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5 St Andrews Hill > The Legal 500 Rankings5 St Andrews Hill has a track record of handling Interpol red notices, and represents clients at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and in appeals to the Divisional and Administrative Courts, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. David Josse KC is instructed in Government of Ukraine v Sivkiv, dealing with issues of extradition during times of armed conflict. Natasha Draycott is representing the requested person in Government of Albania v Seferi, an extradition case regarding offences of drug trafficking with a competing request by the Italian Government. Rebecca Hill successfully persuaded the Administrative Court in Rae v USA that the district judge was wrong to conclude that conditions in county jails in Texas are adequate, requiring specific assurances from the US government.
‘Dean Cook and his colleagues are the best barrister’s clerks in the business, always willing and able to help, and overall offer an excellent service.’
‘Dean Cook – quick, helpful and knows more about extradition law than many solicitors!’
‘I was always greatly assisted by the clerking team, who are very responsive and always helpful. Dean Cook is particularly impressive.’
‘Very helpful clerks – proactive with a can do attitude, also flexible in negotiating counsel’s fees for private clients.’
‘5 St Andrews Hill is a top chambers as far as extradition law is concerned and have maintained the same high quality year after year. Always my first point of call for extradition cases.’
‘A well-known, well-regarded set in the area who have a wealth of interesting extradition work across the spectrum of extradition cases. The team is made up of strong individual practitioners in the field and all members appear frequently in first instance and appeal proceedings.’
‘I have had a very positive experience of chambers. They have a wide range experts in the field of extradition.’
‘I have worked with the set for a number of years regularly instructing at least another four extradition barristers for my cases, all of them among some of the most established extradition juniors in the field.’
‘Great clerks: Dave Scothern is the senior clerk and is very professional and not pushy. Dean Cook is also excellent – very responsive.’
‘Gary Norton is my favourite clerk.’
‘We have always had great experience with their clerks’
‘Excellent – Dean Cook is very approachable.’
‘Dean Cook is an outstanding team member who works incredibly hard.’
‘5 St Andrew’s Hill is a fantastic set for POCA and Financial Crime, from Silk level down to the junior end of the junior Bar. ‘
‘They are great, from the clerks upwards.’
‘The chambers are excellent; they are available to provide counsel also at very short notice.’
London Bar > Crime Tier 45 St Andrews Hill is widely praised as an excellent set, ‘housing some very skilled juniors and silks.’ Christopher May, with recent instructions in relation to sexual offences, drugs, and firearms offences, is a notable name for prosecution work, while Mark Cotter KC, with considerable experience defending in homicide, sexual offences, and organised crime cases, is particularly active on the defence side. Kevin Dent KC, a ‘legally highly technical and tactically adept’ practitioner, recently prosecuted in a high-profile case involving the murder and dismemberment by two abattoir workers of their co-worker and a stranger.
‘The clerks are impressive. Dean Cook in particular is always available and is able to pull rabbits out of hats when it comes to arranging counsel to cover cases.’
‘The clerks at 5SAH are always professional, efficient and proactive. All clerks at 5SAH, and in particular Dean Cook, go above and beyond to assist with last minute cover.’
‘Gary Norton is a top clerk and a real gentleman.’
‘Dean Cook is an absolute star. He is utterly reasonable in relation to fees which makes negotiating good value for clients straightforward. He will bend over backwards to help. He skillfully spins a lot of plates and none ever seem to drop!’
‘5 St Andrews Hill is an impressive set housing some very skilled individual juniors and silks. They offer regular helpful training for fellow professionals.’
‘5 St Andrew’s Hill is a very good set – they have an extremely good range of barristers available.’
‘5SAH is a top set with a range of excellent practitioners for defence work.’
5 St Andrews Hill > Set Profile
5SAH Chambers has a national and international reputation for excellence.
5SAH barristers provide cutting-edge legal advice and innovative and pragmatic solutions to a client base of professionals, organisations, and members of the public. We offer each client a bespoke and tailored service. The practice areas are complementary, enabling the set to provide advice and representation in overlapping jurisdictions and proceedings.
Our barristers are recognised and ranked within the leading directories, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal, and our specialist practice teams are acknowledged as leaders in their fields from KC’s and leading juniors.
Our strategy is based upon expertise, advocacy, service, cohesion and ambition. Supported by an outstanding clerking, marketing and fees team.
You can instruct 5SAH barristers through a solicitor or directly (via public and licensed access).
5SAH barristers specialise in the following areas of law:
- Crime: Both defence and prosecution in serious and complex criminal litigation.
- Private Prosecutions: Market leaders & experts at bringing and defending private prosecution cases.
- Business Crime: A demonstrable track record in representing the interests of individual and corporate clients in pre and post-charge financial and regulatory offences.
- Sanctions: 5SAH sanctions barristers can provide expert advice and representation in all aspects of sanctions management, compliance and litigation. We advise NGOs and Civil Society Organisations, We advise individuals and companies in relation to obtaining sanctions, these can be against individuals or entities.
- Extradition & International: Ranked as one of the leading sets, Chambers work with teams of UK solicitors, foreign extradition lawyers and government authorities.
- Interpol: Extensive experience of removing INTERPOL red notices, advising on best tactics when faced with an INTERPOL red notice or diffusion notice and dealing with subsequent asylum and extradition proceedings.
- Family, Children & International Family : All areas of family law with a strong emphasis on practical advice, effective court advocacy and a focus at all times, on the outcome for the client.
- POCA & Asset Recovery: A market-leading team. They are instructed by the leading government authorities and private clients in overlapping criminal/civil litigation as well as multi-jurisdictional asset tracing.
- Professional Discipline & Regulatory: Instructed by leading defence firms and regulators with specialisms in the health, legal and transport sectors.
- Public Law & Immigration: The set is involved in major public inquiries and Judicial Review cases. In immigration, we conduct high-profile cases for the Home Office and High Net Worth individuals.
- Insurance: Settlement Counsel: 5SAH is dedicated exclusively to protecting the interests of policyholders. It provides the highest quality insurance advice and represent policyholders with complex, high-value coverage disputes with its insurers.
- Inquests & Inquiries: The set has considerable experience and expertise across the team acting in high profile and sensitive public inquiries and inquests.
- Civil Litigation: The set advises and appears for clients both in the UK and overseas in a variety of business, trade and finance-related disputes.
5SAH is a friendly and approachable set, committed to diversity at all levels and promoting equality, supporting the work of key organisations in this area, including Bridging the Bar and 10,000 Black Interns Scheme. We recently collaborated with Black Cultural Archives.
The well-being of members and staff are a priority in these times of changing working environment and pressure, access to professional support and policies are in place, particularly for those with parental and caring responsibilities.
Pupillage: We offer pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway. For more information please visit our website here: https://www.5sah.co.uk/join-us
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|Danielle Barden||Danielle Barden is a specialist barrister instructed in business crime, general crime and…||View Profile|
|Georgia Beatty||Georgia specialises in extradition law. She is recognised as a Rising Star (tier…||View Profile|
|Charles Bennett||Charles practises in all main areas of chancery, commercial and company law, landlord and…||View Profile|
|Roger Birch||Roger Birch has a multi-disciplinary practice which combines chancery and commercial, family…||View Profile|
|Andrew Bird KC||Andrew Bird KC took silk in March 2021. Andrew Bird KC is…||View Profile|
|Lily Brett||Lily is a barrister in our family law team. She accepts instructions…||View Profile|
|Benjamin Burge||Ben is a barrister specialising in crime and financial regulation, and is…||View Profile|
|Edmund Burge KC||Edmund is a specialist criminal advocate, ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal…||View Profile|
|Heidi Burrows||Heidi is a first-six pupil who is currently supervised by Maria Scotland.…||View Profile|
|Meeno Chawla||Meeno accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ areas of practice. Meeno prosecutes and…||View Profile|
|Louisa Collins||Louisa is a barrister specialising in extradition, international crime and human rights…||View Profile|
|Dominic Connolly||An experienced criminal practitioner whose practice principally concerns serious and large-scale organised…||View Profile|
|Claire Cooper||Claire practices in all areas of crime. She has significant experience of…||View Profile|
|Matthew Corrie||Matthew was called to the Bar in 2006 and has spent time…||View Profile|
|Mark Cotter KC||Mark’s principal specialisms are in business and financial crime (including bribery, corruption,…||View Profile|
|John Crawford (Door Tenant)||John is a door tenant at 5SAH and accepts instructions in relation…||View Profile|
|Ellen Crow||Ellen accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ areas of practice. In her…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Davey||Alexandra has developed a busy practice specialising in all aspects of criminal and…||View Profile|
|Kevin Dent KC||A highly persuasive advocate with a calm, measured, yet robust courtroom manner.…||View Profile|
|Bernard Devlin||Bernard has practised continuously at the Bar since 1980 in the fields…||View Profile|
|Natasha Draycott||Natasha is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after juniors at…||View Profile|
|Andrew Evans||Andrew Evans is an experienced criminal practitioner, specialising in the prosecution of…||View Profile|
|Sarah Fairbairn||Sarah practises in all areas of criminal defence. She has developed a…||View Profile|
|James Fletcher||James practises in both civil and criminal law. He is a specialist in…||View Profile|
|Ian Foinette||Ian has been a member of chambers since 1987, having been taken on…||View Profile|
|Philip Galway-Cooper||Philip Galway-Cooper is a property barrister appearing before all tribunals including the…||View Profile|
|Eve George||Eve George is an experienced criminal and family barrister. She is instructed…||View Profile|
|Dennis Hamill (Door Tenant)||Dennis is a door tenant at 5SAH and a member of our…||View Profile|
|James Harris||James is a barrister with very wide experience at the Bar, particularly…||View Profile|
|Wendy Hewitt||Wendy is Head of the Professional Discipline and Regulatory Team at 5SAH.…||View Profile|
|David (Harry) Hewitt||Harry specialises in prosecuting and defending heavyweight financial crime cases. Harry has…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Hill||Rebecca Hill is a leader in the field of extradition and international…||View Profile|
|Barnaby Hone||Barnaby is a barrister with specialist expertise in all types of asset…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Ingram||Jonathan has practised entirely in Crime for more than 30 years. He…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Jones||Nick is an experienced criminal advocate who also provides advice and representation…||View Profile|
|Daniel Jones||Dan is a specialist criminal practitioner who regularly acts for the prosecution…||View Profile|
|David Josse KC||Since taking silk he has specialised in extradition work encompassing the full…||View Profile|
|Jaqueline Julyan S.C.||A graduate of Stellenbosch and Cambridge Universities, Jaqueline was called to the…||View Profile|
|John Keal||John is regularly instructed both to prosecute and defend in the most…||View Profile|
|Ben Keith||Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in cross-border and international cases. He…||View Profile|
|Amabel Kerr||Amabel began her pupillage in October 2023 and is currently supervised by John…||View Profile|
|Sophia Kerridge||Sophia has developed a strong practice in many areas of law. She…||View Profile|
|Oliver Kirk||Oliver is an experienced criminal advocate. He represents clients in the most serious…||View Profile|
|Caroline Knight||Caroline Knight prosecutes and defends in serious criminal cases. Caroline has been…||View Profile|
|Alexa Le Moine||Alexa is a criminal barrister who accepts instructions to prosecute and defend. She…||View Profile|
|Anna Leathem||Anna is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal law, extradition…||View Profile|
|Francesca Levett||Francesca is a criminal practitioner who has developed a significant practice in…||View Profile|
|Gemma Lindfield||Gemma is an experienced extradition barrister and has been involved in some…||View Profile|
|Alecsandra Manning-Rees||Alecsandra is an experienced advocate in regulatory and professional discipline cases, crime…||View Profile|
|Christopher May||Chris is a heavyweight criminal barrister instructed in some of the most…||View Profile|
|John McNamara||John specialises in all aspects of financial crime, proceeds of crime and related…||View Profile|
|David McNeill||David is currently a door tenant at 5SAH. He is currently practising in…||View Profile|
|Sharmistha Michaels||Sharmistha is an experienced barrister who has substantial and wide-ranging experience in…||View Profile|
|Guy Micklewright||Guy is a specialist fitness to practise, disciplinary and regulatory barrister, having…||View Profile|
|Elisenda Mitchell||Elisenda began her pupillage in October 2023, she is supervised by Allister…||View Profile|
|Mark Mullins||Mark’s practice is now wholly criminal related. He is a grade 4…||View Profile|
|Matthew Ness||Matthew prosecutes and defends in a wide array of criminal cases. He…||View Profile|
|Joe O'Leary||Joe regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Courts, and has particular…||View Profile|
|Jose Olivares-Chandler||Jose has been ranked in the Legal 500 since 2016 and is ranked as…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Oliver||Charlotte is a criminal barrister who accepts instructions to prosecute and defend.…||View Profile|
|John Oliver||John specialises in crime and extradition. John has particular experience in cases…||View Profile|
|Michaela Onuchukwu||Michaela began her pupillage in October 2023 and is currently supervised by…||View Profile|
|Gary Pons||Gary is a talented and dedicated barrister. His approach to cases is…||View Profile|
|Don Ramble||The majority of Don’s practice has involved prosecuting serious and organised crime…||View Profile|
|Alex Rooke||For 20 years, Alex maintained a busy 50/50 defence and prosecution practice,…||View Profile|
|Gemma Rose||Gemma is a barrister practising in criminal, proceeds of crime, family and…||View Profile|
|Maria Scotland||Maria practices exclusively in family law with a specialism in high-end/ big…||View Profile|
|Richard Scott||Richard Scott is a courteous, conscientious and confident advocate. He returned to 5…||View Profile|
|Eleanor Scott-Davies||Eleanor’s practice covers serious criminal work. Eleanor regularly appears in the Crown…||View Profile|
|Mark Smith||Mark has particular expertise in cases involving cross-border issues and parallel proceedings…||View Profile|
|Eleanor Stephenson||Eleanor is a British barrister specialising in international criminal law and human rights.…||View Profile|
|David Stern||David has a wealth of experience in business crime, commercial insurance and financial…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Thomas||Rebecca prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases. She…||View Profile|
|Bridget Todd||Bridget is an experienced criminal barrister who practises in all areas of…||View Profile|
|Nathan Toms||Nathan specialises in general crime utilising his experience in criminal litigation, gained in his…||View Profile|
|Ini Udom||Ini is a barrister specialising in regulatory work and complex criminal cases.…||View Profile|
|Paul Valder||Paul is an experienced barrister who prosecutes and defends crime at all…||View Profile|
|Allister Walker||Allister has twenty eight years’ experience as a barrister in independent practice…||View Profile|
|Vivian Walters||Vivian has over twenty-five years’ experience prosecuting and defending serious crime. She…||View Profile|
|John Warrington||John is a barrister specialising in public law, crime, regulatory law and…||View Profile|
|Abigail White||Abigail is a door tenant in chambers. She currently works as an…||View Profile|
|Niamh Wilkie||Niamh practices exclusively in family law. Prior to joining the Bar in…||View Profile|
|David Williams||David practices in Extradition Criminal Defence, Human Rights, Public Law, Sports Law…||View Profile|
|Sarah Wood||Sarah is Joint Head of the Business Crime Team at 5SAH and is…||View Profile|
|Amy Woolfson||Amy is a versatile and intellectually able barrister. Her practice includes: prosecuting and…||View Profile|
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MembershipsHead of Chambers: David Josse KC Deputy Head of Chambers: Maria Scotland MCIArb Chambers Director: Dave Scothern
David Josse Q.C.David Josse Q.C. is Head of Chambers at 5SAH. He is a Silk specialising in extradition, human rights, international war crimes and serious crime, both nationally and internationally. David explains how 5SAH continues to strive for excellence and how the Bar must modernise.
What do you see as the main points that differentiate 5SAH from its competitors?
Our clients are central to everything that we do at 5SAH. We offer and provide each and everyone a bespoke service. The barristers they instruct will be experts in their field and provide realistic advice. They are client focused and results driven.
In addition, we want our members and staff to be happy and to be part of and proud of 5SAH because we offer a unique and welcoming workplace and environment. We are flexible with our working practices for both our staff and members. We offer a generous package for anyone on parental leave. As a result, we retain our barristers and clerks, many of which have been with us throughout their years at the Bar. We offer a generous pupillage package and we always aim to retain our pupils in order to grow our talent from the bottom up. We do not believe it benefits the individual or 5SAH as a whole, to take on pupils if we cannot accommodate them as tenants.
Which practices do you expect to grow over the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
Business Crime: This team is a busy and successful group of expert barristers. We expect this group to grow over the next 12 months due to the upsurge in financial based crime. Our team receives some of the biggest cases in the market in this area and we are confident this will continue. Much of the work has become advisory on pre-charge and investigation stage and this has significantly increased instruction in this area.
- Extradition & International: Whether we like it or not – a remainer or a leaver – Brexit will have a huge impact on our legal landscape. This applies to a great an extent in the area of Extradition Law. No one knows quite how it will impact both legally and practically, but our barristers will be ready to tackle the challenges that leaving the EU will throw at them. This will be a very busy time for our Team, almost certainly providing real and interesting opportunities for legal challenges.
How has direct public access changed the work of your chambers? Is this a growth area for your set?
Direct public access work has changed the work of 5SAH. We still receive the majority of our work from traditional streams, however direct public access is an important provider and is growing. It is a brilliant way for members of the public to directly access and instruct a barrister in appropriate cases where there is less need for litigation support. It cuts the costs for them and any duplication of work. It also shows how the Bar is modernising for the needs of our clients, which is always a good thing.
It is a growth area for 5SAH. We have our Public Access barristers listed on the website for ease if clients wish to find them for this service. We are likely to expand these pages on our website as it is such a growth area. We have to follow the needs of our clients. If the public are showing more interest in instructing our barristers directly, 5SAH needs to adapt in order to provide a more streamlined service for the client in this respect. Let’s watch this space!
What other issues are driving change at the modern Bar? How are you adapting to such change?
The modern Bar is adapting, however it still has a way to go before we can say that it accommodates all. We need to be better at accommodating members of the Bar who want to engage to a greater extent in a family or personal life. The unpredictable hours, travel and last minute nature of disclosure and paperwork all need to be managed in a better way. Of course funding in some practice areas has a huge impact on how a case is managed. The legal profession cannot provide a family friendly working environment if the legal system we use does not support this.
5SAH offers a generous parental leave package for its members and we have a high retention rate of barristers coming back to work after they have had children. Other sets also need to offer its members better incentives to stay within the profession so that we do not lose talented members of the Bar unnecessarily.
As a profession we also need to encourage members from non-traditional legal backgrounds to join and stay within the profession. We have many members that are from non-legal backgrounds. We have had members appear in the press publicising their own journey in order to encourage others. We support the #IAmTheBar campaign from the Bar Council and think that this is a great campaign and hope this will continue.
What’s the biggest change you’ve made in chambers that you believe will benefit clients?
Chambers has always supported Pro-Bono work and it is something that on a personal level I have been keen to encourage. Its value to both Chambers and independent development is something that I always emphasise. It affords a real opportunity to work in new and, at times, interesting and challenging areas of practice. I can vouch for this on a personal level. As a result of some gentle encouragement, more members of chambers now undertake pro-bono work and we are proud of Natasha Shotunde’s recent award in this area. Clearly this benefits our clients, our barristers and Chambers as a whole.
- A general growth in international work. This goes well beyond extradition as an area of practice and now encompasses advisory work in both business crime, family law and importantly in Rule Of Law matters. On a personal level, I am delighted to see that many of our juniors are keen to make their mark in the world of International Criminal Law. Having spent five years defending in War Crime trials at an International Tribunal I can vouch for how stimulating and fascinating such cases are and how on return to domestic practice they make an individual a far better and more rounded lawyer.
What technology has chambers recently invested in?
Chambers has for years been using cloud-based case management software and this has dramatically decreased the need for paper-based cases. This is across a broad range of our practice areas. The cases that do come in paper form are quickly converted into electronic format, which allows barristers to work securely and remotely wherever they are.
How has this tech changed the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
We use our skype and video conference facilities far more than five years ago for local, national and international clients. We can even have conferences directly with people in detention. This has cut down travelling times and enabled us to provide faster client service.
What other chambers’ facilities are a benefit to clients?
We have outstanding seminar facilities and a regular programme of educational events for solicitors, investigators and government lawyers to help keep us at the forefront of our practice area. Our people are our asset and our team of clerks aims to provide the highest service to all types of client.
What are clients looking for from a modern chambers?
Clients do not want to instruct a stuffy set of barristers. Our clients expect an approachable counsel who is open to new ideas and collaborating towards the agreed end point of their case. Clients also expect a Chambers not only to provide quality legal services but also be up to date with current news items, political topics and how they will impact a particular practice area or legal issue. They expect an all round service and at 5SAH that is what we aim to deliver.
Where do you see your set in three years’ time?
We want to improve our market position by receiving interesting and important work across a range of fields. We want to educate and mentor our junior barristers to progress their careers and encourage more of our members to become QC’s.
We have recently had 2 silks appointed (Kevin Dent Q.C. and Edmund Burge Q.C.) .
- International crime and extradition