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Chambers of Deni Mathews
KBG Chambers

Western Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence Tier 2

KBG Chambers, with facilities in Plymouth, Truro and Exeter, hosts ‘a wide range of experienced childcare barristers’ that operate across the South West. William Higginson, who leads the team, is ‘calm and logical even in the most difficult of situations’ - he regularly acts on instructions from children's guardians. Samuel Castlehouse’s ‘advocacy never fails to impress’, which he employs on behalf of local authorities, parents, and children in final hearings and fact-findings of varying length and complexity.

Rising stars

Samuel Castlehouse – KBG Chambers ‘Samuel is a thorough and skilled advocate. His attention to detail is second-to-none and he has a unique ability to be able to put clients at ease in the court room. He offers sound advice to clients and is clearly an expert in his field.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jade Corden – KBG Chambers ‘Jade is a safe pair of hands in the most sensitive and difficult cases. She remains mindful of the emotional aspect of a case and provides the right level of patience and empathy. She is an excellent advocate, who is knowledgeable, incredibly prepared, and has a fine eye for detail. She is also a divergent thinker and able to find creative solutions for her clients.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Daniel SwanKBG Chambers ‘Daniel is a highly competent childcare barrister, his advocacy and client care skills are excellent.'
Ranked: Tier 2
William Higginson  – KBG ChambersBill is easy to work with, amenable and approachable. He is a good and knowledgeable advocate who is calm and able to focus on the key points quickly. He is also able to establish a good rapport with clients and other professionals.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte AshKBG Chambers ‘Charlotte is confident, knowledgeable and practical. She is also able to establish a rapport with both clients and professionals.'
Ranked: Tier 2


‘Excellent service – Colin Palmer is always on the end of a telephone – similarly Yvonne Simmons and Emily Veitch are reliable and extremely personable and always are able to know what the requirements are and do their best to accommodate.’

‘Emily Veitch is particularly helpful. She is always responsive to communication in a timely manner, will go out of her way to assist with counsel availability and is always friendly to deal with.’

‘The clerks are brilliantly organised – Colin Palmer runs a tight shop and Yvonne is one of the most approachable, down to earth, helpful people around.’

‘The set has a strong family team that has members of varying calls.’

‘KBG offers a wide range of experience childcare barristers.’

‘KBG has a number of very good barristers in the family category. The availability of counsel is good and they provide very helpful local training.’

Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 3

KBG Chambers is widely regarded as a ‘strong set in the South West‘ for criminal work. Nicholas Lewin  is a ‘brilliant barrister‘ with considerable experience in Crown Court cases - he has a track record of defendants with mental health issues and intermediary needs and, notably, is a retired naval officer with Court Martial experience. Katie Churcher’s practice is evenly split between defence and prosecution work - she is regularly instructed in cases involving serious violence, allegations of historic sexual abuse, and major drug offences and recently acted for the defence in a complex case concerning the rape of a teenage girl by a man previously sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Michael Brown‘s experience includes cases involving rape, firearms offences, drug conspiracies, armed robbery, blackmail, and false imprisonment, while ‘formidable trial advocateAli Rafati is a ‘standout‘ on the Western Circuit for his experience in serious sexual or violent offending, as well as complex drugs and fraud cases.

Leading Juniors

Ali RafatiKBG ChambersAli is a formidable trial advocate and a standout barrister in his field in the South West. He is particularly effective in cross-examination of witnesses at trial and in closing speeches to the jury. His knowledge of the law and application to any case is second to none.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael BrownKBG Chambers ‘A compelling and charismatic advocate who can adapt to every professional and lay client. He is able to explain the most complex points in understandable and relatable language and builds relationships with lay clients from any walk of life.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas LewinKBG Chambers ‘Nick is a brilliant barrister; he is tenacious and will go above and beyond what you might expect of counsel. He is also a big personality and clients love his directness and sense of humour.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Katie Churcher – KBG ChambersOne of her strengths is her ability to communicate with vulnerable defendants. She is also excellent in cross-examination.' 
Ranked: Tier 3


‘Colin Palmer is the best clerk in the business and goes above and beyond.’

‘A good service from the clerks room. Rebecca Shepherd and Colin Palmer are standout clerks in this chambers.’

‘KBG is a great set, not one bad barrister amongst them.’

‘KBG Chambers is a strong set in the South West. They have a broad depth of suitable, experienced and talented counsel to instruct in any criminal case.’

‘Excellent strength in depth.’

‘A strong clerks room which functions well.’

Work highlights

Western Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

Leading Juniors

Andrew WillettsKBG ChambersHe has extensive knowledge and understanding of contentious trust and probate work in which he excels. He also clearly relishes a challenge and has enjoyed dealing with some highly complex and unusual cases.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy

Leading Juniors

Jonathon BosankoKBG Chambers ‘Jon is a solid advocate and the best financial remedy counsel in Cornwall. He is brilliant with clients and always a pleasure to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Personal injury

Leading Juniors

Thomas ChallacombeKBG Chambers ‘Thomas is very knowledgeable and approachable. He is particularly good with clients and putting them at ease, and explaining his advice in plain English.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Western Circuit > Planning and environment

Western Circuit > Property and construction

Leading Juniors

Rawdon CrozierKBG Chambers ‘Rawdon has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things property. He is a good advocate and has great client care skills. Rawdon is always able to identify the most practical solution.'
Ranked: Tier 1

KBG Chambers has 45 members and offers a wide range of specialist advice and representation within its criminal, family and civil groups. Formed as a result of the merger between King’s Bench Chambers, Plymouth and Godolphin Chambers Truro, both well-established sets on the Western Circuit.

Chambers has branches in Plymouth, Exeter and Truro and covers all courts within Devon , Somerset and Cornwall including Plymouth, Exeter, Barnstaple,Taunton and Truro, as well as other parts of the United Kingdom.

Chambers is forward-looking, with a policy of expansion, and aims to offer a service comparable with the best that can be obtained in London or the other major urban centres, across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Colin Palmer colin@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head family Clerk Yvonne Simmons yvonne@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head Civil Clerk Jamie Kyte jamie@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head Criminal Clerk Lewis Gunn-Colling lewis@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head of Chambers Deni Mathews dmathews@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head of Family Team William Higginson whigginson@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Head of Civil Team Rawdon Croier rcrozier@kbgchambers.co.uk 0845 308 1551
Photo Name Position Profile
Jonathon Bosanko photo Jonathon Bosanko Jonathon accepts instructions from both private and publicly funded clients. His areas…
Sancho Brett photo Sancho Brett Sancho is a confident and versatile advocate who appears regularly in the…
Michael Brown photo Mr Michael Brown General Crime Michael maintains a busy crown court practice and appears for…
Katie Churcher photo Miss Katie Churcher General Crime Katie is a criminal barrister who practices on the Western…
Jade Corden photo Miss Jade Corden Matrimonial Finance Jade has a developing practice in financial remedies/ancillary relief matters…
Christopher Cuddihee photo Mr Christopher Cuddihee Court of Protection & Mental Health Chris has extensive experience advising and…
Senior Clerk : 1
Family Clerks : 4
Civil Clerks : 2
Criminal Clerks : 2
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