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 QCFearless 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 QCHe conducts every case in a bespoke manner.’    Also in Band 1 are leading Juniors Arlette PiercyShe 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.’


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