George Carter-Stephenson QC
  • George has a wide knowledge of all regulatory issues to which he applies his outstanding tactical awareness. He provides solutions, not problems.

    Legal 500 2022, Business and Regulatory Crime.

  • His mastery of detail is phenomenal. He brings decades’ worth of experience in defending the most serious allegations in the criminal calendar — he has seen pretty much everything there is to see, and yet retains a natural enthusiasm for his cases that makes him a formidable operator in court.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime.

  • George is an absolute giant in fraud work, with a devastatingly effective talent for cross-examination and for standing up to judges where necessary. He works prodigiously hard and can spot details that others miss. A class act.

    Legal 500 2022, Fraud Crime.

  • Excellent on his feet and a phenomenal worker. He's tenacious and commands huge respect.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He's an absolutely magnificent advocate. Tremendously hard-working, very thorough and a giant in the field. 

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Probably the hardest-working silk in the market, and this shows in the results he achieves.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A leader in his field. His work ethic is unrivalled and he achieves success in cases which might at first appear hopeless. He has a friendly manner and always places himself on a level with the lay client never appearing haughty or remote. This ensures a harmonious working relationship within the Defence team at all times.

    Legal 500 2021, Fraud

  • A giant in his field and absolutely second to none. He combines meticulous and detailed preparation (leaving no stone unturned) with an utterly formidable presence in court. Judges listen to and respect him and he has a fantastic rapport with a jury. He is a joy to watch at work. His work ethic is unrivalled and he achieves success in cases which might at first appear hopeless.

    Legal 500 2021, Business and Regulatory Crime

  • He is very approachable and this puts clients at ease.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A highly experienced performer.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • He is an excellent trial advocate and exceptionally hard-working.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A fantastic jury-friendly advocate who ensures they are engaged throughout the case.

    Legal 500 2020

  • A powerhouse of knowledge; he combines a practical approach with a Rolls-Royce service.

    Legal 500 2020

  • He combines a fraud practitioner’s eye for detail with the advocacy style of a street fighter.

    Legal 500 2020

  • He is meticulous in his preparation and has a commanding knowledge of every page of evidence. He also has a tremendously good rapport with clients who, without hesitation, place their confidence in him.

    Chambers UK

  • One could not hope to meet a more personable barrister who is both knowledgeable and incredibly hard-working. He is everything one would wish to find in a criminal silk.

    Chambers UK

  • A tremendously impressive, heavyweight silk.

    Chambers UK

  • He is one of the hardest-working silks in the market which shows in the results he achieves.

    Chambers UK

  • The finest advocate in London at the moment.

    Chambers UK

  • A robust advocate, whose capacity for absorbing detail is second to none.

    Chambers UK

  • He is tireless. He takes points and develops them where others would fear to tread.

    Chambers UK

  • One of the most outstanding advocates at the criminal Bar.

    Legal 500

  • Is singled out for his ‘excellent’ command of paperwork and ‘unrivalled’ dedication.

    Chambers UK

  • Combines a down-to-earth manner with a ‘street-fighting’ approach.

    Legal 500

  • A real fighter and an attractive character who commands respect even from the most difficult to deal with clients.

    Chambers UK

  • A leader of choice for anybody at the top of the indictment. He has a level of knowledge, experience and input that you rarely see in other silks..

    Chambers UK

  • One of the best jury advocates at the Criminal Bar, he adopts a very good tactical approach to cases, and knows how to talk to juries.

    Chambers UK

  • His tremendous courtroom presence makes juries pay attention.

    Legal 500

  •  Juries trust him and look to him for guidance.

    Legal 500

  • Calm, measured and always in total control.

    Legal 500

  • Meticulously prepared and supremely calm – nothing appears to divert him from his ultimate objective.

    Legal 500

  • Fearless in court and more than prepared to plough a lone furrow when the situation demands it.

    Legal 500

  • Patient and kind with clients, who find his serenity and deep knowledge immensely reassuring.

    Legal 500

Called 1975

Silk 1998

George Carter-Stephenson QC

Head of Chambers

Specialist defence advocate with a varied and wide ranging practice extending over all types of criminal cases and disciplinary proceedings.

An absolute workhorse who is superb at pretty much everything he does.Chambers UK

Extremely experienced in dealing with highly involved and complex cases, including all areas of commercial, corporate and financial crime, incorporating SFO and FCA prosecutions and high value confiscation, asset recovery and restraint proceedings.

High profile crime work includes, providing pre charge advice on the whole range of criminal charges including lesser offences and offering full representation in the most serious matters concerning homicide, terrorism and the highest level of organised crime.

Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory work includes representing both individual and corporate respondents and high value VAT Tribunal work.

Ranked in Band 1 in Fraud (Crime), Business and Regulatory including Global Investigations and Crime in the Legal 500 2020 and in Band 1 for Financial Crime in Chambers UK 2020.

George Carter Stephenson QC is said to be one of the most outstanding members of the criminal bar, recent testimonials include the following:

  • "His mastery of detail is phenomenal. He brings decades’ worth of experience in defending the most serious allegations in the criminal calendar — he has seen pretty much everything there is to see, and yet retains a natural enthusiasm for his cases that makes him a formidable operator in court." Legal 500 Crime 2022
  • "George has a wide knowledge of all regulatory issues to which he applies his outstanding tactical awareness. He provides solutions, not problems." Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime
  • "George is an absolute giant in fraud work, with a devastatingly effective talent for cross-examination and for standing up to judges where necessary. He works prodigiously hard and can spot details that others miss. A class act." Legal 500 Fraud Crime 2022
  • “The finest advocate in London at the moment." Chambers UK
  • "Is singled out for his ‘excellent’ command of paperwork and ‘unrivalled’ dedication." Chambers UK
  • "Combines a down-to-earth manner with a ‘street-fighting’ approach." Legal 500
  • "Nobody works harder: his knowledge of the papers and of the detail of every case is magnificent and plain for all to see." Legal 500
  • "Patient and kind with clients, who find his serenity and deep knowledge immensely reassuring." Legal 500

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA)
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the European Criminal Bar Association

Associated Work

  • Head of the Fraud and Financial Litigation Group at 25 Bedford Row
  • Regularly lectures on Financial Crime topics and immerging law and procedure
  • Panel Chair and panel members at the Cambridge International Crime Symposium 2015-2019

UK Bar Chambers 2018 Top Ranked