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23 Essex Street

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC

LONDON, WC2R 3AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7413 0353
Fax:
Fax 020 7413 0374
DX:
148 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.23es.com
London, Manchester

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

For such a large set of chambers, 23 Essex Streetmanages to maintain consistent quality throughout’. The set’s ‘reputation as a leading criminal law set is well deserved’ with ‘an impressive depth across the junior ranks’. In recent chambers news, James Mulholland QC has been elected vice chair of the Criminal Bar Association and Sarah Morris, formerly of 2 King's Bench Walk, joined chambers in September 2019. The addition of ‘excellent’ chambers director Wayne King to the ‘efficient’ clerking team has been ‘positively received’ by clients. ‘The clerking team is always pleasant to deal with and always constructive should any problems arise. They go the extra mile to assist.’ London-based senior crime clerk Adam Chapman ‘definitely stands out’ as he ‘really understands the cases and is able to recommend who would be best counsel with an informed suggestion’. Jack Shah, first criminal junior in London, is also highly rated by instructing solicitors. The names to note in Manchester are senior crime clerk Sean Hulston, deputy senior clerk Kevin Ambridge, and senior commercial clerk Colin Perrin. Offices in: London and Manchester

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Leading Silks

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex StreetHis work includes significant SFO cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex StreetHighly experienced across a range of financial crime cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street 'has a great range of barristers for general crime'. The set prosecutes and defends in a mix of work across the board. Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, John Price QC prosecuted at trial – and appeared in subsequent appeals – Jemma Beale, who in 2019 had her ten year sentence for perverting the course of justice and perjury upheld by the Court of Appeal; Beale caused a man to be sentenced to seven years imprisonment for a rape he did not commit, and successfully claimed compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; one key legal issue in the appeal was if the jury direction about "rape myths" given to juries in rape trials should be given to juries in perjury trials concerning rape allegations. Turning to defence work, in Court of Appeal, Francis FitzGibbon QC represented the appellant in R v GS, a case which concerned the prosecution of victims of trafficking. Unled junior highlights include Rupert Wheeler acting as sole counsel for the successful claimant in R (Poskitt) v Reading Magistrates' Court, in which the High Court quashed a decision of a Magistrates' Court to overturn another's decision using section 142 of the Magistrates' Court Act. Senior junior Rupert Pardoe has retired.

Leading Silks

Cairns Nelson QC - 23 Essex StreetHe commands the highest respect from the judges before whom he appears.

Ranked: tier 2

Francis FitzGibbon QC - 23 Essex StreetA highly intelligent individual and a true gentleman.

Ranked: tier 2

John Price QC - 23 Essex StreetHis submissions are expressed with lucidity, cogency and relentless logic.

Ranked: tier 2

Allison Hunter QC - 23 Essex StreetOne of the best in the business, at the very top of her game. A superb advocate and tactician. Oozes class and charm.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Miskin QC - 23 Essex StreetNot afraid to argue forcefully with the court in the finest traditions of the Bar.

Ranked: tier 3

James Mulholland QC - 23 Essex StreetApproachable, hardworking and sensible.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Fenhalls QC - 23 Essex StreetHe has a track record of murder cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bogan QC - 23 Essex StreetA superb advocate who is uncompromising in his defence of his clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Zafar Ali QC - 23 Essex StreetStrong in multi-defendant trials.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Eloise Marshall QC - 23 Essex StreetAn impressive advocate with a real touch of humanity.

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Lumsdon QC - 23 Essex StreetShe brings a quiet sense of authority to proceedings.

Ranked: tier 1

Rossano Scamardella QC - 23 Essex StreetHe defends and prosecutes in sex, violence and drugs offences.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Elisabeth Acker - 23 Essex StreetShe has a track record of sex cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Flora Page - 23 Essex StreetShe prosecutes serious cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Forgan - 23 Essex StreetHe defends and prosecutes, including in sex offence cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Rosenberg - 23 Essex StreetA real fighter – great at preparing and delivering legal arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

James Bloomer - 23 Essex StreetHe has a clarity and simplicity to his approach which really appeals to juries.

Ranked: tier 3

Lesley Bates - 23 Essex StreetWell-versed at seeing through the noise of a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Madeleine Wolfe - 23 Essex StreetPersuasive and fearless in legal argument.

Ranked: tier 3

Nathan Rasiah - 23 Essex StreetHe fights his corner very hard without appearing belligerent.

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Duffy - 23 Essex StreetHe can present complicated evidence to a jury with patience, charm and wit.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Milne - 23 Essex StreetComfortable in handling young and vulnerable witnesses, he has a relaxed and measured style.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhodri James - 23 Essex StreetSimply outstanding when it comes to cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex StreetHis advocacy is attractive and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

23 Essex Street

23 Essex Street's members are best known for handling defence work across a spectrum of fraud matters, although the group also has a strong relationship with the Crown Prosecution Service's Specialist Fraud Division and so frequently handles prosecution instructions. Recent cases include Richard Bentwood successfully defending the wife of the Westminster Council's chief investment officer, who allegedly laundered £1m stolen by her husband from the council's pension fund. Mark Fenhalls QC is chair of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

Leading Silks

Charles Miskin QC - 23 Essex StreetA silk with charm and panache.

Ranked: tier 1

Cairns Nelson QC - 23 Essex StreetA natural advocate loved by juries.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex StreetProsecutes and defends across the gamut of financial crime matters.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Richard Bentwood - 23 Essex StreetHe has a great work ethic and an unerring eye for technical details.

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Lister - 23 Essex StreetA very assured advocate who can immediately put clients at ease.

Ranked: tier 4

Flora Page - 23 Essex StreetA brilliantly intelligent junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Godfrey - 23 Essex StreetHe always provides sound practical advice.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

23 Essex Street

At 23 Essex StreetTim Grey successfully represented the General Dental Council (GDC) in a case brought against Steven Bal Sharma, a high-profile UK dentist, concerning alleged false advertising of the defendant's dental services and charges of misconduct relating to deficient dental work; Sharma was erased from the GDC's register in January 2019. Elsewhere, Christopher Hamlet successful prosecution of a chiropractor over claims of unacceptable conduct. Matthew Kewley left the set in August 2018 to become an assistant coroner.

Leading Silks

Paul Ozin QC - 23 Essex StreetA very diligent silk, who is excellent in complex cases.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Rebecca Vanstone - 23 Essex StreetClients like her dedication to a case and her straightforward demeanour.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Grey - 23 Essex StreetCongenial, polished and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hamlet - 23 Essex StreetHe both prosecutes and defends in disciplinary cases.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

For such a large set of chambers, 23 Essex Streetmanages to maintain consistent quality throughout’. The set’s ‘reputation as a leading criminal law set is well deserved’ with ‘an impressive depth across the junior ranks’. In recent chambers news, James Mulholland QC has been elected vice chair of the Criminal Bar Association and Sarah Morris, formerly of 2 King's Bench Walk, joined chambers in September 2019. The addition of ‘excellent’ chambers director Wayne King to the ‘efficient’ clerking team has been ‘positively received’ by clients. ‘The clerking team is always pleasant to deal with and always constructive should any problems arise. They go the extra mile to assist.’ London-based senior crime clerk Adam Chapman ‘definitely stands out’ as he ‘really understands the cases and is able to recommend who would be best counsel with an informed suggestion’. Jack Shah, first criminal junior in London, is also highly rated by instructing solicitors. The names to note in Manchester are senior crime clerk Sean Hulston, deputy senior clerk Kevin Ambridge, and senior commercial clerk Colin Perrin. Offices in: London and Manchester

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