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Chambers of Simon Denison QC

21 COLLEGE HILL, LONDON, EC4R 2RP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 3301 0910
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135185 CHEAPSIDE
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Web:
www.6kbw.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering β€˜a brilliant mix of QCs and juniors’, 6KBW College Hill is a set β€˜at the top of its game’ and is β€˜most definitely a leader in the field when it comes to business crime and global investigations’. β€˜Whether they are prosecuting for the SFO or defending multinationals like Rolls Royce, they are always involved in the most high-profile cases.’ The β€˜hugely respected set’ also has β€˜some of the stars of the extradition Bar’. The β€˜exceptional’ clerking team, seen by some as β€˜the best in London’, is led by β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Andrew Barnes and deputy senior clerk Mark Essex who β€˜always provide sensible recommendations for counsel’. First junior Richard Summerscales is also highly recommended by solicitors. Collectively, the clerks’ room β€˜understands the market and is commercially aware when it comes to fees’; β€˜they are friendly, accommodating and well respected’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

6KBW College Hill has a long track record of criminal work in the most high-profile Hong Kong criminal cases, historically for the prosecution but also now for the defence. Andrew Barnes is a key contacting on the clerking front.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜For public law-related criminal work he is unparalleled.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He is a true tactician and terrifyingly clever.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Melanie Cumberland - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She is instructed in all the major inquests and inquiries – she is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

6KBW College Hill

6KBW College Hill is β€˜most definitely a leader when it comes to business crime – whether prosecuting or defending multinationals, it is always involved in the highest-profile cases’. Sasha Wass QC and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann continue to prosecute three former Tesco executives for the SFO; the matter is due for a retrial after one of the defendants, the company’s former finance director, suffered a heart attack shortly before the summing up in the first trial.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A true specialist.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Ryder QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A formidable silk with gallons of charm.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A tremendously tenacious silk, she is eloquent and effective in her delivery.’

Ranked: tier 2
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2017 silks

Gareth Patterson QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He had excellent attention to detail and strategic awareness, as well as familiarity with the SFO.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2019 silks

Alison Morgan QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She has an impressive ability to interpret the legal frameworks in multi-jurisdictional cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Cray QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a track record of agenda-setting corruption work.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Katherine Hardcastle - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Destined to be one of the leading corporate crime barristers – she has an incredible intellect and exceptional work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Miranda Hill - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She gives clear, strategic and practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She possesses a no nonsense approach and is extremely thorough in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Ratliff - 6KBW College Hill β€˜The first port of call for many corporate clients when decisive and speedy advice is what they need the most.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Ray - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Fantastic at the law, but with a nice understated manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

6KBW College Hill

Best known as a prosecution set, 6KBW College Hill has a record of having a strong presence in the Treasury Counsel room, but also handles a significant amount of defence work. Sarah Whitehouse QC is instructed to prosecute six individuals involved in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, including several former senior policing figures, for gross negligence manslaughter and misconduct in a public office. As far as appellate work is concerned, Duncan Atkinson QC represented the CPS in the Criminal Cases Review Commission-referred appeal of Wang Yam, a Chinese dissident and former MI6 informant who was convicted of murder in 2009 in a trial held partially in secret.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She sees the entire landscape and provides pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Ryder QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has great courtroom presence and is respected by everyone he works with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Denison QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He prosecutes in murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sarah Whitehouse QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A treasury counsel who prosecutes murder and terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Aftab Jafferjee QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He prosecutes murders for the CPS.’

Ranked: tier 3

Annabel Darlow QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She has built an enviable reputation as one of the top prosecutors of terror offences.’

Ranked: tier 3

Duncan Atkinson QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A fantastic advocate, hugely respected by the courts.’

Ranked: tier 3

Duncan Penny QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Admirably confident and adaptable on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dorian Lovell-Pank QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A silk with a track record of fraud but who also defends murders.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Badenoch QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He prosecutes high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Gareth Patterson QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜His advocacy is sharp, focused and compelling, with a thoughtful, calm and confident manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jacob Hallam QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A very reliable lawyer and advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Louis Mably QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a fabulous eye for detail and an incredible capacity for hard work.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – 2019 silks

Alison Morgan QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Unfazed by the enormity of her cases, she takes it in her stride.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Paul Jarvis - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A brilliant tactician, he can always see the landscape and navigates around it splendidly in the best interests of his clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Richardson - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a clear aptitude for amassing and organising large amounts of material.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Payter - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He shows great insight and tactical awareness about how to achieve the best result.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lloyd - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A calm, measured and fair prosecutor trusted with big terrorism cases by the CPS.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dan Pawson-Pounds - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A very capable barrister frequently instructed by the CPS for terror cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Devastatingly persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lucy Organ - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She is able to grasp the relevant facts very quickly, even when the issues are complex.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martyn Bowyer - 6KBW College Hill β€˜An incredibly engaging junior with silk-like qualities.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Weekes - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Unflappable on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Ray - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A very able lawyer who deals with contested applications with intelligence.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

6KBW College Hill

β€˜One of the very top sets’, 6KBW College Hill is β€˜hugely respected’ in the fraud arena. Members prosecute in both public and private cases, as well as undertake defence work.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Sasha Wass QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜She is incredibly bright and persuasive, and always determined to secure the right result for her client.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Penny QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Very astute: he selects the very best examples of evidence to support his submissions.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Perry QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He advises corporates on fraud investigations.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – 2017 silks

Gareth Patterson QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has an encyclopaedic legal knowledge which he deploys with great effect.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Adam Payter - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a great knowledge of the SFO, and is flexible, approachable and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alistair Richardson - 6KBW College Hill β€˜His work includes prosecuting cyberfrauds.’

Ranked: tier 4

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Analytical, bright and able to cut to the heart right to the heart of the issue quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Ratliff - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Approachable, calm, confident and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Jarvis - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He is fiercely intelligent, and makes well thought-out submissions in a calm and measured way.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Ray - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a great strategic view of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

6KBW College Hill

6KBW College Hill β€˜has some of the stars of the extradition Bar – the set has a wide arrange of excellent options able to assist at short notice when needed’. David Perry QC advised a former JPMorgan trader who was indicted for securities fraud in New York, despite the alleged offending taking place while manging the London office’s synthetic credit trading team; the charges were dropped in the US.

International crime and extradition – Leading silks

David Perry QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜One of the giants of the English Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Adam Payter - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A go-to junior in mutual legal assistance and extradition work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lloyd - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has an impressive extradition practice, using a deep knowledge of the law in this area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Weekes - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He is exceptionally hardworking and has a real ability to grasp and process complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Evans - 6KBW College Hill β€˜A highly regarded junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rosemary Davidson - 6KBW College Hill β€˜Diligent, thorough and particularly good at assimilating a lot of information quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – Leading silks

Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜An excellent lawyer and tactician who is highly respected by the teams he leads.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

6KBW College Hill

6KBW College Hill includes a number of members with a track record of acting for the NCA and CPS in confiscation proceedings. Jonathan Hall QC represented Surrey Police in securing an order to sell BTC 295 (worth over $5.8m at the zenith of the cryptocurrency’s 2017 bubble, and Β£1.7m in July 2018). Due to the cryptocurrency’s volatility it was disputed as to whether sale via exchange or auction (methods preferred by the Dutch and US authorities, respectively) was the appropriate means of disposal.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading silks

Jonathan Hall QC - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He is very popular with the authorities at the moment, and deservedly so.’

Ranked: tier 2
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Paul Jarvis - 6KBW College Hill β€˜He has a stellar reputation in the niche area of POCA.’

Ranked: tier 3

William Hays - 6KBW College Hill β€˜His practice includes confiscation work for the NCA, CPS and the convicted.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Offering β€˜a brilliant mix of QCs and juniors’, 6KBW College Hill is a set β€˜at the top of its game’ and is β€˜most definitely a leader in the field when it comes to business crime and global investigations’. β€˜Whether they are prosecuting for the SFO or defending multinationals like Rolls Royce, they are always involved in the most high-profile cases.’ The β€˜hugely respected set’ also has β€˜some of the stars of the extradition Bar’. The β€˜exceptional’ clerking team, seen by some as β€˜the best in London’, is led by β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Andrew Barnes and deputy senior clerk Mark Essex who β€˜always provide sensible recommendations for counsel’. First junior Richard Summerscales is also highly recommended by solicitors. Collectively, the clerks’ room β€˜understands the market and is commercially aware when it comes to fees’; β€˜they are friendly, accommodating and well respected’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

6KBW College Hill’s David Perry QC represented Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun, former personal assistant of Stephen Chan Chi-wan, who was successful in her appeal against conviction in a television production fraud scheme in Hong Kong. Prosecution work includes representing the Department of Justice in former chief executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang’s appeal against conviction for misconduct in public office in 2017.

Fraud and corporate crime - Leading silks

David Perry QC 6KBW College Hill β€˜He appears on both sides of the case in Hong Kong.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

6KBW College Hill has a long track record of criminal work in the most high-profile Hong Kong criminal cases, historically for the prosecution but also now for the defence. Andrew Barnes is a key contacting on the clerking front.

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