Set Profile > Chambers of William Clegg QC > London, England

Chambers of William Clegg QC
2 Bedford Row

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowCorporate clients love his ability to cut straight to the heart of a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowA maestro of advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has an incredible legal and tactical brain.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has enormous experience of corporate and regulatory cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowA junior who is as good as any silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Brian Altman QC - 2 Bedford RowOne of the most formidable prosecution counsel in the country.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowThe best criminal advocate in the business.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Vullo QC - 2 Bedford RowA very attractive jury advocate; fearless in pursuit of his lay client's interests.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford RowA skilled prosecutor and effective defender.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Wolkind QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has a charismatic and engaging style.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowAn outstanding advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tracy Ayling QC - 2 Bedford RowA measured, calculated and authoritative advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowA jury charmer extraordinaire.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe can give clear advice in a sensitive way.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford RowA devastating cross-examiner with a lovely manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowVery accomplished, with lots of experience.
Ranked: Tier 3
Louise Sweet QC - 2 Bedford RowBrilliant with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

2018 Silks

Anand Beharrylal QC - 2 Bedford RowA charming advocate who is able to make the most difficult submissions compelling.

2019 Silks

Dean George QC - 2 Bedford RowTactically astute and a master in cross-examination.

Leading Juniors

Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford RowHe has the rare ability to never be fazed by the hurdles faced in a criminal trial.
Ranked: Tier 1
Samuel Magee - 2 Bedford RowA regular in Northern Ireland – a busy, able and extremely hardworking practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford RowHe has an excellent rapport with juries, which results in exceptional outcomes.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Patience - 2 Bedford RowHe prosecutes challenging cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Craig Rush - 2 Bedford RowA fearless, redoubtable defender possessed of a sharp wit.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nick Barraclough - 2 Bedford RowHardworking, bright and an accomplished advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jacqueline Carey - 2 Bedford RowTotally in control of the hearing.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Conway - 2 Bedford RowInstructed in murder cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowA persuasive client who is well-liked by his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowHe prepares for his cases in a meticulous manner and presents his cases well before the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Langley - 2 Bedford RowAn excellent advocate who commands respect inside and outside court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Levy - 2 Bedford RowA strong court presence, and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford RowHe never fails to impress.
Ranked: Tier 3
Louise Oakley - 2 Bedford RowShe definitely has that extra something that works.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowShe works hard to get her clients the result they need.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford RowPersonable and well-liked by his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowShe never shies away from a fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe provides clear advice in a sensitive manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowHe is extremely responsive, with an excellent client manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has incredible experience in fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowA jury-charmer extraordinaire.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford RowHighly recommended for a wide range of fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Dean George QC - 2 Bedford RowAn outstanding advocate for fraud work.

Leading Juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowA great technical lawyer; he is as good as any silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Baker - 2 Bedford RowHe guts, analyses and organises a case in record time.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alastair Smith - 2 Bedford RowAn iron fist in a velvet glove.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowHe has a great eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford RowHe exudes calm confidence, assuredly navigating cases through sometimes choppy waters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford RowHis background in finance makes him an excellent choice for any fraud case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Daniel - 2 Bedford RowVery assured on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowA persuasive advocate who really fights for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford RowShe can very quickly gain the confidence of difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sport Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford Row'An absolute master of cross-examination and reading a tribunal.
Ranked: 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.

Leading Silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford RowFrighteningly intelligent and a true leader.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowA tactically astute and level-headed silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowA ferocious advocate with remarkable subtlety when required.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford RowA fearless advocate who knows how to win a trial.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowDiligent, excellent with clients, and gets to the heart of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eleanor Sanderson - 2 Bedford RowA very responsive and hands-on barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3
Austin Stoton - 2 Bedford RowIncredibly bright, very practical, and a fighter.
Ranked: Tier 4

Police law (defendant) Tier 2

Leading Silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowThe epitome of a velvet glove, unyielding when needed yet charming.
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Ian Stern QC - 2 Bedford RowA very polished advocate whose measured style belies the hard work he puts into his preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowA first-rate brain with gravitas.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Timothy Kendal - 2 Bedford RowRecommended for representing solicitors, accountants and insolvency practitioners before regulators.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sam Thomas - 2 Bedford RowHe has expertise in acting for professionals and regulators in the healthcare sector.
Ranked: Tier 4

Environment Tier 4

Leading Silks

Richard Matthews QC - 2 Bedford RowThere is no one better on the law and he has excellent judgement – particularly when dealing with judges on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

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


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 set’s 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 coroners’ 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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Department Name Email Telephone
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)
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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.