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

Living Wage

Crime Tier 1

'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 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
Emma Akuwudike - 25 Bedford RowA tough, no-nonsense advocate who delivers results.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carolina Guiloff - 25 Bedford RowDedicated to putting her clients' defence firmly in the minds of the jury,
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Neofytou - 25 Bedford RowA big personality – judges and juries like him.
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
Ben Smitten - 25 Bedford RowA canny tactician with sound judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alex Di Francesco - 25 Bedford RowCharming and authoritative in and out of court.
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
Alex Jamieson - 25 Bedford RowHe has a controlled and measured approach to advocacy.
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
Beth O'Reilly - 25 Bedford RowA committed advocate with an engaging, jury-friendly manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Osman Osman - 25 Bedford RowA feisty jury advocate with an affable style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Radstone - 25 Bedford RowHis speeches are a cut above – his clients comment on how engaging they are.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Randall - 25 Bedford RowJuries are genuinely engaged in listening to what she has to say.
Ranked: Tier 3
Monica Stevenson - 25 Bedford RowGreat at trial, particularly during cross-examination.
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
David Wood - 25 Bedford RowHe shows great initiative and gets on with it.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

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
Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowThe best orator in the profession – simply one of the greatest of all time.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Mendelle QC - 25 Bedford RowOne of the silkiest, smoothest advocates in the profession.
Ranked: Tier 1
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
Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowExtremely thorough and incredibly persistent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Hynes QC - 25 Bedford RowA free-flowing advocate who tests the Crown's case to its limits.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Keleher QC - 25 Bedford RowA robust advocate who is great on disclosure issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
Jo Sidhu QC - 25 Bedford RowHe defends in a range of homicide cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tyrone Smith QC - 25 Bedford RowHe finds alternative angles in cases others fail to see.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 1

'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 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
Osman Osman - 25 Bedford RowVery experienced in handling complex fraud work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Geoffrey Payne - 25 Bedford RowCourteous yet fearless.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colin Wells - 25 Bedford RowA canny hand who displays the human touch with clients and juries.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sonal Dashani - 25 Bedford RowA smooth cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Gomulka - 25 Bedford RowRecent work includes VAT and investment fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
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
Robert Shaw - 25 Bedford RowA very bright and polished junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

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
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
Nigel Sangster QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has an impressively calm and assured court demeanour.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 3

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 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

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

International crime and extradition Tier 3

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 Juniors

Sam Blom-Cooper - 25 Bedford RowA brilliant extradition junior, who goes the extra mile for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Diana Ellis QC - 25 Bedford RowA highly impressive silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
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

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

This innovative set specialises in every aspect of modern defence advocacy, acting in the very highest profile cases. Having achieved and maintained the quality standard for the Bar (BarMark) since 1999, 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 involvement in almost every recent major criminal trial, whether in fraud, organised crime or murder. Considered to have unsurpassed defence expertise in fraud and financial litigation matters and for providing advisory services and advocacy of the highest quality. Regulatory defence includes professional disciplinary and environmental law. Experienced in the conduct of criminal related civil applications including restraint, Data Protection Act and search warrants and costs. The excellence extends to the high quality of its staff who have a justified reputation for for their knowledge, efficiency and integrity.

Types of work undertaken: Criminal: unrivalled defence experience and expertise across the entire spectrum of criminal law, Covering all aspects of serious crime including murder, organised crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and crimes of extreme and sexual violence. Members also act for UK nationals charged with serious criminal offences in other national jurisdictions. Private client specialists accept instructions on all criminal matters, focusing on reducing the impact on individual reputations, careers and personal lives.

Fraud and financial litigation: specialising in defending individuals and corporations against allegations of international, corporate and financial crime. Providing a full range of advice and representation in both the criminal and civil aspects of this discipline from preliminary stages, including restraint, right through to appeal, confiscation and civil recovery. Assistance is also provided in relation to risk management and compliance, training and advisory work.

Professional disciplinary and regulatory: defence of individuals appearing before their professional bodies, disciplinary tribunals and regulatory authorities. Including healthcare professionals, solicitors, police officers, accountants, sports people and sports organisations. Expertise in all areas of contentious regulatory work in relation to environmental law and health and safety work, acting for employees,  directors and companies.

Environmental/Health & 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.

Civil liberties and human rights: acting for persons whose human rights are infringed in a wide range of areas of law including actions against the police and public authorities, extradition, international law, inquests, mental health, prisoners rights and public and administrative law. Experts are involved in judicial review and appellate cases and challenges to decisions of a wide range of public authorities.

International work: experts in defending those accused of offences perpetrated by states, including war crime and other human rights abuses and offences against states, including espionage and terrorism. Advice and representation in international human rights law and trans-national justice issues for individuals, governmental organisations and major NGOs in a wide range of jurisdictions. Members act for and advise clients who face action from foreign governments including for the freezing or forfeiture of their assets.


Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Clerking Guy Williams
Deputy Director of Clerking Emma Makepeace
Senior Practice Clerk Alfie Lee
Members of Chambers CARTER-STEPHENSON QC, George (1975) (QC 1998)
Members of Chambers MENDELLE QC, Paul (1981) (QC 2006)
Members of Chambers DEIN QC, Jeremy (1982) (QC 2003)
Members of Chambers SANGSTER QC, Nigel (1976) (QC 1998)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS QC, Courtenay (1980) (QC 1998)
Members of Chambers ELLIS QC, Diana (1978) (QC 2001)
Members of Chambers DOYLE QC, Peter (1975) (QC 2002)
Members of Chambers KELEHER QC, Paul (1980) (QC 2009)
Members of Chambers HOOPER QC, David (1971) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers FORTSON QC, Rudi (1976) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers COOPER QC, John (1983) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers PRICE QC, Tom (1985) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers HYNES QC, Paul (1987) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers SIDHU QC, Jo (1993) (QC 2012)
Members of Chambers SMITH QC, Tyrone (1994) (QC 2014)
Members of Chambers EISSA QC, Adrian (1988) (QC 2018)
Members of Chambers PENTOL QC, Simon (1982) (QC 2019)
Members of Chambers HOWARD QC, Nicola (1995) (QC 2019)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Jonathan (1974)
Members of Chambers BEYTS, Chester (1978)
Members of Chambers MALEY, Bill (1982)
Members of Chambers WELLS, Colin (1987)
Members of Chambers VALLEY, Helen (1990)
Members of Chambers PIERCY, Arlette (1990)
Members of Chambers AKUWUDIKE, Emma (1992)
Members of Chambers POTTER, Harry (1993)
Members of Chambers ALEESON, Warwick (1994)
Members of Chambers BYRNES, Aisling (1994)
Members of Chambers OSMAN, Osman (1995)
Members of Chambers GUILOFF, Carolina (1996)
Members of Chambers RIGGS, Samantha (1996)
Members of Chambers RUDOLF, Nathaniel (1996)
Members of Chambers MURRAY, Daniel (1996)
Members of Chambers GARDINER, Sebastian (1997)
Members of Chambers KEATING, Dermot (1997)
Members of Chambers SIMPSON, Melanie (1998)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Dominic (1998)
STEVENS, Mark (1998)
Members of Chambers NEOFYTOU, Michael (1999)
Members of Chambers O'REILLY, Beth (1999)
Members of Chambers SMITTEN, Ben (1999)
Members of Chambers POWER, Laurie-Anne (2000)
Members of Chambers NWOSU, Sheryl (2000)
Members of Chambers PAYNE, Geoffrey (2000)
Members of Chambers GOMULKA, Michael (2002)
Members of Chambers DASHANI, Sonal (2002)
Members of Chambers STEVENSON, Monica (2004)
Members of Chambers LAZARUS, Paul (2017) Higher Rights (2005)
Members of Chambers RADSTONE, Matthew (2005)
Members of Chambers RANDALL, Rebecca (2005)
Member of Chambers BLOM-COOPER, Sam (2006)
Members of Chambers CHADWICK, Daniel (2006)
Member of Chambers WILSON, Lisa (2006)
Members of Chambers JAMIESON, Alex (2007)
Members of Chambers MALHOTRA, Priya (2007)
Members of Chambers WOOD, David (2007)
Members of Chambers DI FRANCESCO, Alex (2008)
Members of Chambers SHAW, Robert (2008)
Members of Chambers KUMAR, Sushil (2009)
Members of Chambers STUART-SMITH, Emma (2009)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Abimbola (2011)
Members of Chambers DICKSON, Henry (2012)
Members of Chambers JONES, Duncan (2012)
LYNCH, Leon (2012)
Members of Chambers COLLIER, Laura (2013)
Members of Chambers FLAVIN, Tom (2013)
Members of Chambers ISLAM, Zeenat (2013)
Members of Chambers LLOYD-OWEN, Natasha (2013)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Joy (2014)
Members of Chambers SIMPEH, Vida (2014)
Members of Chambers ROWAN, Kerrie-Ann (2015)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Nick (2015)
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 Emma Akuwudike  photo Emma Akuwudike
 Warren Aleeson  photo Warren Aleeson
 Chester Beyts  photo Chester Beyts
 Sam Blom-Cooper  photo Sam Blom-Cooper
 Aisling Byrnes  photo Aisling Byrnes
 George Carter-Stephenson QC photo George Carter-Stephenson QC
 Daniel Chadwick  photo Daniel Chadwick
 Laura Collier  photo Laura Collier
 John Cooper QC photo John Cooper QC
 Sonal Dashani  photo Sonal Dashani
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 Alex Di Francesco  photo Alex Di Francesco
 Henry Dickson  photo Henry Dickson
 Peter Doyle QC photo Peter Doyle QC
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 Rudi Fortson QC photo Rudi Fortson QC
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 Sheryl Nwosu  photo Sheryl Nwosu
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 Geoffrey Payne  photo Geoffrey Payne
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 Arlette Piercy  photo Arlette Piercy
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 Vida Simpeh  photo Vida Simpeh
 Melanie Simpson  photo Melanie Simpson
 Tyrone Smith QC photo Tyrone Smith QC
 Ben Smitten  photo Ben Smitten
 Mark Stevens  photo Mark Stevens
 Monica Stevenson  photo Monica Stevenson
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 Dominic Thomas  photo Dominic Thomas
 Helen Valley  photo Helen Valley
 Colin Wells  photo Colin Wells
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