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Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC
15 New Bridge Street
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15 New Bridge Street Chambers


Martin is Head of Chambers at 15 New Bridge Street


Martin is an expert in defending cases involving allegations of Murder, serious organised crime, multi-million pound fraud, and complex and emotive allegations of sexual assault.

Meticulous with detail, Martin’s reputation is simply that of an outstanding advocate and a superb courtroom tactician

Martin is known as the go-to silk for the lost and vulnerable – he is the voice for those who have no voice.

Recent cases include the following: 

Murder and Attempted murder

R v HP                     Gangland shooting, client acquitted of all charges


R v NL                     Joint – enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of all charges


R v QA                     Joint – enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of murder


R v JW                     Joint – enterprise stabbing, client acquitted of murder


R v MC                     Near fatal acid attack, client acquitted of all charges



R v YL                        Deaf defendant charged with multi-million pound fraud.  Client

                                     acquitted of all charges

R v IS                          London so – called graffiti king.  Client acquitted of all charges


R v CC                        Nurse charged with falsifying notes in diabetic ward.  Client         

                                    acquitted of all charges

Serious organised crime

R v YM                      Allegation of gun running.  Client acquitted of all charges



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Rutherford QC15 New Bridge StreetHis disarming nature coupled with his assured delivery make him a formidable opponent in the most serious of cases. Calm under pressure. Excellent rapport with the jury. Strategic thinker. Tactically astute. Hard-working. Highly personable.

15 New Bridge Street is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘expertise in all areas of criminal law‘ and houses ‘very experienced counsel‘, who prosecute and defend across a diverse range of cases. Martin Rutherford QC  and Simon Smith acted in R v KB, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. In another high-profile case, Patrick Maggs represented the defendant in R v Gemma Watts, where 21-year-old Watts used the alias of “Jake Watton”, a 16-year-old-boy, to groom young girls on social media; she received an 8-year sentence for sexual offences.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

15 New Bridge Street has been strengthened following the arrival of Tana Adkin QC and Annabel Gough from Charter Chambers. Also in news of note for the crime set, Martin Rutherford QC conducted the first ever Cayman Islands High Court trial virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Mathew Turner has been appointed a Recorder, sitting on the Western Circuit.