23 Essex Street

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A respected set with noteworthy depth in criminal law. Its members regularly prosecute and defend in a full range of criminal cases, including those pertaining to murder, serious sexual assault matters and perjury. Recent cases of interest include the prosecution of serial liar Jemma Beale, who was charged with perjury resulting from multiple false complaints of rape, and R v Robert Majewski and others, one of the biggest human slavery cases in the country. Impressed sources praise the set's “consistently high quality of advice across the board.”

Client service: “The clerking team is always pleasant to deal with and always constructive should any problems arise.” Wayne King is the chambers director.

Allison Hunter QC
Strengths: "She has the most incredible memory for the facts of the case." "She has exceptionally good client care skills and is an excellent all-rounder."

Eloise Marshall QC
Strengths: "An excellent trial advocate." "Perceptive and tactically astute."

Francis FitzGibbon QC
A persuasive silk with a practice that is focused upon heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters have included cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. He has been highlighted for his impressive ability to absorb cases in great detail in a short timeframe. FitzGibbon has significant appellate experience and also undertakes international work.
Strengths: “A good, sensible brief who gets on with it. There's no messing around with him."
Recent work: Defended Rahim Mohammadi in the Colindale allotment murder trial, concerning the strangling of an 80-year-old woman.

Hugh Forgan
Strengths: "A serious heavyweight junior with remarkable grasp of detail in big cases."

John Price QC
Both prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases, including those involving murder, sexual offences, firearms, fraud and drugs. He has recently appeared in several cases before the Court of Appeal. Solicitors applaud his integrity when prosecuting cases.
Strengths: “A very fair and decent prosecutor who is very effective in cross-examination.” “He’s an absolute lawyer – a legal man with a superb legal brain.”
Recent work: Defended RAF pilot Andrew Townshend in the Bulford Court Martial, charged with offences of perjury and neglect of duty.

Kate Lumsdon QC
Strengths: "Her preparation is exhaustive and juries love her." "Calm under pressure and very approachable."

Lisa Wilding QC
Strengths: “A real team player with the ability to harness complex cases quickly and at short notice. She has superb attention to detail and is very proactive in her approach.”

Mark Fenhalls QC
Strengths: "He achieves great results."

Paul Bogan QC
Strengths: "A committed intellectual advocate on the law."

Richard Bentwood
Strengths: "He has an amazing eye for detail."

Rina-Marie Hill
Strengths: "Her work is exceptional."

Rossano Scamardella QC
Strengths: "A highly intuitive, charming advocate. He demonstrates appropriate leadership in a case but has a light touch. He is prepared to fight his corner but is not unduly confrontational."

Thomas Godfrey
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly. He knows how to gain the confidence of clients while being hard-working, knowledgeable and an impressive advocate."

Tim Clark QC
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright and knows how to charm a jury."