Paul has many years experience in prosecuting and defending serious crime with a particular emphasis on fraud and bribery & corruption cases. His expertise in such cases and his advocacy and advisory abilities were recognised in 2018 when he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He is used to acting for corporate defendants and has a deep understanding of the commercial world from acting in such cases and from his career at a City firm before his call to the bar.
JAMES DAWES QC
YEAR OF CALL 1993
James took silk in 2017. James has been a member of chambers for 21 years. He has an interest in allegations of organised crime and complicated fraudulent enterprises. James has a mathematical mind and as befits a Physics graduate he retains an interest in recent scientific advances.
Until he was appointed silk, James was on the CPS panels for Sexual Offences, Fraud, Serious Crime and Proceeds of Crime.
James advises clients and prosecuting authorities in criminal proceedings under the Insolvency Act, Companies Acts, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Medicines Act 1968, Human Medicines Regulations, Veterinary Medicines Regulations and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
In 2017, James was leading prosecution counsel in trials including an 8 handed stabbing, 6 handed cigarette smuggling, 7 handed sale of firearms, 5 handed class A drug distribution network, and an attempted murder made notorious by a youtube video following the verdict.
Current cases: James is currently instructed in cases involving historic child abuse, attempted murder, international prescription drug networks, gun running and investment fraud with consequent money laundering.
NICHOLAS ATKINSON QC
YEAR OF CALL: 1971
After 10 years in a common law set Nic joined Chambers to concentrate exclusively on crime, taking silk 10 years later. Since then his practice has covered all areas of crime from fraud to more than 100 homicide trials (including baby shaking, child murders, domestic killings and gang related killings) and a wide range of sexual offences.
Nic has been described in Chambers & Partners as a ‘personal and self-assured lawyer’, ‘popular and well-liked…having a wonderful way with clients and judges alike’, ‘a worthy opponent for anybody’ and ‘a brilliant jury advocate’.
Co-opted to the Bar Council in the 70s, and elected to it in the 80s and 90s, Nic has also served on the Western Circuit Committee and that of the Criminal Bar Association. He has contributed to legal discussions on radio and television whilst his contributions to legal publications have been chiefly limited to Readers Digest and Private Eye.
Never having been accused of taking himself too seriously, he nevertheless takes his cases, and not least his next one, very seriously.
GILLIAN ETHERTON QC
YEAR OF CALL 1988
Gillian has extensive experience in criminal law and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. She is instructed in many serious high profile cases. Gillian prosecutes and defends cases of a complex nature across the criminal spectrum. She specialises in murder and has a particular reputation and expertise in serious sex crime.
Gillian prosecutes and defends cases of a highly sensitive nature, including serial paedophiles in positions of trust who exploit social media platforms and the most serious cases of child cruelty with expertise in ‘baby shaking’ cases.
Gillian is a skilful advocate dealing with highly vulnerable witnesses including children, those suffering with severe mental health issues, witnesses who struggle to communicate. She has a particular interest and is skilled in cases involving scientific, medical and psychiatric issues.
Gillian has significant experience in complex issues of third party disclosure. She has lectured to the Bar and wider profession on issues such as disclosure and Section 41 of the YJCEA 1999 (cross-examination of complainants in sex crime) and has been invited to talk on Radio 4 (Law in Action and Woman’s Hour) and ‘TV for Education’.
YEAR OF CALL 1984
Jane is a highly regarded senior member of the bar whose practice principally comprises significant and substantial cases.
She prosecutes and defends in all areas of the criminal law with a particular emphasis on cases involving rape and serious sexual assaults, child cruelty and offences of violence. Jane is particularly adept at presenting evidence via video links, using intermediaries and in handling witnesses and defendants who are vulnerable and/or very young.
YEAR OF CALL 1988
Peter is a senior criminal advocacy and advisory specialist with extensive experience in the preparation and presentation of high profile, sensitive and complex cases of organised and other serious crime. He is instructed in both a leading and junior capacity in cases involving covert operations, informants or other sensitive PII matters. He prosecutes and defends on both the South Eastern and Western Circuits in the full range of criminal cases including murder, terrorism, corruption and serious sex or violent offences. Peter is a Grade 4 prosecutor on the CPS external advocates' list as well as being a member of the Chief Crown Prosecutor for London's panel of specialist rape prosecutors. In 2005 he was appointed to the Attorney-General's panel of Special Advocates.
Nick both prosecutes and defends serious crime, including serious sexual offending, large-scale drugs matters, murder, child abuse, violence and firearms matters. As a prosecutor he has a reputation for fair dealing with opponents and defendants. When defending he is tenacious, capable of getting to the heart of the issue, and a skilled cross-examiner. He is well known for his client care and “bedside manner”, particularly important these days as counsel is rarely attended at court.
Nick has wide experience of courts martial, having appeared for the Defence in numerous General Courts Martial.
As a retired racing driver he has a deep understanding of motoring related offending and regularly deals with serious driving offending cases.
YEAR OF CALL 1993
Toby has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, and he specialises in two particular areas: serious sexual offences (often serial offences) and fraud. He has over many years both prosecuted and defended in these areas.
He often acts as leading counsel in lengthy and complex cases that include multiple defendants and have very large volumes of material to consider.
He has dealt with numerous cases of attempted murder (often as leading counsel), large scale drugs offences, death by dangerous driving, and other very serious driving offences. He is also frequently asked to advise in relation to issues of Public Interest Immunity and third party disclosure.
YEAR OF CALL 1994
Sally has been a member of chambers for 22 years and has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, both prosecuting and defending. Her thorough nature, organisational skills and determination always maximise the opportunities for success, whomever she is representing. Sally’s flexible practice now has an emphasis on advisory and support work in the fields of criminal and quasi-criminal law, white-collar crime plus extensive legal research and presentation thereof.
She is also well-known for having specialised in large-scale and/or complex cases involving Serious and Organised Crime (including firearms, armed robbery and multi-kilo drugs conspiracies), homicide, money-laundering and fraud. Her expertise extends to areas such as covert investigations, material obtained pursuant to the provisions of RIPA, complex disclosure and PII issues, the handling and presentation of expert evidence, substantial confiscation hearings and evidence from overseas. A number of her cases have involved security issues which called for jury protection, armed police, change of venue and/or witness anonymity.
Sally has particular interest in commercial and police risk management, security, surveillance, investigations, and business and cyber-crime. She also has good technology skills.
YEAR OF CALL 1996
Jennifer is a highly experienced barrister, with a strong prosecution practice in serious and complex crime. Described by instructing solicitors as possessing ‘first class advocacy skills’, Jennifer has been praised for her ‘skill and tenacity’ and is said to bring ‘an intelligent and incisive approach’ to her work whilst maintaining a ‘completely calm composure’. Jennifer is regularly instructed as a leading junior, often where Queen’s Counsel appear for the defence.
Specialising in the prosecution of serious sexual offences, Jennifer has a track record of securing convictions in large and challenging cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. She has developed particular expertise in enabling complainants with profound communication difficulties to give evidence. Jennifer frequently works with intermediaries and was invited to contribute to the writing of the Advocate’s Gateway Toolkits.
Jennifer is experienced in the prosecution of cases of non-accidental head injury involving the death or serious injury of children and has a formidable ability to assimilate and present highly complex medical evidence.
Jennifer also has substantial appellate experience and represented the Crown in R v A  EWCA Crim 299.
YEAR OF CALL 1996
Nick is a highly experienced barrister and undertakes serious and complex cases both on behalf of the prosecution and the defence. He has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law from pre-charge advice work through to appellate work in the Court of Appeal. He is thorough and meticulous in his case preparation, he provides clear reasoned advice to his instructing solicitors and lay client and he consistently gets good results.
He is a CPS Rape Panel Specialist dealing with serious sexual offences. Due to his calm and approachable manner him he is regularly instructed to deal with difficult cases involving juvenile defendants, and witnesses with learning disabilities.
Nick is a Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor but frequently undertakes Grade 4 work. He has extensive experience in cases of drug importation, running county lines and covert surveillance operations. He has extensive experience in cases involving complex expert evidence covering fraud, serious violence and murder (including non-accidental head injury). He regularly appears as leading counsel in large multi handed prosecutions or being led by Queen’s Counsel in particularly difficult and novel cases.
YEAR OF CALL 1998
Tim is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and defends and prosecutes in a wide variety of criminal matters. He is a grade 4 for the purposes of general prosecution work and the Fraud Panel. He regularly acts as leading counsel in multi-handed prosecutions and as a result is familiar with all matters arising under RIPA, PII and common evidential features associated with that type of case such as cell-site evidence. Tim is a member of the Rape Specialist Panel and has extensive experience in matters arising out of serious sexual allegations as well as kidnapping and human trafficking – having been instructed as lead counsel in both.
Tim is regularly instructed to defend on a Direct Access basis.
YEAR OF CALL 1999
Paul accepts instructions in all criminal and related regulatory or disciplinary matters. In recent years, his work has involved prosecuting and defending at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal in cases involving allegations of murder, attempted murder, rape, serious violence and child cruelty, the production and supply of class A drugs, the possession of firearms, fraud, confiscation proceedings, inquests and courts-martial.
YEAR OF CALL 1999
Chris is a leading criminal barrister with a reputation for his legal acumen, advocacy and success rate. A Blackstone Exhibitioner at the Middle Temple he specialises exclusively within the fields of serious sexual offences, drugs and violence.
He undertakes significant private defence work and is regularly instructed by, inter alia, the country’s leading Solicitors as well as prosecuting for the Crown’s Serious Case Work unit and RASSO - the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences division.
YEAR OF CALL 1999
Kate is instructed for both the prosecution (CPS grade 4) and defence predominantly in the London Crown Courts. Her practice frequently involves matters of a serious and sensitive nature. She has particular expertise in sexual offences and cases involving young, vulnerable witnesses and those with communication difficulties. She has recently led in a case involving historic allegations of abuse made by 14 victims and prosecuted a couple accused of sexually abusing all of their 5 natural children (toddlers to teenagers).
Other recent instructions include the prosecution of an attempted murder, a multi-handed conspiracy to import class A drugs (leading counsel), prosecution of care workers abusing vulnerable and elderly victims (leading counsel) and defending in a sensitive death by careless driving case. Additionally, she has been led junior counsel on many occasions including allegations of murder, firearms conspiracies, drugs conspiracies, fraud and human trafficking drugs.
Kate also has experience of liquor licensing (new regime) and Courts Martial.
YEAR OF CALL 1999
James is a senior junior who combines meticulous preparation with a good courtroom manner and judgement.
He consistently leads in serious and complex crime, dealing with undercover police operations, Operation Trident, armed robberies, gun crime, large drugs importations and kidnapping. He has specialist expertise in cell site presentation, RIPA and associated sensitive material.
With a strong practice in homicide cases, James has appeared eight times in the last two years as a junior in multi-handed murder cases. He also appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, and has a keen interest in appellate work. He recently appeared responding in “manslaughter by flight” and complex “care home” child abuse appeals. In both instances, James had been led by Queen’s Counsel at first instance, but dealt with the Court of Appeal pleadings and hearings alone.
James has a growing and busy advisory practice, being instructed by both Direct Access clients and solicitors. He also regularly advises the Crown Prosecution Service on charging decisions in homicide, fraud, sexual offences and road traffic fatality cases.
James has considerable experience in liquor and gaming licensing law.
Jane acts as leading junior and alone in serious and complex cases, both prosecuting and defending. Her preparation is key and she is particularly adept at mastering the detail of voluminous cases. She has a straightforward manner and is capable of distilling even the most complex allegations into basic principles, in front of a jury especially when dealing with cell site and forensic experts, forensic accountants and psychiatric evidence.
Her fraud practice is particularly strong, regularly appearing as leading junior in cases with multiple defendants, where losses run to millions and where QCs are instructed in opposition. Jane also regularly leads in cases where firearms have been used, involving multi kilo drugs conspiracies and serious allegations of violence. Jane has dealt with numerous rape allegations and is experienced in disclosure in all contexts, both prosecuting and defending.
Jane is experienced in dealing with vulnerable defendants and those facing allegations of a sexual nature. She has undertaken vulnerable witness training and is skilled at asking questions on sensitive topics, of young, and otherwise vulnerable, witnesses.
YEAR OF CALL 2000
Subhankar – known as Shub – prosecutes and defends in the most serious cases, involving allegations of historic sexual abuse, rape, drug trafficking, armed robbery, fraud and attempted murder.
Over 16 years, he has built a practice based on thorough preparation, early advice and effective courtroom advocacy. He is able to cut through case material to identify the central issues in the most difficult cases and to focus submissions on the key strengths of his case.
He is instructed to defend and prosecute in the most serious sex cases, involving child abuse and gang rape. He has been on the list of those authorised to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences for six years.
Shub is known for his deft manner in the questioning of child witnesses – recognised as a specialist skill; and is also adept in the handling of technical evidence, such as cell-site material and DNA analysis.
His jury speeches have received praise from clients, judges and opponents – for their thorough analysis and engaging manner.
Shub has received Security Clearance enabling him to work with sensitive government material.
YEAR OF CALL 2001
Tom is a leading specialist criminal barrister, whose reputation is built on the thoroughness of his preparation and excellence of his advocacy.
His practice, often as leading junior counsel, tends to involve cases of gravity and complexity, such as multi-handed police or NCA investigations, encompassing the most sensitive disclosure and PII issues, as well as high public profiles. One such case, involving people-smuggling from Afghanistan, led to an official commendation from the Home Secretary.
Tom defends in the most serious or difficult cases - for example representing police officers in cases such as fatal/near fatal accidents, youths charged with rape and serious sexual offences, or offences where mental health is a significant feature of the case.
He has significant experience of landmark cases with complex legal issues, such as the prosecution of those who infect others with HIV, the pioneering use of technology and cases with an international dimension.
He has expertise in all aspects of road traffic offences, including drink-driving and technical defences.
Tom has for some years been a BASC recommended counsel, with a particular interest in firearms revocation appeals and antique defences.
YEAR OF CALL 2001
Heather has a busy and successful practice in the prosecution and defence of serious crime. She is a consummate criminal advocate. Heather has extensive experience in sensitive, emotive, high profile cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
Her specialisms include serious sexual offences, human trafficking, offences against children and grave violence. Heather has a reputation for sound judgement, thorough preparation and fearless advocacy. Her talents include outstanding trial strategy, the handling of difficult, vulnerable and hostile witnesses, and powerful cross examination. Heather appears regularly alongside Silks and is a very popular choice. Heather is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and is a trained facilitator for advocacy and the vulnerable.
Whilst Heather has both prosecuted and defended in the most serious criminal cases she will act for any client who values skilled advocacy.
YEAR OF CALL 2004
Hugh is a leading criminal barrister who has developed a respected and thriving criminal practice which sees him both prosecuting and defending in equal measure.
He is instructed by the CPS both as a leading and a led junior and has considerable experience of prosecuting multi-handed cases of the utmost seriousness. He is a Grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS who appears on the Specialist Fraud Panel as well as the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List. In the last year he has prosecuted (as leading junior) nine defendants for their involvement in an international Organised Crime Group and an employee of a multi-national company who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds from his company.
His defence practice takes him out of London where his attention to detail and tenacity is much in demand by returning clients and Instructing Solicitors. He is instructed as leading junior and on his own in the most serious cases including cases of murder, violence, fraud and serious sexual offences. In the last year he has represented (as leading junior) an individual accused of assisting in an attempted murder.
YEAR OF CALL 2006
Edward is an experienced advocate. He represents clients in serious and complex criminal cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, in particular those involving complex fraud, organised crime, sexual offences and serious assaults. He is a Grade 3 CPS panel advocate and has been appointed to the CPS panel of specialist rape counsel. He is a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) panel advocate.
Rupert is routinely instructed in complex and lengthy cases involving organised and serious criminality, predominantly in London. He is a forceful and charismatic jury advocate, with a strong attention to detail in case preparation and presentation.
A Grade 3 prosecutor, Rupert receives regular instruction from the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in HMRC work, and the CPS Special Casework Division in Home Office, Flying Squad, National Crime Agency and Operation Trident cases. Much of his prosecution instruction is in large multi-handed trials, typically lasting weeks or months, and often stemming from undercover operations. These cases are reliant on the presentation of expert scientific and telephonic evidence, and the distillation of very large evidential bundles.
Rupert also regularly defends in the full spectrum of criminal allegations, and conducts private defence work throughout the country.
With excellent judgment and an approachable manner, Rupert is experienced in the advising of large prosecution case teams, and in the meticulous preparation of a defendant’s case. He has regular experience in advising on sensitive disclosure issues, and in advising on, and appearing in, appellate cases.
YEAR OF CALL 2007
Leo practises in all areas of criminal and regulatory law and is instructed as both leading and junior counsel. He is routinely asked to advise on and appear in large, multi-handed cases involving complex, technical and sensitive evidence.
He has a wealth of experience in prosecuting and defending allegations of serious violence, murder, manslaughter, crimes against public justice, conspiracy, armed robbery, human trafficking, fraud, complex deception, immigration crime, firearms, sexual and drugs offences.
He is instructed to appear in the High Court - in both regulatory and criminal matters and in the Court of Appeal.
Through client recommendations Leo has developed a busy direct access practice, providing advice to clients at the pre-charge stage and defending them successfully at trial.
YEAR OF CALL 2008
Jenny joined Chambers in 2010. She both prosecutes and defends.
As a Grade 3 CPS prosecutor she is regularly instructed both as led junior and junior alone. Her practice is wide ranging, including complex fraud and money laundering, serious violence and robbery and cases involving domestic abuse. She has a wide experience of confiscation proceedings and with cases engaging PII. She is trained in the handling of vulnerable witnesses and has been instructed to prosecute a number of cases involving intermediaries and pre-recorded cross-examination under s.28.
Jenny has appeared before the Court of Appeal both on behalf of the Appellant and the Respondent.
In addition to her criminal practice, Jenny is instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to defend in front of the NMC Regulatory Panels. She has also prosecuted for the General Dental Council. Her other non-criminal practice includes the representation of prisoners at Parole Board hearings, and instruction on behalf of appellants at licensing appeals at the Magistrates Court. She has acted as legal advisor to the Licensing Sub-Committee of Newham Council.
YEAR OF CALL 2008
Duncan is a highly experienced criminal advocate. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and in the ten years before his call to the bar was a partner in a large criminal defence practice. Having practised as a solicitor advocate for seven years Duncan then joined the Bar.
Duncan has significant experience in representing those charged with serious crime including murder, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping and s.18 GBH. He has represented clients charged with murder and attempted murder as well as others charged with offences of serious violence, serious sexual offences (including a number of historic rape matters), drug importation, firearms, money laundering, fraud and drug supply.
Duncan regularly represents the CPS and prosecutes at Grade 2. Matters undertaken on behalf of the CPS have included s.18 GBH, sexual assault, child neglect, artifice burglary and fraud.
Duncan also appears before the Court of Appeal instructed both by the defence and CPS and has done so in proceedings relating to appeals against conviction, sentence and Attorney-General’s References.
Duncan has substantial experience in ancillary proceedings such as proceeds of crime matters, sexual harm prevention orders and restraining orders. He also has experience in dealing with expert witnesses regarding such matters as cell-site analysis, DNA evidence, blood distribution, footwear mark interpretation and psychiatric evidence.
YEAR OF CALL 2010
Voratida prosecutes and defends in jury trials across London and the surrounding area.
She is regularly instructed to prosecute in a wide variety of cases including grievous bodily harm with intent, arson, fraud, and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs. Voratida has spent several months as a disclosure junior at the Serious Fraud Office working on a large-scale complex case, and has a broad experience of confiscation proceedings. More recently, having been seconded to the CPS Domestic Violence Unit, she has been instructed in a number of cases of controlling and coercive behaviour, and regularly deals with vulnerable and young witnesses.
Voratida also defends across the wide spectrum of criminal offences, and is experienced in defending clients with mental health issues, addictions and other vulnerabilities.
Prior to coming to the bar, Voratida worked for an NGO in India and Cambodia combating serious organised crime and modern slavery in which she retains a strong interest.
YEAR OF CALL 2011
James appears for both the prosecution and defence in all areas of criminal law and related fields, with additional experience in courts martial, regulatory and licensing matters.
James is a confident and persuasive jury advocate with a rigorous attention to detail, and his practice in the Crown Court encompasses the full range of criminal offences.
James has successfully defended clients charged with matters of serious violence, sexual offences, supply of drugs, fraud, offences of dishonesty and driving offences. James offers comprehensively thought-through yet practical advice to clients at all stages of criminal proceedings.
For the prosecution, in addition to prosecuting cases as a junior in his own right, James also has experience as a led junior in complex and multi-handed cases involving white-collar fraud and drug supply.
James appears for Transport for London, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and accepts instructions in private hire taxi licensing appeals.
YEAR OF CALL 2011
Frederick's practice engages all areas of criminal law and related regulatory proceedings. He is an able advocate who prides himself on thorough preparation and practical advice.
Frederick is an experienced prosecutor for his call and is regularly instructed to act for the CPS and other prosecuting authorities. Frederick has a particular experience in cases of serious fraud and has acted for the Crown in a series of complex multi-handed cases. These have included investment frauds, diversion frauds, ‘phishing’ frauds, and duty frauds.
He has also prosecuted a wide spectrum of other offences including cases of serious violence through to sexual assault and child abuse.
Frederick is a robust defence advocate who has experience defending those charged with allegations ranging from serious assault & robbery, through to offences relating to the breach of planning enforcement notices.
Frederick also accepts instructions under direct access.
Professional Disciplinary Proceedings
Frederick is very experienced in proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and regularly acts for registrants before the Conduct and Competence Committee.