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‘Chambers have an excellent selection of barristers, at all levels. Even the most junior barristers have received excellent training from more senior advocates and so you can be confident that they know their stuff. They are probably the largest extradition set in London.’
‘One of the leading sets in international crime and extradition, which has a great depth of counsel from the most senior to the most junior. Arguably the most accessible in terms of number of counsel that can boast niche extradition experience.’
‘The clerks are very knowledgeable about the practices of their barristers, and are great at recommending someone suitable. Dean Cook in particular has a lot of respect and confidence from his barristers and he goes over and above in maintaining a quality practice.’
‘I am very impressed with the clerks at this set. It has now become my number one ‘go to’ set. This is in no small part thanks to the excellent and committed clerking service. Dean Cook and Gary Norton in particular are extremely efficient and will always go the extra mile to assist in any way that they can.’
‘Dean Cook is quick to respond and is seemingly available at all hours, going the extra mile to ensure new cases are covered whenever possible.’
‘Leaders in POCA matters’, members of at 5 St Andrews Hill act for applicants and respondents on account freezing and forfeiture orders, unexplained wealth orders, and assist with challenges to investigation orders and warrants. Newly-appointed silk Andrew Bird QC, who leads the set's POCA team, was instructed by the FCA in R v Bhandari, Mirza, Moore & Moore, a confiscation and compensation case following the conviction of defendants who misled 300 investors into purchasing £1.4m worth of shares in an invented health care company. In SFO v Abdulai Koroma, James Fletcher acted successfully for the respondent to an SFO application for forfeiture of cash, which was claimed to be proceeds of corruption linked to a Sierra Leone mining company. Gary Pons has been instructed by the CPS to enforce a restitution order made in Thailand for approximately £25.3m. New arrival Barnaby Hone specialises in terrorism finance matters.
‘5 St Andrew’s Hill are leaders in POCA matters and have some of the top names in the game on the books. They also run a superb seminar programme which is excellent for illuminating some of the more obscure areas in this field.’
‘I really like 5SAH. They are very professional and the counsel I instruct are leaders in their respective fields, which is precisely what any instructing Solicitor wants.’
‘5SAH is a very good set.’
‘They have a good profile which they appear to be developing. Previously it seemed that there were just a few barristers working on POCA receivership matters (Gary Pons and Andrew Bird in particular) but their profile appears to be gathering momentum.’
‘Clerks are prompt and friendly.’
‘Dean Cook is a London clerking institution – he can be relied upon to get the right barrister for the client and the case.’
‘I find Gary Norton very helpful and quick to respond to communications.’
‘Very responsive and willing to assist with liaising with the Court. Dean Cook in particular has been excellent.’
‘Good and quick service from clerks.’
5 St Andrews Hill > Set Profile
5SAH Chambers is a specialist multi-practice set of barristers with a national and international reputation for excellence in advocacy and representation at all levels. Chambers barristers provide cutting-edge legal advice and innovative and pragmatic solutions to a client base of professionals, organisations, and members of the public. Our practice areas are complementary, enabling us to provide advice and representation in overlapping jurisdictions and proceedings.
“This is an excellent set of chambers. They have an excellent team and provide a superb service. The barristers are all approachable and experts in their field.” The legal 500 – 2021.
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.
- Extradition & International: ranked as one of the leading sets, we 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. We 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: we are 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. We provide the highest quality insurance advice and represent policyholders with complex, high-value coverage disputes with their insurers.
- Inquests & Inquiries: We have considerable experience and expertise across the team acting in high profile and sensitive public inquiries and inquests.
- Civil Litigation: we advise and appear for clients both in the UK and overseas in a variety of business, trade and finance-related disputes.
We are 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 10000 Black Interns Scheme. Alexandra Wilson is nominated by Chambers & Partners as a ‘future leader’ for the Diversity & Inclusion Award 2021.
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.
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|Danielle Barden||Danielle Barden is a specialist barrister instructed in business crime, general crime and…||View Profile|
|Georgia Beatty||Georgia is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal law. She…||View Profile|
|Charles Bennett||Charles Bennett practises in all main areas of chancery, commercial and company law, landlord…||View Profile|
|Roger Birch||Roger Birch has a multi-disciplinary practice which combines chancery and commercial, family…||View Profile|
|Andrew Bird||Andrew Bird QC is a specialist in white-collar crime, civil and criminal…||View Profile|
|Benjamin Burge||Ben is a criminal practitioner. In recent years, he has developed a…||View Profile|
|Edmund Burge||Edmund is a specialist criminal advocate, ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal…||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, with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Mark Cotter||Mark’s principal specialisms are in business and financial crime (including asset recovery…||View Profile|
|John Crawford||John is a door tenant at 5SAH and accepts instructions in relation…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Davey||Alexandra has developed a busy practice specialising in all aspects of criminal and…||View Profile|
|Kevin Dent||Kevin Dent has built up a wealth of experience over 20 years…||View Profile|
|Bernard Devlin||Bernard has practised continuously at the Bar since 1980 in the fields…||View Profile|
|Natasha Draycott||Natasha is a leading extradition barrister who acts for both foreign governments…||View Profile|
|Andrew Evans||Andrew Evans is an experienced criminal practitioner, specialising in the prosecution of…||View Profile|
|Sarah Fairbairn||Sarah is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal law, with…||View Profile|
|James Fletcher||James practises in both civil and criminal law. He is a specialist…||View Profile|
|Ian Foinette||Ian Foinette has been a member of chambers since 1987, having been…||View Profile|
|Philip Galway-Cooper||Philip Galway-Cooper is a property barrister appearing before all tribunals including the…||View Profile|
|Eve George||Eve was called to the Bar in 1997.||View Profile|
|Dennis Hamill (Door Tenant)||Dennis is a door tenant at 5SAH and a member of our…||View Profile|
|James Harris||James Harris is a barrister with very wide experience at the Bar,…||View Profile|
|David (Harry) Hewitt||Harry specialises in prosecuting and defending heavyweight financial crime cases. Harry has…||View Profile|
|Wendy Hewitt||Wendy practices exclusively in professional discipline and regulatory work. Wendy is Head of…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Hill||Rebecca Hill is a leading practitioner in extradition and international crime who…||View Profile|
|Barnaby Hone||Barnaby’s international asset recovery and financial crime practice includes experience of dealing…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Ingram||Jonathan Ingram is a specialist criminal barrister who prosecutes and defends serious…||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 lawyer. He prosecutes and defends a wide…||View Profile|
|David Josse||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 Keal is an experienced criminal barrister who both prosecutes and defends…||View Profile|
|Ben Keith||Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in Extradition and International Crime, as…||View Profile|
|Sophia Kerridge||Sophia prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases and…||View Profile|
|Caroline Knight||Caroline has been instructed in all criminal matters ranging from fraud and…||View Profile|
|Alexa Le Moine (Pupil)||Alexa prosecutes and defends regularly in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts and is…||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 ranked within the Legal 500 as a rising star in…||View Profile|
|Christopher May||Chris is the head of the Criminal Prosecutions Team at 5SAH and…||View Profile|
|John McNamara||John specialises in defending individuals facing serious criminal allegations. He undertakes cases…||View Profile|
|David McNeill||David is currently a door tenant at 5SAH. He is currently practising in…||View Profile|
|Ms Sharmistha Michaels||Sharmistha’s extensive experience and inclusive approach ensure she gains the confidence of…||View Profile|
|Guy Micklewright||Guy is a specialist fitness to practise, disciplinary and regulatory barrister, having…||View Profile|
|Mark Mullins||Mark’s practice is now wholly criminal related. He is a grade 4…||View Profile|
|Joe O'Leary (Pupil)||Joe was called to the Bar in 2019.||View Profile|
|Jose Olivares-Chandler||Jose Olivares-Chandler has been ranked in the Legal 500 for Crime (London…||View Profile|
|John Oliver||John specialises in crime and extradition. John has particular experience in cases…||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||Alex maintains a busy 50/50 defence and prosecution practice, and believes this…||View Profile|
|Gemma Rose||Gemma is a barrister practising in all areas of criminal, 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 is a barrister specialising in extradition and international family matters. He…||View Profile|
|David Stern||David has a wealth of experience in business crime, commercial insurance and financial…||View Profile|
|Bridgett Todd||Bridget is an experienced criminal barrister who practises in all areas of…||View Profile|
|Ini Udom||Ini is a barrister specialising in regulatory work and complex criminal cases.…||View Profile|
|Paul Valder||Paul Valder is an experienced barrister who prosecutes and defends crime at…||View Profile|
|James Vine||James Vine is an experienced criminal barrister who prosecutes and defends in…||View Profile|
|Allister Walker||Allister Walker has twenty five years’ experience as a barrister in independent…||View Profile|
|Vivian Walters||Vivian has over twenty-five years experience in prosecuting and defending serious crime.…||View Profile|
|John Warrington||John is a barrister specialising in professional disciplinary proceedings, regulatory and criminal…||View Profile|
|Abigail White||Abigail White has extensive experience prosecuting and defending in a wide range…||View Profile|
|David Williams||David practices in Extradition, Human Rights, Public Law, Sports Law / Regulation…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Wilson||Alexandra is a barrister specialising in criminal and family law. In her…||View Profile|
|Sarah Wood||She is an experienced and highly accomplished practitioner who specialises in criminal…||View Profile|
|Amy Woolfson||Amy prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases. She has…||View Profile|
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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.) .
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar International crime and extradition
- London Bar Crime
- London Bar Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- London Bar Children law (including public and private law)
- London Bar Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture
- London Bar Family (including divorce and financial remedy)