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The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court
London
WC1R 5EF
England

Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

The 36 Group is a ‘good all-round chambers’ with a set of ‘good quality advocates’ and strong presence in the Midlands circuit. Mary Prior KC is ‘particularly good at questioning vulnerable witnesses’ and recently handled a murder case involving complex medical evidence. Sarah Gaunt handled a case of a widescale and country-wide sophisticated ATM theft conspiracy. Nadeem Holland prosecuted and convicted a thirteen-defendant drug conspiracy case, in which all defendants were convicted. Samuel Skinner is an ‘ambitious and astute lawyer with excellent judgement’ and prosecuted around 109 defendants in dozens of linked trials of conspiracy to supply drugs. Mary Loram KC and William Harbage KC, as were, have been appointed circuit judges, based in Chelmsford and Nottingham respectively.

Leading Silks

Mary Prior KCThe 36 Group ‘Mary is a powerful and compelling advocate whose emotional intelligence and empathy give her a real tactical advantage, whether she prosecutes or defends. She is 100% committed to her cases, and her work is outstanding.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Sarah GauntThe 36 GroupCertainly the one you want on your side.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Nadeem HollandThe 36 Group 'Calm, thorough, formidable advocate, meticulous case preparation.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah KnightThe 36 Group ‘Sarah is engaged by the prosecuting authorities on difficult and sensitive cases for good reason- sympathetic and closely attuned to the demands that they place on counsel.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Samuel SkinnerThe 36 Group ‘Samuel has a thorough and assured grasp of law and procedure. He has excellent judgment and an unerring sense of the key issues in a case. He is meticulous in his preparation, and his courtroom advocacy is fluent and robust. He is always polite and respectful with opponents, colleagues, judges, and court staff.’  
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Fraser – The 36 Group ‘Claire's ability to pick up work at short notice and get to the root of the issues is astounding. She has a way with clients which is delightful in often difficult circumstances.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set 

‘The 36 Group is a well-managed multi-disciplinary set with a traditionally strong presence on the Midland Circuit.’ 

‘The 36 Group has a very solid cadre of silks and many of their juniors are either leading or being led in cases of note across the country.’ 

‘The 36 Group is a very organised and well-respected chamber which produces advocates of the highest standard.’ 

‘The 36 Group is a leading group of chambers. Their members are all well regarded, and it has especial expertise in the more serious cases of homicide, cybercrime and fraud, gang related offending and significant sexual violence. Members are sought after and work nationally.’ 

‘The 36 Group is very helpful, very accommodating, always keeping us up to date, constant communication, offering training programs and legal updates.’ 

Clerking

‘The senior clerk Michelle Simpson always goes above and beyond to try and accommodate the solicitors’ demands.’ 

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

The 36 Group is a ‘very strong set with a depth of experience’ and ‘always willing to go over and above to help out’. Hannah Markham KC is a ‘fearless and passionate’ advocate who regularly represents parents in difficult and intractable private law matters, including those with cross-jurisdictional matters and complex factual issues. William Tyler KC is ‘one of the best in the business’ and acts for high-net-worth clients in difficult and sensitive private law disputes, such as child arrangements and relocation. Martin Kingerley KC is admired for his ‘crystal clear advocacy’ and is an expert in the law relating to assisted reproduction and surrogacy. Kate Grieve is a ‘meticulous and thoughtful advocate’ and regularly appears in children law matters in the High Court. Kate Tompkins has expertise in cases related to parental alienation and those with issues of diplomatic immunity.

Leading Silks

Hannah Markham KCThe 36 Group ‘Hannah is a fearless advocate. Her cross-examination is first class, and she can turn around a case through her diligence, preparation and advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 2
William Tyler KCThe 36 Group 'William is the best private law children barrister. His advocacy in court is persuasive and able to make the most complex cases seem simple. His written work is some of the best around too. He is the go to for the most complex of children cases.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Kingerley KCThe 36 Group ‘Martin is a very strong children barrister, and his advocacy is outstanding. He has a huge amount of gravitas in a court room, and excellent cross-examination.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Kate GrieveThe 36 Group ‘Kate is very strong and robust advocate and always does her best for the client. She is always willing to help and work with the solicitors to achieve the best outcome for the clients. She gives very firm and sound advice to the clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate TompkinsThe 36 Group ‘Kate is very approachable and always has a good rapport with clients. She has good communication skills and demonstrates consistently good advocacy skills. She works well with solicitors and clients and has a good attention to detail, documentation and preparation for hearings.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Joanne Ecob The 36 Group ‘Joanna quickly gets to grips with the case and can rapidly identify all germane issues. She is of considerable intellectual ability and has a great wealth of experience on which she draws. She has a great compassion toward parent clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
George HarleyThe 36 Group ‘George handles a difficult client well, and his cross-examination of a social worker is skilled and effective.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Fenella CooilThe 36 Group ‘Fenella is a phenomenal children's barrister. She is extremely focused, great at quickly getting into the detail of cases, and brilliant on her feet. Clients feel she really advocates on their behalf and gives sensible and pragmatic advice.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Kelly WebbThe 36 Group ‘Kelly works very hard for her clients and is well respected by judges.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set  

‘36 Family are an incredibly strong set.’

‘All the advocates at 36 Family are strong and robust advocates.’

‘36 Family is an excellent set with high quality barristers in children law.’

‘36 Group is the go-to set and it has a range of talented counsel available.’

‘36 Group is a highly experienced group of barristers and has strength in numbers in relation to private children law cases.’

‘36 Family is a superb set of chambers.’  

Clerking

Work highlights

    London Bar > Commodities Tier 3

    The 36 Group ‘has a good range of counsel and is a strong set with heavyweight barristers’. Within the group, 36 Stone is a dedicated commodities, shipping and international trade set, members of which have extensive experience in shipping and commodities contractual documents including bills of lading, charterparties, contracts of affreightment and commodities issues arising in shipping contexts. Their work spans all manner of commodities cases in the civil courts, arbitrations, inquiries, and other tribunals in the UK and overseas. Vasanti Selvaratnam KC is the set’s most prominent silk and she handled a SIAC arbitration concerning supplies of Russian coal to Korean buyers, raising legal and expert issues as to whether buyers has a contractual right of cancellation. Ravi Aswani, who has extensive experience in GAFTA and FOSFA arbitrations, and Charles Debattista are among the most visible juniors in the commodities area.

    Leading Silks

    Vasanti Selvaratnam KC - The 36 Group ‘An extremely hardworking and powerful advocate - both in writing and orally – and a strong cross-examiner who is at the very top of her field.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Charles DebattistaThe 36 Group ‘He has an outstanding intellect, his submissions carry real authority, and he is tenacious and fights his client's corner with the utmost charm.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Thoughtful, very thorough and user friendly, he has a very good grasp of the details and provides clear advocacy.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Mark JonesThe 36 Group ‘Intellectually very able, he sees both the legal and commercial issues, and never has a problem answering a question.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Francis Hornyold-Strickland - The 36 Group 'An extremely bright lawyer and great advocate who presents arguments with ease and confidence.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 3

    The 36 Group is ‘a brilliant set with undoubtedly high quality throughout the set from the juniors to the seniors’. Andrzej Bojarski is ‘detailed, meticulous, and a brilliant barrister who cuts through complex issues quickly’ and has extensive experience in handling family finance and related Chancery matters. Niki Langridge is praised for her ‘creative and tenacious advocacy, incredible attention to detail, and encyclopedic knowledge’ and handles cases involving complex factual or legal elements, business assets, and third-party interests. Christopher Carr is ‘a creative strategic thinker who focuses on delivering a solution in complex and demanding circumstances’ and specialises in family finance cases, mostly in the Central Family Court. ‘Brilliant tactician’ Rhys Taylor has ‘first-class knowledge of the law’ and is regularly instructed in high-value cases involving complex company and trust structures, often with international elements.

    Leading Juniors

    Andrzej BojarskiThe 36 Group ‘Andrzej is a very technical barrister and capable of dealing with the most complex of issues. He is very cerebral, patient and calm under even extreme pressure. He has a nice manner with clients and is one of the most well respected part time judges.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Niki LangridgeThe 36 Group ‘Niki is a stand out expert in her field. She is insightful and focuses on what really matters to a client. She strategizes to find a way through even the most muddiest of waters. She puts clients at ease within minutes of meeting her and has a remarkable legal mind and recall for detail. She gives realistic and firm advice from an early stage in a case.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Rhys TaylorThe 36 Group ‘Rhys is an excellent barrister and he has a fabulous way of getting his client's case across to the judge. He is full of knowledge and always has the relevant cases to hand to support his legal arguments.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Christopher Carr  –The 36 Group ‘Chris has an amazing eye for detail with a calm and thoughtful approach. He is very good in court if the matter proceeds to trial. and always fights hard for a client.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Sabuhi ChaudhryThe 36 Group ‘Sabuhi is an outstanding advocate who expertly pleads her case and effectively counters the arguments of her opponent. Her thorough preparation gives clients confidence at a time where emotions run high.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Gwynfor EvansThe 36 Group ‘Gwyn is exceptionally bright and always well-prepared. He is incredibly hard-working and wins and maintains client trust with his attention to detail and his pragmatic approach. He is good on his feet and very supportive.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Gerald WilsonThe 36 Group ‘Gerald is a very accomplished and all round barrister with oodles of experience. He has excellent analytical skills and clearly enjoys advocacy. He is not frightened to stand up to judges questioning but always comes across reasonably.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘The 36 Group is a strong family set. Barrister have a wealth of knowledge and this includes those newly called to the bar as they are able to call upon the advice and expertise of more senior members of chambers. Counsel are willing to provide assistance on issues of practice or law even if not instructed at that moment in time.’

    ‘The 36 Group is a brilliant chambers with amazing ability throughout. It is very strong on the financial side and the silks in chambers are remarkably good on the children side.’

    ‘The 36 Group is a a fantastic set with a huge range of counsel covering all areas of family law at every level of seniority.’

    ‘The 36 Group is a go to chambers for complex matters. They have the skill set and ability to handle a broad range of matters.’

    ‘The 36 Group is a very good chambers for finance work in particular. It offer a lot of seminars and training events.’

    ‘The 36 Group is a solid set as a whole with strength across the various aspects of family law.’

    Clerking

    London Bar > Shipping Tier 3

    Shipping and international trade set The 36 Group features extensive experience representing clients involved in maritime matters including bills of lading, charterparties, and contracts of affreightment. The set is also known for its sanctions work as well as issues arising in the offshore and energy sectors. The infamous incident of the Ever Given, a container ship which got stuck in the Suez Canal in March 2021 to much media attention, is present in both the practices of Elizabeth Blackburn KC and Vasanti Selvaratnam KC, the latter is also involved in the Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge, the first maritime collision liability case to reach the Supreme Court. Elsewhere, Mark Jones represented commodities trader Guvnor and their cargo underwriters in Herculito Maritime Ltd & Ors v. Gunvor International BV & Ors, a case in the wake of the hijacking and holding of a tanker and crew by Somali pirates.

    Leading Silks

    Elizabeth Blackburn KCThe 36 Group ‘Without a doubt one of, if not the, leading practitioners on Lloyd's Open Form salvage cases.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Vasanti Selvaratnam KCThe 36 Group ‘An extremely gifted advocate who is tenacious and fights her corner with gusto.’
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Leading Juniors

    Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘Ravi is a sharp barrister, fights every corner as if it was his own and always goes the extra mile.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Rachel ToneyThe 36 GroupResponsive and effective. Her submissions are focused and compelling.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Charles DebattistaThe 36 Group 'Charles has an outstanding intellect and his submissions carry real authority.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Mark JonesThe 36 Group 'He sees and helps with both the legal and commercial issues -an advantage of having been a solicitor before becoming a barrister.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Francis Hornyold-Strickland  – The 36 Group 'Incredible attention to detail and thinks outside the box. A solution-focused individual.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘They remain a solid choice especially for wet work.’

    ‘A friendly, skilled and first class set. They have in particular an exceptional depth of talent in the admiralty and salvage market.’

    ‘The range of expertise is impressive and well varied.’

    ‘A strong shipping set.’

    London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

    London Bar > Crime

    Leading Silks

    John Cammegh KC – The 36 Group ‘John is very approachable and has an understanding of lay clients’ needs. He has a knack of communicating very well with clients and as a result gets the best of instructions from clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Diana Wilson – The 36 Group ‘Diana is a skilful advocate, she has good tactical judgement and is persuasive in argument.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Sally Hobson – The 36 Group ‘Sally is an expert at reading clients’ needs and responding to them in a way that instantly disarms and places them at ease.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Nadeem Holland – The 36 Group ‘Nadeem speaks with a quiet authority and in way which both juries and judges find attractive.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    London Bar > Fraud: crime

    London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

    Leading Silks

    Vasanti Selvaratnam KCThe 36 Group ‘A fluent advocate with a pleasant, easy-going style which has a persuasive effect on Judges and Tribunals.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Leading Juniors

    Ravi AswaniThe 36 Group ‘An excellent counsel and his advice is clear and precise. Extremely knowledgeable on arbitration practice and procedure.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Francis Hornyold-Strickland  - The 36 Group 'Francis is a delight to work with. He is extremely personable, which means he is excellent at striking up a rapport with Tribunals. He is very creative and imaginative in his approach to structuring a case.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

    Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

    Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'Marisa is very detailed, diligent, responsive and pragmatic, and builds great rapport with clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

    Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'She has a frightening intellect and an ability to quickly assimilate facts and figures. Her calm and reassuring presence belies her amazing advocacy skills.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Western Circuit > Family and children law

    Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

    Deborah Dinan-Hayward - The 36 Group 'An excellent advocate who is well respected by the judiciary. She is calm and collected, pragmatic and inspires confidence in clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

    Leading Juniors

    Eric FrippThe 36 GroupAn immigration expert, with a wide range of expertise in nationality, PBS, family-based routes, human rights applications, complex deportation, and judicial review and Court of Appeals work.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 4

    South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

    Leading Juniors

    Ranked: Tier 2
    Sally HobsonThe 36 Group ‘Sally is a talented and brilliant barrister. She is fearless, firm, and persistent. She can reach the heart of the issue with excellent judgement, the correct pitch, and the power of true experience.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

    Leading Juniors

    Rachel ToneyThe 36 Group ‘Rachel has a truly awesome ability to master a brief in diverse areas of practice. Her written advocacy is rapier sharp and highly persuasive. Moreover, she is completely fearless, works unbelievably hard and is extremely tactically astute.'  
    Ranked: Tier 3

    London Bar > International crime and extradition

    Leading Juniors

    David Ball 36 Group ‘David is very hard-working and conscientious. He is very knowledgeable about human rights issues.'
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 2

    Reputable set36 Stone is well-known for its commercial, shipping and international trade disputes. Colin Ong QCis in his element when handling complex disputes‘ with particular experience in the energy sector; he is also admitted to practice in Brunei and Singapore. Ravi Aswani stands out for his ‘good skill and understanding of cross border disputes and alternative dispute redressal mechanisms‘.

    Leading Silks

    Colin Ong QC36 StoneHe is lethal in his case strategy and as a cross-examiner; he is surgical sharp like a par excellence surgeon, though he is indeed a doctor of law.
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Ravi Aswani 36 Stone ‘He is very quick in understanding the relevant and core issues involved in a dispute and find legal arguments to support a case.
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Testimonials

    Set

    Reputable set.

    Clerking

    Very good service.’

    Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities Tier 2

    36 Stone has a ‘long and distinguished history’ in the Asia Pacific region when it comes to shipping and international trade matters. Its members have extensive experience in the full range of shipping disputes relating to contractual documents, as well as regulatory mandates such as collision and environmental issues. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC embraces all aspects of maritime law, including both wet and dry shipping law matters, while Colin Wright maintains a strong reputation in Hong Kong (where he is also a member of Gilt Chambers), appearing in carriage of goods and international trade arbitrations and litigation.

    Leading Silks

    Vasanti Selvaratnam QC – 36 StoneNoted for her impressive written work, strategy and analysis.
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Leading Juniors

    Colin Wright36 StoneA strong advocate who has excellent knowledge in this area of the law.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ravi Aswani 36 StoneHis written work is detailed, accurate and commercially sound.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Mary Thomson - 36 StoneBased full-time in Hong Kong and is also well-connected in Singapore.
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Very experienced set with a long and distinguished history, particularly in admiralty and marine insurance law.’

    Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

    The 36 Group is a ‘good all-round chambers’ with a set of ‘good quality advocates’ and strong presence in the Midlands circuit. Mary Prior KC is ‘particularly good at questioning vulnerable witnesses’ and recently handled a murder case involving complex medical evidence. Sarah Gaunt handled a case of a widescale and country-wide sophisticated ATM theft conspiracy. Nadeem Holland prosecuted and convicted a thirteen-defendant drug conspiracy case, in which all defendants were convicted. Samuel Skinner is an ‘ambitious and astute lawyer with excellent judgement’ and prosecuted around 109 defendants in dozens of linked trials of conspiracy to supply drugs. Mary Loram KC and William Harbage KC, as were, have been appointed circuit judges, based in Chelmsford and Nottingham respectively.

    Leading Silks

    Mary Prior KCThe 36 Group ‘Mary is a powerful and compelling advocate whose emotional intelligence and empathy give her a real tactical advantage, whether she prosecutes or defends. She is 100% committed to her cases, and her work is outstanding.’  
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2

    2021 Silks

    Leading Juniors

    Sarah GauntThe 36 GroupCertainly the one you want on your side.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Nadeem HollandThe 36 Group 'Calm, thorough, formidable advocate, meticulous case preparation.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Sarah KnightThe 36 Group ‘Sarah is engaged by the prosecuting authorities on difficult and sensitive cases for good reason- sympathetic and closely attuned to the demands that they place on counsel.’ 
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Samuel SkinnerThe 36 Group ‘Samuel has a thorough and assured grasp of law and procedure. He has excellent judgment and an unerring sense of the key issues in a case. He is meticulous in his preparation, and his courtroom advocacy is fluent and robust. He is always polite and respectful with opponents, colleagues, judges, and court staff.’  
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Claire Fraser – The 36 Group ‘Claire's ability to pick up work at short notice and get to the root of the issues is astounding. She has a way with clients which is delightful in often difficult circumstances.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set 

    ‘The 36 Group is a well-managed multi-disciplinary set with a traditionally strong presence on the Midland Circuit.’ 

    ‘The 36 Group has a very solid cadre of silks and many of their juniors are either leading or being led in cases of note across the country.’ 

    ‘The 36 Group is a very organised and well-respected chamber which produces advocates of the highest standard.’ 

    ‘The 36 Group is a leading group of chambers. Their members are all well regarded, and it has especial expertise in the more serious cases of homicide, cybercrime and fraud, gang related offending and significant sexual violence. Members are sought after and work nationally.’ 

    ‘The 36 Group is very helpful, very accommodating, always keeping us up to date, constant communication, offering training programs and legal updates.’ 

    Clerking

    ‘The senior clerk Michelle Simpson always goes above and beyond to try and accommodate the solicitors’ demands.’ 

    Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

    Leading Silks

    Colin Ong QC36 StoneHe is a very charismatic advocate who is exceptionally creative and a genius-level strategist.
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

    Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

    Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'Marisa is very detailed, diligent, responsive and pragmatic, and builds great rapport with clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

    Marisa Allman  - The 36 Group 'She has a frightening intellect and an ability to quickly assimilate facts and figures. Her calm and reassuring presence belies her amazing advocacy skills.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

    Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

    Deborah Dinan-Hayward - The 36 Group 'An excellent advocate who is well respected by the judiciary. She is calm and collected, pragmatic and inspires confidence in clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

    Leading Juniors

    Ranked: Tier 2
    Sally HobsonThe 36 Group ‘Sally is a talented and brilliant barrister. She is fearless, firm, and persistent. She can reach the heart of the issue with excellent judgement, the correct pitch, and the power of true experience.’
    Ranked: Tier 3

    The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

    With over 180 barristers, mediators and arbitrators (including 16 King’s Counsel, 3 Senior Counsel from Ireland and South Africa, and a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India), as well as operations in Cyprus, Singapore and Hong Kong, The 36 Group is a truly international multi-specialist set. It assists domestic and international clients of all sizes and descriptions, from ambitious start-up to HNWs and global corporations. It has notable expertise in commercial law, crime, family, public law, shipping and arbitration. Its members regularly appear in high-profile cases in all courts, including numerous appearances over the past few years in the Supreme Court. The set has a growing number of barristers trained as arbitrators and mediators and can provide a full ADR service.

    Practitioners of The 36 Group offer specialist advice and advocacy at all levels of seniority within their expertise.

    • 36 Commercial: The commercial practice group consists of specialists in commercial, civil and Chancery law covering all aspects of contract, regulatory, company, insolvency, civil fraud and asset recovery, employment, property, private client, cyber, fraud and cryptocurrency, data, technology and art law. The members act in commercial, corporate, and international litigation, arbitration and mediation, It assists domestic and international clients of all sizes, from the entrepreneurial start-up to the multinational corporation. The team draws on considerable expertise of both contentious and transactional matters.
    • 36 Crime: The team have an outstanding track record conducting high-profile and complex cases across criminal and regulatory tribunals, both for the defence and for prosecuting authorities. Members regularly undertake cases ranging from murder, rape and sexual offences against children, drug offences including importation and distribution, to fraud, money laundering, corruption, civil and criminal seizure of assets and proceeds of crime. Within the crime team are teams with specific expertise and substantial experience in the growing fields of cybercrime, consumer and trading standards, extradition, health and safety, human trafficking and police disciplinary matters.
    • 36 Family: Over the last ten years the family team have become one of the leading sets of chambers for family law, both nationally and internationally. The team are organised into practice sub-groups specialising in all aspects of family law, including matrimonial finance, TOLATA, private and public children law (including modern families).
    • 36 Public and Human Rights: Members of 36 public and human rights have a reputation for dedication and professionalism, across a broad span of public law, with particular expertise in education law,  employment (in particular employees’ rights and unions), equalities law, housing, immigration and international migration laws including asylum/international protection and nationality, as well as broad competences in human rights and judicial review. The team takes on privately and publicly funded and pro bono work, including direct access work, in proceedings at all levels from the First-Tier Tribunal and Employment Tribunals to the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  Their work includes both actions on behalf of individuals and public interest policy challenges for NGOs and others across their areas of specialisation.  Members can assist readily across the full range of issues encountered by clients.
    • 36 Stone: The team is formed of barristers with industry-recognised expertise and market knowledge; delivering advocacy, advisory, and arbitration/mediation services in international commercial disputes involving, shipping (wet and dry), shipbuilding, yachts, international trade, commodities, and trade finance, energy, natural resources, and infrastructure, insurance and re-insurance, road, rail and air transport, commercial fraud and asset tracing, private international law, and general commercial disputes.

    Diversity and CSR: The 36 Group is one of the most diverse sets in the Bar with women constituting 42% of juniors and 30% of silks and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds ensuring that our client’s needs are exceeded on a daily basis.

    Education and outreach is equally important at The 36 Group. It has run a ground-breaking advocacy competition for final year degree. The students are judged wholly on their 3 minute video submissions with the top four candidates receiving a mini pupillage. It has an outreach programme for schools and colleges where members of chambers and staff talk with state-educated students about careers in law as a barrister, clerk or administrator.

    The 36 Group members and staff also undertake a great number of charitable endeavours, environmental and community initiatives including donating their time as board members of a variety of well-known charities to raise £millions for worthy causes.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Joint Head of Chambers Vasanti Selvaratman KC (1983, 2001)
    Joint Head of Chambers Dean Armstrong KC (1985, 2014)
    Joint Head of Chambers William Tyler KC (1996, 2014)
    Head of 36 Crime Christopher Donnellan KC (1981, 2008)
    Head of 36 Commercial Richard Wilson KC (1981, 2003)
    Head of 36 Family Hannah Markham KC (1998, 2016)
    Head of 36 Stone Charles Debattista (1978)
    Head of 36 Public Simon Harding (1998)
    Chief Operating Officer Rowen Caffull
    Practice Manager – 36 Commercial Steven Newbery
    Practice Manager – 36 Crime Michelle Simpson
    Practice Manager – 36 Family Danny Chapman
    Senior Clerk – 36 Public Everton Wedderburn
    Senior Clerk – 36 Stone Reiss Nott
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    Cameron Crowe photo Cameron CroweCameron is a specialist in four key areas: consumer law and trading…
    Philippa Daniels photo Philippa DanielsBarrister at 36 Bedford Row practising across the full range of chancery…
    Celso De Azevedo photo Celso De AzevedoCelso is a highly experienced international cyber, re/insurance and commercial dispute resolution…
    Jamie De Burgos photo Jamie De BurgosJamie is a barrister dealing with cases involving medical, including psychiatric, and…
    Charles Debattista photo Charles DebattistaCharles Debattista practises as counsel in the areas of dry shipping law,…
    Andrew Dinsmore photo Andrew DinsmoreAndrew is developing a broad commercial practice with particular emphasis on shipping,…
    Doran Doeh photo Doran DoehQualified in England as both a barrister and a solicitor, Doran has…
    Christopher Donnellan photo Christopher DonnellanChristopher Donnellan KC has extensive experience in defending and prosecuting serious crime…
    Joanne Ecob photo Joanne EcobJoanne Ecob specialises in all aspects of the law relating to children…
    Jane Elliott-Kelly photo Jane Elliott-KellyJane is a specialist immigration practitioner whose broad practice encompasses asylum, deportation,…
    Beheshteh Engineer photo Beheshteh EngineerBeheshteh joined both the 36 Crime and 36 Extradition teams as of…
    Gwynfor Evans photo Gwynfor EvansGwynfor Evans is a member of both the Chancery Bar Association and…
    Steven Evans photo Steven EvansBarrister specialising in crime, in particular defence practice. Serious sexual assaults, murder…
    Moeiz Farhan photo Moeiz FarhanBroad commercial and International arbitration practice. Before joining 36 Stone, Moeiz worked…
    Jessica Franses photo Jessica FransesJessica Franses is a commercial lawyer who spends most of her art…
    Claire Fraser photo Claire FraserClaire is an experienced, robust and determined advocate practicing exclusively in criminal…
    Eric Fripp photo Eric FrippEric Fripp has appeared in many leading cases concerning refugees, immigration, nationality,…
    Sarah Gaunt photo Sarah GauntSarah Gaunt is an experienced criminal practitioner specialising in cybercrime, international justice…
    Gillian Geddes photo Gillian GeddesGillian is highly experienced in all aspects of children law. Her practice…
    Charlotte Georges photo Charlotte GeorgesCharlotte  is a specialist family law barrister, specialising in children proceedings acting…
    Kate Grieve photo Kate GrieveKate Grieve is a Children’s Law practitioner. Ranked as a leading junior 5…
    Philip Hackett photo Philip HackettPhilip Hackett Q.C. specialises in financial regulation, civil and criminal fraud, international…
    Michael Haggar photo Michael HaggarMichael primarily practises in criminal law and extradition. Michael appears most frequently…
    Grace Hale photo Grace HaleA Grade 4 Prosecutor, Grace is one of the most sought after…
    John Hallissey photo John HallisseyJohn is a criminal law specialist whose practice is focussed upon serious…
    Dominic Happé photo Dominic HappéDominic Happé’s practice focuses on all aspects of international trade, particularly shipping…
    William Harbage photo William HarbageWilliam Harbage KC is a highly regarded advocate specialising in criminal and…
    Simon Harding photo Simon HardingSimon believes in giving clear, no nonsense strategic legal advice to companies…
    George Harley photo George HarleyChildren Act work is focused to private children case, in particular parental…
    David Herbert photo David HerbertDavid Herbert QC is a specialist in criminal law. He is a…
    Sally Hobson photo Sally HobsonSally is a senior criminal practitioner with a practice consisting predominantly of…
    Nadeem Holland photo Nadeem HollandNadeem’s practice focuses on cases of financial wrongdoing, serious organised crime and…
    Francis Hornyold-Strickland photo Francis Hornyold-StricklandBarrister, International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation. Francis has a broad commercial and international…
    Kathryn Hovington photo Kathryn HovingtonKathryn’s practice encompasses criminal law, extradition and international criminal law. She has…
    Andrew Howarth photo Andrew HowarthPrior to being called to the Bar Andrew worked in international banking…
    Kathryn Howarth photo Kathryn HowarthKathryn Howarth practices in domestic and international crime, extradition, public law and…
    Cecilia Hulse photo Cecilia HulseCecilia practises in Public Law, Asylum and Immigration Law and Employment Law.…
    Paul Infield photo Paul InfieldBarrister, arbitrator and mediator. Leading counsel in Birch v. Birch in the…
    Roxanne Iqbal-Clare photo Roxanne Iqbal-ClareRoxanne Iqbal-Clare (formerly Roxanne Aisthorpe) accepts instructions for both the defence and…
    Henry James photo Henry JamesHenry James has a busy practice. In recent years his caseload has…
    Emily James photo Emily JamesSpecialist family barrister. Emily is a specialist family law leading junior  who…
    Raphael Jesurum photo Raphael JesurumRaphael practises in asylum, immigration and nationality law. He appears regularly in…
    Charlotte Jewell photo Charlotte JewellCharlotte has been practising in family law since 1999. She specialises solely…
    Derek Johashen photo Derek JohashenAn experienced and senior criminal defence advocate who has been involved in…
    Ami Jones photo Ami JonesAmi conducts all aspects of Crown Court work and accepts instructions for…
    Mark Jones photo Mark JonesMark Jones is a barrister with a broad commercial practice, encompassing general…
    Hannah Jones photo Hannah JonesHannah specialises in matrimonial finance proceedings.  She has experience in all aspects…
    Katherine Kelleher photo Katherine KelleherKate’s practice comprises, criminal defence work and some environmental crime. She also…
    Arthur Kendrick photo Arthur KendrickArthur accepts instructions both prosecuting and defending. He has experience beyond his…
    Chloe Kenvin photo Chloe KenvinChloe’s practice encompasses matrimonial finance, private law children proceedings and disputes between…
    Flavia Kenyon photo Flavia KenyonInternational litigation, financial crime, fraud, bribery, financial sanctions, regulatory, cyber litigation, crypto-assets…
    Martin Kingerley photo Martin KingerleyMartin Kingerley specialises in all aspects of the law relating to children and…
    Alexander Knight photo Alexander KnightAlexander Knight specialises in matrimonial finance, cohabitee disputes and private law children…
    Sarah Knight photo Sarah KnightSarah is very experienced in handling cases involving especially vulnerable complainants, including…
    Niki Langridge photo Niki LangridgeNiki specialises exclusively in family work, her practice being almost entirely financial…
    Lauren Lanson photo Lauren LansonLauren’s practice is predominantly focused on family finance, inclusive of applications under…
    David Lee photo David LeeProsecution of serious sexual offences has become principal proportion of work undertaken…
    Theo Lester photo Theo LesterImmigration, international protection, and public law Theo has represented immigration and asylum…
    Khadija Leuenberger photo Khadija LeuenbergerKhadija has a broad commercial dispute resolution practice covering international trade and…
    John Lloyd-Jones photo John Lloyd-JonesJohn Lloyd–Jones KC is a trial strategist, dedicated to the forensic analysis…
    Jonathan Lux photo Jonathan LuxAfter an extremely successful career culminating as a senior partner at one…
    Gavin Lyon photo Gavin LyonGavin Lyon is a family finance specialist with an established and successful practice…
    Olivia Magennis photo Olivia MagennisOlivia is a specialist family law barrister, with a particular emphasis on…
    Ben Mansfield photo Ben MansfieldBen Mansfield is a specialist children law barrister, dealing with complex and…
    Nadia Mansfield photo Nadia MansfieldNadia is a member of the family team, specialising in public law…
    Hannah Markham photo Hannah MarkhamHannah is a formidable silk renowned for her role in leading and…
    Helen Marley photo Helen MarleyHelen enjoys a busy criminal practice accepting instructions to both defend and…
    Preetika Mathur photo Preetika MathurPreetika defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates…
    Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud photo Jacqueline Matthews-StroudFamily law practitioner specialising is law relating to children particularly complex care…
    Fergus McCombie photo Fergus McCombieFergus McCombie has an established practice in employment and discrimination law. However,…
    Sarah McIntyre photo Sarah McIntyreSarah came to the Bar following 14 years chairing adult Magistrates’ Courts…
    James McLernon photo James McLernonJames is an established and highly sought after criminal practitioner. He has…
    Sarah Miller photo Sarah MillerSarah Miller is an unregistered barrister. She is only able to accept…
    Nicola Moore photo Nicola MooreNicola is a tenacious advocate with a wealth of experience across all…
    Racheal Muldoon photo Racheal MuldoonRacheal is a commercial barrister with a well-established practice far exceeding her…
    Allan J Myers photo Allan J MyersQC specialising in commercial law, constitutional and administrative law, corporations law, equity…
    Lydia Myers photo Lydia MyersLydia is building a litigation and arbitration practice in wet and dry…
    Andrew Ng photo Andrew NgAndrew has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes, with an…
    Frances Oldham photo Frances OldhamFrances Oldham QC Chaired the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (2014-2017) which looked…
    Colin Ong photoDr Colin OngQueen’s Counsel at 36 Stone; Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore); Senior…
    Joanna O’Connell photo Joanna O’ConnellJoanna’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law. In cases involving children,…
    Richard O’Dair photo Richard O’DairRichard is a barrister specialising in employment law, which takes up 80%…
    Nathan Palmer photo Nathan PalmerNathan is a criminal law specialist whose practice covers the full range…
    Kakoly Pande photo Kakoly PandeKakoly has built a busy practice in the fields of criminal law,…
    Tom Parker photo Tom ParkerTom defends and prosecutes across the spectrum of criminal law, including drugs,…
    Adam Pearson photo Adam PearsonAdam Pearson practises in consumer and criminal law. His practice is increasingly…
    Jamsheed Peeroo photo Jamsheed PeerooBarrister specialising in international arbitration with expertise in conflicts of laws and…
    James Petts photo James PettsJames has a mixed private law civil practice, with increasing focus on…
    Mary Prior photo Mary PriorIn the past two years Mary has secured the acquittal of the…
    Paul Prior photo Paul PriorPaul’s practice is predominantly in Crime. He is regularly instructed to appear…
    Greg Pryce photo Greg PryceBarrister specialising in public law – children (regularly instructed on behalf of…
    Emma Rance photo Emma RanceEmma is an experienced criminal practitioner and is regularly instructed to defend…
    John Reeder photo John ReederJohn Reeder’s practice is split between acting as an arbitrator and mediator…
    Deborah Revill photo Deborah RevillDeborah’s work covers all areas of immigration law. She is particularly interested…
    Mark Roscoe photo Mark RoscoeBarrister specialising in dual disciplines of family work and property litigation, offering…
    Catherine Rose photo Catherine RoseCatherine has a busy Crown Court practice, prosecuting and defending trials across…
    Rebecca Rothwell photo Rebecca RothwellRebecca Rothwell practices exclusively within Chambers’ family team, specialising in matrimonial finance, cohabitee…
    Matthew Rowcliffe photo Matthew RowcliffeMatthew is an experienced junior who both prosecutes and defends in criminal…
    Michael Rudd photo Michael RuddMichael has a mixed practice encompassing planning, environmental, public and administrative law,…
    Jonathon Rushton photo Jonathon RushtonJonathon Rushton is a specialist Chancery barrister. Called to the Bar in…
    Katya Saudek photo Katya SaudekKatya Saudek’s practice encompasses a wide range of both prosecution and defence…
    Vasanti Selvaratnam photo Vasanti SelvaratnamVasanti Selvaratnam KC is a senior KC practising as Counsel and International…
    Rajiv Sharma photo Rajiv SharmaRajiv specialises in Immigration, Asylum and Administrative Law with a particular emphasis on…
    Nadia Silver photo Nadia SilverHaving completed her pupillage in chambers, Nadia Silver took up tenancy in…
    John Simmons photo John SimmonsJohn has been practising serious crime for over 20 years. Both as…
    Samuel Skinner photo Samuel SkinnerSamuel was educated at Oxford University and began work as a barrister…
    John Small photo John SmallJohn is an employment law specialist and regularly appears in the Employment…
    Ben Symons photo Ben SymonsBen has a wealth of experience in relation to both commercial litigation…
    Dan Tan photo Dan TanBarrister And Arbitrator. International arbitration, particularly in the US and Asia. Court…
    Rhys Taylor photo Rhys TaylorRhys Taylor specialises in money and property disputes following family relationship breakdown.…
    Gillian Temple-Bone photo Gillian Temple-BoneBarrister specialising in the law concerning children – public law representing Local…
    Paula Thomas photo Paula ThomasRegarded as a specialist, family and children barrister. Paula is an extremely…
    Mary Thomson photo Mary ThomsonMary is a Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator. Besides being a barrister in…
    Kate Tompkins photo Kate TompkinsKate is a specialist family and children law barrister. Kate previously enjoyed…
    Rachel Toney photo Rachel ToneyRachel’s commercial practice includes all aspects of international trade, shipping and maritime…
    Dharmendra Toor (Dee) photo Dharmendra Toor (Dee)Dharmendra (Dee) both defends and prosecutes. He has experience as leading junior…
    William Tyler photo William TylerSpecialist Family Silk. Practice areas include complex, serious or sensitive Children Act…
    Robert Underwood photo Robert UnderwoodRobert Underwood has developed an extensive, increasingly focused criminal practice. He is…
    Sebastian Walker photo Sebastian WalkerSebastian prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates’…
    Julie Warburton photo Julie WarburtonJulie is an experienced criminal practitioner whose tenacity as an advocate has…
    Kelly Webb photo Kelly WebbChildren, both private and public law proceedings. Kelly specialises in private law…
    Ellis Wilford photo Ellis WilfordEllis practices in asylum & immigration and has appeared in the Upper…
    Richard Wilson photo Richard WilsonJoint Head of Chambers Richard Wilson QC, LL.D is a Commercial, Public…
    Amelia Wilson photo Amelia WilsonApproachable family law barrister focussed on Children Law and Matrimonial & Family…
    Diana Wilson photo Diana WilsonDiana primarily practices in the areas of serious, and organised crime and…
    Gerald Wilson photo Gerald WilsonGerald Wilson specialises in family and property law, focusing on matrimonial finance,…
    Colin Wright photo Colin WrightColin Wright is a highly experienced barrister with a practice which embraces…
    Heidi Yildiz photo Heidi YildizHeidi Yildiz is a barrister specialising in international arbitration and commercial dispute…
    Emile Yusupoff photo Emile YusupoffEmile Yusupoff is a junior barrister practicing in commercial litigation and international…
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