Set Profile > 9 Bedford Row > London, England

Chambers of Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row
LONDON
WC1R 4AZ
England

International crime and extradition Tier 2

'Strong set' 9 Bedford Row 'provides invaluable expertise in the field of international criminal law' and is noted for its 'fast-growing extradition team'. Of recent note, the 'dynamicSarah Bafadhel is assisting in the case of Prosecutor v Al Hassan, which is taking place before the International Criminal Court; Al Hassan has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in Timbuktu in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Ben Joyes represented the Polish authorities in Cukierski v Poland, a case that considered whether there was an English law equivalent to the Polish offence of "insulting a police officer" for the purposes of dual criminality under section 65(3) of the Extradition Act 2003. A 'powerhouse' of a junior, Joe Holmes' experience in international law and rule of law work in fragile and conflict-affected areas is 'relatively unparalleled for his call'. A 'trusted prosecutor' who is also building a reputable defence practice, Jonathan Swain is praised for his ability to 'quickly analyse European Arrest Warrant for potential issues'. A 'solid advocate', who has significant experience of prosecuting and defending in extradition matters, as well as international criminal law, Ben Joyes is another name to note.

Leading Silks

Steven Kay QC - 9 Bedford RowOutstanding team leader for difficult international cases, with excellent strategic understanding as well as a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Joe Holmes - 9 Bedford RowHe is a powerhouse in International law. Seldom have I seen anyone of his call with such a touch and flair for the law, one who knows how to apply it skilfully and with precision and optimum impact.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Bafadhel - 9 Bedford RowSarah is an excellent, diligent and dynamic lawyer who has been fantastic to work with. She drafts extremely well, is very organised and able to manage and prioritise between different tasks and works very well as part of an international team based in various different locations. She also is a strong advocate, clear, concise and persuasive in her submissions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gillian Higgins - 9 Bedford RowHighly experienced junior who has been in all the major international criminal law cases. Able to handle complex litigation and lead a team. Good legal drafting and research skills. In court her advocacy is delivered with great poise and total command of the facts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Joyes - 9 Bedford RowHe takes a sensible approach to arguments, and does not take bad points. He can be counted on to take a robust approach. He sees the wider picture, and considers strategic litigation perspectives of his cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Swain - 9 Bedford RowHe has a thorough knowledge of extradition law and practice. Mr Swain prepares clear and structured skeleton arguments and advices. I am frequently impressed by his ability to articulate these arguments orally in court. He is very persuasive and knowledgeable. He is a thorough and authoritative advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime

Leading Silks

Abbas Lakha QC - 9 Bedford RowA smooth operator. Abbas is a serious barrister with a calm air in the face of challenge, bringing an understated determination to his cause. An absolute master in the courtroom and able to articulate the most difficult and complex evidence with charm and absolute ease.
Ranked: Tier 3

Crime Tier 4

'A polished and professional set', 9 Bedford Row has a strong reputation for handling prominent defence instructions, but is equally adept at prosecuting; chambers is well known for its expertise in acting in courts-martial and terrorism cases. Peter Glenser QC, leading Sean Sullivan, prosecuted a seafood salesman, who was convicted of illegally importing and exporting critically endangered European eels (with a total aggregate value of £53m) to East Asia over a two-year period.

Leading Silks

Justin Rouse QC - 9 Bedford RowA gifted silk who commands respect, with compelling, persuasive and powerful oratory. His advice is without exception carefully considered and to the point, he has the unnerving ability to cut through to the kernel of the case. He is a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Anthony Berry QC - 9 Bedford RowA very impressive and eloquent trial advocate. His advocacy is first class and he has a wonderful manner with the jury. He is a very commanding presence in court and his ability to distil complex legal and factual issues rapidly, succinctly and persuasively is one of his very best attributes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jane Bickerstaff QC - 9 Bedford RowJane is at the top of her game. Her reputation as one of the best silks is well deserved. Jane brings personality and passion for justice to every case which makes her a fantastic advocate but also means clients have trust and confidence in her. Jane is a steely advocate who is prepared to fight for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Lee Karu QC - 9 Bedford Row ‘An all-round class act. 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 I know. He is a real leader in his field.

Ranked: Tier 3
Abbas Lakha QC - 9 Bedford RowCommitted and tactically astute. He is an absolute master in the courtroom and able to articulate the most difficult and complex evidence with charm and absolute ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Glenser QC - 9 Bedford RowA charismatic , charming and highly effective advocate who goes the extra mile for his clients. An exceptional advocate with a solid grasp of the particular issues involved in military cases and an encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal law.
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 Hardy - 9 Bedford RowMax is an extremely impressive trial advocate. He is very hard working and diligent. He is a very able and stylish advocate with a very persuasive manner. One of his best attributes is his ability to rapidly assimilate complex legal and factual issues, and to then address the Court on these issues succinctly and persuasively. He has very good case management and is highly organised.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Higgins - 9 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, 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 RowHe has developed into a highly skilled, highly respected and highly effective advocate. While the phrase is used about many, it is more than true for Will, a very safe pair of hands for any case. He is very high on my list for counsel to be instructed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tessa Shroff - 9 Bedford RowTessa is a hugely impressive talent at the Bar, meticulous, hard working, nothing is too much for her to undertake. Her advice is always detailed, carefully thought through and importantly timely. A talented advocate with a natural ability to put even the most vulnerable or anxious clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Sullivan - 9 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. A pleasure to work with, I would unhesitatingly recommend him as a class act.
Ranked: Tier 3
Corinne Bramwell - 9 Bedford RowA junior with a razor-sharp intellect. She instantly makes an impression on clients, opponents and judges, and is always prepared to go the extra mile to deliver the right result.
Ranked: Tier 3
Aneurin Brewer - 9 Bedford RowA polished advocate and hard worker. His judgement is sound in difficult tactical situations. An excellent barrister who clearly fights hard for his client.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

A solid criminal set with a niche in international crime, 9 Bedford Row recently welcomed Dr Anthony Richardson as a new tenant, strengthening chambers’ international financial crime team. The set has also approved a number of door tenants: 18 St. John Street's Michael Brady QC; Sarah Magill  of Lincoln House Chambers; Tim Higginson , a qualified arbitrator and mediator, and specialist in civil, commercial, and professional negligence law; and Dr Dan Plesch , director and reader at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London. Also of note, Ben Joyes has been elected a member of the Committee of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum, while Lennart Poulsen has been selected for inaugural Bar Council leadership programme.

Testimonials

Clerks:

All contact with the clerks have always been professional, friendly and efficient.

Clerks room at 9 Bedford Row is second to none. Especially the service provided by Russell Good 1st junior clerk who is on top of matters and keeps his eye on the ball for diary clashes.

Clerks room second to none. Especially Russell Good, 1st junior clerk who is always willing to help when the need arises.

Dedicated clerking team to extradition work: Martin Secrett and Mark Cornell.

Extradition clerks are dedicated team: Martin Secrett and Mark Cornell.

Martin Secrett stands out as an effortlessly friendly, hard-working and dedicated leader of the clerking team.

Professional service with a dedicated team to international work.

Russell Good is a trustworthy clerk who bends over backwards to assist you.

The clerks are very professional and responsive.

The clerks are well led and knowledgeable about the profession.

The clerks provide a first-rate service across the board.

Their clerks provide a very good service; they are always very professional and willing to do what they can to help.

They are very helpful and efficient.

Set:

9 Bedford Row are a very competent chambers for extradition work with good strength in depth. They have a number of juniors who are accomplished in this fast-moving area of law.

9 Bedford Row has a strong reputation as a leading set for criminal defence, and a growing wealth of talent in the field of professional discipline.

9 Bedford Row have a fast-growing extradition team having set out to recruit a number of leading practitioners, the strength in depth available gives reassurance that matters will always be well looked after.

9 Bedford Row have expanded their extradition team greatly in the last year, and rapidly become one of the ‘core’ extradition sets. Their practitioners can be found almost every day at Westminster or the High Court undertaking extradition cases, whether as prosecution or defence. Members of chambers have been involved in a number of leading cases, and are instructed in both Part 1 and Part 2 cases. The international perspective which chambers brings from its longstanding international criminal work and international contacts are a core feature of chambers’ positioning in the market.

9 Bedford Row is a highly regarded set of Chambers, with a number of excellent juniors including Simon Stirling and Max Hardy

9 Bedford Row is a very professional Chambers whose members are always well-prepared and a pleasure to work with.

A strong criminal set with some top-class advocates.

A strong set which regularly is called upon to deal with sensitive cases.

Barristers at 9 Bedford Row are involved in serious and high profile cases, both defending or prosecuting, and are, in the main, considered by others to be engaging, professional and high-performing.

Brilliant at all levels. From the most senior director Martin Secrett to the most junior clerk, they have a real sense of the need to provide a professional service. They listen when they are asked for guidance on available personnel and are genuinely keen to know your views on the performance of members of chambers. If they cannot help, they are great at signposting to alternative sets. A thoroughly modern approach to business but with the old fashioned values of service to their users.

Chambers as a whole has food strength from top to bottom and are able to provide the right barrister for the right job, most of the time. Chambers provides access to courses to solicitors and alike, on a regular basis with regular expert speakers beyond counsel in chambers.

Chambers has a global reputation as the leading set for ICL and is involved in all major cases. The international base has developed into extradition, Interpol and international fraud and corruption work.

Chambers provides an excellent service. The Clerks are always attentive to my needs.

Excellent general coverage of serious criminal defence cases. Also renowned for their international and military work.

Good strength in depth. Always seem to have a the right barrister for the right case.

I have a very good experience of other members of chambers. Steven Kay QC is robust, creative and fearless. Gary Summers is excellent.

Leading international criminal law set, recognised as such throughout the world. Juniors have international court experience and know-how to work in a team upon complex cases.

The Chamber provides invaluable expertise in the field of international criminal law and international litigation. Other counsel are readily available to discuss difficult questions of law and procedure. The Chambers also provides regular symposia on current events in the field.

The chambers are very well respected and rightly so with many star performers.

The chambers provides excellent service and always accessible and provide a very professional service.

The set has a strong extradition presence and an even stronger criminal presence, particularly at the highly experienced end of chambers.

The set has developed a strong extradition team for Prosecution and Defence work that is linked to their already recognised International Criminal Law expertise.

 

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: Our barristers advise requested persons prior to arrest and provide representation throughout proceedings, from first appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to the conclusion of any appeal before the High Court or the Supreme Court. Our Members were instructed in the UK’s only referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the European arrest warrant scheme. Despite the UK’s departure from the bloc, EU law will continue to influence domestic extradition proceedings and our team has particular knowledge in this area. In the Trade and Cooperation Agreement 2020 (TACA), the UK and EU agreed new surrender provisions creating a bespoke Arrest warrant, which is modelled on a similar arrangement between the EU and Norway/Iceland. Whilst extradition requests from the EU continue to be ‘processed’ under Part 1 of the Extradition Act, there are notable differences between the Framework Decision, which created the European arrest warrant, and the new Arrest warrant. This creates fertile territory for litigation on topics such as proportionality, human rights and dual criminality. Through our relationship with industry publication Crimeline, our Members have the led the way in analysing the new security cooperation measures. Our expertise has been recognised since our Members are instructed in some of the first Arrest Warrant cases before the UK courts.

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.

INTERPOL Red Notices: In January 2021, the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Act 2020 came into force. This allows individuals to be arrested on INTERPOL Red Notices where certain ‘trusted partners’, including Australia, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America, seek detention for purposes of extradition for serious offences. Our team is based in London and can swiftly advise and provide representation to individuals arrested under this scheme. Our specialist Interpol Red Notice Desk aims at helping individuals to find out more about personal information held by Interpol, notices pending or issued and how to seek their removal.

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.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Martin Secrett martin.secrett@9bedfordrow.co.uk 0207 489 2801
Senior clerk Paul Outen paul.outen@9bedfordrow.co.uk 0207 489 2802
Administrator Julian Bradley julian.bradley@9bedfordrow.co.uk 0207 489 2809
24 hour Duty Clerk 07971 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 KARU QC, Lee (1985)
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 MEJZNER, Stephen (1978)
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 CHANDARANA, Yogain (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 SMITH, Scott (2015)
Member of Chambers HEATH, Emma (2017)
Member of Chambers SIMPSON, Matthew (2018)
Member of Chambers STEELS, Rebecca (2018)
Door Tenant BRADY QC, Michael (1992)
Door Tenant POWER QC, Nigel (1992)
Door Tenant HARTMAN, Michael (1976)
Door Tenant HIGGINSON, Tim (1977)
Door Tenant BASHIR, Nadim (1988)
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 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
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 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…
 Andrea Becker  photo Andrea Becker Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling…
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 Matthew Bolt  photo Matthew Bolt Matthew is an experienced Service Courts practitioner who has successfully represented defendants charged with…
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 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.…
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 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…
 Gregor Guy-Smith  photo Gregor Guy-Smith Gregor Guy-Smith is a is a recognised international criminal lawyer with a…
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 Max Hardy  photo Max Hardy Specialising in criminal and regulatory law, Max is a persuasive and experienced…
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 Emma Heath  photo Emma Heath Emma joined chambers as a third six pupil, becoming a Member of…
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 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 Since completing pupillage and obtaining tenancy in Chambers, Stefan has quickly developed…
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 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 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…
 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…
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 Scott Smith  photo Scott Smith Scott both prosecutes and defends in the Crown Courts and has defended…
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 Rebecca Steels  photo Rebecca Steels Rebecca joined Chambers as a tenant in April 2021, following successful completion…
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 John Traversi  photo John Traversi John Traversi is an established criminal law practitioner, defending and prosecuting in…
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 Nick Worsley  photo Nick Worsley Nick defends and prosecutes all areas of criminal law with particular experience…
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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
COMPANY/FIRM: ABV Solicitors
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Reeds
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Lawtons
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.