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Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC

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LONDON, WC1R 4HD, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘reliable’ and ‘well-run25 Bedford Row has ‘all the advantages of a bigger, traditional set’ with ‘a good number of robust defence practitioners, well versed in POCA, at all levels of call’ and is an ‘excellent, top-notch choice for white collar work’. ‘The client care and service provided to lay clients and instructing solicitors exceeds expectations.’ Chambers has been strengthened following Nicola Howard and Simon Pentol taking silk in 2019, and Mark Stevens and Lisa Wilson-Taylor, formerly of 2 King's Bench Walk and Furnival Chambers respectively, joining chambers. Director of clerking Guy Williams ‘offers a great service’ and leads the ‘extremely responsive’ clerks’ room which is ‘always on hand to help and are sensible in their choice of counsel’. Deputy director of clerking Emma Makepeace is ‘a standout clerk’ who is ‘personable, honest, gets to know the solicitor and, therefore, has a unique ability to match the solicitor with the appropriate barrister for a particular case’. Senior practice clerk Alfie Lee ‘constantly raises the standard of clerking’; ‘he is contactable 24/7 and nothing is too much trouble. He is able to find sensible representation for a client regardless of the short notice of instructions or the location of court’. Offices in: London

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

25 Bedford Row

25 Bedford Row's members have been kept busy handling a range of financial crime cases; for example, new silk Nicola Howard QC acted in a bribery case concerning inducements to obtain contacts via a public official in Korea. She is appearing in a case spanning over 20 jurisdictions, including Moscow, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid, and Amsterdam, concerning alleged defrauding of $180m from a Russian banking group via fraudulent trades in emerging markets warrants.

Leading Silks

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford RowA powerhouse of knowledge; he combines a practical approach with a Rolls-Royce service.

Ranked: tier 1
2018 Silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford RowHe is extremely hardworking and a very safe pair of hands.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicola Howard QC - 25 Bedford RowShe is a calm and confident advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford RowHe has a formidable intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan Jones - 25 Bedford RowHe is personable with clients and calm in a crisis.

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Leading Silks

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowTenacious and has vast knowledge on international criminal law.

Ranked: tier 4

John Cooper QC - 25 Bedford RowA skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Joanna Evans - 25 Bedford RowCapacity for hard work, original thought, and genuine concern for the client, makes her a first-class advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

25 Bedford Row

'An excellent set with high-calibre barristers', 25 Bedford Row is a defence-only set that handles, alongside privately funded work, some of the most difficult publicly funded work, often including multi-defendant violent crime cases. Tyrone Smith QC represented a teenage drug dealer who, having been arrested and found with a 30cm knife four days before, stabbed a youth worker who asked him to stop selling drugs outside his home; the defendant was found not guilty of murder and convicted of wounding with intent. Turning to criminal appeals, Jeremy Dein QC represented far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon in a successful appeal against his initial committal to prison for contempt of court in May 2018 for interfering with sexual offence trials subject to reporting restrictions in Canterbury and Leeds. Among the juniors, Melanie Simpson represented a Hungarian woman who, along with her special constable husband, was convicted of trafficking women to a brothel they ran in an apartment block in Chelsea.

Leading Silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowThe best orator in the profession – simply one of the greatest of all time.

Ranked: tier 1

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford RowA fantastic jury-friendly advocate who ensures they are engaged throughout the case.

Ranked: tier 1

Jeremy Dein QC - 25 Bedford RowThe more complex and intense the case, the more he thrives.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Mendelle QC - 25 Bedford RowOne of the silkiest, smoothest advocates in the profession.

Ranked: tier 1

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowExtremely thorough and incredibly persistent.

Ranked: tier 2

John Cooper QC - 25 Bedford RowInstructed in serious violent crime cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Doyle QC - 25 Bedford RowA real gentleman of the profession – it is a privilege to watch him at work.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Keleher QC - 25 Bedford RowA robust advocate who is great on disclosure issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford RowA free-flowing advocate who tests the Crown's case to its limits.

Ranked: tier 2

Jo Sidhu QC - 25 Bedford RowHe defends in a range of homicide cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Rudi Fortson QC - 25 Bedford RowWell-known as a specialist in illegal and semi-legal drugs and their scientific components.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Price QC - 25 Bedford RowVery charming with juries and has a really nice touch with lay clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Tyrone Smith QC - 25 Bedford RowHe finds alternative angles in cases others fail to see.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford RowA meticulous, technical advocate who is highly rated in the profession.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Simon Pentol QC - 25 Bedford RowA great advocate, and fearless.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Aisling Byrnes - 25 Bedford RowWhen she walks into court, you know she means business.

Ranked: tier 1

Arlette Piercy - 25 Bedford RowAn old-school "proper brief", particularly good with sensitive and vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Smitten - 25 Bedford RowA canny tactician with sound judgement.

Ranked: tier 2

Carolina Guiloff - 25 Bedford RowDedicated to putting her clients' defence firmly in the minds of the jury,

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Akuwudike - 25 Bedford RowA tough, no-nonsense advocate who delivers results.

Ranked: tier 2

Laurie-Anne Power - 25 Bedford RowAn extremely talented, highly in demand advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Melanie Simpson - 25 Bedford RowA go-to advocate to deal with a difficult client facing a seemingly overwhelming case.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Neofytou - 25 Bedford RowA big personality – judges and juries like him.

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Di Francesco - 25 Bedford RowCharming and authoritative in and out of court.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford RowHe has a controlled and measured approach to advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Beth O'Reilly - 25 Bedford RowA committed advocate with an engaging, jury-friendly manner.

Ranked: tier 3

David Wood - 25 Bedford RowHe shows great initiative and gets on with it.

Ranked: tier 3

Dominic Thomas - 25 Bedford RowHighly intelligent, with an original and persuasive style of advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Valley - 25 Bedford RowShe has a calming presence with an air of understated assurance.

Ranked: tier 3

Lisa Wilson - 25 Bedford RowA good battler.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Radstone - 25 Bedford RowHis speeches are a cut above – his clients comment on how engaging they are.

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Stevenson - 25 Bedford RowGreat at trial, particularly during cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 3

Osman Osman - 25 Bedford RowA feisty jury advocate with an affable style.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Randall - 25 Bedford RowJuries are genuinely engaged in listening to what she has to say.

Ranked: tier 3

Sebastian Gardiner - 25 Bedford RowA fearless and dogged advocate in challenging criminal trials where prosecution evidence must be faced head-on.

Ranked: tier 3

Sheryl Nwosu - 25 Bedford RowShe has a great ability to think on her feet in court and adapt her advocacy style to the witness before her, making her an excellent cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Leading Juniors

Samantha Riggs - 25 Bedford RowA wonderful barrister who is at the top of her field and has knowledge that is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

25 Bedford Row

'Excellent set25 Bedford Row houses a team of 'robust defence practitioners'. The group has been handling, among other areas, high-profile VAT frauds, boiler room scams, and carbon credit cases. Recent highlights include George Carter-Stephenson QC acting in the Operation Treacle £10m fraud case, concerning the resale of tickets for gigs and events.

Leading Silks

George Carter-Stephenson QC - 25 Bedford RowHe combines a fraud practitioner’s eye for detail with the advocacy style of a street fighter.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Sangster QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has an impressively calm and assured court demeanour.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Doyle QC - 25 Bedford RowHe is an imperturbable silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford RowHis work includes money laundering cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Price QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has a great touch with lay clients and very charming with juries.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford RowVery adept at tactically dissecting evidence.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicola Howard QC - 25 Bedford RowShe brings a sense of calm to a chaotic situation.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Pentol QC - 25 Bedford RowClients appreciate his flair in the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford RowVery methodical and affable with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Samantha Riggs - 25 Bedford RowShe leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to present the best possible case for her clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Wells - 25 Bedford RowA canny hand who displays the human touch with clients and juries.

Ranked: tier 3

Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford RowCourteous yet fearless.

Ranked: tier 3

Osman Osman - 25 Bedford RowVery experienced in handling complex fraud work.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford RowHardworking, with a brilliant brain.

Ranked: tier 4

Dermot Keating - 25 Bedford RowAlways a happy face during the most difficult of cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Gomulka - 25 Bedford RowRecent work includes VAT and investment fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Shaw - 25 Bedford RowA very bright and polished junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Sonal Dashani - 25 Bedford RowA smooth cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 4

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

25 Bedford Row

At 25 Bedford Row, 'hugely talented advocateSam Blom-Cooper is instructed by the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), as co-counsel, to represent Augustin Ngirabatware (the former Minister of Planning in Rwanda) in an appeal concerning the client's convictions for involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide; the defendant was originally sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment by the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2012, which was reduced in 2014 to 30 years by the MICT Appeals Chamber.

Leading Silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowHis persuasiveness emanates around the whole courtroom.

Ranked: tier 2

David Hooper QC - 25 Bedford RowHe combines impressive advocacy with an incisive eye for the details of a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowA highly impressive silk.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Sam Blom-Cooper - 25 Bedford RowA brilliant extradition junior, who goes the extra mile for his clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
2018 Silks

Adrian Eissa QC - 25 Bedford RowHighly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of POCA issues.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Nathaniel Rudolf - 25 Bedford RowProsecutors fear having him as an opponent.

Ranked: tier 1

Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford RowVery personable and demonstrates great client empathy.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford RowA poised and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

David Wood - 25 Bedford RowUnflappable and tenacious.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘reliable’ and ‘well-run25 Bedford Row has ‘all the advantages of a bigger, traditional set’ with ‘a good number of robust defence practitioners, well versed in POCA, at all levels of call’ and is an ‘excellent, top-notch choice for white collar work’. ‘The client care and service provided to lay clients and instructing solicitors exceeds expectations.’ Chambers has been strengthened following Nicola Howard and Simon Pentol taking silk in 2019, and Mark Stevens and Lisa Wilson-Taylor, formerly of 2 King's Bench Walk and Furnival Chambers respectively, joining chambers. Director of clerking Guy Williams ‘offers a great service’ and leads the ‘extremely responsive’ clerks’ room which is ‘always on hand to help and are sensible in their choice of counsel’. Deputy director of clerking Emma Makepeace is ‘a standout clerk’ who is ‘personable, honest, gets to know the solicitor and, therefore, has a unique ability to match the solicitor with the appropriate barrister for a particular case’. Senior practice clerk Alfie Lee ‘constantly raises the standard of clerking’; ‘he is contactable 24/7 and nothing is too much trouble. He is able to find sensible representation for a client regardless of the short notice of instructions or the location of court’. Offices in: London

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