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Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill
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Appointed Silk in 2015. Annabel is a highly regarded and sought after criminal practitioner who acts as Leading Counsel in cases of the utmost seriousness and complexity, including terrorism, fraud and organised crime. Described by one Justice of the High Court as a ‘forensic pugilist with brains’, she advises both government departments and international corporations on policy and all aspects of criminal and regulatory work. Annabel’s practice areas include: crime (murder, manslaughter, rape, child cruelty, multi-million pound drug conspiracies), terrorism, fraud, confiscation and asset forfeiture and extradition. Recent cases include: R v Ziamani (successful conviction of a 19-year old for preparing an act of terrorism); SFO v Kallakis and Williams (Britain’s largest ever mortgage fraud); and R v G (a trial which sparked a nationwide debate on assisted dying, in which a mother was alleged to have carried out the mercy killing of her daughter who suffered from ME).

Annabel is a contributor to ‘EU Law in Criminal Practice’ (OUP), 2013 and the legal editor of the Serious Fraud Office Operational Manual.


Called 1993. Recorder of the Crown Court 2009; Standing Counsel to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills 2012. Specialist Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple. Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2015.


University of Cambridge, MA (Hons) English Literature; City University, London (Diploma in Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Annabel Darlow QC6KBW COLLEGE HILLA hardworking, dependable lawyer.

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.