Mr Kevin Saunders > Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jeremy Weston QC
St Ives Chambers
B4 6DH

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Kevin Saunders is a Barrister specialising in Criminal and Regulatory law. 


Kevin Saunders is a well-regarded advocate with a good manner in court.  Mr Saunders has an extensive Criminal defence practice that includes high-profile cases of homicide, lengthy and complex fraud matters and serious sexual offences.  Mr Saunders also has considerable experience of representing individuals, companies, local authorities and government agencies in matters of a Regulatory nature. Mr. Saunders advises with confidence at all stages of proceedings.


Year of Call: 2003

Mr Saunders is a specialist Criminal Practitioner with considerable experience of defending high-profile, serious and complex offences.  He is recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for Criminal law.

Mr Saunders undertakes advisory and prosecution work on behalf of the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Work and Pensions and Trading Standards Departments (consumer protection and copyright/ trademark infringement).

He has the ability to present complex regulatory matters to audiences ranging from Boards of Directors to Juries.

Notable Cases:

  • Counsel for the Appellant in a guideline Court of Appeal case on the sentencing of youths for sexual offences. 
  • Defence Counsel in multiple cases concerning serious allegations of historic sexual abuse. 
  • Defence Counsel in a murder trial involving specialist issues of mental health, torture and expert scientific evidence. All prosecution witnesses and the two defendants suffered from mental health issues. 
  • Defence Counsel for a mother charged with allowing the death of her child. 
  • The prosecution of the United Kingdom’s largest provider of sub-prime loans. The Defendant Company was prosecuted for offences under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 for breaches of provisions pertaining to the Consumer Credit Act 1974. 
  • Defence of a FTSE 100 company for discharging pollutants into a river. 
  • The prosecution of a large scale, illegal waste operation across multiple sites and comprising millions of pounds in criminal benefit. 
  • Complex POCA case concerning issues of alleged judicial bias and advanced legal argument. 
  • Defence Counsel in a trial concerning a conspiracy to facilitate the escape of career criminals from a prison van en-route to Court. 
  • A difficult attempted murder trial involving life threatening injuries, and a dramatic change of instructions on the first day of trial. Case required sensitive yet robust witness handling. 
  • Confiscation proceedings arising from the United Kingdom’s largest ever cocaine factory. Issues included an alleged criminal benefit of £42 million. 
  • The prosecution of a fraudulent escort agency. 
  • Defence Counsel in a £4.5 million immigration fraud concerning bogus colleges and comprising the largest ever cash seizure. 
  • The prosecution of a Care Home, under Health and safety legislation, following the death of a resident.


Chambers & Partners 2019: “He has an excellent jury style.”

Legal 500 2018: “His practice includes cases of homicide, drugs conspiracies and serious sexual offences.”

Legal 500 2018: “Recommended for trading standards matters.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “He is experienced and very personable with clients. He has a good positive manner in court and is very eloquent.” “He’s thorough, good with lay clients and has a great jury style.”

Legal 500 2017: “Intellectually indefatigable.”  “Charismatic and forceful in court.”

Chambers & Partners 2017:  “He is good with a jury and with clients, approachable and responsive.” “Very dedicated and extremely enthusiastic when a matter is handed to him. Also brilliant on his feet.”

Legal 500 2016: “Fearless yet measured.”

Chambers & Partners 2016:  “He is sensitive and courageous and can turn a losing case into a winning case with the power of imagination. He can see things that other lawyers miss and can plot a course to win in a way no one else could understand until the verdict materialises.”

Legal 500 2015: “Utterly dedicated, and has an obsessive eye for detail” & “Like the best lawyers, he makes very complex matters look easy.”

Chambers & Partners 2015:  “Defends clients in cases ranging from violent crime to serious sexual offences.”

Legal 500 2014: “A strong advocate with a good manner in court” and “ a good written advocate.”

Legal 500 2013:  “Kevin Saunders is marked out as a rising star.”


English and German


LLB (Hons.) Law with German [Distinction in Oral Proficiency in German] Humboldt Universitat, Berlin SOCRATES

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Kevin SaundersSt Ives ChambersHis tremendous legal knowledge, guile, and technical ability allow him to find holes in even the strongest prosecution case.

Members of St Ives Chambers are instructed in a wide range of regulatory matters. Tony Watkin is particularly notable for his prosecution practice across a wide range of regulatory areas – in one matter he prosecuted the owners of a nightclub after an inebriated guest left through a back door and fell two floors to his death. Kevin Saunders is also active in regulatory work, with recent instructions including the defence of Spanish airline Iberia, which was convicted of aviation offences following the death of twelve capybara rodents on board a flight from Madrid to Heathrow.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Kevin SaundersSt Ives ChambersHas an amazing ability to find a weakness in even the most straightforward prosecution case.

St Ives Chambers has a growing reputation for criminal work, with instructing solicitors reporting that ‘their investment in the junior criminal Bar has paid off, resulting in impressive strength-in-depth’ for the size of the team. Peter Cooper recently acted as junior defence counsel in the case of a woman who was convicted of the murders of her two young children, and Kevin Saunders is a key figure within the set for fraud matters, having recently represented a co-defendant of former Locke Lord LLP  partner Jonathan Denton in a £16m investment fraud case. Amy JacksonRebecca Wade and Marcus Harry are frequently instructed in matters involving sexual offences.