Set Profile > QEB Hollis Whiteman > London, England

Chambers of Adrian Darbishire QC and Selva Ramasamy QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
1-2 LAURENCE POUNTNEY HILL
LONDON
EC4R 0EU
England

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

QEB Hollis Whiteman maintains a focus on both defending corporate clients as well as providing strategic prosecution advice to various authorities in all aspects of financial crime; head of chambers Mark Ellison QC and William Boyce QC are among multiple members of chambers noted in this respect. The set is particularly well-known for its extensive experience of high-profile SFO investigations on the prosecution side as well; Crispin Aylett QC and Rachna Gokani successfully acted for the SFO in concluding a deferred prosecution agreement with Airline Services Limited in relation to the company’s failure to prevent bribery.

Leading Silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanAdrian is a formidable barrister who combines a razor-sharp intellect with unparalleled eloquence in both written documents and oral submissions. He is meticulous in his case preparation and often thinks of novel ways to approach cases. A master of his art.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Boyce QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanA top-notch cross-examiner. Meticulous in preparation. Incredibly clever. Highly persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Crispin Aylett QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanAn excellent criminal lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Larkin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanSolid and reliable, he thinks outside the box and advances his client's position with great clarity and tenacity.
Ranked: Tier 3
Selva Ramasamy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanExtremely bright, with astounding knowledge of the law in this field. He is able to navigate solutions with a good strategic sense.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Paul Raudnitz QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has a great analytical mind and is superb with clients. Judges respect Paul’s intelligence and acumen. He is destined to make it big.

Leading Juniors

Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanBen is extraordinarily hard-working, clever, with great attention to detail and calm under fire.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rachna Gokani - QEB Hollis WhitemanRachna is incredibly astute and hardworking and leaves no stone unturned when acting for individual or corporate clients. Her legal analysis, drafting and advocacy are all first-rate. An absolute joy to work with - she is a genuine team player and is able to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe is a clever, versatile, no-nonsense barrister who adds real value in matters. Happy taking the lead or stepping in and out of a matter, bringing superb insight and strategic vision.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Broomfield - QEB Hollis WhitemanTom drafts impeccable written legal submissions – in our case, this resulted in the prosecution abandoning vast swathes of evidence in their case. Gentle but firm approach with the client. Excellent under pressure and performs well.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Doble - QEB Hollis WhitemanVery intelligent; incredible hard worker who always has a mastery of the papers; exceptional drafting skills, coupled with strong advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis WhitemanJocelyn demonstrates great tactical and legal insight, and is phenomenally hard-working and thorough. Well-organised, on top of the papers and has all the evidence at her fingertips. Fantastic team player, working well with the solicitors' team and the QC. Great client handling skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis WhitemanCompetent and assured; whether in front of the senior judiciary, a jury or advising in the boardroom, he displays a deep knowledge of the law, fine and balanced judgment, and the ability to consistently impress with excellent results. Undoubtedly destined to rise.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘QEB Hollis Whiteman are now established as the top white collar crime chambers. A very strong set of QCs and juniors.’

‘They set the gold standard for handling serious and complex business crime matters. We know that we can trust any one of them to do a phenomenal job.’

‘QEB have considerable strength at all levels across the board. It’s noticeable that five of the six defence counsel one of the SFO’s biggest recent cases were from QEB.’

‘Chambers has gone from strength to strength in this field in recent years – with work now undertaken at the very highest levels and across the range of seniority, for the SFO, the FCA, government agencies and leading defence solicitors.’

Clerking

‘Professional and assured, led by the experienced and capable Chris Emmings.’

‘The clerks are always friendly and know their market exceptionally well. They are excellent at promoting their barristers and developing business.’

‘Chris Emmings is a pleasure to work with. Very good at finding the right person for the job and understands the area well.’

‘Chris Emmings is one of the nicest, most efficient, trusted and able senior clerks in crime. Faye Stimpson is also fantastic. Both enjoy, and will continue to enjoy, a fabulous profile within the market place.’

London Bar > Crime Tier 1

With a reputation as a ‘top set for complex criminal work‘, QEB Hollis Whiteman fields a ‘tremendous depth of counsel‘, who are equally adept at prosecution and defence work. Nicholas Corsellis QC and Kerry Broome prosecuted a man for for firstly murdering his wife, and then a 76-year-old woman who had intervened in an attempt to stop the attack, by beating them with a walking stick, after having taken a drug similar to LSD. Elsewhere in chambers, Crispin Aylett QC and Eleanor Laws QC appeared in a case in which the defendants’ modus operandi was to meet men via the gay dating app Grindr, then drug them in order to steal from them; one victim was given a fatal overdose of the scopolamine, leading to both defendants’ convictions for murder. The team was bolstered at the senior end following Alexandra Felix QC‘s elevation to silk in March 2021.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
David Jeremy QCQEB Hollis WhitemanDavid is a powerful and authentic advocate who persuades both judges and juries with advocacy that is honest and compelling — judges trust him, and juries look to him. He never takes a bad point — his cross-examinations and speeches are targeted and lethal. He’s the kind of quality brief that co-defendants end up wishing they had on their team.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
David Spens QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanDavid has an incredibly endearing style in front of a jury. He is calm but forceful and always unflappably polite. Juries really warm to his meticulous approach and soothing demeanour, which from my experience instills within them a sense of confidence in the case that David puts forward.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Evans QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanPhilip is an extremely talented barrister. His court skill is matched only by his written work, both of which are outstanding. He has an excellent work ethic, fantastic communication and an exceptional eye for detail. I would highly recommend him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Paul Raudnitz QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanPaul brings his extensive prosecution experience to a defence practice with great effect - he has a good instinct for anticipating what the prosecution's response will be. He has a deep understanding of the operation of trading standards offences, which can be highly technical in nature and often involve complex time limit provisions.

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Leading Juniors

Orla Daly - QEB Hollis WhitemanOrla is fantastic at reading the court room, and adapts to her audience in a fantastic way. I do not hesitate to instruct Orla especially in cases where the client or victim is vulnerable. She has a fantastic skill of being able to carefully craft cross-examination in sensitive situations, whilst still securing the best outcome for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jocelyn Ledward - QEB Hollis WhitemanJocelyn is one of the star juniors in fraud.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip StottQEB Hollis WhitemanPhilip is an extremely talented barrister. His court skill is matched only by his written work, both of which are outstanding. He has an excellent work ethic, fantastic communication and an exceptional eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Rhys Meggy - QEB Hollis WhitemanRhys is an excellent barrister. His is an eloquent and powerful advocate. His written work is of the very highest standard. He is undoubtedly a silk in the making. He is extremely thorough, hardworking and exercises excellent judgement. He is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Linda StrudwickQEB Hollis WhitemanLinda is an absolute star. She is meticulous in her preparation and her analysis of a case. She is very straightforward in her approach, and very responsive to instructions and questions. She is fabulous in court. Her arguments are well structured and extremely persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanBen is exceptionally smart and hard working. He quickly assimilates a vast amount of information and hits the ground running. He is tactically astute and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Karen RobinsonQEB Hollis WhitemanKaren is an extremely impressive barrister, who consistently demonstrates phenomenal drafting skills, insightful legal analysis and strategy, and an ability to produce extremely high-quality very quickly even in the middle of complex and fast-moving proceedings. She has rapidly become a go-to senior junior for any complex criminal case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Tremendous depth of counseI.’

Top set for complex criminal work. Strength and depth across all areas of criminal practice.

An excellent set for criminal prosecution work.’

Clerking

Great service from the clerks, from bottom to top.’

Chris Emmings is one of the most efficient, trusted and able senior clerks in Crime. Faye Stimpson is a fantastic deputy. Both enjoy, and will continue to enjoy, a fabulous profile within the market place.’

The clerking of Chris Emmings and Faye Stimson is excellent. Chris Emmings combines the best of a traditional clerk with a modern approach that is both flexible and realistic, to the benefit of members of chambers and the professional and lay client.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 1

Known for a 'tremendous depth of counsel of all types of fraud', QEB Hollis Whiteman 'set the gold standard for handling serious and complex financial crime matters', including multi-jurisdictional money laundering, investment and VAT fraud, and fraud-related private prosecutions. This crosses over with expertise in other areas such as professional regulation, corruption offences and POCA work,

Leading Silks

Sean Larkin QCQEB Hollis WhitemanOne of the best silks in this area practising at the Bar today.'
Ranked: Tier 1
William Boyce QCQEB Hollis WhitemanHe is a master strategist and a consummate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Paul Raudnitz QCQEB Hollis WhitemanPaul has a deep understanding of cases involving trading standards offences, and brings his extensive prosecution experience to a defence practice with great effect.'

Leading Juniors

Rhys MeggyQEB Hollis Whiteman ‘A leading junior in the field of fraud. He has a deep knowledge of the law, fine and balanced judgement, and the ability to consistently impress with excellent results. He remains assured whether in front of the senior judiciary, a jury or advising in the boardroom.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ben Fitzgerald - QEB Hollis WhitemanBen is exceptionally smart and hard working. He quickly assimilates a vast amount of information and hits the ground running. He is tactically astute and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachna GokaniQEB Hollis WhitemanRachna is fantastically clever, has an incredible work ethic and will go the extra mile to get the job done. A top junior in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Polly DyerQEB Hollis WhitemanA highly cerebral junior. She is a fantastic advocate who works tirelessly and extremely hard.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Tremendous depth of counsel of all types of fraud.’

Top set for complex criminal work. Strength and depth across all areas of criminal practice.’

They set the gold standard for handling serious and complex financial crime matters. We know that we can trust any one of them to do a phenomenal job.’

One of the leading sets for white-collar crime/corporate crime. Full range of counsel to suit any criminal or regulatory case and an increasing ability to assist on internal investigations.’

Clerking

Great service from the clerks, from bottom to top.’

Chris Emmings is one of the nicest, most efficient, trusted and able senior clerks in Crime. Faye Stimpson is fantastic. Both enjoy, and will continue to enjoy, a fabulous profile within the marketplace.’

Chris Emmings and Faye Stimpson are a pleasure to deal with, and suggest the right counsel for the case. David O’Sullivan is also a rising star on the clerks team. Always a warm and personal welcome.’

The clerking of Chris Emmings and Faye Stimson is excellent. Helpful and anxious to find the right barrister for the right case. Chris Emmings combines the best of a traditional clerk with a modern approach that is both flexible and realistic, to the benefit of members of chambers and the professional and lay client.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

QEB Hollis Whiteman has 'strength in depth and real expertise in professional disciplinary work', with members prosecuting and defending in leading cases involving the full range of professional regulators. Zoe Johnson QC regularly appears as defence counsel before the main health regulatory tribunals, and continues to represent a GP and gynaecologist who was convicted of ninety counts of sexual offences after carrying out unnecessary intimate examinations on twenty four female patients under the guise of "well woman" checks in further trials. Elsewhere in chambers, Rebecca Harris represented the General Dental Council in the complex prosecution of a dentist, involving allegations of widespread clinical deficiencies, serious failings in cross-infection control, and bullying of the dental team. Bolstering the team at the senior end, Alexandra Felix QC was appointed to silk in March 2021.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Selva Ramasamy QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanSelva is at the top of game in this field and commands the respect of panels and opponents alike. A brilliant mind coupled with an understated, but fiendishly clever and curated approach to cases means that Selva always secures the best possible results for clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Paul Raudnitz QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanPaul is personable and experienced.

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Lydia BarnfatherQEB Hollis WhitemanLydia’s advocacy is excellent and her judgement is first-class. Tribunals clear like her and trust her judgement. She is rightly considered to be one of the best professional discipline juniors at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rebecca Harris - QEB Hollis WhitemanA razor-sharp, quick-witted advocate who is effortlessly charming, cool under pressure and able to exceed the expectations of clients and solicitors alike. Unquestionably one of the finest advocates in the field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Coke-Smyth - QEB Hollis WhitemanA strong, confident advocate with sound judgement and is completely committed to the client. He has very good interpersonal skills and is able to act in serious regulatory cases where criminal investigation or an inquest might also arise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip McGhee - QEB Hollis WhitemanPhilip's keen strength is his tactical approach to cases. He gets immersed in the issues, whilst factoring in the client's aims, and finds a way through.
Ranked: Tier 4
Natasha TahtaQEB Hollis WhitemanNatasha has excellent experience in regulatory cases. She is a great advocate and is wise, dedicated, positive, and has a brilliant manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is hard-hitting in the fitness-to-practice and regulatory sector. It has a good breadth of barristers and is therefore able to offer counsel for cases with varying allegations.’

‘An extremely professional and well-established set with strength in depth.’

‘A powerful force in professional discipline. They are littered with talent and, both on an individual basis and as a collective, an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Clerking

‘One of the strongest clerking rooms in the country. Chris Emmings is highly intelligent, savvy and leads a well-knit, slick team. Faye Stimpson is a favourite amongst solicitors, as engaging and efficient a clerk as you could hope to meet.’

‘High praise for Faye Stimpson and Chris Emmings. Responsive, straight talking and always putting the client’s interests first. First rate service.’

‘The clerks room is superb, headed up by Chris Emmings, but all the clerks are attentive and go out of their way to be helpful and supportive to solicitors’

London Bar > Health and safety

Leading Silks

Adrian Darbishire QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanAdrian has deep expertise in all areas of health and safety and fatal accident manslaughter cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Nicholas Griffin QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanHis strengths include very good judgement and analysis, and his written and oral submissions are clear, thoughtful and persuasive - a very strong team player.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anne Whyte QC - QEB Hollis WhitemanResponsive, sensitive to the position of others she is engaging with, and hard-working. Anne is good at cutting through issues to make reasoned decisions, analysing large amounts of information and asserting herself in situations where appropriate; and she takes a practical approach to problem solving, and is calm and considered in her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanIncredibly thorough, fights every point for her clients, and her attention to detail and forensic questioning can really change the outcome in an inquest.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

London Bar > Financial services regulation

Leading Juniors

Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of FCA rules and regulations. An excellent street-fighting defence counsel.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kathryn Hughes - QEB Hollis WhitemanKathryn is extremely hard-working and diligent. A fantastic team player who quickly grasps complex points.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

Leading Juniors

Susannah Stevens - QEB Hollis WhitemanHighly organised, thorough and has impeccable attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Aldred - QEB Hollis WhitemanA remarkable advocate with an unparalleled tactical approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Ari Alibhai - QEB Hollis WhitemanAlways provides clear, timely and invariably accurate advice. Is a true unrivaled expert in their field and has become a vital advisor in all our UK criminal work. Forms very coherent arguments and is exceptional at managing cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
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 Mark Aldred  photo Mark Aldred Mark Aldred specialises in criminal and regulatory work. In the criminal field,…
 Fallon Alexis  photo Fallon Alexis Fallon’s experience of complex financial crime includes serious fraud, bribery and corruption,…
 Ari Alibhai  photo Ari Alibhai Ari specialises in private prosecution in criminal intellectual property infringement. He successfully…
 Crispin Aylett photo Crispin Aylett Crispin Aylett is a practitioner with a wealth of experience in all…
 Tom Baker  photo Tom Baker Tom Baker has significant experience in financial crime, having advised the Financial…
 Lydia Barnfather  photo Lydia Barnfather Lydia is an exceptionally experienced practitioner specialising to a high level in…
 William Boyce photo William Boyce ln business crime, fraud, general crime and arbitration, William Boyce QC is…
 Kerry Broome  photo Kerry Broome Kerry Broome’s expertise spans all areas of criminal law, both defending and…
 Tom Broomfield  photo Tom Broomfield Tom is instructed to prosecute and defend in complex and serious matters…
 Edward Brown photo Edward Brown Edward Brown QC has an outstanding practice in general and corporate criminal…
 Katherine Buckle  photo Katherine Buckle Katherine practises in domestic and international crime, specialising in business crime, extradition…
 Thomas Coke-Smyth  photo Thomas Coke-Smyth Crime: Tom’s criminal practice encompasses the full range of offences and he…
 Nick Corsellis  photo Nick Corsellis Nicholas Corsellis is a highly respected leading counsel whose abilities have allowed…
 Fraser Coxhill  photo Fraser Coxhill Fraser Coxhill provides expert advocacy and advice in a wide range of…
 Caoimhe Daly  photo Caoimhe Daly Caoimhe Daly’s principal area of practice is general crime. She also has…
 Adrian Darbishire photo Adrian Darbishire Adrian Darbishire’s defence practice focuses on workplace crime in many forms, but…
 Tom Doble  photo Tom Doble Tom specialises in fraud, financial and business crime. He has considerable experience…
 Polly Dyer  photo Polly Dyer Polly Dyer provides specialist advice and advocacy in criminal proceedings, with an…
 Mark Ellison photo Mark Ellison Early career largely defending in fraud including: Guinness, North Sea oil and…
 Eloise Emanuel  photo Eloise Emanuel Eloise’s practice, both public and privately instructed, encompasses the full range of…
 Philip Evans photo Philip Evans Philip specialises in serious general and corporate crime, regulation and sports law.…
 Julian Evans  photo Julian Evans Julian Evans specialises in criminal practice, prosecuting and defending. He also prosecutes…
 Alexandra Felix  photo Alexandra Felix Alexandra Felix undertakes a combination of prosecution and defence work in fraud…
 Peter Finnigan photo Peter Finnigan Peter Finnigan defends and prosecutes in a wide range of criminal cases…
 Ben Fitzgerald  photo Ben Fitzgerald Ben FitzGerald prosecutes and defends in cases of serious crime, fraud and…
 Rachna Gokani  photo Rachna Gokani Rachna acts for the defence and prosecution in cases of serious and…
 Nicholas Griffin photo Nicholas Griffin Nicholas has appeared in many of the major public inquiries of the…
 David Groome  photo David Groome David acts for leading corporations in the music, film, sport and broadcast…
 Rebecca Harris  photo Rebecca Harris Rebecca is a leading junior regularly instructed in high-profile and complex cases…
 David Jeremy photo David Jeremy David Jeremy is a criminal barrister; and not a politician, diplomat or…
 Zoe Johnson photo Zoe Johnson Zoe Johnson defends and prosecutes the most serious and high profile crime.…
 Tom Kark photo Tom Kark In the field of disciplinary law Tom Kark QC has focused for…
 Lucy Kennedy  photo Lucy Kennedy Lucy Kennedy’s practice incorporates many complex, evidentially high-volume cases. She has repeatedly…
 Adam King  photo Adam King Adam King defends and prosecutes before the Crown Court in trials including…
 Peter Kyte photo Peter Kyte Peter Kyte has been a leading criminal barrister since 1996. His cases…
 Sean Larkin photo Sean Larkin Sean Larkin QC provides specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of…
 Eleanor Laws photo Eleanor Laws Eleanor Laws QC defends in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses, in…
 Jocelyn Ledward  photo Jocelyn Ledward Jocelyn Ledward has built up a substantial mixed practice of fraud and…
 Katherine Lloyd  photo Katherine Lloyd Katherine acts on behalf of both the prosecution and defence in the…
 Arabella MacDonald  photo Arabella MacDonald Arabella specialises in all aspects of crime and fraud, appearing for both…
 Benn Maguire  photo Benn Maguire Benn Maguire has a continuing reputation as a formidable advocate. He is…
 Jason Mansell  photo Jason Mansell Jason provides strategic advice and representation to firms and individuals facing investigation…
 Philip Mcghee  photo Philip Mcghee Philip McGhee prosecutes and defends, alone and as a led junior, general…
 Rhys Meggy  photo Rhys Meggy Rhys Meggy both prosecutes and defends, often appearing alone in complex and…
 Tom Orpin-Massey  photo Tom Orpin-Massey Tom joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in February 2015. He now accepts instructions…
 Selva Ramasamy  photo Selva Ramasamy Selva is a specialist in cases involving professionals charged in criminal, regulatory…
 Paul Raudnitz  photo Paul Raudnitz A leading junior practising in fraud, crime and regulatory law. His reputation…
 Karen Robinson  photo Karen Robinson Karen Robinson’s expertise spans all areas of criminal law, and she is…
 Roger Smart  photo Roger Smart Roger Smart’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal law. He specialises in…
 David Spens photo David Spens David Spens QC has a formidable reputation for securing acquittals against the…
 Susannah Stevens  photo Susannah Stevens Susannah Stevens has an extensive criminal practice and is instructed to defend…
 Philip Stott  photo Philip Stott Philip Stott is an experienced and talented advocate in the criminal courts,…
 Linda Strudwick  photo Linda Strudwick Linda specialises in serious crime as a leading junior, prosecuting and defending…
 Natasha Tahta  photo Natasha Tahta After 15 years of a highly successful criminal practice involving a wide…
 Paul Wakerley  photo Paul Wakerley Paul Wakerley has a strong reputation within criminal law. He specialises in…
 Joanna Warwick  photo Joanna Warwick Joanna Warwick’s principal area of practice is general crime. She has wide-ranging…