Set Profile > Church Court Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Kerim Fuad QC
Church Court Chambers
2ND FLOOR, GOLDSMITH BUILDINGS
TEMPLE, LONDON
EC4Y 7BL
England

Crime

Leading Silks

Lewis Power QC - Church Court ChambersLewis is a force of nature. His amiable charm fills the robing room and the court room alike. He works every character in a case, from the co-defendants’ advocates, to the prosecutor to the judge and, ultimately, the jury, who hang on his every word. His charm underlays a deadly cross examination technique.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kerim Fuad QC - Church Court ChambersCommanding advocate and a great tactician. A very strong strategic thinker. A commanding presence, excellent with clients and exceptionally bright. He has the jury eating out of the palm of his hand.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amjad Malik QC - Church Court ChambersHe has great client empathy.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Mather-Lees QC - Church Court ChambersAn eloquent silk with particular expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence. Provides pragmatic advice and adopts excellent strategy in the most complex of cases. He possesses a quiet calmness and confidence indicative of a Counsel that is aware of his expertise and skill, with no need to shout about it, incredibly effective in his style of advocacy and yet calm and reassuring manner with clients and their families.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Colin Witcher - Church Court ChambersColin Witcher is incredibly calm and well organised, safe and reassuring with clients, with a superb legal brain which gives great attention to the detail in the most complex of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Yasin Patel - Church Court ChambersYasin is an extremely hard worker and thorough with his work. Has the ability to develop great rapport with all types of clients regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds. A key strength is his ability to handle all types of complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Set overviews: England and Wales

Church Court Chambers in London has expertise across the gamut of criminal law matters, as well as civil, immigration, family, regulatory, art and culture, and sports law.  

Testimonials

Clerks:

Always helpful and willing to assist with requests.’

‘As the Senior clerks, Rod and Dan are brilliant in terms of their communication and client care – no hesitation in calling them when issues arise, they deal with any issues promptly and efficiently.’

‘Brilliant, Dan Bartlett and Rod McGurk are amazing.’

‘Excellent clerks, best in London.’

‘I have a very good relationship with the clerks having known them for many years. They are always there to help. Rod and Dave are invaluable to the Chambers.’

‘The clerks are superb within this set. The service provided is at the utmost highest. They do not disappoint. The clerks will endeavour to provide the availability of counsel sought to be instructed.’

Set:

‘A great set with a variety of barristers available from the senior to junior end.’

‘Chambers as a whole are an excellent set. I have instructed various other chambers in the past where counsel who are instructed are no longer available on the case. However, with Church Court Chambers, the experience level of experience of counsel is wide and therefore with any counsel instructed from this set, you feel that they will always work thorough on the matter without any disappointment. Counsel at Church Court do no abandoned cases. When assistance is required from any counsel such as a point of law to be discussed where counsel is not instructed, counsel from this set will always assist.’

‘Chambers has great depth of talent, from some very promising juniors right through to some of the leading counsel and Silks – inevitably, I perceive that some counsel are better than or better suited to some case than others and in that respect having complete confidence in the leadership team and clerks is imperative, I greatly enjoy working with Chambers, and have complete confidence in the expertise of their Senior Clerks who pride themselves on a well-organised and efficient set.’

‘Church Court Chambers has developed from a small set of Chambers into a Chambers which handles some of the most high profile cases in the jurisdiction and internationally.’

‘Church Court is different from those sets which maintain ranked position based on their name alone in that the barristers there from the most junior upwards are willing to take on the most challenging cases to develop the law when such cases may be rejected from the “establishment” sets.’

‘Excellent chambers with a range of brilliant barristers.’

‘Excellent set, good strength in depth, well clerked.’

‘Extremely good set of chambers who deal with serious, high profile cases.’

Church Court Chambers is a leading multidisciplinary set with a proud reputation for being professional, approachable and modern. Chambers members, including 5 Queens Counsel and 45 Juniors, enjoy busy and varied practices; collectively they have an enviable back catalogue of high-profile and complex matters such as the Luton Slavery Trial, the Jimmy Savile Inquiry and The Marrache Fraud Case. They have appeared at every level, including in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Individually they are all highly regarded and respected by their peers and the judiciary. The head of chambers, Kerim Fuad QC, leads chambers with professionalism and pride; under his stewardship chambers has quickly grown to become a powerhouse set enjoying continued expansion without compromising on quality or integrity.

The set: Members are supported by a dedicated and efficient clerks room led by Daniel Bartlett and Rod McGurk who ensures chambers meet the needs of the sets professional and lay clients in an ever-changing legal environment. Many members of chambers can be instructed, where appropriate, directly through the public access scheme.

Types of work undertaken: Chambers main practice areas are crime, regulatory, extradition, immigration, family, and civil law. However, many individual members have their own areas of specialism, including courts martial, sports law and inquests, to name but a few. In addition to traditional advocacy and advisory services, many members of Church Court Chambers lecture in their respective field of expertise and are published authors, including contributors to practitioner texts. In addition, many of the sets members sit on committees, including the executive of the Criminal Bar Association, and are pupil supervisors and advocacy trainers, demonstrating chambers commitment to the profession.

The criminal team consists of a number of talented leading and junior counsel who represent clients in the full spectrum of criminal offences, including murder, fraud, terrorism, drug importation, cyber crime, slavery  and sexual offences. Previous matters have included the first slavery trial in England, the first slavery trial in Wales and Twomey, the first non-jury trial. Murder trials have included Damilola Taylor, the Three Cooks Bakery murder and the cockney hit man trial. Recent financial crime instructions include a multimillion-pound trading standards prosecution, advising the European subsidiary of an international finance company (with $2.5bn holdings) on insider trading and seven members of chambers being instructed in a paper-heavy and complex fraud perpetrated against the government. Court of Appeal and Supreme Court instructions have resulted in chambers being involved in the leading authorities on confiscation, hearsay and disclosure.

The civil team at Church Court Chambers are able to draw on a wide range of knowledge and experience in dealing with all forms of civil and commercial disputes. Alongside their expertise as advocates, members provide full advisory services, both written and oral, from the initial stage of consideration of the merits of proposed litigation to the drafting of pleadings and settlement negotiations. Clients and opponents have included high-profile companies and internationally recognised brands. At the junior end, solicitors routinely observe that members have experience and skill beyond their year of call.

The family team consists of experienced and flexible juniors covering all aspects of family law; collectively they provide an expert advisory and advocacy service. The team includes Ivor Frank, who was recently appointed to the high-profile independent inquiry into child sex abuse. Members of chambers have a wide range of experience, from intractable hostility contact cases to child abduction to foreign jurisdictions and wardship matters.

The immigration team is committed in an ever-changing landscape to fearlessly representing clients in the full range of immigration matters, including judicial review, often demonstrating empathy and compassion in contrast to the position adopted by the government. Chambers lectures routinely in this area and members have appeared in the First and Upper Tier Tribunals, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Daniel Bartlett
Practice director Rod McGurk
Members of Chambers FUAD QC, Kerim (1992)
Members of Chambers CAREY HUGHES QC, Richard (1977)
Members of Chambers MATHER-LEES QC, Michael (1981)
Members of Chambers MALIK QC, Amjad (1987)
Members of Chambers POWER QC, Lewis (1990)
Door Tenant VASQUEZ QC, Robert
Door Tenant ENOCH QC, Dafydd
Door Tenant HARPER QC, Mark
Members of Chambers EVANS, Alun (1971)
Members of Chambers FRANK, Ivor (1980)
Member of Chambers SHALE, Justin (1982)
Members of Chambers MANLEY, Lesley (1983)
Members of Chambers JOHNSTON, Christopher (1983)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Andrew (1984)
Members of Chambers BRAIN, Pamela (1985)
Member of Chambers CLARKE, Michelle (1988)
Members of Chambers BIGNALL, Paula (1989)
Members of Chambers McCARRAHER, Colin (1990)
Members of Chambers FULLERTON, Mike (1990)
Members of Chambers BAILEY, Stephen (1991)
Members of Chambers BALANCY, Alex (1992)
Door Tenant FAIRCLOUGH, Sarah (1992)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Glenn (1994)
Door Tenant HELLER, Anne (1995)
Members of Chambers NEWCOMBE, Robert (1996)
Members of Chambers ESPRIT, Shaun (1996)
Member of Chambers JONES, Andrew (1996)
Members of Chambers PARTRIDGE, Richard (1997)
Members of Chambers SHENYUZ, Alkan (1997)
Members of Chambers MOLLOY, Kevin (1999)
Member of Chambers HEPBURNE SCOTT, George (1999)
Member of Chambers BOATENG-ADDO, Edward (2000)
Members of Chambers MAHTAB-SHAIKH, Sumita (2001)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMSON, Guy (2002)
Members of Chambers PABARY, Rajesh (2002)
Members of Chambers PATEL, Yasin (2002)
Members of Chambers WEBB, Paul (2003)
Door Tenant GRIMWOOD, Oliver (2003)
Door Tenant KAZANTZIS, Philip (2004)
Door Tenant ABDULROUF, Mizan (2007)
Members of Chambers WASS, Krystelle (2007)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT, Simon (2007)
Members of Chambers CANESSA, Patrick (2007)
Members of Chambers PRYOR, Alison (2008)
Members of Chambers LOUGHLIN, Liam (2008)
Members of Chambers MOHABIR, Richard (2009)
Members of Chambers McGARVEY, Tomas (2010)
Members of Chambers WITCHER, Colin (2010)
Members of Chambers MADDOCKS, Chiara (2011)
Members of Chambers McADDY, Fiona (2011)
Members of Chambers TINSLEY, Alex (2011)
Members of Chambers ESKANDER, Anthony (2012)
Members of Chambers POLAK, Michael (2012)
Members of Chambers THORNBER, Estelle (2012)
Members of Chambers STOCKWELL, Sam (2012)
Member of Chambers Mc ELVOGUE, Ciara (2013)
Member of Chambers KEMISH, Judi (2015)
Member of Chambers CONSTANTINIDE, Diana (2017)