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Chambers of William Clegg QC

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

London Bar

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

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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 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

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Bedford Row

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

Michael Wolkind QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has a charismatic and engaging style.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford RowA skilled prosecutor and effective defender.

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

Christine Agnew QC - 2 Bedford RowAn outstanding advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford RowA devastating cross-examiner with a lovely manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe can give clear advice in a sensitive way.

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

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.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

Christopher Martin - 2 Bedford RowHe has an excellent rapport with juries, which results in exceptional outcomes.

Ranked: tier 2

Craig Rush - 2 Bedford RowA fearless, redoubtable defender possessed of a sharp wit.

Ranked: tier 2

David Patience - 2 Bedford RowHe prosecutes challenging cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Samuel Magee - 2 Bedford RowA regular in Northern Ireland – a busy, able and extremely hardworking practitioner.

Ranked: tier 2

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowHe prepares for his cases in a meticulous manner and presents his cases well before the court.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew McGee - 2 Bedford RowHe never fails to impress.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Saad - 2 Bedford RowPersonable and well-liked by his clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Langley - 2 Bedford RowAn excellent advocate who commands respect inside and outside court.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Conway - 2 Bedford RowInstructed in murder cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Jacqueline Carey - 2 Bedford RowTotally in control of the hearing.

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Oakley - 2 Bedford RowShe definitely has that extra something that works.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Levy - 2 Bedford RowA strong court presence, and good with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Barraclough - 2 Bedford RowHardworking, bright and an accomplished advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowShe works hard to get her clients the result they need.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowA persuasive client who is well-liked by his clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
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

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

2 Bedford Row

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

Jim Sturman QC - 2 Bedford RowHe is extremely responsive, with an excellent client manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Milliken-Smith QC - 2 Bedford RowHe provides clear advice in a sensitive manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Whittam QC - 2 Bedford RowHe has incredible experience in fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Vaughan QC - 2 Bedford RowHighly recommended for a wide range of fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 3

William Clegg QC - 2 Bedford RowA jury-charmer extraordinaire.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1
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

Ashraf Khan - 2 Bedford RowHe has a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Kevin Toomey - 2 Bedford RowHis background in finance makes him an excellent choice for any fraud case.

Ranked: tier 3

Stan Reiz - 2 Bedford RowHe exudes calm confidence, assuredly navigating cases through sometimes choppy waters.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Hammond - 2 Bedford RowA persuasive advocate who really fights for his clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Daniel - 2 Bedford RowVery assured on his feet.

Ranked: tier 4

Vedrana Pehar - 2 Bedford RowShe can very quickly gain the confidence of difficult clients.

Ranked: tier 4

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

2 Bedford Row

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

Eleanor Sanderson - 2 Bedford RowA very responsive and hands-on barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Shauna Ritchie - 2 Bedford RowDiligent, excellent with clients, and gets to the heart of a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Austin Stoton - 2 Bedford RowIncredibly bright, very practical, and a fighter.

Ranked: tier 4

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Police law (defendant)
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

2 Bedford Row

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

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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

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Sport
Leading Silks

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

Ranked: tier 1

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