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25 Bedford Row > The Legal 500 Rankings
London Bar > Crime Tier 125 Bedford Row is a powerhouse criminal defence set with ‘talented barristers at every level of call’. George Carter-Stephenson KC has recently acted in several high-profile cases, including R v McSweeney, with the defendant sentenced in December 2022 to life imprisonment with a minimum of 38 years for the sexual assault and murder of Zara Aleena. Paul Mendelle KC represented a man acquitted of both murder and manslaughter of a man who featured in a BBC Panorama documentary on gang violence in 2007 – two other defendants were convicted. Matthew Radstone is involved in the first prosecution brought under the Political Parties, Elections, and Referendums Act 2000, following alleged electoral offences by a former Conservative MP said to have received illegitimate political donations from the defendant, against a backdrop of the disappearance of money said to be a loan for the redevelopment of Northampton Town’s stadium Sixfields. Kate Chidgey successfully represented a female nurse working at the high-security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor, who was acquitted on five counts of causing or inciting a person with a mental disorder impeding choice to engage in sexual activity – the defence case was that the male resident had planted her blood in his underwear with a used sanitary product extracted from a bin.
‘Emma Makepeace is a dream to work with, she is always available and happy to assist.’
‘Alfie Lee is excellent.’
‘One of the best criminal clerks’ room at the bar. Guy Williams has an unrivalled reputation for integrity, and is widely recognised as being client-friendly, efficient, reliable and trustworthy.’
‘The clerks go out of their way to accommodate and make available counsel even sometimes at short notice. Alfie Lee, Charlie Gardiner and David Kirton are all extremely efficient and always available to assist.’
’25 Bedford Row is a fantastic set with a good range of barristers suitable for an array of cases across the criminal spectrum.’
’25 is a specialist set at all areas of crime and fraud with everything that word entails.’
‘This chambers is one of the very best in the country with some very fine and reputable advocates. It is a ‘defence only’ set which sets them apart from most other criminal sets.’
’25 Bedford Row is an outstanding criminal defence set. They are well aware of their foundations in legal aid, but provide an outstanding service to private clients. The election of Nicola Howard KC and Tyrone Smith KC signifies this, and there is no doubt that they will continue to go from strength to strength. Solid advocates across the board, with outstanding ability in all types of cases.’
London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 125 Bedford Row is a leading criminal defence set with ‘a huge depth of talent dealing with fraud cases’. George Carter-Stephenson KC has considerable experience defending in complex fraud cases – he represented a struck-off solicitor in the criminal case concerning the collapse of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund, which claimed to be funding litigation. In 2022 Nicola Howard KC, ‘a superb jury advocate’, defended a case involved an international confidence fraud orchestrated by a film producer. Nathaniel Rudolf KC defended in a case concerning an alleged boiler room fraud, involving purported investments in payday loans and diamonds.
‘Guy Williams ensures that the clerks’ room runs like clockwork. He is backed up by the very capable Emma Makepeace and also Alfie Lee. The good thing about this set is that if one clerk is not available then the other clerks can assist you just the same. The service is just so seamless.’
‘The clerks’ room operates as an efficient team well led by Guy Williams. Alfie Lee is a standout performer – a genuine old-school ‘rainmaker’ with an abundance of talent, insight, charm and instinct far in excess of his years. He is a shining star who gets on well with all stakeholders through his vitality, knowledge and effervescence.’
‘Emma Makepeace is a real standout clerk. She is a class act.’
‘Emma Makepeace is a powerhouse in the clerks room. She is commercially astute and looks after her solicitors well.’
’25 Bedford Row has a huge depth of talent dealing with fraud cases.’
’25 Bedford Row is one of the best criminal & fraud sets that there is around. The set also runs very good lectures and training seminars which have always been good networking events due to the high turn out.’
‘The clerks’ room at 25 Bedford Row is extremely organised and efficient. It is forward thinking and does its best to keep solicitors informed in relation to any potential problems that arise in cases.’
‘Emma Makepeace is simply outstanding. She is an absolute superstar.’
‘The senior clerking is very good. Emma Makepeace is an excellent clerk. She is knowledgeable with good people skills. She is an asset to the set.’
‘The clerks room at 25 is staffed by willing and enthusiastic people with a can-do attitude. It is a pleasure to work with them.’
‘The clerks room is very highly regarded in the marketplace for the integrity demonstrated and always going the extra mile to assist professional clients.’
’25 Bedford Row has an exceptional pool of talented Counsel who deal with business and regulatory crime.’
’25 Bedford Row is a leading set for criminal defence work. One of the very best in the sector, with leading silks and a fine array of accomplished juniors.’
‘Chambers has a breadth and quality of high class, fearless advocates. The service provided to clients is second to none.’
‘They remain one of the leading sets for this area of work.’
‘The clerks room is very well run and highly efficient. It has received awards for the quality of service, and the staff at all levels show real commitment to their work’
‘The clerks’ room provides a very efficient service to clients and is a modern working environment. The whole team work well together under the Senior Clerk, Guy Williams.’
‘The clerks are very helpful and responsive.’
‘The set has an extremely strong team of people.’
‘The set has a very solid group of barristers dealing with a wide range of work including international law and extradition. There are silks and juniors who undertake work in these fields and who have been involved in some of the leading cases. Many members of Chambers provide training for those working in the fields.’
‘A number of members of Chambers have appeared in virtually all the international courts and tribunals and have gained enormous experience in genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Likewise, there are a range of barristers who deal with extradition cases.’
25 Bedford Row > Set Profile
Previously awarded Client Services Set of the Year by Chambers UK, 25 Bedford Row is an innovative set which specialises in every aspect of modern defence advocacy, acting in the very highest profile cases. Chambers is consistently assessed as a centre of excellence.
The set: 25 Bedford Row is widely recognised as the leading defence chambers in its core practice areas, due to its client-focused, high-quality service. Its reputation for excellence is best demonstrated by its involvement in almost every recent major criminal trial, whether in fraud, organised crime or murder. Chambers are renowned heavy-weight defenders in all aspects of financial and white-collar crime. Members frequently defend large-scale prosecutions brought by the FCA, SFO and NCA. Advice is provided at every stage including pre-charge, post-charge and investigation. Chambers’ criminal expertise includes quasi civil-crime such as POCA proceedings, high-value restraint proceedings, data protection law, the legality of search warrants, costs law, civil actions and civil liberties (including actions against the police) and all aspects of regulatory law (including professional disciplinary and environmental law). The excellence extends to the high quality of its clerks’ room and staff team who have a justified reputation for their knowledge, efficiency and integrity.
Areas of expertise
Criminal: Experts in defending serious crime, including homicide, organised crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism and extreme sexual violence. Several members of chambers act for UK nationals facing criminal prosecutions in other jurisdictions. Chambers’ private client specialists are renowned for their success in ‘reputational management’ and their ability to mitigate the impact of criminal charges on clients’ careers and personal lives.
Fraud and financial litigation: Specialists in defending individuals and corporations against allegations of business crime and fraud, including cross-jurisdictional proceedings. Representation is provided at every stage in both the criminal and civil aspects of this discipline from the preliminary stages, including restraint, right through to appeal, confiscation and civil recovery/injunction. Chambers offers specific advice on regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance/training.
Professional disciplinary and regulatory: Members regularly defend individuals appearing before professional bodies, disciplinary tribunals and regulatory authorities. Our clients include healthcare professionals, solicitors, police officers, accountants, sports players and sports organisations. Chambers practice in all aspects of contentious regulatory work acting for employees, directors and companies.
Environmental law and health and safety: Experienced in health and safety investigations and prosecutions, acting in respect of allegations of corporate manslaughter and other prosecutions where serious injury has been caused. Experts advise and appear in relation to the full spectrum of environmental law, including waste management offences.
Inquests and Public Inquiries: Members of our team cover all aspects of coronial law with members advising and representing bereaved families, individuals, statutory bodies and corporate entities in cases covering a vast range of complex legal and factual issues. Our barristers have represented interested persons in lengthy and high-profile inquests attracting intense media scrutiny. Expertise in challenging the decision of the Coroner in the High Court and via judicial review proceedings arising from inquests in the Administrative Court. Involved in significant public inquiries, including those involving alleged failings by both corporate and statutory bodies.
Civil liberties and human rights: As a ‘defence only’ set, protecting civil liberties is a fundamental cornerstone of chambers’ ethos. Members have extensive experience acting for persons facing human rights infringements including actions against the police and public authorities, extradition law, international law, mental health, prisoners’ rights, inquests, public inquiries and public and administrative law. Chambers is routinely instructed in significant public inquiries, judicial review and appellate cases and challenges to public body decisions.
International work: Chambers works at the forefront of international criminal law. Members act and advise in all aspects of international criminal law (including human rights breaches), and regularly act for individuals, governmental organisations and NGOs in a wide range of jurisdictions. Its work includes defending war crimes (often in international war tribunals) and other human rights abuses, defending the extradition of high-profile individuals, defending offences against states, including espionage and terrorism, and defending overseas freezing and forfeiture orders.
|Director of Clerking||Guy Williamsfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Deputy Director of Clerking||Emma Makepeaceemail@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Deputy Director of Clerking||Alfie Leefirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Practice Clerk||Charlie Gardneremail@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Practice Clerk||Alex Coomberfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Junior Practice Clerk||Conor Houghtonemail@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Junior Clerk||Kieran Schofield-Hawefirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Fees Clerk||David Kirtonemail@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Administration Manager||Varuna Askoolumfirstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Administration Assistant / Receptionist||Twinkle Plowmanemail@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers / Head of Chambers||Tyrone SMITH KC (1994) (Appointed Silk 2014)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers / Head of Chambers||Nicola HOWARD KC (1995) (Appointed Silk 2019)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Nigel SANGSTER KC (1976) (Appointed Silk1998)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||George CARTER-STEPHENSON KC (1975) (Appointed Silk 1998)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Diana ELLIS KC (1978) (Appointed Silk 2001)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Peter DOYLE KC (1975) (Appointed Silk 2002)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Jeremy DEIN KC (1982) (Appointed Silk 2003)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Paul MENDELLE KC (1981) (Appointed Silk2006)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Paul KELEHER KC (1980) (Appointed Silk 2009)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||David HOOPER KC (1971) (Appointed Silk 2010)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Rudi FORTSON KC (1976) (Appointed Silk 2010)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||John COOPER KC (1983) (Appointed Silk 2010)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Paul HYNES KC (1987) (Appointed Silk 2010)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Simon PENTOL KC (1982) (Appointed Silk 2019)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Nathaniel RUDOLF KC (1996) (Appointed Silk 2021)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Laurie-Anne POWER KC (2000) (Appointed Silk 2022)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Jonathan MITCHELL (1974)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Chester BEYTS (1978)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Colin WELLS (1987)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Justin RIVETT (1988)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Helen VALLEY (1990)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Arlette PIERCY (1990)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Emma AKUWUDIKE (1992)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Harry POTTER (1993)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Warwick ALEESON (1994)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Aisling BYRNES (1994)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Osman OSMAN (1995)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Carolina GUILOFF (1996)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Samantha RIGGS (1996)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Daniel MURRAY (1996)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Sebastian GARDINER (1997)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Dermot KEATING (1997)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Mark STEVENTS (1998)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Alistair GRAINGER (1998)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Dominic THOMAS (1998)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Beth O'REILLY (1999)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Michael NEOFYTOU (1999)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Ben SMITTEN (1999)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Sheryl NWOSU (2000)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Sonal DASHANI (2002)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Michael GOMULKA (2002)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Monica STEVENSON (2004)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Paul LAZARUS (2017), Higher Rights (2005)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Matthew RADSTONE (2005)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||James GRAY (2005)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Sam BLOM-COOPER (2006)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Kate CHIDGEY (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Lisa WILSON (2006)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Fixed Term Tenant||Nick WHITEHORN (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Alex JAMIESON (2007)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Priya MALHOTRA (2007)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||David WOOD (2007)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Alex DI FRANCESCO (2008)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Emma STUART-SMITH (2009)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Chiara MADDOCKS (2011)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Duncan JONES (2012)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Leon LYNCH (2012)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Henry DICKSON (2012)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Laura COLLIER (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Tom FLAVIN (2013)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Natasha LLOYD-OWEN (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Kerrie-Ann ROWAN (2015), New York Bar (2013)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chamber||George WILLS (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Joy LEWIS (2014)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Nick MURPHY (2015)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Tobias SMITH (2016)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||William DURRANDS (2016)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Hannah EDWARDS (2016)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Chantel GABER (2017)||firstname.lastname@example.org||020 7067 1500|
|Member of Chambers||Eleanor DE (2019)||email@example.com||020 7067 1500|
Meet The Clerk(s)
|Emma Akuwudike||Emma is an outstanding barrister who exudes confidence and gravitas. She is…||View Profile|
|Warwick Aleeson||Warwick Aleeson is a highly experienced trial advocate with over 28 years’…||View Profile|
|Chester Beyts||Specialist criminal defence practice with wide experience of defending the most serious…||View Profile|
|Sam Blom-Cooper||Sam is experienced in all areas of criminal defence including international criminal…||View Profile|
|Aisling Byrnes||Aisling Byrnes has 25 years’ experience of defending in criminal cases of…||View Profile|
|George Carter-Stephenson||George is a highly sought after specialist defence Silk with a varied and…||View Profile|
|Kate Chidgey||Kate practices in serious crime and public law. She is an intelligent…||View Profile|
|Laura Collier||Laura is a mature, professional and talented leading junior. She regularly receives…||View Profile|
|Professor John Cooper||Professor John Cooper KC has one of the most high-profile practices at…||View Profile|
|Sonal Dashani||Sonal is regularly instructed in a wide range of criminal defence work.…||View Profile|
|Eleanor De||Eleanor became a Tenant in October 2022 following the successful completion of…||View Profile|
|Jeremy Dein||Jeremy Dein KC is one of the most experienced and highly regarded…||View Profile|
|Alex Di Francesco||Alex is a leading criminal junior. He appears on behalf of core…||View Profile|
|Henry Dickson||Henry practises in all areas of criminal defence and has extensive advocacy…||View Profile|
|Peter Doyle||An immensely experienced criminal defence practitioner instructed across a range of offences…||View Profile|
|Will Durrands||Will is experienced in all areas of criminal law, extradition, regulatory (particularly…||View Profile|
|Hannah Edwards||Hannah has been praised for her thorough preparation, attention to detail and…||View Profile|
|Diana Ellis||Diana Ellis KC is a hugely experienced and committed criminal defence barrister…||View Profile|
|Tom Flavin||Tom’s practice involves work across all areas of criminal defence, in particular…||View Profile|
|Rudi Fortson||Rudi Fortson KC is noted for his work in relation to serious…||View Profile|
|Chantel Gaber||Chantel is a criminal defence specialist and a passionate, committed advocate, with…||View Profile|
|Sebastian Gardiner||Sebastian practises as both leading junior and junior counsel in all aspects…||View Profile|
|Michael Gomulka||Michael is a specialist advocate in fraud, financial crime and regulatory law.…||View Profile|
|Alistair Grainger||Alistair defends at the highest levels to include murder, attempted murder, manslaughter,…||View Profile|
|James Gray||James Gray is a dedicated criminal advocate known for his commitment to…||View Profile|
|Carolina Guiloff||Carolina is a criminal defence specialist, instructed both alone and as junior…||View Profile|
|David Hooper||David Hooper KC’s domestic practice has largely concerned serious criminal matters and…||View Profile|
|Nicola Howard||Nicola is instructed on behalf of corporates and individuals to provide specialist…||View Profile|
|Paul Hynes||Criminal, financial and regulatory defence and advice. Has a broad practice often…||View Profile|
|Alex Jamieson||Alex is regarded as one of the country’s leading junior barristers, practicing…||View Profile|
|Duncan Jones||Duncan Jones specialises in criminal and white-collar defence advice, advocacy and investigations.…||View Profile|
|Dermot Keating||Dermot is instructed as leading or junior counsel specialising in serious, complex…||View Profile|
|Paul Keleher||Paul Keleher KC is regularly instructed in cases of murder and is…||View Profile|
|Paul Lazarus||Paul is a well known and experienced jury trial advocate who practices…||View Profile|
|Joy Lewis||Joy practices in all areas of criminal defence, with an emphasis on…||View Profile|
|Natasha Lloyd-Owen||Natasha practices in all areas of criminal defence and associated areas of…||View Profile|
|Leon-Nathan Lynch||Leon is a versatile and a dedicated criminal defence advocate whose client…||View Profile|
|Chiara Maddocks||Chiara specialises in serious and complex crime, with a developing public law…||View Profile|
|Priya Malhotra||Priya is an exceptional advocate best known for her attention to detail,…||View Profile|
|Paul Mendelle||Paul Mendelle KC is a respected and impressive criminal silk who practices…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Mitchell||Jonathan is a leading Junior in heavy criminal defence trials. He also advises…||View Profile|
|Nick Murphy||Nick is a highly-regarded junior practising in all areas of criminal defence. He…||View Profile|
|Daniel Murray||Daniel practises in all areas of fraud and serious crime. He has…||View Profile|
|Michael Neofytou||Awarded Crime and Extradition Junior of the Year in the Legal 500…||View Profile|
|Sheryl Nwosu||Sheryl is routinely instructed as leading counsel and as a leading junior…||View Profile|
|Beth O'Reilly||Beth is an established advocate with significant experience of defending in the…||View Profile|
|Osman Osman||Osman is a highly sought after leading junior. He has developed an…||View Profile|
|Simon Pentol||Simon Pentol KC has been continually instructed as a leader for the…||View Profile|
|Arlette Piercy||Arlette’s practice consists of criminal defence work, trial and appellate, with particular…||View Profile|
|Harry Potter||Leading Junior and junior for the defence in all areas of crime,…||View Profile|
|Laurie-Anne Power||Laurie-Anne is an experienced leading junior and junior. She has acted on…||View Profile|
|Matthew Radstone||Matthew specialises in the areas of serious crime, complex fraud and regulatory…||View Profile|
|Samantha Riggs||Sam is an established leading junior advising and defending corporate and individual…||View Profile|
|Justin Rivett||Justin has specialised in criminal defence for over 25 years. He has…||View Profile|
|Kerrie Ann Rowan||Kerrie practises in all areas of criminal defence including murder, violence, robbery,…||View Profile|
|Nathaniel Rudolf KC||Nathaniel is renowned for his expertise in defending serious fraud and high…||View Profile|
|Nigel Sangster||One of the most senior Silks at the Criminal Bar, Nigel Sangster…||View Profile|
|Tyrone Smith||Tyrone is a highly sought-after specialist defence Silk who consistently defends in…||View Profile|
|Tobias Smith||A fearless advocate, Tobias’ has been noted for his sound judgment under…||View Profile|
|Ben Smitten||Ben has 20 years’ experience at the highest level of criminal proceedings…||View Profile|
|Mark Stevens||Mark is a highly regarded criminal defence specialist. Mark is approachable, dependable…||View Profile|
|Monica Stevenson||Monica Stevenson is an experienced barrister instructed in a wide range of…||View Profile|
|Emma Stuart-Smith||Emma’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence work, focusing particularly upon…||View Profile|
|Dominic Thomas||Dominic is a specialist in criminal defence, including fraud and regulatory work.…||View Profile|
|Helen Valley||Helen has over 25 years’ experience defending serious and complex crime matters,…||View Profile|
|Colin Wells||Colin is a renowned specialist in advising on abuse of process applications…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Whitehorn||Nicholas is an experienced and fearless criminal advocate who is regularly instructed…||View Profile|
|George Wills||George’s practice focuses on criminal defence and defending regulatory prosecutions. In respect…||View Profile|
|Lisa Wilson||Lisa is a specialist defence practitioner, instructed in cases covering all aspects…||View Profile|
|David Wood||David specialises in criminal and regulatory law and is recognised as a…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresClerks : 8 Administration : 2
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25 Bedford Row is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse client base, and is committed to achieving and promoting equality and diversity in the provision of services, recruitment and access to the Bar in general. Chambers provides its services for the general community and not for any discrete client group which might be interpreted as discriminatory.
Within Chambers, we have an established Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The aim of this Committee is to promote equality and diversity within Chambers and reduce discrimination and unconscious bias. The Committee also aims to monitor and improve the wellbeing of Chambers as a whole.
Several of our Barristers mentor young people who aspire to have a career at the Bar, and have been individually recognised for their contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion at the Bar.
Jo Sidhu QC was awarded “Achievement in Law” at the first British Sikh Awards 2022. These Awards (which showcased the strength of the British Sikh community, the impact they have on culture and their achievements over the last year) were held to recognise a wide range of achievements from Sikh individuals across the UK who positively impact business, charity, sport, arts, culture, religious advocacy, education and medicine.
Laurie-Anne Power QC has been the Chair of Women in Criminal Law’s Race Equality Committee since its formation in 2020. The aim of this sub-committee is to unite women of colour, of all backgrounds and races, working within criminal law in order to work together in dismantling clear and obvious structural racism and bias which has held women back from progressing.
Abimbola Johnson has begun her post as the Chair of the Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board of the police’s race strategy developed by Chief Constables in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Following its postponement due to the pandemic, Chambers has re-commenced its mini-pupillage scheme. To ensure applicants have the chance to apply throughout the year, we now have three application rounds.
Our Insight Days provide an opportunity for those aspiring to become a Barrister to ask questions and listen to several Members (of various years of call) speak about life at the Criminal Bar, what a typical day is like and tips on the pupillage application process.
25 Bedford Row is a member of the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) as established by the Inner Temple. We are also a proud participant in the Bar Placement Scheme. Both schemes are designed to improve access to the Bar profession for students from under-represented backgrounds.
We are a proud partner of 10,000 Black Interns, which seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years. Each internship offered presents the opportunity to change a life.
We are Disability Confident Committed.
Corporate Social Responsibility
25 Bedford Row is a member of the Bar Council Sustainability Network. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and moving towards more sustainable ways of working and living. By reducing our carbon footprint and tackling climate change, together we hope to achieve the Bar’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2030.
We are an accredited London Living Wage employer. This means that all employees and contracted staff are paid at or above a minimum hourly rate which is set annually by the Living Wage Foundation and calculated by the Greater London Authority.
CLIENT: David Bloom
COMPANY/FIRM: Sonn Macmillian Walker
TESTIMONIAL: A top-tier criminal defence set, made up of ferociously sharp QCs, accomplished juniors, and reliable friendly clerks. The strength and depth of the team specialising in white collar, POCA and asset recovery work means high quality representation is consistently provided. A set that it is a pleasure to work with.
CLIENT: Stephanie Roe
COMPANY/FIRM: Roe Lawyers
TESTIMONIAL: 25 Bedford Row is the “go to” London chambers for defence work, as a relatively large set made up of excellent barristers at the top of the profession they have a wealth and depth of experience in financial crime.
CLIENT: John Carson
COMPANY/FIRM: Carson Kaye Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Unrivalled criminal defence set of chambers, the highest standards throughout including the clerking services. The set comprises of counsel with vast talent who give there all to every case.
CLIENT: Collette Kelly
TESTIMONIAL: 25 Bedford Row is an outstanding set with an absolutely stellar cast of barristers dealing with all aspects of complex financial crime and POCA work.
CLIENT: Sahar Handford
COMPANY/FIRM: JMW Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL: 25 Bedford Row Chambers are an exceptional set. From top to bottom their service and quality is unmatched and the Clerks are second to none. Counsel excel in all areas of crime and regulatory. They have a particular understanding of the needs of professional institutions and individuals. Counsel are commercially astute, committed and attentive, having regard to the dual regulatory and criminal aspects of cases brought against professional defendants.
- Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- International crime and extradition