High praise for 25 Bedford Row in Chambers & Partners 2016
The new edition of Chambers & Partners 2016 contains praise for 25 Bedford Row, its clerks and its members at all levels. The new Guide lists ten ranked silks and ten ranked juniors in Crime. Two of them, Michael Neofytou and Emma Akuwudike, are new entrants. It also lists six ranked Silks and five ranked juniors in Financial Crime and one ranked Silk in International Criminal Law.
The set is described as handling the full spread of criminal work including drugs cases, serious sexual offences and murders. It also has a thriving terrorist-related practice and has recently acted for individuals involved with the Syrian conflict.
It is also highly commended for the quality and depth of its financial crime offering.
The editors comment that, “Members are well equipped to tackle cases of any complexity, and regularly deal with matters of great public interest”. Solicitors say, "Using the set gives clients security and ease in their most troubling times"
The clerks are described as very responsive and very professional and friendly and keen to help; "It feels as if you are being given a red carpet service by them”.
Guy Williams, is described as "immediately approachable, and always very accommodating."
Emma Makepeace receives praise for her outgoing nature, enthusiastic approach and impressive knowledge of her barristers. Comments about individual silks at 25 Bedford Row include:
George Carter-Stephenson QC: “A hugely well-respected advocate with a heavy focus on high-end criminal defence work”.
Jeremy Dein QC: “Offers expertise in a range of heavyweight criminal matters including organised criminal activity, murder, drug trafficking and serious sexual offences”.
Paul Mendelle QC: “He has a wonderful manner with juries”.
Peter Doyle QC: “A highly sought-after white-collar crime silk with extensive experience in high-profile and serious fraud, bribery and corruption cases”.
Nigel Sangster QC: “The quality of his advice is superb and he is great at client relationships”
Tom Price QC: “A specialist crime and financial crime silk with a strong defence-based practice. Good rapport with clients”.
Rudi Fortson QC: “Very approachable and friendly and extremely knowledgeable - everyone looks to him for guidance”.
Courtenay Griffiths QC: “Has immense gravitas in court. When he talks, the whole court listens.”
David Hooper QC: “An excellent advocate who is extremely eloquent and very charming… He is very good indeed."
25 Bedford Row Silks ranked in the Guide also include Paul Keleher QC, Jo Sidhu QC, Tyrone Smith QC, John Cooper QC and Paul Hynes QC.
Comments about individual juniors at 25 Bedford Row include:
Colin Wells: “Experienced, knowledgeable and consistent. A great jury advocate”.
Nicola Howard: “An ideal junior for dealing with complex cases and demanding clients”.
Aisling Byrnes: “Admired for her "no-nonsense attitude" when defending clients in serious criminal proceedings”.
Samantha Riggs: “A highly respected junior with over 15 years' experience of practising in the financial crime sector”
Nathaniel Rudolf: “Absolutely superb on the technical detail”.
Geoffrey Payne: “Has an excellent approach with clients and is very polished in court”.
Juniors ranked in the Guide also include Adrian Eissa, Arlette Piercy, Ronald Jaffa, Sebastian Gardiner, Osman Osman, Emma Akuwidike and Michael Neofytou.