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Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill

Crime Tier 1

6KBW COLLEGE HILL handles some key defence work, but is best known as prosecution set. Chambers handles a range of terrorism cases and, for example, Duncan Atkinson QC prosecuted a British Army lance corporal in a civilian court for membership of National Action; Annabel Darlow QC and Alistair Richardson prosecuted an Islamic State supporter who used a Telegram group to incite, among other offences, the murder of Prince George and a campaign of ice-cream poisoning. Away from terrorism, Tony Badenoch QC successfully prosecuted Carl Beech, who under the pseudonym "Nick" made lurid and false allegations of child sexual abuse against a number of high-profile individuals, triggering the Operation Midland imbroglio. In addition, Duncan Penny QC took over from Mark Heywood QC of 5KBW as First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey. For the defence, Simon Ray represented former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter Chris Tarrant in a drink-drive case.

Leading Silks

Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLShe commands enormous respect from judges.
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Atkinson QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLMeticulously prepared and covers the case from every angle.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Denison QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe prosecutes murder cases for the CPS.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Ryder QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA devastatingly effective cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Whitehouse QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA treasury counsel who prosecutes violent crime.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tony Badenoch QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA first-class prosecutor – always sensible and decent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Annabel Darlow QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA hardworking, dependable lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jacob Hallam QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLFair-minded with an authoritative advocacy style.
Ranked: Tier 3
Aftab Jafferjee QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe prosecutes high-profile cases for the CPS.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dorian Lovell-Pank QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHis cross-examination of witnesses is superb.
Ranked: Tier 3
Louis Mably QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe prosecutes a range of cases for the CPS.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gareth Patterson QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe has a track record of prosecuting murder and terrorism.
Ranked: Tier 3
Duncan Penny QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLMeticulous in his preparation and his strategic planning is unmatched.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Alison Morgan QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA no-nonsense, takes no prisoners advocate.

Leading Juniors

Paul Jarvis - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA phenomenally intelligent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dan Pawson-Pounds - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLClever, efficient and impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHer advocacy makes her a formidable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Lloyd - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA treasury counsel monitoree who prosecutes serious cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lucy Organ - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLSolicitors know they can depend on her judgement and work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Payter - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLAble to get to grips with complex underlying material very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Ratliff - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLOne of the most talented up-and-coming members of the criminal Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Ray - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA solid, all-round advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alistair Richardson - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHis advocacy style is understated and effective – you can tell he has the confidence of the court.
Ranked: Tier 3

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 2

6KBW COLLEGE HILL's members defend and prosecute across a spectrum of business crime matters, with recent instructions involving international bribery, corruption, and interest-rate rigging cases. Duncan Penny QC defended Andreas Hauschild, a former Deutsche Bank executive, who was accused by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of manipulating the Euribor rate; the defendant was acquitted of all charges. Alison Morgan QC is instructed by the SFO in the trial – which began in January 2019 – of four Barclays senior executives regarding the bank's 2008 fundraising from Qatari investors.

Leading Silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe is cerebral and relishes a debate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Penny QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHis advocacy and manner with clients is superb.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA master tactician.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Atkinson QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA first-class advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Ryder QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA charming silk who is a devastatingly effective cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Timothy Cray QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLVery experienced in handling SFO work.
Alison Morgan QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLShe is a force to be reckoned with.

Leading Juniors

Katherine Hardcastle - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLRecommended for cases involving corporate clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Miranda Hill - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLShe has a turbo brain.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Ratliff - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe prepares well, and has a meticulous eye.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Ray - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHis advice is pragmatic, and he has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLPassionate and dedicated; a fierce advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

International crime and extradition Tier 2

6KBW COLLEGE HILL is widely recognised for its strength in extradition matters. In one example instruction, David Perry QC successfully defended Ilya Yurov, a former co-owner of a Russian bank, against the Russian authority's request for his extradition to face fraud charges. In March 2019 Mark Weekes was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe commands a courtroom and brings gravity and depth to his cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Rosemary Davidson - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLExcellent in the courtroom, with the client and on paper.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Evans - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLNoted for representing international governments in extradition matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Lloyd - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLVery experienced in acting for states and individuals in extradition cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Payter - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLAn eloquent advocate who commands respect from the bench.
Ranked: Tier 2

Police law (defendant) Tier 2

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW College HillA ferociously bright silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 2

6KBW COLLEGE HILL's Jonathan Hall QC represented the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a high-profile asset recovery case against Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of a former chairman of a state-owned Azerbaijani bank who was convicted of embezzlement; the case marks the first time that the NCA issued an unexplained wealth order (UWO) after it was discovered that she had spent £16m in Harrods in a decade. Additionally, David Perry QC led William Hays in R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice, a Supreme Court case which considered whether part-payments made against a confiscation order would reduce the term of imprisonment in proportion to the original amount of the order, or the original amount with interest.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA ferociously bright silk, who can dissect the issues of a case at lightning speed.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Perry QC - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA silk who combines superb knowledge with a reassuring, yet confident, manner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

William Hays - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLClever, calm and clear-headed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Jarvis - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLErudite, amicable and level-headed.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 3

6KBW COLLEGE HILL's Esther Schutzer-Weissmann acted in R v Alan Cartledge and others, a case concerning an MTIC fraud valued at £20m, which arose out of HMRC investigations into companies based in the North East of the UK, while Paul Jarvis represented Darren Goulbourne, who was convicted of conspiring to make false representations in connection with a number of fraudulent mortgage applications.

Leading Juniors

Paul Jarvis - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA junior who stays unruffled in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Payter - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLHe is determined and flexible.
Ranked: Tier 4
Peter Ratliff - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLA proactive and persuasive junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW COLLEGE HILLQuick to grasp the essentials of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 4

Leading Silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW College HillInstructed in national security matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘go-to’ set for the full spectrum of criminal defence work, 6KBW COLLEGE HILL offers ‘unfluctuating levels of excellent service across the board’. Following cuts to legal aid, solicitors bemoan the ‘the significant loss of high-calibre counsel’ willing to take publicly funded work. However, this chambers continues to accept such work which ‘compliments their predominately privately funded practice, although they do not treat legally aided cases any differently’. ‘The set deserves full recognition for this fact and their commitment to justice for all in what is now a very difficult climate,’ said one solicitor. In recent news, Timothy Cray and Alison Morgan have taken silk; Professor Ian Dennis, Emeritus Professor of Law at UCL, has joined as an associate member; and Mark Weekes has been appointed a circuit judge. The ‘dynamic’ clerks’ room is led by highly regarded senior clerk Andrew Barnes and his deputy, Mark Essex. ‘Ubermaster of the clerking world’, first junior Richard Summerscales ‘always goes above and beyond’ for instructing solicitors; he is ‘extremely personable, dealing with matters professionally while maintaining great good humour’. A ‘true asset to chambers’, Lizzie Miller’s ‘levels of efficiency are formidable’; ‘she is able to head off any problem many days in advance. She is completely unflappable and takes everything in her stride’. Offices in: London

6KBW College Hill has held a pre-eminent position in criminal and public law for over 70 years and has been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of civil law.


6KBW maintains its reputation as an outstanding criminal set. It is also particularly well known for cases concerning financial crime, public law, extradition, proceeds of crime, asset forfeiture, inquests and public inquires. Members frequently appear in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights in cases involving some of the most important and high profile issues.

Crime: 6KBW College Hill is universally acknowledged as one of the leading sets in the field. In recent years 6KBW’s work has included: The trial of the killers of Stephen Lawrence and the ensuing review which led to the undercover policing inquiry, the 21/7 and airline bomb plots, the Millie Dowler murder trial; the ‘phone hacking’ trials, Marine A, Rolf Harris, advisory work arising from the Hillsborough inquest and the Parsons Green bombing. In the past year alone, members have appeared in 113 cases in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 76 in the Administrative Court and 2 in the Supreme Court..


Corporate & Financial Crime: 6KBW’s strength in handling serious and complex financial crime is longstanding. Members of Chambers have acted in all the landmark financial crime cases of the last 20 years: Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Mabey & Johnson, Polly Peck, British Airways price fixing, Tchenguiz, Adoboli, Blue Arrow, Olympus and Hewlett Packard. 6KBW’s members have been instructed to defend and prosecute corporates and individuals in the SFO’s largest and most high-profile ‘blockbuster’ investigations including: Rolls-Royce, Barclays, GSK, Tesco, Alstom, Libor / Euribor, Soma Oil, Unaoil, ENRC, McKenzie v SFO, Tata Steel, Quindell Plc, G4S and Serco investigations.


Administrative & Public Law: 6KBW has a strong public law presence and leads the field in cases concerning national security; policing; prisons and prosecutorial decisions. Recent cases include: Ibrahim, Mohammed, Omar & Abdurahman v UK (ECtHR: Article 6 challenge by the 21/7 bombers), Beghal v DPP (Supreme Court: challenge to police terrorism powers), S1 and Ors v Home Secretary (Court of Appeal: leading case on ECtHR extraterritoriality in nationality deprivation decisions) and R (Soma Oil) v SFO (High Court: challenging prosecutorial decision making).


Extradition: Members are regularly instructed in leading extradition cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights, including in the most-often cited authority: HH v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic, Genoa. 6KBW has been instructed in high-profile extradition litigation including the Rwandan genocide request regarding Dr Celestin Mutabaruka. 6KBW continues to be the first choice for advisory work in extradition cases involving financial crime. Members’ first-class knowledge of both extradition and broader European criminal law is an asset to its clients.


International: Members regularly provide advice and representation to governments, corporates and individuals in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Chambers’ work has included: The trial of Donald Tsang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the trial of the Kwok Brothers (Hong Kong) and the trial of McKeeva Bush, former President of the Cayman Islands. Members are also frequently instructed in appeals to the Privy Council.

Inquests & Public Inquiries: Members have had a long association with high-profile inquests, including the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana, Jean Charles de Menezes and Alexander Litvinenko. Members have also acted in the Tunisia and Deepcut inquests. Chambers has a strong presence in public inquiry work, assisting in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Al-Sweady, Leveson, Grenfell Tower, London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


POCA & Asset Forfeiture: In this area, Chambers has acted in most of the Supreme Court cases of the last decade. Recent work includes: Ahmad (2014), Eastenders (2014), GH (2015), Guraj (2016), and McCormick (2016). Members currently act in multi-million pound restraint and forfeiture applications, including requests from many foreign jurisdictions. Where judicial review involves a POCA element, Chambers is the obvious choice (recently involved in Krager, Necip, Takkar v MoJ, E v HMP Hatfield; Emu). Chambers’ involvement in civil recovery in-cludes: Azam, O’Docherty, Hymans, Agidi, Surin and Abacha.


Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers DENISON QC, Simon
Members of Chambers CURTIS QC, James
Members of Chambers LOVELL-PANK QC, Dorian
Members of Chambers RYDER QC, John
Members of Chambers WASS QC, Sasha
Members of Chambers PERRY QC, David
Members of Chambers JAFFERJEE QC, Aftab
Members of Chambers PENNY QC, Duncan
Members of Chambers WHITEHOUSE QC, Sarah
Members of Chambers HALL QC, Jonathan
Members of Chambers BADENOCH QC, Tony
Members of Chambers DARLOW QC, Annabel
Members of Chambers ATKINSON QC, Duncan
Members of Chambers PATTERSON QC, Gareth
Members of Chambers HALLAM QC, Jacob
Members of Chambers MABLY QC, Louis
Members of Chambers BOWYER, Martyn
Members of Chambers CRAY, Timothy
Members of Chambers EZEKIEL, Adina
Members of Chambers HILL, Miranda
Members of Chambers WEEKES, Mark
Members of Chambers WILKINSON, Kate
Members of Chambers SCHUTZER-WEISSMANN, Esther
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Alison
Members of Chambers RAY, Simon
Members of Chambers CUMBERLAND, Melanie
Members of Chambers CHALK, Alex
Members of Chambers JARVIS, Paul
Members of Chambers WEAVER, Brett
Members of Chambers RATLIFF, Peter
Members of Chambers LLOYD, Ben
Members of Chambers DAVIDSON, Rosemary
Members of Chambers AILES, Victoria
Members of Chambers HAYS, William
Members of Chambers BISGROVE, Michael
Members of Chambers RICHARDSON, Alistair
Members of Chambers PAWSON-POUNDS, Dan
Members of Chambers ORGAN, Lucy
Members of Chambers PAYTER, Adam
Members of Chambers EVANS, Richard
Members of Chambers HUMPHERSON, Paul
Members of Chambers HARDCASTLE, Katherine
Members of Chambers EARIS, Rosalind
Members of Chambers ALEXANDER, Fiona
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Tom
Members of Chambers ZAIDI, Mohsin
Members of Chambers SINHA, Sahil
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