and…
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 Rouse Justin 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 Thanks to her meticulous approach, her dedication, and her ability to handle…
Matthew Simpson photo Matthew Simpson Matthew has a busy defence and prosecution practice in the Crown Court…
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, who is listed in the Legal500…
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…
Douglas Wotherspoon photo Douglas Wotherspoon Douglas specialises in criminal defence and prosecution and appears regularly in the…
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At 9 Bedford Row we believe that access to the Bar should be open to all, regardless of background, age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, victimisation and harassment. Drawing on the stability of decades of successful domestic criminal practice, and our leading experience in international criminal and human rights law, we have worked hard to adapt to meet the growing needs of a diverse society. To meet this challenge we have in recent years seen a rapid increase in recruitment of women and members of ethnic minorities, achieved through modernised selection procedures free from prejudice that place merit above background. Despite Chambers’ expansion in recent years we operate in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere. We realise that a diverse Chambers like ours comprises many different individuals: to maximise individual potential we support individual needs with tolerance and respect, and will not differentiate between tenants, pupils, staff, professional or lay clients in that regard

We adhere to our obligation to regular Diversity Data collection and record our results with the Bar Council.

Our commitment to Equality and Diversity is reflected in a comprehensive policy which applies equally to members of Chambers, pupils, mini-pupils, staff, pupillage and tenancy and staff applicants. Our policy is fully consonant with obligations imposed by the Bar Code of Conduct. All members of Chambers and staff are obliged to receive regular Equality and Diversity training and those involved in recruitment and selection are equally obliged to take specialist recruitment training.

In conjunction with our Equality and Diversity policy Chambers adheres to sub-policies on the following:

  • Fair Access to Work
  • Harassment
  • Parental Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Reasonable Adjustments
  • Equality Monitoring

Chambers is proud of its partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation, and regularly hosts seminars for both sixth form and undergraduate students from under-privileged and/or ethnic backgrounds, as well as providing e-mentor assistance to aspiring lawyers.

Chambers Equality and Diversity Officers are Alex Krikler and Nutan Fatania. Our Diversity Data Officer is Julian Bradley.

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.