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Chambers of William Clegg QC

LONDON, WC1R 4BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7440 8888
Fax:
Fax 020 7242 1738
DX:
LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.2bedfordrow.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Demonstrating real strength in depth, 2 Bedford Row is β€˜one of the most respected and established criminal sets’ in the country and is able to take on the most serious of cases. However, it is also particularly strong in regulatory and health and safety matters thanks to its β€˜A-list collection’ of advocates. In a significant move Richard Kovalevsky QC left the independent Bar to join Stewarts Law LLP. Meanwhile, the service of the clerks’ room is β€˜excellent’ with all clerks going out of their way to accommodate solicitors and keeping β€˜the best interests of clients’ in mind. β€˜Exceptionally experienced’ senior clerk John Grimmer β€˜continues to excel and run a very professional set, which he does with aplomb’. Grimmer β€˜has set a high standard for a very long time’ and clerks Paul Rodgers and Lee Bartlett are β€˜following in the same mould’. The β€˜spot on’ Bartlett and Joe Martin are β€˜very honest and genuine’ about which barrister to instruct. Junior clerk Harry Potter is singled out as being β€˜polite, engaging and an effective communicator’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

2 Bedford Row, which covers the gamut of criminal work in London, includes members with expertise in cross-border fraud, bribery and sanctions matters. Senior clerk John Grimmer is a key contact.

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row includes a number of heavyweight silks handling cases concerning international bribery and corruption, as well as more domestic business crime issues. William Clegg QC continues to advise ENRC on an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency concerning alleged corruption in the Nigerian natural resources industry, while Timothy Kendal represented the only defendant found not guilty in the Operation Hornet trial concerning the impaired assets division of HBOS. Richard Kovalevsky QC left the independent Bar to join Stewarts Law LLP.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜The man you would want in your corner if you were ever up against it.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Just sheer brilliance – he is always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 1

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has absolute clarity of purpose and gets straight to the heart of any matter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His cross-examination is first rate, his submissions concise and his speeches excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He establishes an excellent rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is exceptionally bright and a silk in waiting.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He stands out during the course of trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row β€˜remains at the top of the Premiership for this area of the profession, with enough stars to field three or four first teams’. Defence highlights include Stephen Vullo QC and David Patience representing disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris in his third sexual offences trial, in which he was cleared of several counts of indecent assault after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. The set includes a number of heavyweight prosecutors as well; Brian Altman QC prosecuted Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, who was convicted of preparing terrorism acts in London having been arrested on Whitehall with three knives tucked into his clothes, in addition to the construction of bombs for the Afghan Taliban several years prior.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A master of every detail in complex cases, he is a leading silk for prosecuting terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Simply brilliant for the innocent client.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Wolkind QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Hard work and great judgement underlie his panache and zest for advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A master strategist with an unparalleled level of exposure to the most senior criminal judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very calm and a good advocate, with good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜The consummate professional: calm under pressure, prepared and fierce in his pursuit of his clients’ objectives.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Vullo QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He strikes the perfect balance between charm and unflinchingly fighting his client’s corner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tracy Ayling QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Unflappable under pressure, her judgement is always spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His work includes sensitive, private cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An outstanding defence advocate with great tactical intuition and a superb manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜One of those barristers solicitors are always pleased to have on their side.’

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very good, especially for sex and grooming cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Dean George - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A superb advocate who fights tenaciously for his clients, but doesn’t take stupid points.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Patience - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Hardworking, intelligent and with a very good bedside manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has a pleasant and charming manner both in the courtroom and with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His calm persona can cut through complex issues with ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is extremely hardworking, and shows real insight and strategic awareness.’

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Rush - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A fabulous jury advocate who can be devastating cross-examining a witness.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Langley - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent advocate who instantly puts a client at ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Conway - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A legend of the Bar, and peerless in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His presence in court is very persuasive and gets the attention of the judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Levy - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His work includes sensitive sex and violence cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent practitioner prepared to fight the cause of her client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A likeable and affable junior with sound judgement and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Samuel Magee - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Also active in London, he is the go-to junior in Northern Ireland and for any heavyweight case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Head and shoulders above anyone else in the environmental field with a truly excellent forensic criminal acumen and understanding of the trial process.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A fearless advocate, who charms courts with his robust but affable style.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is β€˜one of the most respected and established criminal sets, with real strength in depth for serious cases’. Areas of work include boiler room scams, money laundering cases, as well as more sophisticated corporate frauds. Richard Whittam QC (prosecuting), with Christine Agnew QC (defending the acquitted), were instructed in a private prosecution brought by DAS against several of its former employees and officers; the case concerned alleged diversion of work to companies secretly controlled by the directors and resulted in the company’s former CEO being sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Her commanding courtroom manner is a major plus.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Utterly tenatious, with a deftness of touch that can catch out prosecutors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A real safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has a detailed knowledge of navigating precedented issues before the criminal courts.’

Ranked: tier 2

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜One of the big beasts of the criminal Bar – when he speaks, everyone listens.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has a lovely manner which is as effective on difficult clients as it is on a jury.’

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Good with clients and judges alike.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Highly strategic, a good team worker, confident and intelligent: all the important skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dean George - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Always completely prepared and on top of his case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Baker - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very bright, a quick worker, a good lawyer and good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He can be trusted to deal with cross-examination and legal submissions in complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Bright, tactically astute and a great person to be in a case with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His background in banking makes him insightful in frauds involving traders and brokers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is very good in cross-examining difficult witnesses effectively but sympathetically.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles Langley - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has a natural way with clients and judges alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has the intellect and ability to go shoulder to shoulder with anyone out there.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A very astute lawyer with excellent judgement who relates well to clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Daniel - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He has an easy and charming manner, but is strategically effective behind the scenes too.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An extremely hardworking junior with great instincts and the ability to charm even the most grisly of prosecutors, judges or jurors.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row β€˜has amazing strength in depth with a regulatory offering that is up there with the best in the country’. Richard Matthews QC continues to act in proceedings arising from the death of a lawyer who was crushed by falling window frames, Jim Sturman QC is handling corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter prosecutions, and Christine Agnew QC is assisting with potential prosecutions arising from the Hillsborough tragedy.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is extremely calm under pressure; nothing ever fazes him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent advocate with a tremendous ability to explain complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An exceptional trial advocate who is fearless and tactically astute.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A highly skilled advocate with an exceptional ability to navigate through the most difficult of issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Eleanor Sanderson - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A rising star who is extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A hardworking junior who takes a methodical and sensible approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Austin Stoton - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He loves a challenging complex case and isn’t afraid to stand up to the opposition.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He is always impressively prepared and operates well under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A supremely confident performer whose charm and smoothness is extremely persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row’s Ian Stern QC successfully represented an optometrist in a High Court appeal against a strike off; the registrant did not refer a patient to a GP, resulting in the delayed diagnosis of a tumour, however, the GOC failed to take into account that he was due to retire.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He brings criminal experience to the tribunals with great effect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜He prosecutes optometrists and defends other medics.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Jamas Hodivala - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Scrupulously well prepared and unafraid to take on inventive lines of defence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford Row β€˜Very thorough, with a tenacious approach to his work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Demonstrating real strength in depth, 2 Bedford Row is β€˜one of the most respected and established criminal sets’ in the country and is able to take on the most serious of cases. However, it is also particularly strong in regulatory and health and safety matters thanks to its β€˜A-list collection’ of advocates. In a significant move Richard Kovalevsky QC left the independent Bar to join Stewarts Law LLP. Meanwhile, the service of the clerks’ room is β€˜excellent’ with all clerks going out of their way to accommodate solicitors and keeping β€˜the best interests of clients’ in mind. β€˜Exceptionally experienced’ senior clerk John Grimmer β€˜continues to excel and run a very professional set, which he does with aplomb’. Grimmer β€˜has set a high standard for a very long time’ and clerks Paul Rodgers and Lee Bartlett are β€˜following in the same mould’. The β€˜spot on’ Bartlett and Joe Martin are β€˜very honest and genuine’ about which barrister to instruct. Junior clerk Harry Potter is singled out as being β€˜polite, engaging and an effective communicator’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row fields two leading silks who are frequently active in high-profile corruption advisory work as well as sports disciplinary matters. Jim Sturman QC acted for Watford FC in an investigation by the English Football League into alleged forgery and non-compliance by the club; he also advised one company spotlighted by the US Department of Justice investigation into corruption at FIFA. Mark Milliken-Smith QC is also highly active in sport, particularly cricket and rugby: he sits on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Cricket Discipline Commission, and the RFU instructed him in two high-profile disciplinary cases.

Sport – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜A tremendous advocate with an incredible reputation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜An excellent cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

At 2 Bedford Row, Jim Sturman QC’s work includes cross-border sports corruption matters in jurisdictions across Asia.

Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row β€˜His practice includes heavyweight cross-border corporate crime.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

2 Bedford Row, which covers the gamut of criminal work in London, includes members with expertise in cross-border fraud, bribery and sanctions matters. Senior clerk John Grimmer is a key contact.

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