Timothy Cray QC > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill
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Timothy practises at the highest level of criminal litigation and is regularly rated as outstanding by clients, colleagues and the judiciary. He brings hard-edged experience of trial advocacy to all matters in which he is instructed and appears as Leading counsel in trials for serious fraud, organised crime and homicide. Such experience informs his advisory work, which includes advising magic circle and leading U.S. firms, on allegations of commercial fraud and negotiating with all the main prosecuting departments of the state. In January 2014, he was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court.

He maintains an equal balance between advisory and trial work and is able to offer the independence and breadth of vision that is a cornerstone of successful modern practice. Described by insiders as ‘the barrister who other barristers turn to’ and ‘one of the safest pairs of hands at the Criminal Bar’, he has never sought inclusion in any legal directory and relies on the judgment of his peers and a reputation for delivering results, built up over many years.

Recent cases include: R v Tula Contostavlos (conspiracy to supply class A drugs); R v BAE Systems (bribery and corruption allegation involving multi-national company); R v Twomey and Others (the first trial by a judge sitting alone in 400 years); R v Alexander and Others (the ‘Shadowline’ conspiracy); R v Lewis (high-profile rape); R v Thomas and Alexander (homophobic killing in Trafalgar Square).


Called 1989. Appointed Senior Treasury Counsel 2014. Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (List A).


University of Durham, LLB (Hons) Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > 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

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Timothy Cray QC6KBW COLLEGE HILLVery experienced in handling SFO work.