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Chambers of Alexander Cameron QC

3 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5BH, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A cut above the rest’, Three Raymond Buildings is ‘the best set for business crime’, according to some solicitors. Chambers is filled with ‘highly experienced, intellectually rigorous, and approachable trial advocates,’ who are ‘reliably excellent’ for general crime, financial crime, and extradition matters. In recent news, Richard Wormald took silk in 2019 and Bill Emlyn Jones was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel. The ‘dependable’ clerks’ room is ‘head and shoulders above other sets’ and led by ‘outstanding’ senior clerk Eddie Holland. The clerks are collectively described as ‘prompt and trustworthy’. Of particular note is the ‘exceptional’ Dean Brown, who is ‘very helpful, accommodating, and easy to work with’. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe enjoys an enviable reputation for his legal and tactical skills.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond BuildingsOne of the very few juniors specialising in judicial review in quasi-criminal matters.

Ranked: tier 3

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

The 'excellent' Three Raymond Buildings is ‘very strong in business crime’. The set's members are 'highly experienced trial advocates' who handle a broad gamut of business and financial crime cases, such as high-profile corruption and bribery matters, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigations, and insider trading; more niche specialisms include data protection offences and sanctions. Hugo Keith QC is acting in the long-running SFO investigation into ENRC, namely into alleged deals made between the company and billionaire Dan Gertler.

Leading Silks

Alexander Cameron QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis easy-going charm disguises a rapier-sharp mind.

Ranked: tier 1

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is always well prepared - a silk who delivers results.

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA subtle and exceptional cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond BuildingsErudite and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

James Hines QC - Three Raymond BuildingsUrbane and very bright, with a commanding court presence.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Ben Summers - Three Raymond BuildingsA very smooth and rounded advocate, liked by judges and juries.

Ranked: tier 1

Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsWell known for her expertise in sanctions law.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA well-respected advocate and an impressive silk.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Ben Watson - Three Raymond BuildingsA calm and impressive advocate, adept at arguing for both claimants and the government.

Ranked: tier 3

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond BuildingsA really good advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

'An elite set with a second-to-none reputation', Three Raymond Buildings handles a number of more specialist criminal matters, including both prosecution and privately funded defence work. In particular, the set, which enjoys a close relationship with the Police Federation and its preferred firms of solicitors, has a strong track record in defending police officers in criminal cases. Richard Horwell QC prosecuted a couple who were convicted of murdering French au pair Sophie Lionnet over a false belief that she was having an affair with one of their ex partners, a former member of boy band Boyzone. Among the juniors, Guy Ladenburg successfully prosecuted the cold case rape of a pensioner in 1986, while Heather Oliver represented a police officer who was convicted of, but given an absolute discharge for, burglary with intent to commit criminal damage by attacking a barber shop with a traffic cone.

Leading Silks

Jane Humphryes QC - Three Raymond BuildingsInstructed to defend in sex cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe defends in violent crime cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Horwell QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA pleasure to observe on his feet; he delivers especially well-crafted speeches.

Ranked: tier 2

Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsInstructed to defend in sex cases by top firms.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Richard Wormald QC - Three Raymond BuildingsAn extremely engaging advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsHe prosecutes high-profile criminal cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsHe always appears to be five steps ahead of everyone else.

Ranked: tier 2

William Emlyn Jones - Three Raymond BuildingsIs often found prosecuting at the Bailey.

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Collins - Three Raymond BuildingsShe prosecutes computer misuse offences.

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsHe prosecutes and defends serious cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Heather Oliver - Three Raymond BuildingsHer defence practice includes representing police officers.

Ranked: tier 3

Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsHis advocacy is never questioned, because it is always correct.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsHe has an excellent eye for the detail of a case.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is a 'recognised leader in the field of financial crime', with 'great strength in depth' and 'excellent counsel', according to clients. The set's members are adept at both prosecuting and defending in cases which share elements of business crime and traditional fraud instructions. Recent representative instructions include Luke Ponte acting as sole counsel in the defence of an HMRC officer, who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining tax credits worth £18,000; the defendant received a suspended sentence.

Leading Silks

Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHer practice includes domestic and international fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 1

James Lewis QC - Three Raymond BuildingsVery well known for handling cases with international elements.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond BuildingsAn excellent strategic thinker.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Richard Wormald QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe has a very engaging manner with juries.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is excellent at handling difficult clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Summers - Three Raymond BuildingsHe has a meticulous eye and is great with technical cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsHis workload includes tax fraud matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsAn incisive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Scott - Three Raymond BuildingsShe has fantastic attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Biggs - Three Raymond BuildingsIntelligent, courteous and charming.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Three Raymond Buildings

At Three Raymond Buildings, Stephen Walsh QC is leading Sarah Le Fevre in representing the London Fire Brigade in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry. Also of note, Saba Naqshbandi is well known for her niche specialism in fire safety cases.

Leading Silks

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA very personable and pragmatic silk.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond BuildingsComposed, compelling and tenacious.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond BuildingsShe is always well prepared for all eventualities.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is an 'excellent set with great strength in depth', which draws on its expertise in the criminal and regulatory fields when representing bereaved families, businesses and public bodies. Patrick Gibbs QC is representing the non-commissioned officers including the sergeant in charge of training, at the inquest into the death of Sean Benton, one of four privates to die at the Deepcut barracks. The set has a strong relationship with the Police Federation; Hugh Davies OBE QC represented police officers involved in the original investigation, which lead to the wrongful convictions of the Birmingham Six, concerning an application by the family of the deceased to resume the inquest into the 1974 pub bombings in the city.

Leading Silks

Patrick Gibbs QC - Three Raymond Buildings‘He consistently turns in first-class performances on all matters on which he is instructed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Davies QC - Three Raymond Buildings‘An excellent cross-examiner and a great tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond Buildings‘He can handle complex technical cases with consummate ease.’

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Sarah Le Fevre - Three Raymond Buildings‘Her preparation is really impressive - she just knows the points to take.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Dobbin - Three Raymond Buildings‘She has a genuinely superb brain and is an extremely conscientious and hard-working advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings‘He is steadfast in his approach to ensure that the right outcome for a case is always achieved.’

Ranked: tier 3

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond Buildings‘She has impeccable attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned, and is extremely client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings 'has enormous expertise in extradition', according to instructing solicitors. James Lewis QC acts for the US government in ongoing Trinidadian extradition proceedings concerning former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, following a US indictment for corruption; Helen Malcolm QC is acting in Lis, Lange and Chmielewski v Poland, a case that considers whether requested persons can be extradited from the UK to Poland following alleged damages to judicial independence in Poland after judicial reforms were introduced.

Leading Silks

Helen Malcolm QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA silk with class.

Ranked: tier 1

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA measured and seasoned performer.

Ranked: tier 1

James Hines QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHe combines an analytical eye with a deft touch with clients and court alike.

Ranked: tier 1

James Lewis QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHighly regarded for acting in high-profile extradition cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Ben Watson - Three Raymond BuildingsA silk in waiting.

Ranked: tier 1

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond BuildingsVery well known for handling high-profile extradition cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is fiercely intelligent and able to unpick the most complex legal issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Ben Brandon - Three Raymond BuildingsA fierce advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Scott - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in handling extradition work for foreign governments.

Ranked: tier 2

Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsShe has great communication skills.

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Licensing - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings is endorsed as one of the first choice sets for licensing expertise. Its members handle all aspects of licensing issues in the entertainment and gambling fields including betting and casinos, frequently acting for well-known venues and including regulatory and criminal matters. The 'very impressive' Stephen Walsh QC has an exceptional breadth of expertise that ranges from gambling or street trading to private security and firearms matters. Many of his cases involve major entertainment venues and he advised Old Spitalfields Market on a new application and appeal for a premises licence for the open market area. Michael Bromley-Martin QC achieves results 'with aplomb' and also has a strong track record on a range of licence application or revocation cases. Acting for Eastern Electrics Music Festival, he successfully secured a premises licence in the face of strong objections from the Metropolitan Police and the Licensing Authority. A 'first-choice junior', Sarah Le Fevre is often opposite silks in challenging cases; she is acting for Sophisticats against Westminster City Council in respect of a contested renewal of a sexual entertainment venue licence.

Leading Silks

Michael Bromley-Martin QC - Three Raymond BuildingsHis presentation style is second to none, offering clients  a confidence in his ability to deliver.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Walsh QC - Three Raymond BuildingsYou can be opposed to him when he walks into the room but on his side when he walks out.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Sarah Le Ferve - Three Raymond BuildingsHas an impressive breadth of experience across all significant licensing authorities with excellent rates of success. She has a perfect presentation style.

Ranked: tier 1

Saba Naqshbandi - Three Raymond BuildingsAlways impeccably prepared for hearings, which provides a great deal of reassurance to clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsVery responsive, quick grasp of issues and provides easy-to-understand and concise advice to clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond Buildings‘Impressive, authoritative presence in Licensing Sub-Committee hearings and prepared to provide robust advice in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Three Raymond Buildings

'Excellent set' Three Raymond Buildings houses a team of barristers which counts representing officers in disciplinary proceedings as a core area of their expertise. Alisdair Williamson QC successfully defended police constable Andrew Birks, one of five officers charged with alleged misconduct over the death of Sean Rigg which followed the musician's restraint while in police custody. Also of note, Neil Saunders was instructed in the case of an officer disciplined after using allegedly excessive force on a young person who was in possession of a machete; the officer, a senior black belt, used martial arts training to protect himself.

Leading Silks

Alisdair Williamson QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA tactically brilliant silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Hugh Davies OBE QC - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in acting for forces and individuals in misconduct proceedings.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Ben Brandon - Three Raymond BuildingsHis work includes inquests and misconduct hearings.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Butt - Three Raymond BuildingsHe is phenomenally confident in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Ladenburg - Three Raymond BuildingsVery responsive and diligent; clients like him.

Ranked: tier 2

Kevin Baumber - Three Raymond BuildingsHe defends officers in high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Ailsa Williamson - Three Raymond BuildingsA very methodical barrister, with excellent client care skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Summers - Three Raymond BuildingsVery cerebral and an effective cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3

Clair Dobbin - Three Raymond BuildingsShe has mastery over the details in a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsA very practical barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Saunders - Three Raymond BuildingsVery experienced in handling cases involving misconduct allegations.

Ranked: tier 3

William Emlyn Jones - Three Raymond BuildingsHe represents officers in criminal proceedings.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Three Raymond Buildings

At Three Raymond Buildings, Hugo Keith QC represents Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of an ex-state banker currently serving a jail sentence for embezzlement in Azerbaijan – who is the recipient of the UK's first unexplained wealth order (UWO), after it was discovered she had spent over £16m in Harrods over a 10-year period. 

Leading Silks

Hugo Keith QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA powerful advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC - Three Raymond BuildingsA calm hand on the tiller.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Nicholas Yeo - Three Raymond BuildingsNoted for his expertise in confiscation and restraint cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Ponte - Three Raymond BuildingsRecommended for a wide range of POCA matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Rachel Barnes - Three Raymond BuildingsDevastatingly well-prepared in court.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A cut above the rest’, Three Raymond Buildings is ‘the best set for business crime’, according to some solicitors. Chambers is filled with ‘highly experienced, intellectually rigorous, and approachable trial advocates,’ who are ‘reliably excellent’ for general crime, financial crime, and extradition matters. In recent news, Richard Wormald took silk in 2019 and Bill Emlyn Jones was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel. The ‘dependable’ clerks’ room is ‘head and shoulders above other sets’ and led by ‘outstanding’ senior clerk Eddie Holland. The clerks are collectively described as ‘prompt and trustworthy’. Of particular note is the ‘exceptional’ Dean Brown, who is ‘very helpful, accommodating, and easy to work with’. Offices in: London

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