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"Provide excellent representation throughout the Midlands and beyond."

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"Their intent to offer a quality service is apparent and they will go the extra mile compared with other chambers."

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The Crime Group comprises 16 Silks and 37 Juniors offering unrivalled strength in depth and exemplary client service, with specialists providing their expertise in the most complex criminal trials. Our Crime Barristers offer a nationwide service and is regarded as the pre-eminent criminal set on the Midland Circuit. We pride ourselves on our commitment to clients and excellent advocacy.

Our Kings’s Counsel have been instructed on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence in many of the leading criminal trials of the last decade. Our Junior counsel provide instructing solicitors and their clients with expertise at all levels, and at all stages of the criminal process.

Members of the group provide representation throughout the country are regularly involved in serious and high-profile cases. Examples include The News of the World phone hacking case, the MPs’ expenses scandal, numerous Counter Terrorism Trials and the plot to smuggle drugs and phones into prisons which was the subject of a TV documentary.

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Counsel prosecute and defend on both a legal aid basis, and on a privately funded basis.

Work is undertaken at all levels with a considerable increase in the amount of regulatory work undertaken over recent years.

We offer barristers with expertise across a range of specialist areas including:

  • Assault / Violence
  • Burglary / Robbery / Theft / Shop-lifting
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Fraud and Proceeds of Crime Dishonesty Offences
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs Offences
  • Murder and Manslaughter cases
  • Road Traffic Deaths
  • Sexual Assault
  • Terrorism, Firearms and Public Disorder Offences Vandalism

Our counsel are experienced in drafting both grounds of appeal and applications for judicial review.

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For more information:


      Crime Barristers

      Michael Duck KC

      Call 1988 | Silk 2011

      Head of Group

      Adrian Keeling KC

      Call 1990 | Silk 2011

      David Mason KC

      Call 1986 | Silk 2010

      Rex Tedd KC

      Call 1970 | Silk 1993

      Michael Burrows KC

      Call 1979 | Silk 2008

      Mark Heywood KC

      Call 1986 | Silk 2012

      Jo Sidhu KC

      Call 1993 | Silk 2012

      Jonas Hankin KC

      Call 1994 | Silk 2013

      Phil Bradley KC

      Call 1993 | Silk 2017

      Michelle Heeley KC

      Call 2001 | Silk 2017

      Mark Kelly KC

      Call 1985 | Silk 2021

      Harpreet Sandhu KC

      Call 2005 | Silk 2022

      Sultana Tafadar KC

      Call 2005 | Silk 2022

      Talbir Singh KC

      Call 1997 | Silk 2023

      Philip Rule KC

      Call 2001 | Silk 2023

      Matthew Brook KC

      Call 1999 | Silk 2024

      Peter Arnold

      Call 1972

      Graham Henson

      Call 1976

      David Iles

      Call 1977

      Anthony Bell

      Call 1985

      Ian Bridge

      Call 1988

      Andrew Baker

      Call 1990

      Sarah Slater

      Call 1996

      Colin Banham

      Call 1999

      Sharon Bahia

      Call 2000

      Rizwan Ashiq

      Call 2001

      Tim Pole

      Call 2001

      Simon Worlock

      Call 2001

      Daniel Oscroft

      Call 2003

      Deputy Head of Group

      Earl Pinnock

      Call 2003

      Sarah Allen

      Call 2005

      Simon Hunka

      Call 2007

      Seamran Sidhu

      Seamran Sidhu

      Call 2011

      Chloë Ashley

      Call 2015

      Joshua Purser

      Call 2016

      Matthew Wyatt

      Matthew Wyatt

      Call 2020

      Sam Leach

      Sam Leach

      Call 2023

      Gary Bell KC

      Call 1989 | Silk 2012

      Rebecca Chalkley KC

      Call 1999 | Silk 2024

      Crime Clerks

      Andrew Trotter

      Practice Director, Crime

      Louisa Frimpong

      Crime Admin Assistant

      Micky Powell

      Practice Manager, Crime

      Jordan Barratt

      Crime Clerk

      Billy Pettifer

      Crime Clerk

      Leigha Harbidge

      Crime Clerk

      Criminal Fraud & Proceeds of Crime

      Calum Orme-Browne

      Crime, Admin Assistant

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