Set Profile > Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC > London, England

Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC

Crime Tier 4

'An excellent set in relation to general and serious crime', 5KBW handles a mixed practice, with an established reputation for prosecution work. Sarah Forshaw QC and Orla Daly (now of QEB Hollis Whiteman) represented Max Clifford in an appeal against conviction for indecent assault, which proceeded despite the fact that the celebrity publicist died in prison over a year before. Mark Heywood QC, until December 2019 First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, prosecuted two supporters of the Islamic State group who were convicted of plotting to assassinate then-prime minister Theresa May by suicide bombing.

Leading Juniors

Jeffrey Israel - 5KBWHe has a track record of criminal appeals.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Newell - 5KBWAn outstandingly skilled advocate, especially in dealing with extremely vulnerable witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Polnay - 5KBWA masterful advocate – eloquent, sharp and irresistibly persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Mark Heywood QC - 5KBWFormerly first Senior Treasury Counsel.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sarah Forshaw QC - 5KBWShe excels in serious sexual offence cases and the disclosure issues that arise during them.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

‘A powerhouse of talent’, 5KBW is ‘home to some of the biggest names’ at the criminal Bar. ‘Strong from top to bottom’, solicitors receive a ‘second-to-none’, ‘competitively priced’ service from a diverse group of hardworking barristers. In recent news, Danny Robinson QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel and James Brown joined from 2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS. The clerk’s room befits chambers’ good reputation. Under the leadership of ‘receptive, responsive, and friendly’ senior clerk Lee Hughes-Gage, the team is ‘honest, transparent, and have a sense of urgency’. First junior Matthew Harper and junior clerk Arthur Crouch are ‘ultra-efficient, helpful, and able to think outside the box’. Second junior Jim Jeffs is also recommended by clients. The clerks ‘all genuinely understand the importance of keeping instrument solicitors informed and always return telephone call promptly. They are all incredibly professional’. Offices in: London