Sexual Offences

25 Bedford Row barristers are regarded as being among the leading experts in defending allegations of sexual crime.

We act for a wide range of clients, including children and young people, accused of sex offences. We are sought after to represent high profile defendants in the most sensitive and complex cases.

Our expertise

Our specialist sexual offence barristers are expert in the entire spectrum of sexual offences law, from possession of indecent images or extreme pornography, to rape and sexual abuse. We often advise defendants facing allegations of historic sexual offences.

Our approach

We work with solicitors and clients to mitigate the consequences of an investigation or prosecution for a sexual offence. We are alert to the sensitive nature of such investigations and guide clients though each stage of the proceedings. As independent specialist sexual offences barristers we approach each case objectively, applying forensic analysis and considering every available defence strategy.

Our barristers are trained in dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses.

Why choose sexual offences barristers at 25 Bedford Row?

  • We fully understand the impact of a criminal investigation and trial on our clients, who can expect our support from the outset, including pre-charge advice.
  • We exclusively defend, and are committed to providing the highest quality advice and representation in every case.
  • We are approachable and offer practical, sensible advice.
  • We are renowned for setting the highest standards in courtroom advocacy.
  • We prepare cases meticulously, ensuring that we have a total grasp of the detail.
  • We work to win cases at an early stage wherever possible.
  • We are a diverse and progressive set. We pride ourselves on our ability to represent clients of all backgrounds.

Why do I need a specialist sexual offences barrister?

Sexual offences law is a highly specialised area with specific requirements placed on advocates (such as special measures for vulnerable witnesses) and laws of evidence (such as restriction on cross-examination in relation to a complainant’s sexual history) that are not typical of most other types of cases. As specialist advocates, our sexual offences barristers are expert in defending sexual allegations.

What is the process of instructing a sexual offences barrister?

Barristers are usually instructed through a solicitor, and you may want to initially contact a solicitor to help you explore your options. 25 Bedford Row has a good working relationship with solicitors and together will be able to help identify the most suitable criminal barrister to deal with your case.

If you have a chosen barrister in mind, you may ask your solicitor to instruct that barrister. Your barrister will consider the papers in your case and may advise in writing or at a meeting with you prior to going to court.

Many barristers at 25 Bedford Row also accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme.

What is the Direct Access Scheme?

Members of the public seeking legal advice or representation can now approach a criminal defence barrister directly without the need to first engage the services of a solicitor.

To instruct a barrister directly, contact chambers by telephone or email with details of your case and your requirements. Our experienced clerks will advise on which barristers may be suitable and the likely cost.

Their reputation for excellence is demonstrated by involvement in almost every recent major serious trial

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