Farringdon Chambers > London, England > Set Profile

Chambers of Ian Henderson QC
Farringdon Chambers
180 BERMONDSEY STREET
LONDON
SE1 3TQ
England

London Bar > Crime Tier 4

Farringdon Chambers is ‘widely known for its expertise in criminal law and has a wide array of dedicated counsel‘. Defence work has been prominent in members’ workloads; recent examples include Ian Henderson QC defending a 16-year-old boy against charges of murder, attempted murder and the supply of drugs; the defendant was acquitted of all charges. Turning to the juniors, Martin McCarthy acted for a man who pled guilty to leading a drugs conspiracy to import Class A drugs with a total aggregate value of £58m into the South East; he received a 21-year sentence.

Leading Silks

Ian Henderson QC - Farringdon ChambersIan is a charming and affable advocate who lulls all into a false sense of security before landing the killer blow. He works hard, understands his brief and clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Martin McCarthyFarringdon ChambersMartin is in command of his papers (which can be voluminous running to thousands) and robustly cross examines witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Graham Arnold - Farringdon ChambersGraham never gives up no matter how hard the odds are. He is the advocate of choice for difficult clients and hard cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Davies - Farringdon ChambersClaire is a very fine advocate whose cases are always meticulously prepared.
Ranked: Tier 2
Molly Pinkus - Farringdon ChambersMolly is great with clients and very well prepared. She is a very able and confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shelley GriffithFarringdon ChambersShelley is extremely hardworking—the attention to detail is meticulous. He is tenacious in court and will fight for his clients to the highest of standards. Shelley does not bend to the will of his opponents easily but takes a realistic and pragmatic approach to his cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Greg KriegerFarringdon ChambersGreg takes a pragmatic approach to his cases using his extensive legal knowledge to challenge the prosecution on all levels. A real fighter you want on your team. His meticulous approach to cases makes him ideal for the frauds and murder cases he specialises in. He has a superb analytical approach to cases. He gets on very well with clients and is always on top of the facts of a case. He is very hard working and has an encyclopaedic memory. A strong lawyer and powerful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Lambert - Farringdon ChambersElizabeth is an outstanding defence junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Soraya Lawrence - Farringdon ChambersSoraya is a very careful and pensive advocate who cares deeply about all her cases. Nobody is more dedicated to fighting their clients corner than her. She does this whilst maintaining a warmth and charm.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ioana NedelcuFarringdon ChambersIoana’s ability to hold the clients attention and engage positively to clean further instructions is second to none and invaluable when dealing with difficult clients. She has a brain for detail and absorbs more information about a case than anyone else at the Bar. Years after concluding a case she will still remember the names and even phone numbers of those involved. She has a relaxed and easy going style which both clients and Solicitors admire.
Ranked: Tier 3
Chris Whitehouse - Farringdon ChambersChris has an admirable, understated, well-measured and very sensible approach to advocacy — be it in front of a jury or judge alone. He is a formidable opponent. He has a good sense of judgment in which bad points are not taken; he is particularly effective when making legal submissions or a jury speech. His cross-examination is always meticulously planned, well-structured, and incisive. He is always on top of his brief; he does not cut corners. He is up-to-date on legal developments.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ronnie BergenthalFarringdon ChambersRonnie is a brilliant and highly skilled advocate. Ronnie has an extensive knowledge of the law,  is quick to get to get to grips with even the most complex of cases, identify the issues, and present the case in an extremely persuasive and comprehensible way. He epitomises the very best qualities of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

Farringdon is a good set to work with. It is results-oriented and aware of the needs of those instructing it.’

The breadth of experience within chambers is wide-ranging and covers expertise in almost all aspects of criminal law.’

A chambers going up the criminal ranks with a very good stable of junior practitioners.’

Good set with a strong head of chambers in Ian Henderson QC.’

The set as a whole are widely known for their expertise in criminal law and have a wide array of dedicated counsel.’

Clerking

Bob Archer is an old school clerk who does and deserves to do well. Takes great pride in what he does.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

Leading Juniors

Graham Arnold - Farringdon ChambersA much sought after trial advocate, who combines an impressive legal brain with great charisma before the jury.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire DaviesFarringdon ChambersClaire’s easy-going style endears her to clients, solicitors and judges alike, yet in court she has a powerful, formidable presence, and is bold, strong and robust when necessary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin McCarthy - Farringdon ChambersA junior who possesses expert tactical acumen, both in his submissions and his dealings with witnesses and juries.
Ranked: Tier 3
John LucasFarringdon ChambersJohn is an experienced barrister - persuasive, charming and has a hugely confident courtroom manner. Clients have complete faith in him.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Specialists in Criminal Law since 2000

Since its foundation twenty years ago, Farringdon Chambers has carved a formidable reputation in the field of criminal advocacy and is now ranked as a Leading Set in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners editions 2022. Our members across all years of call are ranked in both financial and general crime and deal with some of the most serious cases to appear before the courts.  These include murder, high-value fraud and white-collar crime, modern slavery, drugs conspiracies and sexual offences. Our cases often attract wide media attention.

With impressive depth and breadth of experience, our members also practice in other areas including public law and human rights, historic appeals, civil law, employment and regulatory work. Our members often appear in forfeiture applications as well as slavery and trafficking risk and prevention orders.

The highly efficient clerks’ room is run by Robert Archer. ‘Chambers provides a fantastic service to its users. The clerks work tirelessly to ensure smooth communication with solicitors, other chambers and those in court administration. The senior clerk, Bob Archer is a pleasure to deal with whilst heading an effective and positive clerks’ room.’ (Legal 500 2022)

Our Chambers is proudly situated south of the river on bustling Bermondsey Street. We are just a stone’s throw from the iconic Shard and the newly redeveloped London Bridge Station, standing close to Southwark and Inner London Crown Courts. We are also within easy reach of the Royal Courts of Justice and the Central Criminal Court.

Client testimonials (Legal 500 2022)

‘Farringdon is a good set to work with. It is results-oriented and aware of the needs of those instructing it.’

‘The breadth of experience within chambers is wide-ranging and covers expertise in almost all aspects of criminal law.’

‘A chambers going up the criminal ranks with a very good stable of junior practitioners.’

‘Good set with a strong head of chambers in Ian Henderson QC.’

‘The set as a whole are widely known for their expertise in criminal law and have a wide array of dedicated counsel.’

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Clerks Room Robert ArcherRobertArcher@farringdon-law.co.uk020 7089 5700