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5 St Andrews Hill
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With expertise across all levels of call, 5 St Andrews Hill is a ‘go-to’ chambers for international crime and extradition matters, as well as regulatory, general crime, and POCA cases. In recent news, Edmund Burge and Kevin Dent have taken silk and chambers has been further strengthened following the arrival of Alecsandra Manning-Rees from Kingsley Napley LLP, Eve George from Maidstone Chambers, and former solicitor and High Court advocate Oliver Kirk; leaving chambers, Edward Connell has been appointed a circuit judge. The clerks’ room is ‘client-focused, efficient, friendly, accommodating’, and ‘work with solicitors to ensure clients are satisfied’. Senior clerk Gary Norton ‘takes the time to understand the organisation you are working for so he can recommend barristers for particular jobs depending upon the requirements of the instructing client department’. Norton is assisted by Dean Cook who is ‘an extremely able and responsive clerk who ensures everything runs smoothly and feels like an extension of the legal team’. Dave Scothern, formerly business development director at Outer Temple Chambers, is the new chambers director. Offices in: London
5 St Andrews Hill is well respected for its strength in extradition cases. Known for bringing 'a powerful armoury to international cases of the highest profile', Ben Keith is acting for the Azerbaijan government in a request for the extradition of Zamira Hajiyeva, who is the recipient of the UK's first unexplained wealth order (UWO) following allegations of a multimillion-pound fraud against the International Bank of Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Louisa Collins, who 'brings tranquillity to high-pressure cases', represents the Armenian government in its first extradition request to the UK concerning an allegation of drugs importation.
5 St Andrews Hill's team counts confiscation cases as a backbone of its POCA practice. Gary Pons appeared in the Court of Appeal in R v Moss, a case that considered whether a domestic confiscation order could be enforced in an EU member state. The key issues of the case were whether a certificate could be applied to a confiscation order issued before the Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations came into force in 2014, and secondly, whether the asset in question would need to be traceable proceeds of crime. Recommended for confiscation orders in relation to fraud and matrimonial work, Sarah Wood represented the wife of Tom Hayes, the UBS trader convicted of manipulating Libor in 2015, in her section 10A application before Cooke J, while James Fletcher represented Mr Hayes in the appeal against the confiscation of their home by seeking to argue that the joint purchase of the marital home had not been a tainted gift.
Chambers of David Josse QC > Firm Profile
5SAH is ranked in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. 5SAH has specialist barristers who provide legal advice and representation in Asset Forfeiture, Crime, Business Crime, Civil, Extradition, Family and Regulatory Law.
5SAH is a progressive set, with the head of Chambers, David Josse Q.C., pushing the boundaries in terms of the work streams and the profile of 5SAH within the legal market and wider media.
The Chambers at 5 St Andrew’s Hill is fully equipped with the latest technology to ensure that its clients receive the highest level of service. 5SAH runs a fully computerised Meridian diary and fees system and is fully equipped with high capacity scanners and the latest in networking solutions enabling 5SAH to transfer large quantities of information with ease.
5SAH was first established in 1949 by Anthony Cripps QC and was located in 1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple. In 2007 5SAH relocated to a new building at 5 St Andrew’s Hill, which has allowed 5SAH’s membership and practice areas to grow and the improved facilities has allowed for a more streamlined service to clients.
Areas of practice
5SAH offers a responsive service and results-orientated representation for its clients. The barristers of 5SAH have extensive experience in their respective practice areas. They are instructed in the most complex cases, often with esoteric points of law. 5SAH prosecutes and defends in equal measure, offering expertise in both.
5SAH provides high quality advocacy and advice in the following practice areas:
- Asset Forfeiture;
- Business Crime;
- Extradition & International Crime;
- Family; and
- Regulatory Law.
The barristers at 5SAH are instructed in some of the most high-profile and cutting edge cases within their practice areas. The Business Crime Team have been involved in defending in the LIBOR trials and the Asset Forfeiture team continues to be involved with the confiscation process flowing from LIBOR. The Extradition Team appear in a large amount of appellate cases and are frequent visitors to the High Court and Supreme Court. 5SAH’s Asset Forfeiture barristers have some of the leading specialists within this practice area, they lecture and write on the subject and appear in the leading cases year on year.
5SAH prides itself on running cutting edge seminars, providing legal updates to clients and providing comment, opinions and articles in the press.
5SAH was recently nominated by The Legal 500 Legal Awards for ‘Crime Set of the Year’ 2018. 5SAH was also recently nominated by the Solicitor’s Journal Awards 2017 in the category of ‘Chambers of the Year.’
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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.) and Serena Gates has just won the Halsbury Rule of Law Award at the Lexis Nexis 2019 awards, for her remarkable and fascinating work abroad. We strive for a collegiate atmosphere that encourages our juniors to achieve recognition in the same manner as their more senior colleagues. We want to inspire the next generation for the benefit of the Bar in general and 5SAH in particular.