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Apex Chambers Offices
32 Park Place
Apex Chambers > The Legal 500 RankingsApex Chambers is home to a team which is regularly instructed for the defence and prosecution across a gamut of serious cases. Jonathan Elystan Rees KC, whose recent workload includes multi-handed murder cases, garners praise for his ‘exceptional legal mind‘; ‘his ability to control a courtroom on complex and detailed matters of law is almost unparalleled‘. Head of chambers Christopher Rees stands out as ‘a peerless trial advocate‘. Nicholas Gedge continues to handle cases of serious violence and drugs conspiracies, and Lee Reynolds specialises in complex fraud matters.
‘Apex Chambers is a friendly and professional set. Quality throughout from the most senior to the most junior of counsel.’
‘A very strong set across the board.’
‘The set has a comprehensive offering of barristers.’
‘There are many good advocates in chambers.’
‘The clerks are very friendly and easily accessible, guided by the experienced head clerk Craig Mansfield.’
‘Craig Mansfield is very helpful and will go out of his way to make sure we are happy with choice of counsel and their availability.’
Apex Chambers > Set Profile
Apex is one of Wales’ leading sets, providing specialist expertise in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law.
Apex was set up in 2007 to re-imagine what a provincial chambers could be, with an emphasis on specialisation. It brought together established advocates from Wales and England with a shared commitment to employing the highest level of expertise, the finest advocacy and the greatest determination in client care and service.
Chambers provides advice and assistance across the UK and throughout the criminal process; members regularly advise on the conduct of cases prior to charge and at appellate level. Many members sit as recorders and recently chambers’ success has been rewarded with a silk appointment and two judicial appointments to the circuit bench.
Types of work undertaken: Members prosecute and defend in all types of serious crime, including serious fraud and large-scale regulatory conspiracies throughout England and Wales. Members of chambers are regularly instructed by the CPS complex crime unit to prosecute the highest profile cases on the Wales circuit. Chambers regularly undertakes criminal and disciplinary work on behalf of police officers, including extensive experience in the Police Appeals Tribunal. Members also act for doctors and sportspeople in tribunals, and some barristers have developed an associated specialism in employment law.
Chambers has traditionally had strong ties representing and advising local authorities throughout Wales. In recent years, chambers has built upon this foundation and strengthened links with authorities throughout England. Chambers provides a comprehensive service to local authorities, including extensive and highly regarded training for officers and lawyers enforcing regulatory law. Members of chambers have also advised upon legislation in the National Assembly on behalf of consumer organisations such as Consumer Focus (Wales).
Members of chambers are on the HSE list of approved prosecutors, and are panel members appointed to provide specialist legal advocacy and advisory work for the Welsh government.
Members of chambers also prosecute on behalf of the illegal money lending unit and Natural Resources Wales. Many such cases also involve confiscation proceedings for very significant sums under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Members of chambers are able to conduct public access work in their areas of specalism.
Chambers prides itself on a flexible approach to working arrangements to suit the client, and is gearing up for the changes set to affect the legal market place.
Please contact the clerks to discuss tailored packages for all public access work, including cradle-to-grave prosecutions or defence work.
|Senior clerk||Craig Mansfield|
|First clerk||Nadia Brown|
|Member of Chambers||REES, Christopher (1996)|
|Member of Chambers||REES KC, Jonathan (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||JONES, Nick Gareth (1970)|
|Member of Chambers||LEWIS, Marian (1970)|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS, Tim (1984)|
|Member of Chambers||FERRIER, Susan (1985)|
|Member of Chambers||TAYLOR, Andrew (1985)|
|Member of Chambers||SMITH, Ruth (1987)|
|Member of Chambers||DAVIES, Andrew (1992)|
|Member of Chambers||HARRIS, Nicola (1992)*|
|Member of Chambers||RYAN, John (1997)|
|Member of Chambers||CROWTHER, Lucy (1999)|
|Member of Chambers||WILKS, Clare (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||GEDGE, Nicholas (2000)|
|Member of Chambers||GREENWOOD, Alexander (2002)|
|Member of Chambers||REYNOLDS, Lee (2002)|
|Member of Chambers||GRIFFITHS, Rebecca (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||SALMMAN, Hashim (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||JAMES, Joanna*(2008)|
|Member of Chambers||WYNN MORGAN, Lowri (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||KENDALL, Andrew (2010)|
|Member of Chambers||LANE, Kathryn (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||RUTTER, Rosamund (2013)|
|Member of Chambers||YEO, Jenny (1984)|
|Member of Chambers||HARRIS, Emma (2008)|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS, Christopher (2011)|
|Member of Chambers||STROBL, Nik (2014)|
|Member of Chambers||JACKSON, Abigail (2017)|
|Member of Chambers||SMITH-HIGGINS, Martha (2018)|
|Member of Chambers||AUSTIN, Jonathan*|
|Member of Chambers||AP MIHANGEL, Sion*|
|Member of Chambers||ROUCH KC, Peter (1972)*|
|Member of Chambers||Wyeth KC, Mark (1983)*|
|* Door Tenants|
|Robert Buckland MP||Robert is a Grade 4 Prosecutor. Robert has maintained a lively defence…||View Profile|
|Lucy Crowther||Lucy was appointed as a recorder to the Wales Circuit in 2016.…||View Profile|
|Andrew Davies||Andrew’s early practice was in civil law, and he has retained a…||View Profile|
|Tim Evans||Serious crime, particularly serious fraud and confiscation work, regulatory work. Important cases…||View Profile|
|Susan Ferrier||Susan practises in all types of cases involving serious crime, and has…||View Profile|
|Nicholas Gedge||Criminal law: defence and prosecution (CPS grade 4 prosecutor and member of…||View Profile|
|Alexander Greenwood||Alex specialises in regulatory prosecutions and criminal law and was formerly a…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Griffiths (née Oakley)||Current Appointments Disability Qualified Member, Social Entitlement TribunalList B Specialist Regulatory Advocate,…||View Profile|
|Nicola Harris||After pupillage in specialised criminal sets in London, Nicola moved to Cardiff.…||View Profile|
|Joanna James||All areas of criminal law and regulatory crime, both prosecuting and defending.…||View Profile|
|Andrew Kendall||Andrew has a broad range of experience both prosecuting and defending criminal…||View Profile|
|Miss Kathryn Lane||Barrister||View Profile|
|Tim Naylor||Criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law practitioner. Tim is regularly instructed to prosecute…||View Profile|
|Christopher Rees||Christopher is a founder member of Apex Chambers and practises in the…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Elystan Rees||Specialist criminal advocate with particular experience in fraud, corporate crime, money laundering,…||View Profile|
|Lee Reynolds||Lee was called to the Bar in 2002. He specialises in regulatory…||View Profile|
|Peter Rouch||Before taking silk in 1996, Peter had a substantial junior criminal practice.…||View Profile|
|John Ryan||View Profile|
|Ruth Smith||Ruth is a specialist criminal advocate and member of the Criminal Bar…||View Profile|
|Clare Wilks||Clare Wilks is a level 4 CPS panel advocate and is on…||View Profile|
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