Chambers are delighted to have maintained our position as an outstanding set in Crime in Band 1 for the 4th consecutive year
“At defence set 25 Bedford Row, members have strengths in serious and complex violent crime cases, sexual offences work and terrorism matters.”
Band 1 is dominated by 25 Bedford Row Silks, George Carter-Stephenson QC ‘Fearless in court and more than prepared to plough a lone furrow when the situation demands it. Jeremy Dein QC ‘Committed and client-friendly.’ Paul Mendelle QC ‘He is a formidable cross-examiner and his legal submissions are measured, succinct and very persuasive.’ Courtenay Griffiths QC ‘He conducts every case in a bespoke manner.’ Also in Band 1 are leading Juniors Arlette Piercy ‘She brings a real energy to the case, and is always excellent with clients.’ and Aisling Byrnes – ‘An excellent lawyer with superb client care skills – her reputation is well deserved.
Other notable achievements for our leading silks; John Cooper QC – ‘A charismatic trial advocate.’ Paul Keleher QC – ‘His advocacy is effective and understated.’ Diana Ellis QC – ‘A committed defence advocate with the most fantastic range of work.’ Jo Sidhu QC – ‘His practice ranges from appeals through complex terror cases to sensitive sexual abuse trials.’ Peter Doyle QC – ‘He prepares thoroughly, has endless patience and argues the law with great authority.’ Paul Hynes QC – ‘His natural intellect and ease helps him break down complex cases while keeping juries on side.’ Rudi Fortson QC – ‘A leading expert on psychoactive substances and the misuse of drugs.’ Tyrone Smith QC – ‘He is persuasive and has a real knack for getting on with people.’
Juniors include, Ben Smitten – ‘He has a knack of finding practical solutions when others fail.’ Emma Akuwudike – ‘A passionate advocate who empathises with, and fights hard for her clients.’ Alex Jamieson – ‘He exudes confidence in an understated way.’ Adrian Eissa – ‘An extremely versatile and able advocate. Carolina Guiloff – ‘A real life Martha Costello, she bristles with crusading zeal, tactical nous and a bedside manner that puts all clients at ease.’ Laurie-Anne Power – ‘Her aptitude in the most serious and complex of matters is phenomenal.’ Melanie Simpson – ‘An outstanding advocate, who dominates trials through her successful legal arguments and jury engagement.’ Michael Neofytou – ‘A diligent, conscientious barrister, who prepares his cases meticulously.’ Osman Osman – ‘Alongside his fraud work, he handles high-stakes drug importation cases.’