Set Profile > Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC > London, England

Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC
Charter Chambers

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Leading Silks

Neil Hawes QC - Charter ChambersHis ability to absorb, retain and analyse huge amounts of information is staggering.
Ranked: Tier 1

Fraud: crime Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Roderick James - Charter ChambersA very safe pair of hands but can argue innovative points where appropriate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leila Gaskin - Charter ChambersAn extremely articulate and elegant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

Charter Chambers' 'very experienced' members are well known for their strong relationship with the Royal College of Nursing and a solid track record in nursing disciplinary cases; however, the group is also adept in handling instructions from the dental, pharmaceutical, and optical professional, among other areas. Of note, Laura Bayley successfully defended a regional manager of a group of care homes against nine charges of alleged failure to report and investigate allegations of abuse; the defendant was acquitted on submissions of no case to answer on all charges.

Leading Juniors

Mary-Teresa Deignan - Charter ChambersMethodical and unwavering, with great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Laura Bayley - Charter ChambersSought after by the RCN.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Buxton - Charter ChambersA safe pair of hands.
Ranked: Tier 3
Roderick James - Charter ChambersA personable and very astute advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kathryn Pitters - Charter ChambersShe has excellent client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Oliver Renton - Charter ChambersA dynamic and talented barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4
Claire Robinson - Charter ChambersHer work includes discipline cases involving alleged sexual misconduct and dishonesty.
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime Tier 4

Defence-focused set Charter Chambers covers the gamut of criminal work. Henry Grunwald QC represented a member of drill group Moscow17, who was acquitted of murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed in Peckham. Leila Gaskin represented the appellant in R v Chudasama, in which the Court of Appeal reduced three concurrent sentences for causing death by dangerous driving, which were initially calculated by adding three lengths together as if they were to be imposed consecutively and then making deductions for personal mitigation and guilty pleas.

Leading Silks

Martin Goudie QC - Charter ChambersHe brings experience as a special advocate to bear in his other work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Grunwald QC - Charter ChambersHe defends in knife crime cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Rhodes QC - Charter ChambersHis practice includes sex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Leila Gaskin - Charter ChambersA charming practitioner unafraid to stand up for what is right.
Ranked: Tier 2
Roderick James - Charter ChambersAble to dissect very complex evidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Louise McCullough - Charter ChambersShe has a track record of prosecuting sensitive sex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Oliver Renton - Charter ChambersA very dynamic advocate who inspires the highest degree of confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Darren Snow - Charter ChambersEffective in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Clea Topolski - Charter ChambersA dedicate advocate who will go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Recommended for criminal law, as well as related fraud and regulatory matters, Charter Chambers is ‘a well-trusted, leading set of chambers with very experienced counsel’, although junior members are seen by solicitors as the set’s real strength. New senior clerk James Hall is ‘extremely keen, young, and hungry. His enthusiasm is beginning to prove an asset and as he becomes more experienced in the role’. The service of the clerks overall is ‘very good’; ‘they often go above and beyond when a problem arises.’ Ian Payn is chambers director. Offices in: London


Charter Chambers is renowned for fearless, powerful advocacy and sound legal advice. It is home to a cadre of tenacious and respected advocates, leaders within their field unified by an ethos of approachability, who are complemented by a professional and helpful support staff.

The set: Charter has an excellent reputation in the skilled prosecution and defence of the most serious criminal cases, appearing in all major court centres within the capital and nationally. Members are often to be found appearing in cases of particular gravity and complexity, as well as those attracting significant publicity and public interest.

Charter is sought after in allegations of business crime and financial fraud. Recently members have appeared in cases alleging cartel behaviour between multinational companies, corruption and bribery, criminal manipulation of inter-bank lending rates and other frauds of international significance. Courtroom experience is also deployed to provide tactical advice to either corporates or individuals facing the involvement of financial regulators or investigative government agencies, or at a pre-investigation stage.

Chambers has a deep reservoir of talent when it comes to the presentation and defence of allegations of misconduct before the professional regulators. Members of chambers appear across the regulatory landscape (from the Civil Aviation Authority to the Heath and Safety Executive) but have particular experience and expertise of the major healthcare tribunals, whether the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council or elsewhere.

Types of work undertaken:Serious and organised crime: Members appear in such cases as: Bikubi (witchcraft killing); Nwokeh (Victoria Station Tube case); Bishop (murder of Robert Knox, the Harry Potter actor); Carty & Brown (murder of city solicitor Thomas Ap Rhys-Pryce); Calderwood (Graff diamond robbery); McMillian (the only western escapee of the famous ‘Bangkok Hilton’ prison); the ‘Cherry Lambrini’ attempted murder case; and the Hatton Garden robbery.

Fraud and business crime: Charter has been involved in some of the most sensitive and complex fraud and corporate crime cases of the last 20 years. Recent examples include: LIBOR (Tom Hayes); insider dealing cases, including Operation Tabernula, Operation Saturn and the Morrisons executive; Lord Davenport’s advance fee fraud (SFO); Imperial Consolidated (SFO); the BCCI banking collapse (SFO); Dunblane firearm amnesty fraud (CPS Serious Casework); ILA learning frauds (CPS Serious Casework); the BA/Virgin ‘price fixing’ cartel case; and Turks and Caicos government corruption case.

Professional discipline: Charter has become the chambers of choice for both the presentation and the defence of those facing fitness to practise allegations before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where it has appeared in almost every noteworthy allegation of nursing misconduct in recent years. Members of chambers also appear regularly before the other healthcare professionals’ regulators, most frequently the GMC, GDC and the HCPC. Several members are appointees to the Attorney General’s specialist Regulatory Panel of Approved Advocates. Legal and financial professionals seeking assistance with their own regulatory bodies frequently turn to the membership of Charter Chambers for experienced and expert advice and representation.

Inquests: chambers undertakes a significant quantity of coronial work, particularly in cases where the enhanced approach required by Article 2 of the ECHR is deployed. Members act for bereaved families, as well as for individuals or organisations otherwise ordered to appear as interested persons, often medical professionals concerned that their conduct may be called into question during the hearing.

Public law: members include a former chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and the present treasurer of Asylum Aid as well as an Attorney General’s special advocate. Notable recent instructions include: appearing as a special advocate in the Court of Appeal in a case that was then referred to the European Court of Justice; and acting in the High Court for a protestor against the Olympic Delivery Agency’s development on Leyton Marsh.

Restraint, confiscation and civil: members are regularly instructed in significant and complex confiscation proceedings, and have experience of acting for parties who seek freezing or searching orders to preserve assets pending a final judgment. The set is also called upon to assist with the difficult considerations that arise where there are parallel civil and criminal proceedings.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Ian Payn
Senior Clerk James Hall
First Junior Clerk Zach May
Fees Clerk Aimee Hunt
Clerk Jordan Bater
Clerks Daniella Evans, Isaac Ayliffe
Joint Heads of Chambers RHODES QC, Nicholas (2008)
Joint Heads of Chambers HAWES QC, Neil (1989)
Members of Chambers GRUNWALD QC, Henry (1999)
Members of Chambers LYNCH QC, Jerome (2000)
Members of Chambers ADKIN QC, Tana (2017)
Members of Chambers GOUDIE QC, Martin (2017)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Calvin (1976)
Members of Chambers TOMASSI, Mark (1981)
Members of Chambers BUXTON, Thomas (1983)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, David (1986)
Members of Chambers GUEST, Neil (1989)
Members of Chambers LAVERS, Michael (1990)
Members of Chambers DEIGNAN, Dr Mary-Teresa (1991)
Members of Chambers McCULLOUGH, Louise (1991)
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS, Paul (1991)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Claire (1991)
Members of Chambers KIVDEH, Sean (1992)
Members of Chambers O'SHEA, Andreas (1992)
Members of Chambers FLANAGAN, Julia (1993)
Members of Chambers CROSS, Jason (1998)
Members of Chambers JAMES, Roderick (1999)
Members of Chambers GASKIN, Leila (2000)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Brent (2001)
Members of Chambers SNOW, Darren (2000)
Members of Chambers DIXEY, Nicholas (2002)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Jo (2003)
Members of Chambers SILCOTT, Tyrone (2004)
Members of Chambers PELLY, Grace (2007)
Members of Chambers RENTON, Oliver (2008)
Members of Chambers TOPOLSKI, Clea (2008)
Members of Chambers HERBERT, Laura (2009)
Members of Chambers MOLYNEUX, Briony (2009)
Members of Chambers SHAH, Wafa (2009)
Members of Chambers BAYLEY, Laura (2010)
Members of Chambers HAYWARD, Stephanie (2011)
Members of Chambers MALCOLM, Tasmin (2011)
Members of Chambers ROWE, Ben (2013)
Members of Chambers FLETCHER, Megan (2015)
Members of Chambers ANDERSON, Libby (2016)
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