Set Profile > Three Raymond Buildings > London, England

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings
3 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5BH
England

Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA sublime advocate who is popular with judges and finds winning ways with juries
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA superb lawyer and outstandingly able.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsTop of the tree for Extradition and Human Rights. Superb advocate and first-class strategic thinker.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsExcellent and incisive drafting skills. Merticulous preperation. Is always fully and completely prepared.
Ben Watson QCThree Raymond BuildingsAn extremely hard-working and capable new silk.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings ‘boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers’, who have a wealth of experience of investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of bribery and corruption, corporate fraud, and anti-competitive conduct, among other offences. Chambers’ notable workload includes some of the most closely-watched SFO investigations over the years in sectors such as manufacturing and mining; Hugo Keith QC is highly regarded in this space, while Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC and James Hines QC are also appointed to the SFO’s panel of silks. The set is also routinely instructed with respect to significant multi-jurisdictional issues, such as violations of international economic sanctions regimes, an area in which Rachel Barnes has niche expertise. In addition to their advocacy skills, multiple members, including Patrick Gibbs QC and Ben Summers, are also well-versed in advisory and compliance work for both companies and individuals relating to potential exposure to risk or criminal liability. Summers returned from a 17-month secondment at Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2021. Alexander Cameron QC retired in November 2020.

Leading Silks

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond BuildingsExcellent all-rounder with great judgment.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHugo is without a doubt at the top of his field; he has an exceptionally strong intellect and client friendly manner; his grip of the detail is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
James Hines QC - Three Raymond BuildingsGreat advocate, who is at home with the most complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsAn amazing ability to digest and analyse complex facts into a clear narrative summary. Rachel is an expert in issues of admissibility of evidence; she keeps her eye on how best to present a large quantity of technical financial evidence to the court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stuart Biggs - Three Raymond BuildingsStuart is an outstanding lawyer; he is excellent in distilling difficult legal issues into clear and persuasive legal submissions; he has a charming manner with the jury and is a formidable cross-examiner of experts.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Three Raymond Buildings boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers who are highly regarded in their field.’ 

‘Great set, good clerks, happy to deliver training.’

‘Overall, the set has the greatest strength in depth. This means that when you look to instruct one of their barristers, even though your first choice might not be available, there is always another who is equally effective to take on the case.’

‘A range of outstandingly good advocates and is one of London’s go-to criminal sets.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient.’

‘Very client-friendly clerks’ room. Eddie Holland is a delight to deal with.’

‘Having used 3 Raymond Buildings for over ten years, I have no hesitation in saying their clerks’ room is of the highest calibre. Responsive and knowledgeable, special mention must be made of Dean Brown whose attitude and work ethic are second to none. A senior clerk in the making.’

‘Clerks are very professional and accommodating.’

Fraud: crime Tier 1

The 'outstanding' and 'top' set at Three Raymond Buildings is 'one of the first ports of call for serious fraud' for both defence and prosecution work, including in key areas such as MTIC fraud, tax fraud, and related areas such as embezzlement and corruption. Recent notable work includes Luke Ponte acting for the defendant in a four-month trial alleging the laundering £7m of proceeds of an investment fraud, claimed to have been committed by a financial advisor and solicitor.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Wormald QCThree Raymond BuildingsA very persuasive and sensible advocate, who is always on top of his brief. Clients love him.'
Ranked: Tier 1
James Lewis QCThree Raymond BuildingsHe is extremely bright and a formidable lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsNeil's pre-eminent strengths are his charming and persuasive jury advocacy and his ability to turn the evidence in a case on its head. He is attentive to clients and always delivers.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stuart BiggsThree Raymond BuildingsA junior destined for silk. He is an outstanding lawyer, who is able to crystallise complex issues into persuasive submissions. He is a formidable cross-examiner of expert witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rachel ScottThree Raymond BuildingsRachel is a fantastic asset to her set. A junior who combines experience and intellect.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben SummersThree Raymond BuildingsBen is an experienced and calm advocate and a fantastic negotiator. He is very client focused and gives a lot of thought to strategy.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas YeoThree Raymond Buildings 'An extremely intelligent junior who is great with clients and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of financial crime. He possesses exceptional judgement.' 
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Three Raymond Buildings boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers who are highly regarded in their field.’

Three Raymond Buildings are one of the go-to sets for serious economic crime.’

Three Raymond Buildings is an outstanding set and one of the first ports of call for serious fraud.’

Three Raymond Buildings is a top set. I think they are really, really good and am always happy with the service I receive from all its members.’

The chambers at Three Raymond Buildings is very well-organised and it doesn’t matter which barrister you get, they will always be exceptional. Three Raymond Buildings only has exceptional barristers.’

Clerking

Three Raymond Buildings have the most friendly and approachable clerks room. They combine exceptional knowledge with an amazing service. They want to help in every way they can. No job is beyond them. In the 18 years I have instructed counsel at Three Raymond Buildings, I have never known them to make an error.’

The clerks room offers the same level of service as the leading civil sets and is pre-eminent in criminal litigation and related areas. Dean Brown is outstanding.’

First rate clerking: professional, efficient and personable. Eddie Holland heads a very impressive team.’

The clerks are friendly, helpful and efficient.’

Very user-friendly clerks’ room. Eddie Holland is a delight to deal with.’

International crime and extradition Tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings ‘is a phenomenal set‘. Key names in the team include Hugo Keith QC, who regularly appears in high-profile extradition cases. In one prominent example, Keith QC represented Arif Naqvi, founder of collapsed Dubai-based private equity house Abraaj, who was being sought by the United States for alleged fraud and money laundering. Clair Dobbin QC and Ben Watson QC were new silk appointments in March 2021; Watson QC is acting for the CPS in securing the extradition of Alexandre Djouhri to France, concerning his alleged role in a corrupt electoral financing scheme to support former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was convicted of corruption offences in 2021.

Leading Silks

James Hines QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis advocacy demonstrates a real depth of understanding in extradition but very much assisted by his criminal work as well. He is a well-respected, calm and authoritative advocate with whom it is a real pleasure to work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsBrilliant on the law and hugely influential in court, he wins the confidence of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHelen is an assertive and well-prepared barrister who is extremely well-versed in extradition law, but also financial crime which is a bonus with extradition relating to such offences.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Lewis QC - Three Raymond BuildingsJames is incredibly intuitive and a very lateral-thinking true leader in the field. Provides precise, timely advice on highly technical matters.
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Matthew Butt QC - Three Raymond BuildingsMatthew has a supremely sharp intellect. He is a great choice for any case involving complex areas of law. He is very well respected by judges who consider him to be authoritative beyond his seniority.

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsExcellent and incisive drafting skills. Meticulous preparation. Is always fully and completely prepared. Brilliant mind.
Ben Watson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsBen is extraordinarily easy to work with and able to reassure clients with his grasp of both the factual detail of their cases and the law. He has the ability to draft both clearly and persuasively.

Leading Juniors

Rachel Scott - Three Raymond BuildingsAn excellent extradition barrister. She has exceptional judgement and is determined to isolate and then pursue the points that will actually win.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsAn exceptional talent in which there is not a single weakness. Every interaction is a master class in the intricacies of extradition.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent in strength and depth and accomplished in criminal, regulatory, public law/inquests and international law. A very strong set.’

‘3RB are a superb set, with consistent quality across the board.’

‘3RB is a phenomenal set of chambers. The junior end all bat well above their call.’

‘A go-to chambers for extradition.’

Clerking

‘It a friendly and approachable clerks room which wants to help in every way they can. No job is beyond them.’

‘Eddie Holland is superb.’

‘Very professional and easy to work with.’

Licensing Tier 1

Described as ‘the leading set for licensing,’ the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings advise and represent clients across a full range of areas, including alcohol and entertainment, gambling, security, taxis and private hire. Michael Bromley-Martin QC successfully re-secured the premises licence for the Eastern Electrics Music Festival in opposition to objections from the Licensing Authority and the Metropolitan Police. Stephen Walsh QC is currently advising and representing the operators of Aspers Casino Stratford in varying the terms of their gambling licence. Members are involved in work concerning restaurants, with Matthew Butt QC and Saba Naqshbandi having represented Coya and Le Deli Robuchon respectively.

Leading Silks

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond BuildingsStephen provides very balanced and pragmatic advice, understands the industry completely.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Matthew Butt QC - Three Raymond BuildingsMatthew's manner before licensing sub-committees is smooth, measured and always pitched perfectly.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond BuildingsSarah is a straight talking, hard working and commercially aware barrister who understands clients' businesses and speaks their language.
Ranked: Tier 1
Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsSolicitors, clients and district judges alike find Guy extremely likable. Provides helpful, concise and frank advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond BuildingsSaba leaves no stone unturned with meticulous preparation for licensing subcommittee hearings.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Without doubt the leading set for licensing. The set has an invaluable breadth of expertise in criminal law meaning we always go to 3RB whenever there is a criminal element to any licensing proceedings.’

‘The best set for licensing with an unparalleled breadth of expertise across licensing, regulatory and crime which often provides an invaluable knowledge bank for complex licensing cases.’

‘Three Raymond Buildings is the original licensing set. Other sets have popped up but none match the depth of this set.’

‘They have the best set of licensing barristers in my opinion for strength, depth of knowledge, and experience. They are a stellar set.’

‘Excellent strength in depth with a range of experienced counsel in the field of licensing from highly experienced silks to bright and committed juniors.’

Clerking

‘The best clerks full stop. Dean Brown, in particular, stands out as the most helpful and accessible clerk who always finds the right barrister for the job, every time.’

‘Dean Brown is a pleasure to deal with, always polite, helpful, and proactive.’

‘Excellent.’

Crime Tier 2

The ‘brilliant setThree Raymond Buildings is well versed in handling the full spectrum of serious criminal work, and has established strength in defending police officers in criminal cases. In a prominent case highlight, Alisdair Williamson QC and newly appointed silk William Emlyn Jones QC acted in the high-profile manslaughter trial concerning the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants, who were found in the trailer of an articulated lorry in Essex in 2019. Turning to the juniors, Kevin Baumber successfully defended a police officer against a charge of assault, after the alleged attack was circulated on social media.

Leading Silks

Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is absolutely first rate and still one of, if not the, very best Silks at the Bar. He is a skilled and polished advocate and a master tactician. He has a hawk’s eye for detail and a nose for any weakness in the prosecution case. He is approachable, impressive and scared of no-one. A true gladiator. This combined with acute intelligence, legal technical brilliance and exemplary charm make him of one of the most effective and charismatic Silks of our time. If I was ever in trouble I would stretch every sinew to get him on my side.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsAlisdair is a relatively new silk but has taken to it effortlessly. Clear and cogent on his feet, he is also strong on the law. He’s determined and hard working. He had a particularly difficult, one might say hopeless defence (as we realistically all did) in the face of overwhelming evidence. You would not have known it. He gave a very tight closing speech. He is simply impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Wormald QCThree Raymond BuildingsA superb advocate and trial barrister, he is persuasive and eloquent.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

William Emlyn Jones QCThree Raymond BuildingsBill is one of the leading prosecutors in the country. There is no weakness in his armoury. He is a first rate lawyer and a persuasive advocate. His tactical judgement is outstanding. He combines tenacity with a deep-rooted sense of fairness.

Leading Juniors

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsLuke is an elegant trial advocate who judges trust and juries want to listen to. Luke has an easy going manner which hides his steel. His industry, combined with lethal intellect makes him a number one choice for heavy weight cases. A joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is in a class of his own as a junior. He has immense presence in court, is extremely well-respected by judges, is incredibly hard-working and dedicated to his clients. His judgement is excellent and strategic acumen unparalleled.
Ranked: Tier 2
Guy LadenburgThree Raymond BuildingsGreat cross-examiner who is respected by judges and clients alike and very personable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Eva Niculiu - Three Raymond BuildingsEva is clever, methodical, tactically aware and knowledgeable. She is also tenacious and hard working. Eva definitely gives 100% to her cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ailsa Williamson - Three Raymond BuildingsAilsa has a remarkable ability to analyse and get to the crux of a case. One of Ailsa's strongest qualities is her ability to communicate with the lay client - she is able focus minds like no other, on the points and issues that really matter. Ailsa is exceptional in case preparation and managing arguments throughout a case and has achieved some really positive outcomes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsVery IT literate, incredibly organised, meticulous preparation and understanding of the paperwork.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kevin BaumberThree Raymond BuildingsBrilliantly clever, hard as nails, relentless in pursuit desired by his clients — he is admired and feared in equal measure by his opponents and is one hell of a performer. Kevin is pretty much universally acknowledged as the leading junior in the UK in police discipline cases: this pre-eminent position he brings to the criminal prosecution of those same officers, drawing on this long experience of prosecuting and defending in violent and sexual crime cases. He is as adept at prosecuting as defending.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

They seem to have only the highest calibre of barrister in the arena of crime.’

Three Raymond Buildings is an outstanding set and one of the first ports of call for serious crime.’

Three Raymond Buildings is a top rate set. In terms of strength – in – depth, one of the very best. I am impressed with all members of chambers as well as the efficient way it operates.’

Clerking

The clerking at Three Raymond Buildings is of the highest standard in the market. They have never let me down.’

First rate. Eddie Holland and his team are professional in every aspect of their work.’

Dean Brown is outstanding.’

The clerks are professional and straightforward to deal with: if they say they will sort something out, they do.’

The clerks’ room under Eddie Holland is excellent: unfailingly helpful and easy to deal with.

Inquests and inquiries Tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings leverages its criminal and regulatory expertise for complex, sensitive and controversial inquests and inquiries; and the set is sought out for matters concerning the police, medical negligence, product liability, industrial disease, fatal workplace accidents and criminal/terrorist activities. Stephen Walsh QC leads a team of juniors, including Sarah Le Fevre, in representing the London Fire Brigade at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and Richard Horwell QC and Patrick Gibbs QC (leading Reka Hollos) represent Greater Manchester Police and the British Transport Police, respectively, at the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquest. Further strengthening the set, Clair Dobbin QC took silk in 2021.

Rising stars

Reka Hollos - Three Raymond BuildingsSolicitors are staggered when they remember Reka's call - she is far above her years. Superb organisational skills, lovely written style and excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond BuildingsPatrick is simply superb - he has no weaknesses as a barrister. He is clever, hard-working, easy to get along with, and 100% reliable. He delivers on every single case. Absolutely brilliant.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond BuildingsStephen cares very deeply about what matters to his clients. He works tirelessly to get the very best results, and is bright, compassionate and with impeccable judgement.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Horwell QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe brings steely focus and detailed preparation to a tough brief, which he carries off with consummate skill.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsSublime advocate who is popular with judges.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Matthew Butt QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA top-drawer advocate, careful preparation and very good with clients - committed and bright.

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsClair has a remarkable work ethic, and turns significant bits of work around with great speed but also with care.

Leading Juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond BuildingsSarah is a class act. She has a total mastery of the law and the evidence and the judgement of a QC. She is head and shoulders above the competition.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond BuildingsSaba is an exceptional barrister - highly intelligent and tactically very astute. She has a lot of experience of inquiry work, always thinks ten steps ahead of everyone else, and works extremely hard. Her coronial experience is also very helpful.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma Collins - Three Raymond BuildingsExtremely personable and provides excellent, clear legal advice at all times. She is excellent with clients, and works brilliantly with all of the solicitors in their team. Emma is a team player and will do whatever she can to help her clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

A cohesive, intelligent and impressive bunch of barristers.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this set to anyone needing representation in this field.

User friendly, with a good selection of competent and able barristers.

Excellent set. The lawyers are very practical and understand their clients really well.

Widely regarded as a leading set providing representation to individual police officers and personnel in inquest and inquiries.

Clerking

First-rate clerks room – senior clerk Eddie Holland runs a very professional and efficient ship.

Eddie Holland and Dean Brown are very helpful and user friendly.

Dean Brown is an exceptional clerk. Responsive, professional and a pleasure to deal with.

Excellent. Dean Brown is extremely efficient, helpful and personable.

I work with Dean Brown and he is extremely efficient and helpful.

Police law (defendant) Tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings ‘has an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings‘. The set also undertakes the full gamut of police law civil work as well, including for the IOPC and forces, on top of the set's long track record of representing rank and file officers through the Police Federation's preferred firms of solicitors. Hugh Davies OBE QC is representing two central command officers in relation in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry. In another matter, Luke Ponte represented a Hampshire Police detective inspector, the most senior of a number of officers in the Hampshire Serious and Organised Crime Unit alleged of running a unit with a homophobic, racist and sexist culture. Clair Dobbin QC and William Emlyn Jones QC were elevated to silk in March 2021.

Leading Silks

Hugh Davies OBE QC - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in acting for forces and individuals in misconduct proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis written work, his ability to deal with tribunals and to cross-examine over difficult and sensitive subjects are outstanding. He is an absolutely first-class advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Matthew Butt QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis client management skills are top drawer.

2021 Silks

Clair Dobbin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsShe has mastery over the details in a case.
William Emlyn Jones QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA high effective and intelligent advocate.

Leading Juniors

Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is meticulous in his preparation, works very hard and finds every good point - it always seems that he has a strong case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsVery knowledgeable in this are and is a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsAs well as an engaging advocate, he will always be three or four steps ahead of his opponent and, most likely, the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Summers - Three Raymond BuildingsVery cerebral and an effective cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ailsa Williamson - Three Raymond BuildingsA well-prepared barrister who gives her clients clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsVery well-prepared and with a good analytical approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set with real specialists at junior and silk level in this area.’

‘3RB are without doubt the pre-eminent set for police law/police discipline.’

‘3 Raymond Buildings have an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings. It is arguable one of the strongest, if not the strongest, chambers for defence practitioners in the area of police misconduct.’

Clerking

‘The clerks room offers the same level of service as the leading civil sets and is pre-eminent in criminal litigation and related areas. Dean Brown is outstanding.’

‘Eddie Holland is a joy to work with and he can always point you in the right direction when it comes to needing a recommendation of someone to instruct. This service runs through the entire clerks room under Eddie’s leadership.’

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture Tier 2

A strong set with great quality at all levels of seniority', the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings act for agencies in the exercise of their powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and defend corporates and individuals throughout restraint, confiscation, and civil recovery proceedings. Hugo Keith QC, who specialises in high-profile international matters currently represents the son of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in forfeiture proceedings. Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC recently acted for a director of a company whose principal shareholder was suspected of large-scale theft of company assets. Rachel Barnes is acting for the defendant bank account holders against freezing and forfeiture orders in a series of ongoing cases involving the alleged illegal transfer of funds to the UK by Iranian citizens through Iranian-registered money service businesses. In addition, in the High Court case CPS v O'Keeffe, Nicholas Yeo is currently acting for the sister of an alleged money launderer in receivership proceedings brought by the CPS in relation to drugs and fraud allegations.

Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHugo is the consummate QC. He understands - arguably more than any other silk - the process of law and, helpfully for the citizen or private body, the way government thinks and what causes it to think as it does.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsShe provides very high-level written work and advice on strategy and is extremely hard working and accessible. She has encyclopaedic knowledge of this area, delivers focused cross-examination and has good negotiating skills.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is truly excellent.’

‘Excellent set with real specialists at junior and silk level in this area.’

‘3 RB is a strong set with great quality at all levels of seniority.’

‘The set is well-managed, courteous, and very responsive.’

Clerking

‘The clerks’ room under Eddie Holland is excellent: unfailingly helpful and easy to deal with.’

‘The clerks are always ready and willing to assist wherever possible and will also go out of their way to free up counsel if they possibly can, this is particularly important to us as many of our cases repeatedly go back to court so consistency in counsel is preferred.’

‘The clerks’ room offers the same level of service as the leading civil sets and is pre-eminent in criminal litigation and related areas. Dean Brown is outstanding. ‘

‘Excellent.’

Health and safety Tier 4

Accessible’ and known for their ability to assist on short notice, the set at Three Raymond Buildings act for regulators, companies, and individuals involved in high-profile health and safety matters and inquests related to disasters and workplace accidents. In R (HSE) v Priory Healthcare Ltd, Sarah Le Fevre has been instructed by the HSE in a prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 of a defendant charged with allegedly failing to minimise the risk of suicide in vulnerable mental health patients. Saba Naqshbandi is currently defending the Rotherham United Football Club in relation to fire safety breaches at their stadium.

Leading Silks

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond BuildingsStephen is a total master of health and safety law. He has huge experience and authority and is able to guide the client effectively to the right place. He is a superb advocate even before the most challenging tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond BuildingsShe is good at putting clients at ease in difficult circumstances and has achieved excellent results for us.
Ranked: Tier 3
Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond BuildingsSaba has an encyclopaedic knowledge of fire safety legislation and health and safety law. Having prosecuted fire cases for many years, Saba has an excellent understanding of the approach of regulators, strategy for achieving the best for a client and knows what buttons to push.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘I have used 3 Raymond Buildings for Health and Safety/Fire Safety matters and inquests. I always find them accessible and they will often try to help out where needed at short notice.’

‘Excellent chambers and we have worked with a number of members of chambers over the years including Hugo Keith QC, Patrick Gibbs QC, and Sarah Le Fevre.’

Clerking

‘Excellent – responsive, always call back promptly and communication is good. Most of my dealings are with Dean Brown or Chris Feathers. Both are friendly, professional, and always willing to help.’

‘Dean Brown is client-friendly and excellent to deal with.’

 

A multi-disciplined set with a national and international reputation.

Types of work undertaken: Crime: the practice encompasses advocacy and advisory work in every aspect of criminal law, including serious violent and sexual crime, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, bribery and corruption, organised crime, child exploitation, cyber crime and breaches of the Official Secrets Act. The set also has expertise across all levels of call in the complex and constantly evolving area of restraint, civil recovery and confiscation.

Fraud and financial regulation: chambers has a long-established reputation as a leading set for fraud, money laundering, insider-dealing and anti-competitive conduct. Expertise in fraud extends to civil and commercial fraud claims initiated in the UK and abroad, either as stand-alone claims or alongside threatened or ongoing criminal or regulatory proceedings. Members are also experienced in the area of financial services law and are instructed by both the FCA and individuals and corporations in the financial services industry.

Extradition and international law: chambers has substantial experience of international criminal law and of advocacy abroad, with a global reputation in extradition and mutual legal assistance. Members have appeared in almost every major extradition case in England, from the Pinochet case to Gary McKinnon and Shrien Dewani, and have advised and represented over 40 foreign and Commonwealth governments. They also advise in the context of international business transactions, eg in respect of anti-money laundering and corruption laws, economic and trade sanctions, and the effects of long-arm jurisdiction of US laws.

Public and administrative law: members appear regularly for individuals, companies and public bodies in the High Court and Court of Appeal on applications for judicial review and have an expert knowledge of human rights law relating to judicial review of government departments, magistrates’ courts, local authorities, the police, the prison service, the armed forces, courts martial, coroners’ courts and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Two members of chambers are currently appointed as Civil Treasury counsel and have appeared in many of the leading cases. Members also advise and represent interested parties in public inquiries and inquests, recent examples being the 7/7 bombings, Baby P, Raoul Moat, the Baha Mousa inquiry, Alexander Litvinenko and Mark Duggan.

Regulatory enforcement: members provide expert advice and representation on a wide range of statutory regimes that regulate the conduct of public bodies, corporations and individuals. Members regularly appear for prosecuting authorities and defendants in cases concerning health and safety, fire safety, environmental law, consumer protection and trading standards. Members are also active in the areas of financial regulation and regularly appear before VAT and duties tribunals.

Licensing: chambers’ leading presence in licensing is complemented by members’ expertise in general regulatory enforcement in the leisure industry. There is considerable overlap in the regulatory fields between controls which are exercised through licensing systems and those which impose criminal liability. Members are instructed by local councils, statutory authorities and residential bodies, as well as by commercial concerns, including major operators of pubs, clubs, casinos and betting offices.

Professional discipline: chambers is regularly instructed on behalf of police officers accused of serious criminal offending or professional misconduct, or requiring representation at controversial inquests or public inquiries. Members advise the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Chambers also has a developing reputation in sports law; members advise and represent both sports persons and governing bodies, including UK Athletics, the British Boxing Board of Control and the Lawn Tennis Association.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers manager Alison Marshall
Senior clerk Eddie Holland
Members of Chambers LEWIS QC, James (1987; QC 2002)
Members of Chambers KEITH QC, Hugo (1989; QC 2009)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS QC, Colin (1957; QC 1981)
Members of Chambers HORWELL QC, Richard (1976; QC 2006))
Members of Chambers BORRELLI QC, Michael (1977; QC 2000))
Members of Chambers BURKE QC, Trevor (1981; 2001))
Members of Chambers BROMLEY-MARTIN QC, Michael (1979; QC 2002))
Members of Chambers FARRELL QC, Simon (1983; QC 2003))
Members of Chambers GIBBS QC, Patrick (1986; QC 2006))
Members of Chambers MALCOLM QC, Helen (1986; QC 2006))
Members of Chambers HARDY QC, John (1988; QC 2008)
Members of Chambers WALSH QC, Stephen (1983; QC 2009))
Members of Chambers DAVIES OBE QC, Hugh (1990; QC 2013))
Members of Chambers HINES QC, James (1982; QC 2015)
Members of Chambers ASHLEY-NORMAN QC, Jonathan (1989; QC 2016))
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON QC, Alisdair (1994; QC 2017))
Members of Chambers WORMALD QC, Richard (1993; QC 2019))
Members of Chambers BUTT, Matthew (2002; QC 2020))
Members of Chambers ATCHLEY, Richard (1977)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Neil (1983)
Members of Chambers AGHA, Siza (1994)
Members of Chambers SUMMERS, Ben (1994)
Members of Chambers NAQSHBANDI, Saba (1996)
Members of Chambers EMLYN JONES, William (1996)
Members of Chambers GRITT, Edmund (1997)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Ailsa (1997)
Members of Chambers BAUMBER, Kevin (1998)
Members of Chambers DOBBIN, Clair (1999)
Members of Chambers LADENBURG, Guy (2000)
Members of Chambers YEO, Nicholas (1999)
Members of Chambers BIGGS, Stuart (1999) clerks@3rblaw.com
Members of Chambers LE FEVRE, Sarah (2001)
Members of Chambers WATSON, Ben (2002)
Members of Chambers PONTE, Luke (2003)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Rachel (2004)
Members of Chambers BARNES, Rachel (2004)
Members of Chambers JUNG, Bo-Eun (2005)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Robert (2008)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Emma (2008)
Members of Chambers OLIVER, Heather (2010)
Members of Chambers HILL, Patrick (2010)
Members of Chambers ST AUBYN, Kitty (2010)
Members of Chambers GREANY, John (2012)
Members of Chambers MANSELL, Daniel (2012)
Members of Chambers NICULIU, Eva (2013)
Members of Chambers HOLLOS, Reka (2014)
Members of Chambers BUSHNELL, Thomas (2013)
Members of Chambers HADGETT, Rebecca (2015)
Members of Chambers WOODS, Genevieve (2016)
Members of Chambers PUTHUPPALLY, Ciju (2017)
Members of Chambers DOWDING, Ryan (2017)
Members of Chambers SHRIMPTON, Ruby (2018)
Members of Chambers McCOMBE, Charles (2017)
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