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2 Bedford Row
Chambers of William Clegg QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
2 Bedford Row is home to an 'excellent' group of barristers all with established expertise in the field of financial crime; the set's members are particularly well known for appearing in a number of high-profile cases concerning international corruption and bribery. In this space, William Clegg QC represented Graham Hill, a former official for Alstom Network UK, in the long-running case concerning alleged payment of bribes to secure contracts in a number of countries; Hill was acquitted of the charges.
Crime Tier 1
A set 'packed with heavyweights and juniors with potential', 2 Bedford Row prosecutes some of the most complex criminal cases, with a track record of some of the high-profile sexual offence cases in recent years. Brian Altman QC prosecuted Russell Bishop in a retrial concerning the "Babes in the Wood" murders in 1986 – Bishop, who was already serving a life sentence for a separate attempted murder of a girl, was acquitted in 1987 of the offences. Among the juniors, Christopher Martin represented a man who was acquitted on sexual assault charges following a practical joke at a birthday party in a case which attracted media attention in part because the defendant was a former public schoolboy; Craig Rush successfully represented a mother who, after drowning her 7-year-old son in the bath, was found not guilty by reason of insanity; and Nick Barraclough secured the sole acquital in case containing 11 defendants; the case concerned the importation of cocaine to South Wales by Albanian organised crime – the convicted defendants received sentences totalling 116 years. In addition, work with national security implications is one area of expertise for the set, with a number of members prosecuting terrorism cases, as well as handling military-related cases both for the defence and prosecution in civilian courts, and defence work in courts-martial.
Fraud: crime Tier 1
2 Bedford Row has an established reputation for being 'fantastic for heavyweight crime and fraud' with 'incredible strength in depth of counsel'. Corporate frauds, VAT and tax evasion, boiler room scams, and money laundering cases feature prominently in the set's workload. New silk Dean George QC (as a junior) was instructed for the defence in a fuel tax evasion fraud, concerning alleged purchase of agricultural fuel, which has a lower taxable duty payable on it, which was then delivered to UK petrol stations to be sold as non-agricultural fuel.
Sport Tier 1
Health and safety Tier 2
2 Bedford Row ‘has a strong presence and pedigree in the health and safety field’, according to clients. Of particular note, Richard Matthews QC and Christine Agnew QC have been handling the prosecution of David Duckenfield, former match commander during the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, concerning 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter. In April 2019, a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case. In June 2019 it was announced that Duckenfield will face a retrial.
Police law (defendant) Tier 2
2 Bedford Row’s members represent doctors, optometrists, and dentists, among other healthcare professionals, before their relevant regulatory body. Before the General Optical Council, Ian Stern QC is representing Honey Rose, an optometrist who was formerly convicted of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of an eight-year-old boy after the defendant failed to spot a serious eye condition during a routine check-up; Rose's criminal conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2017 on the basis of reasonable foreseeability in cases of gross negligence manslaughter.
Environment Tier 4
‘Powerhouse’, ‘blue chip’ chambers 2 Bedford Row is ‘the Rolls-Royce of criminal sets’, ‘bursting with heavyweight counsel’, and ‘packed full of talented juniors with bags of potential’. In addition to its expertise in fraud and business and regulatory crime, the set also has ‘a strong presence and pedigree’ in the field of health and safety law. When asked how the set could improve, one solicitor replied: ‘Short of cloning some of its members to make them more available, it is hard to say.’ In recent chambers news, Dean George QC took silk in 2019 and Brian Altman QC continues to act as lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; Jamas Hodivala joined Matrix Chambers. The busy clerks’ room provides ‘a strong personal service’ under the leadership of ‘model’ senior clerk John Grimmer, who is ‘a master of the craft’ and combines ‘the very best traditions of the old-fashioned clerk (approachable, good humoured, and diplomatic) with the sharpest business brain going’; ‘his own high standards are maintained by the clerks he manages because he simply won’t tolerate anything less’. The ‘excellent’ Paul Rogers is ‘very knowledgeable, efficient and helpful’; the ‘enthusiastic’ Lee Bartlett is ‘approachable, professional, and supportive’, ‘quickly resolving any problems that arise’; and ‘go-to’ clerk Joe Martin is ‘attentive, dedicated, and always willing go that extra mile’. Offices in: London
Chambers of William Clegg QC > Firm Profile
Clients of 2 Bedford Row benefit from the knowledge, expertise and support of one of the country’s leading criminal and regulatory sets. Committed to all aspects of criminal law, the set advises and represents clients in a wide variety of proceedings and investigations, from high-profile fraud and murder cases, to health and safety and professional disciplinary proceedings. Members have appeared in the ICTY in The Hague, the ECtHR, Privy Council, House of Lords (Supreme Court), Court of Appeal, Administrative Court and all courts and tribunals of first instance, as well as public inquiries, sports disciplinary tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sports. An increasing volume of the setâs work is international and members attend hearings around the globe.
The set: 2 Bedford Row serves a variety of clients, spanning national governments, international companies, local authorities and other public bodies, regulators, trade unions, and professional and sporting authorities, as well as individuals. It can call upon the combined expertise of 16 Queens Counsel and 59 juniors, including a Deputy High Court Judge, chambers has been home to two chairmen of the Bar Council and two chairmen of the Criminal Bar Association, senior treasury counsel, standing counsel to the Health and Safety Executive, and a number of recorders. Supporting them is a clerking team recognised by the leading publications as one of the best in the country.
Types of work undertaken:Crime: as one of the acknowledged Magic Circle criminal sets, 2 Bedford Row has an outstanding track record in high-profile trials, including corporate crimes and war crimes. Examples include News International phone hacking case for numerous individuals; Sgt Danny Nightingale; Levi Bellfield (Milly Dowler murder); Corporal Lee Clegg; the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster; the Hatfield, Potters Bar and Tebay rail disasters; Copeland (Brixton nail bomber); Michael Stone; Colin Stagg; Tony Martin; Stephen Lawrence; Kenneth Noye (M25 murder); Barry George; and Vincent Taback (Joanna Yeates murder).
Fraud: criminal fraud is an important part of the set workload. Its members have appeared in complex, high-profile cases, including Asil Nadir, BAE, R v George & Ors, Operation Condor, Jubilee Line, Pharmaceuticals, Torex, Brent Walker, Cheney Pensions, Independent Insurance, Izodia plc, Levitt, Mabey & Johnson, and Robinsons (Solicitors).
Health and safety: 2 Bedford Row has particular expertise in health and safety enforcement work, including corporate and involuntary manslaughter, particularly in the construction and transport industries, Richard Matthews QC co-authors the leading textbook on the subject. Highlights include the Buncefield Oil Refinery fire, Chargot Ltd, R v Friskies Petcare (UK), R v Colthrop Board Mills, HSE v Nishimatsu Construction Company, HSE v ConocoPhilips; Balfour Beatty and the Hillsborough Inquests.
Professional and disciplinary tribunals: over the years the set members have developed an intuitive understanding of how professional bodies think, which allows them to tailor their advocacy for the greatest effect. They represent professionals before the GMC, GOC, GDC and SDT, among others, as well as acting for professional bodies themselves.
Financial services regulation: the team has considerable experience in FCA, SFO, DBE and HM Revenue & Customs investigations, prosecutions and appeals. Clients benefit in particular from the renowned advocacy skills that the team brings to proceedings.
Inquests and public inquiries: the regulatory group assists clients before coronersâ inquests and public inquiries, providing high-quality advice and representation. Examples include the de Menezes, Stephen Lawrence, Victoria Climbie, Shipman, Ashwood Special Hospital and Duggan inquiries.
Sports law: members also frequently appear before professional sporting tribunals, notably in premiership football but also in athletics, rugby and cricket, and represent many individual athletes and players.
International work: the set members have undertaken work in the US, West Indies, Middle East, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and most of mainland Europe. They can work in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Krio (Sierra Leone), Russian and Serbo-Croat.
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|Senior clerk||John Grimmer|
|First junior clerk||Paul Rodgers|
|Members of Chambers||CLEGG QC, William (1972)|
|Members of Chambers||STURMAN QC, Jim (1982)|
|Members of Chambers||GODFREY QC, Howard (1970)|
|Members of Chambers||GRIFFITHS QC, Peter (1970)|
|Members of Chambers||WOLKIND QC, Michael (1976)|
|Members of Chambers||KOVALEVSKY QC, Richard (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||AYLING QC, Tracy (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||STERN QC, Ian (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||MILLIKEN-SMITH QC, Mark (1986)|
|Members of Chambers||ALTMAN QC, Brian (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||WHITTAM QC, Richard (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||MATTHEWS QC, Richard (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||ARMSTRONG QC, Dean (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||VULLO QC, Stephen (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||VAUGHAN QC, Kieran (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||VULLO QC, Stephen (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||AGNEW QC, Christine (1992)|
|Member of Chambers||GREEN QC, Sam (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||SWEET QC, Louise (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||BEHARRYLAL QC, Anand (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||CONWAY, Charles (1969)|
|Members of Chambers||INGRAM, Nigel (1972)|
|Members of Chambers||HALSEY, Mark (1972)|
|Members of Chambers||CAUDLE, John (1976)|
|Members of Chambers||ABELL, Anthony (1977)|
|Members of Chambers||GILBERT, Barry (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||DODD, Margaret (1979)*|
|Members of Chambers||HAYNES, Michael (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||LEVY, Michael (1979)|
|Members of Chambers||LIVINGSTON, John (1980)|
|Members of Chambers||DONNELLY, John (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||KING, Gelaga (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||KENDAL, Timothy (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||McMEEKIN, Ian (1987)*|
|Members of Chambers||RUSH, Craig (1989)|
|Members of Chambers||BARRACLOUGH, Nick (1990)|
|Members of Chambers||HAMMOND, Sean (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||FERGUSON, Stephen (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||CHARBIT, Valerie (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||BUDWORTH, Adam (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||EPSTEIN, Michael (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||HURLOCK, John (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||FERRY-SWAINSON, Richard (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||COMPTON, Allan (1994)|
|Member of Chambers||STEIN, Alex (1998)|
|Member of Chambers||DINEEN, Maria (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||BEHARRYLAL, Anand (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||HODIVALA, Jamas (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||BAKER, Simon (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||KHAN, Ashraf (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||McGEE, Andrew (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||CAREY, Jacqueline (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||LANGLEY, Charles (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||KING, Emma (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||GARSON, Robert (1999)*|
|Members of Chambers||HUNT, Quentin (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||RITCHIE, Shauna (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||LLEWELLYN-WATERS, Hanna (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||OAKLEY, Louise (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||POWER, Archangelo (2001)|
|Members of Chambers||GEORGE, Dean (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRISON, James (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||MAGEE, Samuel (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||TOOMEY, Kevin (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||SINGH, Sandesh (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||SANDERSON, Eleanor (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||BONEHILL, Nick (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||STOTON, Austin (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||MARTIN, Christopher (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||MILNER, Jonas (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||PEHAR, Vedrana (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Michael (2008)*|
|Members of Chambers||DANIEL, Thomas (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||PATIENCE, David (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||SAAD, Christopher (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||EWINGS, David (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS, Sam (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||BREWER, Charlotte (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||WARD, Jessica (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Helen (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||SWEETLAND, Lucy (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||* Associate tenant|
|Nick Barraclough (1990)|
2 Bedford Row is committed to providing equal opportunities and promoting diversity. This is evidenced by the diverse ethnic and social backgrounds of members, staff and clients (lay and professional). All job applicants, employees, members, other barristers and clients (lay and professional) receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age.
Top Tier Set Rankings
- London Bar Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
- London Bar Crime
- London Bar Fraud: crime
- London Bar Sport